Then and now: your favourite 90s TV crushes
Before we were able to incessantly stalk celebrities on Twitter and Instagram you were far more likely to see these TV stars adorning the walls of 90s kids. Was there something in the air back then or were these 10 hotties just a fluke of nature?
Spike – Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Resident bad boy Spike ignited our passion for leather duster coats and platinum blonde hair. His good/evil complex only made him more loveable. Now 53, James Marsters most recently filmed a TV pilot entitled The Devil You Know with Eddie Izzard. He’s also still rocking those killer cheekbones.
Harvey Kinkle – Sabrina the Teenage Witch
The wholesome cool guy, Harvey was the perfect boyfriend for our teenage witch Sabrina. After finding out she was of the supernatural kind, Harvey had a bit of a wobble but the two were reunited when their “soul stones” fit together revealing they were soulmates. Naww. Nate Richert, 37, now makes his living as a musician.
Randy Taylor – Home Improvement
The middle child of the Taylor family, Randy was the clown of the family and often teamed up with big brother Brad in order to tease the littlest of the bunch, Mark. Jonathan Taylor Thompson was just 10 years old when he was cast as Randy – now 34, he has certainly grown into his good looks. Thompson reunited with his Home Improvement parents in 2015 when he guest starred in an episode of Last Man Standing.
Dylan McKay – 90210
Along with the rest of the 90210 zip code, Dylan went through a host of trials and tribulations. After his father was killed he went off the rails and descended into a world of drink and drugs. Luckily, Luke Perry (49) went in a different direction and has appeared on stage in the West End and on Broadway, as well as appearing in numerous TV shows.
The uncle we all wished we had – wait is that creepy? – John Stamos starred in Full House and his magical hair kept us enraptured for eight whole seasons of the show. In a satisfying circle of events, Stamos (52) has returned to his role in the Netflix sequel to the original show, Fuller House.
Sabrina – Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Didn’t everyone want a girlfriend who was half-witch? Well if they didn’t before this series, they definitely did afterwards. Navigating high school whilst figuring out how to hide being a witch from your mortal friends – she was a pretty tough cookie. Melissa Joan Hart, 39 – who doesn’t look a day older than her witchy counterpart – has had continued success in her acting career as well as producing her own series, Melissa and Joey.
Joey – Dawson’s Creek
The ultimate “girl next door”, Joey becomes the centre of an epic love triangle in this classic teen angst drama. This was Katie Holmes breakthrough role which led to her gaining notable parts in Phone Booth, Batman Begins and How I Met Your Mother. Now 37 she has a daughter, Suri, with ex-husband Tom Cruise.
Kelly Kapowski – Saved by the Bell
Head cheerleader and captain of the swim, softball and volleyball teams, Kelly Kapowski was the coolest girl at Bayside. All the boys wanted her, but good girl Kelly stuck with her childhood sweetheart Zack, marrying him in Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas. Tiffani-Amber Thiessen went on to appear in Beverly Hills, 90210 and has recently appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in a sketch with her old Bayside cast mates.
Riley and Chloe – So Little Time
Struggling through high school were the sassy sisters Riley and Chloe. Blonde highlights, flip phones and choker necklaces made them the ultimate noughties pinups. Starting life (almost literally – the girls were 6 months old) as Michelle Tanner on Full House, the Olsen twins were born into a life of showbiz. They’ve appeared in countless TV shows and movies before moving on to highly successful fashion careers.
Buffy – Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The strongest, hottest female TV icon of the 90s, Buffy was the Slayer chosen to rid the world of all evil: vampires, demons and whatnot. She is consistently ranked as one of the greatest TV characters of all time. Kudos to Joss Whedon and his vision for a kick-ass heroine. Sarah Michelle Gellar has had continued success in films and on television. In early 2016 it was confirmed that she will be returning to her Cruel Intentions role for a new television series based on the 1999 cult classic.
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