Series, acting in which the actors managed to grow up or grow old

We do not want a good series to end, because the characters, and the actors themselves, have become like family. But sometimes TV shows run so long that during this time the audience has time to grow up or even turn gray, and celebrities on the other side of the screen grow up, blossom or acquire heartfelt knowledge about Botox. Our readers are familiar with most of these series, and they grew up on some, and this is an integral part of their life.

Riverdale (2017 – 2021)

Red-haired high school student Archie Andrews is a resident of the small town of Riverdale. In the center of events, in addition to him, are the same students – the blonde Betty and the brunette Veronica. This province cannot be called quiet: influential Blossoms share control of Riverdale with a gang of bikers , the Lodge family is in the thick of political intrigues, and Archie, Veronica, Betty and Jughead are investigating the death of Jason Blossom. For 4 years of filming, the young actors have grown up and changed significantly.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:  
Riverdale

Genre:  
Drama, romance, crime

Actors:  
KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:  
16+


The Flash (2014 – 2021)

Barry Allen, the fastest of men, became so after being struck by lightning. Having gained super strength, the guy seeks to be able to return to the past and prevent the murder of his mother by an unknown creature. Running at the speed of light and saving the world from criminals is not the whole job of the protagonist, because he was not the only one who received superpowers and not everyone wants to use them for good. The actors who play Barry, Cisco and Dr. Wells have really begun to age over the seven seasons of filming, and it shows.

Original title:  
The Flash

Genre:  
Fantasy, Action, Drama, Adventure

Actors:  
Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.6

Age Limits
16+


Arrow (2012 – 2020)

The billionaire playboy disappeared for five years, returned as a super fighter and now decisively cleanses the city of crime . The defender of the city of Starling City in a green hood hides his face from the villains, and internal changes from his relatives. Oliver Queen, yesterday’s minion of fate and a frequent guest of bohemian parties , is now a wise and courageous fighter against injustice. The series, based on the Green Arrow comics , ran for eight years – Stephen Amell began acting as the main character at the age of 30.

Original title:  
Arrow

Genre:  
Fiction, Action, Drama, Crime, Detective, Adventure

Actors:  
David Ramsey, Stephen Amell, Emily Bette Rickards…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.5

Age Limits
16+


Werewolf (2011 – 2017)

Lacrosse player Scott McCall was bitten by a werewolf in the woods at night and this did not remain without consequences. The goals of the werewolf Alpha are incomprehensible, but the life of the protagonist is changing dramatically, and it is not clear whether this is a disaster or a gift? The series gets more sinister and darker with each episode as Scott and his best friend Stiles battle their opponents. Fans who have mastered all six seasons will certainly notice how the characters have changed in six years.

Original title:  
Teen Wolf

Genre:  
Fantasy, Action, Thriller, Drama, Romance

Actors:  
Tyler Posey, Holland Roden, Dylan O’Brien …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.6

Age Limits
16+


Pretty Little Liars (2010 – 2017)

Another bright representative of the youth series, which stretched over seven years and showed us how Spencer, Hannah, Aria and Emily turn from teenagers into beautiful girls. For seven seasons, schoolgirl heroines confront a certain “A” – an unknown person who sends messages to the phones of the main characters, revealing secrets that only the deceased Alison knew about. Add school problems, intrigues and broken hearts from youthful loves to an intriguing plot …

Original title:  
Pretty Little Liars

Genre:  
Thriller, drama

Actors:  
Shay Mitchell, Sasha Peters, Ian Harding…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:  
16+


Castle (2009 – 2016)

A millionaire best-selling detective writer is brought in to investigate after a killer appears imitating the characters in his books. Now ladies’ man and merry fellow Richard Castle works together with the fearless and principled policewoman Katty Beckett in the criminal department of the New York Police Department . Over the seven years of filming the series, the style of the main characters has changed dramatically, and time does not spare anyone – Nathan Fillion has noticeably aged by season 8 …

Original title:  
Castle

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:  
Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:  
12+


The Vampire Diaries (2009 – 2017)

The series with one of the most famous love triangles – Elena, Stefan and Damon. A high school student who lost her parents in a car accident is overtaken by a feeling for a new student, Stefan. This guy is a vampire of an ancient family, like his evil brother Damon, who dreams of avenging the troubles of the past. For 8 seasons, the actors have changed a lot: it is not easy to play young people, being at the age of 35-40 (Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder, respectively).

Original title:  
The Vampire Diaries

Genre:  
Drama, fantasy, horror

Actors:  
Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:  
16+


The Big Bang Theory (2007 – 2019)

The name of Sheldon Cooper has become a household name – an asocial physicist with an eidetic memory and perfectionism is one of the most recognizable characters. Friends and colleagues are always with the hero: Howard, Raj and Leonard. Everything changes when they meet the frivolous actress Penny, and then the scientist girls Bernadette and Amy join them . By season 12, Jim Parsons (Sheldon), who won the Golden Globe for Best Actor on TV, was already 46 years old, and Johnny Galecki (Leonard) and Mayem Bialik (Amy) were 43 years old.

Original title:  
The Big Bang Theory

Genre:
Comedy, romance

Actors:  
Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayer …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.6, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:  
16+


Dexter (2006 – 2021)

The story of a legendary maniac who exterminates killers in order to curb his “dark fellow traveler” – his thirst for blood and violence, received after childhood psychological trauma. Dexter Morgan works as a medical examiner during the day and can determine the details of the murder by blood splatter, and at night he kills people, perfectly covering his tracks. Contradictory series in terms of morality … Unfortunately, in the sequel to the popular thriller “Dexter: New Blood” the main character has changed a lot in appearance, noticeably aging.

Original title:
 Dexter

Genre:  
Thriller, drama, crime, detective

Actors:  
Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 8.6

Age restrictions:  
18+


Supernatural (2005 – 2020)

Teenagers of the 2000s grew up on this series, and they also began to notice their first wrinkles. Year after year, teenagers followed the story of the Winchester brothers, who continued their father’s risky business. The guys travel around American cities in a 1967 Chevrolet Impala, fighting evil spirits. For 15 seasons, they will meet not only with werewolves, ghosts and other creatures of evil, but also with angels , demons , and even reincarnate in them. For 15 years of filming, on-screen idols of youth Dean and Sam turned from two cute young men into mature men.

Original title:  
Supernatural

Genre:  
Fantasy, horror, thriller, drama, detective

Actors:  
Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins…

Country:  
USA, Canada

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.2, IMDb – 8.4

Age restrictions:  
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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