There were many characters on the show that were in multiple episodes, but not stars or co-stars. These include Hester Sue, Joe Kagen, the Garvey family, the Edwards family, Mrs. Foster, Eliza Jane, Adam, Etta Plum, Miss Beadle, Percival Dalton and others. These characters were just as much a part of the fabric of the show as the stars, and many have excellent episodes in which they are the featured player. Anyone have a favorite?
I have always been a big Hester Sue fan. I like that she's spunky and smart and independant. She had many good epiodes, but I especially like the recently brought up "Make a Joyful Noise". I always wanted her to end up with Joe, though.