We remember the ’90s for many things – the invention of fruit roll-ups, the growing up of the gang from Saved by the Bell, and of course, countless ’90s TV stars who were smoking hot – whether we realized it at the time or not. From Kelly Packard to Elizabeth Berkley, the small screen was graced with more than a fair share of attractive women (and, more commonly perhaps, girls). Below we’ve compiled a list of 20 of our favorites that are still easy on the eyes and equally light on the acting chops.
1. Amanda Bynes
Amanda Bynes was a Nickelodeon staple in the ‘90s, and she was cute…real cute. But her hotness came into true fruition after her five-year stint on “All That”. Her delightful spazziness landed her on shows and films like The Amanda Show, What a Girl Wants, She’s The Man and Sydney White. She’s not winning any Oscars, but she’s still the hot girl next door.
2. Amy Jo Johnson
Amy Jo Johnson stole hearts as Kimberly Hart on that beloved cheesy show, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Sure, Trini, the Yellow Power Ranger was also hot. But the Pink Power Ranger stole our hearts. Critics never did take the show seriously, but that didn’t matter. The villain-fighting hotness of Amy Jo saved the day for us non-child viewers. She was sweet, had a rocking body and kicked some serious mutant ass. Then she showed up on Felicity. Nowadays she’s keeping that body fit with stints on shows like The Division and Wildfire.
3. Carmen Electra
Tara Leigh Patrick was hot to begin with. Then Prince (then The Artist Formerly Known As…) gave her an even hotter name: Carmen Electra. That’s right. Prince names adults. Since then, this Baywatch and Singled Out diva has wedged her less-than-talented foot into the doors of the music, film, television and modeling industries. And you know what? She hasn’t done too badly for herself. What’s she up to these days? Good question. Total Gym infomercials? Organic chemistry research? Who cares? She’s still attractive… albeit in a plastic, aged sorta way.
4. Christine Lakin
Chrisitine Lakin got her start acting in commercials, then got cast on the family sitcom, Step By Step. Everyone loves the hot tomboy, and Lakin as Al Lambert was no exception. Sure, she didn’t quite know her lines. Sure, she often looked confused. But man, did she look good trying to dribble a basketball. Nowadays she rolls with Paris Hilton, starring alongside her in 2008’s The Hottie and the Nottie.
5. Elizabeth Berkley
Ah, Elizabeth Berkley. She’s like a finely aged wine. So many facets: the naughty Showgirls side, the smart-hot Saved by the Bell side…what else has she done? Men prefer the former, while women prefer to watch her act like an overachieving speed freak on SBTB.
6. Holly Marie Combs
Holly Marie Combs was known for her role of Kimberly in television’s Picket Fences. The show won some critical acclaim, but it certainly wasn’t for Holly’s acting prowess. Still, she went on to play Piper Halliwell on Charmed, and in its fifth season she began to lend a hand in production. Girl, you should be in front of the camera, not squinting all day at footage and lounging by craft services. She’s still producing pilots today.
7. Jennie Garth
Jennie Garth got beat out by Tiffani Amber Thiessen for the role of Kelly Kapowski in Saved By the Bell, but casting directors gave her the opportunity to shine in the legendary 1990s drama, Beverly Hills 90210. She played a stuck-up rich type who liked to wear tight designer outfits, and she looked great doing it for 10 years. Lately, she’s been on the spin-off train, playing Kelly Taylor in the new version of the show.