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Old 02-13-2017, 09:55 AM
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Non-animated TV shows where the characters wear the same thing all the time

Inspired by the recent Beverly Hillbillies thread.

How many TV shows, not involving characters in uniform, are there where the main character(s) wear the exact same thing in every episode?

The ones I can think of right away are:

Gilligan's Island
The Beverly Hillbillies
Kolchak: The Night Stalker

Gilligan's people wore the same thing for obvious reasons, but they did have episodes where they found costumes, as well as fantasy episodes. Otherwise, they wore the same thing.

Carl Kolchak wore the same powder blue suit and straw boater hat in every episode because...I don't know why. Were they trying to make him a "super hero", with a modern "costume"? Maybe the suit protected him!

And TBH wore the same thing because they were stereotypes. There was no reason they couldn't have gotten new clothes in the 9 years the show was on. The humor would still be the same. (One could argue it would be better - with Jed's homespun "hillbilly-ness" coming from a more normally dressed guy).

Are there any others?
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Old 02-13-2017, 10:11 AM
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Most main characters on The Dukes of Hazzard.

Arya Stark on Game of Thrones

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Old 02-13-2017, 10:19 AM
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Old 02-13-2017, 10:21 AM
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That falls under the "uniforms" exception in the OP. Unless you're talking about Deanna Troi's blue dress.
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Old 02-13-2017, 10:22 AM
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Wait, I've got another one: The main characters of Lassie, Flipper, and Mr. Ed each always wore exactly the same thing.

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Old 02-13-2017, 10:25 AM
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Gilligan's Island
ISTR that, in the first season of Gilligan's Island, this was pretty much true for all of the characters; there was even a point at which someone made Ginger a second dress, using the Minnow's tarpaulin, so she had a second outfit. But, as time went on (and this being a comedy in which strict canon wasn't exactly followed), the Howells, Ginger, and (IIRC) Mary Ann all got additional outfits, while Gilligan, the Skipper, and the Professor remained with their singular outfits.
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Old 02-13-2017, 10:25 AM
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Fonzie. White t-shirt, leather jacket.

ETA: I recall a sight gag in one episode where his closet held nothing but white t-shirts on hangars.

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Old 02-13-2017, 10:26 AM
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Mike Nesmith of the Monkees always wore a wool hat. TV Guide even billed him as "Wool Hat."
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Old 02-13-2017, 10:29 AM
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Both Deadwood and Hell On Wheels did this, for most characters, reflecting the fact that out on the wild frontier, new/different clothes were often a luxury few could afford.

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Old 02-13-2017, 10:38 AM
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Fonzie. White t-shirt, leather jacket.

ETA: I recall a sight gag in one episode where his closet held nothing but white t-shirts on hangars.
Early in the series, ABC put him in a windbreaker, rather than the leather jacket, because they didn't want him to look like a hoodlum. Garry Marshall fought to keep the leather jacket, and, for a while, he was only "allowed" to wear the leather jacket when near his motorcycle.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fonzie#Production_details

http://thumbnails109.imagebam.com/36...5366480638.jpg

Also, he'd wear coveralls while working at the garage.

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Old 02-13-2017, 10:40 AM
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Another example: Columbo. Weathered trenchcoat, rumpled dress shirt, tie.

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Old 02-13-2017, 10:41 AM
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Arya Stark on Game of Thrones
She wore the same thing for several seasons out of necessity, but now
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she changes her face as well as her clothes every other episode
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Old 02-13-2017, 11:19 AM
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The Adventures of Superman. The actors all wore the same clothes so that all scenes from multiple episodes could be filmed on one set (Perry White's office, for example) before moving to another set. That way all the scenes looked consistent and could be spiced into the particular episodes they were intended to appear in.
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Old 02-13-2017, 11:39 AM
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I can remember Ralph Kramden changing out of his uniform once in awhile on The Honeymooners, but I can't remember Norton, Alice, or Trixie ever wearing anything different.
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Old 02-13-2017, 12:04 PM
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Chips.
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Old 02-13-2017, 12:07 PM
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From the OP:

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How many TV shows, not involving characters in uniform, are there where the main character(s) wear the exact same thing in every episode?
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Old 02-13-2017, 12:13 PM
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In The West Wing, much was made of the fact that Vice President Bob Russell always wore cowboy boots.

