by Jim on December 31, 2010 · 136 comments

The #1 post on JimHalterman.com in 2010 is all because of YOU! This is the readers poll from June and while it was full of shocks – like exclusions by hotties Jon Hamm and David Boreanaz – there were other surprises, too. What I found most interesting is a guy whose now-hot show hadn’t even premiered yet nabbed the #1 spot in this TV Prime Time hunk poll—of all time! I think after the new year, another readers poll may need to happen to see what the results may be in 2011.

Thank you for all the support this year with my site. It’s truly a part of my job that pays the least but rewards me the most. Thank you and see you in 2011!!

Thanks to EVERYONE who took the time to send in vote after vote after vote in the Top 10 Prime Time Hunks of All Time poll! You all showed your love in true TV-lovers form and should be patting yourselves on the back (go ahead, use your remote if nobody else is around.) Be warned…there are a few surprises coming (not enough votes to get Jon Hamm or David Boreanaz on the list?! Shocker!) and while the majority of the following are more contemporary than classic, this was a readers’ poll so don’t blame me! Between direct emails, Twitter, Facebook and, of course, leaving comments right here, I have compiled your Top 10.  Let me know what you think and, above all, enjoy the next 10 HUNKS of eye candy!

10. TOM SELLECK: Did you know that Tom Selleck starred in six failed television pilots before he struck gold with Magnum PI on CBS (1980-1988). Selleck was probably the biggest star of the 1980s and he still continues to be a big draw on television whether he’s guest-starring on Friends, Las Vegas and the still-popular Jesse Stone series of television movies.

Tom Selleck in his Magnum PI days

9. TAYLOR KITSCH:  Kitsch may have started off as an Abercrombie & Fitch model but he quickly proved himself as more than a pretty face and stunning physique as Tim Riggins on the NBC drama Friday Night Lights. While Kitsch is leaving the series after the end of the current season airing right now (its 4th), a feature film career is already underway with a prominent role in last years X Men Origins: Wolverine and has several more projects coming to theaters soon.

Friday Night Lights' star Taylor Kitsch has a lot of fans!

8. JENSEN ACKLES: Like many popular actors in film and television, Jensen Ackles got his start in acting by starring as Eric Brady on NBC’s Days Of Our Lives for three years (1997-2000). The Dallas-born Ackles then bounced around a few shows (like Dawson’s Creek) before striking gold in 2005 with the CW series Supernatural co-starring fellow hunk (and one that nearly made this list), Jared Padalecki. While Supernatural is sure to run a few more seasons, Ackles easily will be in the public eye for a long time.

How could SUPERNATURAL's Jensen Ackles NOT make the list??

7. SHEMAR MOORE: Moore was a model and then soap opera star (on CBS’s The Young and the Restless) before he moved over to prime time with the crime drama hit Criminal Minds in 2005. As Derek Morgan, Moore has shown that his charisma goes way beyond his body and smile (though they don’t hurt) and he’s shown a strong acting talent on the show as well as in some of his feature films like Tyler Perry’s Diary of a Mad Black Woman. For now, Moore is content on Criminal Minds but his career (and popularity) is probably just getting started.

Criminal Minds' Shemar Moore isn't exactly the shy type, is he?

6. IAN SOMERHALDER: Louisiana native Somerhalder was already known to audiences before last fall when the CW premiered a little show called The Vampire Diaries. Whether it was for his modeling, early acting roles in the feature film Life As A House or as Boone on the mega-hit Lost, Somerhalder was always destined for greatness, right? Unfortunately, Boone died during the first season Lost so what would take Somerhalder to the next level in terms of his career and popularity? Why not play a vampire in the midst of a resurgence of vampire projects like True Blood and the Twilight series? As Damon Salvatore, Somerhalder gets to be nasty, conniving but then show his softer side in his love for his past love, Katherine, who happens to look like his brother’s girlfriend Elena. Season Two of Vampire Diaries will start this fall and Somerhalder is sure to keep making his fans stand at attention!

Whether as devilish Damon or hanging on the beach, Ian Somerhalder is HOT

5. JAMES RODAY: While James Roday doesn’t play a character that is your typical crime drama hunk (he’s not necessarily suave, debonair or macho…well, unless that’s part of his cover on the USA detective series PSYCH.) Instead, Roday playing fake psychic Shawn Spencer actually does manage to somehow solve the crimes at hand despite repeated cultural references and playing with his partner-in-(solving) crime, Gus (Dule Hill). What makes Roday sexy is that he’s not the stereotypical macho man on TV but, instead, is the antithesis, which makes him sexy.

James Roday - class clown and one of the hottest hunks!

4. CHRIS MELONI: Meloni was pulling double duty on television in 1999 when the actor was working on the HBO series OZ, as bi-sexual (and often naked) murderer Chris Keller, and started work on what would be his longest role to date in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit on NBC. While Oz ended in 2003, Meloni will be entering season 12 this fall as Elliot Stabler and he’s still just as interesting and just as sexy as he was when the show began. It doesn’t hurt that underneath the all-business Stabler, we know that Meloni is a lover of life, a devoted father and, hell, just look at that smile!!

