I’ve been on the celebrity crush train for going on 20 years now. Pretty much starting from the time I decided I thought boys were “cute,” I have an unending slew of crushes — both real and fictional.
For today’s post, I thought I would go through a few of my fictional, television crushes from childhood. Hopefully these will resonate with some of you…
1. Mike Seaver (Kirk Cameron) — Growing Pains
Growing Pains ended in 1992 (when I was only 2-years-old), but was in syndication on Disney Channel during the late 1990s. I. Was. Obsessed.
Around this time, a lot of girls in my class were obsessed with Leonardo DiCaprio due to Titanic‘s release. DiCaprio, who joined the cast of Growing Pains in the later seasons, was cute but didn’t quite do it for me. I think I really liked Mike Seaver’s devil-may-care attitude and sense of humor. Plus, I was always a sucker for a dark haired guy with pretty eyes.
Back in those days, who would have thought that Kirk Cameron would grow up to be hated by much of the world for his religious beliefs (I try not to get into it) and that Alan Thicke (who played the father) would have a son grinding on Billy Ray Cyrus’s daughter at the MTV Music Awards? You just never know what time will bring…
2. Eric Matthews (Will Friedle) — Boy Meets World
There’s something to be said for characters who mostly serve as comic relief. In the case of Boy Meets World, much of the comic relief in the series was provided by Eric Matthews, the lovable-but-dumb older brother of Cory.
I thought Eric was just dreamy. He was dumb (and, as the show went on, grew perpetually dumber), but he was just so darn cute. He also got some of the bigger laughs throughout the show — the Feeny call, the above scene where he imagines himself as a TV detective, the time he gets suckered into a fake “modeling” gig.
Now, I personally thought all the main Boy Meets World guys (Cory, Shawn, Jack) were cute, but Eric’s silliness and sexy hair (his hair moved unlike Cory’s Brillo pad!) won my heart.
3. Robbie Palmer (Adam LaVorgna) — 7th Heaven
I hesitate to admit it, but 7th Heaven is possibly the most obsessive I ever got over a TV show. I’ve watched episodes as an adult and yes, I admit that the show is mostly terrible. But my sheltered, 8-to-15-year-old self was really into it.
It isn’t an exaggeration to say that I fell hard for Robbie Palmer, who was probably the first real “bad boy” I’d ever seen on TV (Jess Mariano came second in Gilmore Girls, a few years later). I can probably blame this character for my attraction to fictional characters who, despite being troubled, have a heart of gold.
4. Trent Lane (voiced by Alvaro J. Gonzalez) — Daria
Please tell me I’m not the only one who has had a cartoon crush?
I started watching Daria at a weird time in my life. Aka: puberty. It was probably the perfect show to watch as a preteen — a little bit darker and more grown up than what I’d been watching, but mostly harmless. Anyway, I thought that Trent (despite his general laziness and probable drug habit) was super hot in that animated-one-dimensional kind of way. Don’t you just love that in a guy?
He was musical and had tattoos and a scratchy voice. How could a 12-year-old girl pass that up? Plus there was the… soul patch? Is that what those are called?
5. Uncle Jesse — Full House
Uncle Jesse Katsopolis is probably the grand daddy of all childhood TV crushes. For my generation, at least. John Stamos must have made a deal with the devil because that man just continues to look great year after year after year.
It didn’t matter if he sported a mullet or wore ridiculous, Elvis-esque attire, Uncle Jesse was a fine hunk of man. A lot of the appeal also came from his love of his nieces and family in general and, of course, his ability to rock the house. Jesse and the Rippers 4 Eva.
Who were your favorite TV crushes from childhood?
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