Each of the Doctors in Doctor Who had their own personalized outfit, which they wore in every episode (Tom Baker changed his slightly partly through his run). Some of the companions did, too: Adric, Jamie McCrimmon (his kilt, at least), Nyssa, and Ace, for a start.

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Old 02-13-2017, 12:17 PM
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The Adventures of Superman. The actors all wore the same clothes so that all scenes from multiple episodes could be filmed on one set (Perry White's office, for example) before moving to another set. That way all the scenes looked consistent and could be spiced into the particular episodes they were intended to appear in.
And as recently as last season , host Alyson Hannigan wore the same dress in every episode of Penn and Teller's "Fool Us". This was done to accommodate splicing of acts from different tapings in order to create complete episodes.

I didn't mind for some reason.
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Old 02-13-2017, 12:24 PM
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Lost in Space
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Old 02-13-2017, 12:37 PM
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Castiel on Supernatural is always in the same rumpled suit and trench coat.

(Technically, he's always in Misha Collins, too).
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Old 02-13-2017, 12:39 PM
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All in the Family.

Maybe not every episode, but Archie usually wore a white button down shirt and black dress pants while Mike typically sported a blue denim-type button down shirt and jeans. I don't recall Edith or Gloria sticking to the same outfit.


mmm
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Old 02-13-2017, 12:58 PM
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Castiel on Supernatural is always in the same rumpled suit and trench coat.

(Technically, he's always in Misha Collins, too).
Maybe in the 1970s, Castiel was inhabiting the body of Detective Columbo, and decided that he liked the look.

Comparison: Columbo and Castiel.
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Old 02-13-2017, 01:01 PM
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Some small changes sometimes, but since each season is basically one long day...


They do change season to season, tho.


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Old 02-13-2017, 01:02 PM
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John Constantine from the TV show always wears a rumpled trenchcoat, too. He also has a loose red tie and leave the top button on his shirt unfastened.
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Old 02-13-2017, 01:22 PM
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John Constantine from the TV show always wears a rumpled trenchcoat, too. He also has a loose red tie and leave the top button on his shirt unfastened.
And, to bring that full circle...Castiel's look was intentionally patterned after the comic-book John Constantine.
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Old 02-13-2017, 01:32 PM
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Bonanza Pernell Robert left the show b/c he got sick and tried of wearing the something all the time


Peter Falk wore the same coat in Columbo

I Dream Of Jeannie
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Old 02-13-2017, 01:59 PM
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Each of the Doctors in Doctor Who had their own personalized outfit, which they wore in every episode (Tom Baker changed his slightly partly through his run). Some of the companions did, too: Adric, Jamie McCrimmon (his kilt, at least), Nyssa, and Ace, for a start.
Agreed, and it's been used as a kind of clue in the new Who seasons: David Tennant tended to wear his brown suit when travelling back in time, and his blue suit in the present or future. Matt Smith may have done something similar with the colors of his bowties, though it doesn't seem to be as consistent. And recently (staying vague to avoid spoilers), Peter Capaldi switched from his more contemporary outfit to his first, more classic one after plot circumstances made that appropriate.
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Old 02-13-2017, 02:43 PM
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John Reese in Person of Interest

Tonto in The Lone Ranger. (The Lone Ranger is in uniform.)
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Old 02-13-2017, 02:55 PM
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No one's mentioned Matlock yet? (Homaged on "Better Call Saul". http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopo...l-season-1.jpg)
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Old 02-13-2017, 03:10 PM
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No one's mentioned Matlock yet? (Homaged on "Better Call Saul". http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopo...l-season-1.jpg)
Oh yea, that's a good one.

I never watched it enough to notice.
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Old 02-13-2017, 03:12 PM
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Some small changes sometimes, but since each season is basically one long day...


They do change season to season, tho.


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I'm not sure 24 should count.
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Old 02-13-2017, 03:22 PM
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On "The Big Bang Theory" the guys all wear variations of the same outfit:

Leonard with the hoodie and jacket
Raj with the t-shirt, button-up shirt & sweater vest
Howard with the turtleneck (actually a dickie), button-up shirt, tight colourful jeans and belt buckle
Sheldon with the t-shirt over a long-sleeve shirt

....I always wondered how damn cold it is in California because they're dressed in so many layers.

