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Which TV Age Gaps Between Actors Genuinely Shocked You?

Bianca Lawson has been playing a teenager for decades!

It's no surprise that Hollywood loves casting actors with ~interesting~ age gaps in movies.

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For example, there was a 28-year age gap between Emma Stone and Colin Firth, who played lovers in Magic in the Moonlight.

But have you ever seen a weird age gap in a TV show that kinda gave you pause?


Maybe your jaw dropped when you found out that Cory Monteith was 27 years old when Glee first aired, even though he was playing a sophomore in high school.


Sophomores are only 15–16 years old, so, yeah! A big age gap.

Perhaps your jaw dropped even more when you realized that Cory was only a couple years younger than Matthew Morrison, who played his teacher in the show.


Cory was 27 when the show aired, and Matthew was 30. Wild!

Perhaps you were shocked to learn that Estelle Getty was actually younger than Bea Arthur, even though she played Bea's mom in The Golden Girls.


Estelle was 62 when the show first aired, and Bea was 63.

Or maybe you realized there was only a 10-year age gap between John Marshall Jones and Essence Atkins, even though they played father and daughter in Smart Guy.

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Whatever wild age gap you're thinking of, we want to hear it! Use the DropBox below to tell us the weirdest, most bizarre, or most infuriating TV age gaps that always make your jaw drop.


(To clarify, we're not looking for examples where the plot of the show revolves around an older and younger character with giant age gaps, like Monica and Richard dating in Friends or a student-teacher relationship in Dawson's Creek. This is strictly about Hollywood's specific casting choices.)

The best responses will be featured in an upcoming BuzzFeed Community post!


FYI: Bianca Lawson has been playing a teenager on TV for the last 30 years, from Sister Sister to Pretty Little Liars. Your faves could never.