Chris Meloni for serious roles on OZ and L&O: SVU but he's smiling here!

3. PAUL WESLEY:  Wesley wasn’t too well-known a year ago except for fans of his early career work in daytime soaps, various prime time guest spots, a recurring role on 24, and the ABC Family series, Fallen. It took his turn as the vampire-with-a-conscience on the CW series Vampire Diaries to launch Wesley into the crazy-high levels of superstardom. Fans can’t get enough of the show, the stars (Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev, to name a few) and with a second season coming this fall, Vampire Diaries should reach new ratings heights and, of course, new heights in fame as Wesley shows us that he is just as adept at handling the delicious shirtless scenesas well as those where he literally gets to chew the scenery and show what a great actor he is, too!

Paul Wesley has proven his acting chops as Stefan Salvatore on Vampire Diaries

Paul Wesley's star is surely on the rise thanks to Vampire Diaries

2. MATT BOMER:  While many on this list are newcomers to the television fame game, Matt Bomer is someone who feels like he’s been around much longer than he has because he slid in off the radar with ease and finesse. Sure a few years back he was almost the new Superman (but when directors changed Brandon Routh got the role) and had a recurring role on NBC’s Chuck but Bomer became the role of con-artist Neal Caffrey the minute he stepped in front of the camera in the White Collar pilot. It doesn’t hurt that his blue eyes are intoxicating and Neal somehow finds time to hit the gym but Bomer is everything a true TV star is -good looks combined with a natural charisma and a talent for acting that seems effortless. Season 2 beings July 13th – I don’t know about you but I know what I’ll be doing that night!

Matt Bomer caught everyone's attention when WHITE COLLAR premiered

Matt Bomer gets to dress well as Neal Caffrey on WHITE COLLAR

and the number 1 PRIME TIME TV HUNK OF ALL TIME is…

…ALEX O’LOUGHLIN!! For those of you who may not know O’Loughlin (and that number is growing less daily thanks to the upcoming Hawaii Five-0) , O’Loughlin had already been known in his native Australia before he first hit American audiences on FX’s crime drama The Shield and then as the lead in the vampire drama Moonlight, which was cancelled after one season. O’Loughlin then took the lead in last fall’s CBS medical drama Three Rivers but, again, that show didn’t catch on overall with audiences and was cancelled. Alex kept busy co-starring with Jennifer Lopez in this spring’s feature film The Back-Up Plan which showed his talent for comedy and made use of his physical assets (wouldn’t you?). However, Hawaii Five-0 finds O’Loughlin playing the iconic role of Steve McGarrett (originally played by Jack Lord) and given a plum time slot (Mondays at 10, which had served super hit CSI: Miami very well) the show has everything going for it, including great co-stars in Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim (someone else who almost made this list!) and BSG‘s Grace Park. Time will tell how big of a hit the new show is but my prediction is that Alex O’Loughlin will be an American household name in no time…his fans (who voted daily in droves) have known all this for a loooooooong time.  Congrats, Alex!

As Steve McGarrett in the upcoming series HAWAII FIVE-0

Yes, folks, Alex O'Loughlin also looks good IN clothes

I couldn't run just one picture of Alex O'Loughlin, could I??

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Jim July 1, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Thanks, Del!! I can’t believe I got that wrong but I just fixed it. Thanks for correcting my error!!

Lindsay Fang July 6, 2010 at 10:45 am

my list:
1.Jensen Ackles
2.Shemar Moore
3.Chris Meloni
4.James Rodady
5.Ian Somerhalder

lou July 13, 2010 at 10:55 pm

I’m so happy that my favorite Alex O’loughlin was chosen as No. 1 hunk. Thanks for all the fans who voted for him. Looking forward for his new tv series H5O although I miss his Moonlight TV Series…..

yulia July 19, 2010 at 2:58 am

I vote for Jensen Ackles,Paul Wesley,Ian Somerhalder and Alex O’Loughlin…))))

Jessica October 21, 2010 at 3:46 pm

So glad to see James Roday and Matt Bomer on here!

Kat November 27, 2010 at 4:49 am

That Jensen’s “fellow hunk” Jared didn’t make the list is just wrong, wrong, wrong. You must have made a mistake there.

English teacher November 27, 2010 at 5:40 am

Did many actors get their start playing Eric Brady? That’s the meaning of your opening sentence on Jensen Ackles. Proofread, will you?!

Jim November 27, 2010 at 7:15 am

No mistake…he came close to making the list but failed to get enough readers’ votes. I was shocked but it’s all accurate. Maybe next time…

Jim November 27, 2010 at 7:16 am

Thanks for the comment, though! Your students must love you!