Even the girls have their own signature looks: Bernadette with the full skirts and tight knit sweaters and Amy with the long, frumpy skirts, high-necked blouses & cardigans. The only character with a range of outfits is Penny.
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Old 02-13-2017, 03:57 PM
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Old 02-13-2017, 03:59 PM
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...Comparison: Columbo and Castiel.
Second linky no worky.
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Old 02-13-2017, 04:03 PM
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Second linky no worky.
Here are a few others (a lot of the image files I'm finding seem to have weird extensions on them):

http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/...20140124221329

http://images4.fanpop.com/image/phot...39-333-500.jpg
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Old 02-13-2017, 04:07 PM
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The Adventures of Superman. The actors all wore the same clothes so that all scenes from multiple episodes could be filmed on one set (Perry White's office, for example) before moving to another set. That way all the scenes looked consistent and could be spiced into the particular episodes they were intended to appear in.
My Three Sons similarly, because Fred MacMurray's contract allowed him to film multiple episodes of his shots all in a group to minimize his studio time.

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Bonanza Pernell Robert left the show b/c he got sick and tried of wearing the something all the time...
Bonanza did it so their collection of outdoor/location shots could be used in any given episode.
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Old 02-13-2017, 04:10 PM
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There are a lot more than I thought. Like My Three Sons. Never noticed that one.

I knew Columbo's raincoat, of course, but I guess I figured he wore different stuff underneath. He did take it off once in a while.
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Old 02-13-2017, 04:22 PM
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Mork and Mindy - those suspenders!

Did the Sweathogs ever change clothes?
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Old 02-13-2017, 04:25 PM
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The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.

Brisco always word the same outfit - unless in disguise. Blue shirt, red kerchief, light brown pants and jacket.

As in Happy Days, in one scene they showed his wardrobe as he was changing and it was all the same items.
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Old 02-13-2017, 04:30 PM
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Another example: Columbo. Weathered trenchcoat, rumpled dress shirt, tie.
Interestingly, Peter Falk was his own costumer; those were all his own clothes.
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Old 02-13-2017, 04:39 PM
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Probably not exactly what the OP had in mind, but on Shark Tank the Sharks wear the same outfit for, I believe, the entire season.

I'm sure they due this in order to pick and choose the pitches and patchwork them together to create an episode that flows and fits the time constraints.


mmm
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Old 02-13-2017, 04:42 PM
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I remember one episode where Gilligan revealed that the shirt he's always wearing belonged to his brother back home.

They were anticipating a rescue*** which would have involved their appearing on TV, and Gilligan told the Skipper he was worried:

"If the whole world's gonna see me, then my hometown is gonna see me!"

"And if my hometown's gonna see me, then my family is gonna see me!"

"And if my family's gonna see me, then my brother is gonna see me!"

(Skipper asks why that's a concern)

"Because he'll sock me, cuz I'm wearing his shirt".

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Old 02-13-2017, 05:27 PM
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Ash mostly wears a blue denim shirt in each episode of Ash vs Evil Dead.
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Old 02-13-2017, 06:33 PM
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One of Guy Williams' tunics came up for auction a few times, and I was amused/queased that it had a linen "underpants" with a line of snaps sewn on, so that it was always pulled down and tight into his pants. I guess it was that the addition was just plain white muslin or such, and thus sort of... clinical.

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Old 02-13-2017, 08:36 PM
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Pee Wee Herman in Pee Wee's Playhouse.

Most of the characters in Firefly wore the same outfit every show, IIRC.

Jim Ignatowksi always wore the same clothes as did Latka Gravas (from Taxi).

Ernest P. Worrell always wore exactly the same thing.
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Old 02-13-2017, 09:16 PM
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Here are a few others (a lot of the image files I'm finding seem to have weird extensions on them)....
Thanks. He does look Columboesque.

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Interestingly, Peter Falk was his own costumer; those were all his own clothes.
Likewise Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski, although his clothes do change a bit throughout the movie.
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Old 02-13-2017, 09:54 PM
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Old 02-13-2017, 11:09 PM
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In The Addams Family and The Munsters the main characters almost always wore the same outfits.
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Not too many wardrobe changes for the folks on the island in Lost.
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