Carrie November 27, 2010 at 7:39 am

Jensen is number 1 in my eyes! 🙂

Katherine November 27, 2010 at 10:04 am

This lists are always stupid, childish and with no sense at all. They always forget Jared Padalecki, who may well be the most beautiful actor on Tv. And some of them shouldn’t be on the list, to start.
Anyway, i’m happy with Alex O’Loughlin and Matt Bomer. Jensen Ackles is in every f*** lists. This stinks already and the guy is not prettier than Jared Padalecki, is friend on Supernatural.
For the next time, use a higher quality for the lenses in your glasses, ok? ……………..sigh………………

Jim November 27, 2010 at 10:06 am

Thanks for your comment, Katherine, but maybe in your snit about Jared missing from the list you didn’t read the intro that the readers picked these hunks, not me. I welcome you to vote the next time I do a reader’s poll and maybe your favorite will make it on the list. Have a great rest of the weekend!

Joe B. November 27, 2010 at 10:34 am

How can he be the #1 hunk of all time? He’s just okay, there are a million guys with better abs, chest, arms, etc. … and you can’t even call his latest show a success yet.

I think women like the guy more than gay men do, I hear none of my friends going crazy for this guy the way they did Chris Meloni during the Oz days.

Ann November 27, 2010 at 10:36 am

Jim, thanks for all your work. I love just coming to look at all the wonderful pictures you have of all these hunks. I don’t agree with all of them but I know that there are many who love the ones that I don’t. That is why they voted for them. I love Jensen and Alex and think they are the best hunks, but that is my opinion. Not everyone has the same opinion, obviously.

I am a big Days of Our Lives fan so my favorite area of your site is the interviews with the Days cast. You have conducted some awesome interviews with the cast, especially my favorite Galen Gering. Loved the video interviews from Day of Days. Thanks for your interviews and keep up the great work!


Anna November 27, 2010 at 10:49 am

Jensen and Matt all the way! Good list but I’d put these two on top.

Chelsea November 27, 2010 at 3:12 pm

LOL! We are serious about our hunks!!
Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki are the top hunks in my eyes. Maybe they’ll do better next time.

Isabella Castro November 27, 2010 at 7:18 pm

My list
1. Ian Sommerhalder
2. Jensen Ackles
3.Matt Bomer
4. Paul Wesley
5. Shemar Moore

Ammna November 28, 2010 at 2:35 am

Great list, Jim, although hunk number 1 should be Jensen 😉 . Love that he is on the list, lots of smart people out there 🙂

Kátia Cristina November 30, 2010 at 7:23 am

For me, Jensen will always be the First … Love it! =)

monica December 3, 2010 at 10:10 pm

so jared almost made the list? he’s way hotter than all the ppl on this list including jensen and not putting him on the list is a big mistake..

kayla December 11, 2010 at 7:17 pm

james roday is awesome(: he made #89 on buddyTV`s america`s most sexiest men on television. i personally think he should`ve at least made the top20, but thats jus me ~psych-o 4evr (psych-o = psych fan)

Deb December 14, 2010 at 9:11 am

I’ve loved Alex ever since Moonlight, but I’m kind of dissapointed that you didn’t include David Boreanaz, he’s been the ultimate tv hunk in Buffy, Angel, and now on Bones!!!

Caro December 31, 2010 at 6:31 am

Excellent list of truly excellent menfolk! Your #1 was right-on! As more & more people tune into Hawaii Five-0, they are going to find out what Alex O’Loughlin’s fans have known for a very long time……..he’s gorgeous inside & out!

jessica January 13, 2011 at 3:59 pm

my list
1. Tom Welling
2.Tom Welling
3.Tom Welling
4.Tom Welling
5.Tom Welling

moonfoxa January 15, 2011 at 2:06 am

ALEX O’LOUGHLIN!!! He the magnificent actor and very sexy!

becky January 15, 2011 at 4:55 pm

my favourite five are
matt bomer,shermar moore,alex o loughlin,pual wesley and ian somerhalder they are all fanciable men x

Renee January 16, 2011 at 8:01 am

You must Admit this is The True List of Primetime Hunks for 2010): A++++ Stephen Martines(Vampire Diaries), MattBomer, Shemar Moore, Maksim(DWTS), Ian(Vampire Diaries)

Luciene January 20, 2011 at 6:51 pm

My list:
1. Ian Sommerhalder
2. Jensen Ackles
3. Paul Wesley
4.Matt Bomer
5. Shemar Moore

Luciene January 20, 2011 at 6:55 pm

My list:
1. Ian Somerhalder
2. Jensen Ackles
3. Paul Wesley
4.Matt Bomer
5. Shemar Moore


vivianne January 20, 2011 at 7:19 pm

No Doubt my vote is for
1 Matt Bomer
2 Matt Bomer
3 Matt Bomer
4 Matt Bomer
5 Matt Bomer

alice February 2, 2011 at 2:37 am

mine is :
1.ian somerhalder
2.matt bomer
and how can others be in my list?!

TraceyM February 24, 2011 at 12:40 am

My List
1/ Jensen Akles
2/ Ian Somerhalder
3/James Marsters
4/ Alex O
5/ Matt Boomer

Johanna Peart January 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm

I love you Paul Westly, Ian Somerhalder nd Shemar Moore.

an clara March 2, 2012 at 1:54 pm

my list:
1-jensen aclkes
2- jared padalecki
3-misha collins
4-jensen aclkes
5-jared padalecki

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