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Move over HUNKS….It’s the TOP 10 PRIME TIME BABES list

by Jim on May 25, 2010 · 12 comments

I’m nothing if not fair so when the TOP 10 PRIME TIME HUNKS hit two weeks ago, I immediately knew I had to do a list for the ladies out there so the following (in no particular order) are the TOP 10 BABES IN PRIME TIME TELEVISION. Let me know what you think because even if your favorite didn’t make the list this time around there’s no reason why I can’t do a follow-up list, right?  Enjoy!

VanessaWilliamsVanessa Williams is technically between shows since Ugly Betty just went off the air and she won’t appear on Desperate Housewives until the fall but just look at those eyes, those lips…the whole package!  Williams proved with Betty that she was more than a pretty face and could either act with comedic chops or instill the occasional dramatic moment when necessary.  Plus, did you want to see her channel the manipulative Wilhelmina Slater if she missed a spot the list? I didn’t think so.

PadmaSmileNobody makes eating look as sexy as Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi. The Indian American cookbook author, actress, model and host brings not only her unique, exquisite features but also her intelligence, humor and down-to-earth manner every week to the cooking contestants on the Bravo reality hit. Even in her personal life, Lakshmi is in control as she had a baby earlier this year and only recently divulged the father (American venture capitalist Adam Dell). And while Lakshmi jokes that has to let out her clothes during the shooting season of Top Chef, it never shows.

TiffaniFrom Saved By The Bell to Beverly Hills 90210, actress Tiffani Thiessen has grown up before our eyes and is not only currently starring on the new USA crime drama White Collar but she’s giving birth to her first child any day now. Ever the professional, Thiessen said recently at the Paley Center for Media that she’s fine playing second fiddle to White Collar stars Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay but if viewers get their way, we’ll be seeing more of Tiffani’s Elizabeth Burke when season 2 begins this summer.

NinaDobrevNobody knew who Nina Dobrev was a year ago at this time but with the smash success of the CW’sVampire Diaries, Dobrev has not only proven herself as a strong mortal but as a must-see actress.  On one hand, Elena is torn between two brother vampires (Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley, who both made the hunks list!) but Dobrev also has the unique chance to showcase her range as the evil Katherine, who shockingly returned from the dead in the season finale of the freshman series. And, to be clear, none of it would have been as convincing without Dobrev’s talent.

ChristinaHendricks2Redheads bombshells hadn’t been getting much time on television until the first moment Christina Hendricks emerged in the pilot of AMC’s Mad Men. As queen bee secretary Joan Holloway, Hendricks plays the calm, collected, (almost) always-in-control tough broad with the hourglass figure. However, Hendricks gives Joan much more depth than expected with her quiet sadness in her not-so-perfect marriage (her husband raped her in at Sterling Cooper!). However, watch for Joan to be back in control when the new season kicks off this summer as she steers Don Draper (Jon Hamm) in  starting his own ad firm.


MariskaHer co-star Chris Meloni made it on the hunk list a few weeks back and when putting this list together I couldn’t possibly leave off Law & Order: SVU‘s Marsika Hargitay. As Detective Olivia Benson, Hargitay plays the tough NY detective role well but having personally seen her on Hollywood red carpets and at media/charity events this lady is also full of personality, which we hopefully will see more of in her post-L&O:SVU career, whenever that might come. No doubt about it though, Hargitay still easily slides into the ‘babe’ category.

brooke-elliottBrooke Elliott suddenly was everywhere last year when Lifetime launched it’s new hit series Drop Dead Diva. What happened next was not just another preachy cable comedy/drama but a very grounded and real message that beauty does not always come in a size 2 package. As a diva that dies and winds up in the body of a plus-sized lawyer, Elliott brings a genuine charm and energy and easily takes what could be a one-note role and makes her the kind of woman that other women would want to marry and men would want to date. The show would not work without Elliott and that’s sexy as hell.

blake-lively-18-4-8You may think with all the dark haired beauties on this list that I have something against blondes. Well, here’s one that you can’t help but notice. Blake Lively has played Serena van der Woodsen since the soap Gossip Girl hit the air three years ago but Lively has quickly become a fashion icon and also finding her way into features with her roles in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movies and a more grown-up role in the upcoming Green Lantern film. With all the hotties on the CW, it’s tough to stand out but Lively does just that effortlessly.

NUP_108667_2336Winner of the MILF Babe award goes to Friday Night Lights’ beautiful heart and soul, Connie Britton. Who ever thought that being a wife and mother (and school Principal!) in the middle of Texas would be sexy but that down-to-earth and honest quality is exactly what makes you notice Britton in her role as Tami Taylor. It also doesn’t hurt that whenever TV hubby Eric Taylor (played by dreamy Kyle Chandler) looks at his wife, we can’t help but see how much he loves her and how we can’t help but wish we were in his shoes.

ArchiePanjabiOne of the biggest hits this past television season is CBS’s The Good Wife and not only for star Julianna Margulies‘ return to weekly drama. As Kalinda Sharma, the no-nonsense in-house private investigator, Archie Panjabi isn’t your stereotypical beauty with her unabashed cynicism and her sometimes snarky comments to her colleagues but Panjabi injects the role with a curious nature as viewers can’t help but try to figure her out a little more (like is Kalinda a lesbian?  Hmmmm…) Regardless, Panjabi has brought something to an already busy show with great actors and that is enough to get her a spot on the list.

StanaKaticWhen I saw a little over a year ago that ABC was ushering in yet another crime procedural I was beyond skeptical but on first viewing of the hit show Castle, it wasn’t only hunky Nathan Fillion who caught my eye but his co-star/sparring partner Stana Katic, who plays Detective Kate Beckett. As model-beautiful as Katic is, she also brings a strength to the role and it’s completely believable she’d be running down bad guys…and looking fabulous doing it. The sparks between Fillion and Katic on-screen are reason enough to watch the show. The show, which was renewed for a third season earlier this year, is doing the will they/won’t they dance well and let’s hope it ends up being as much fun as it has been so far.

Don’t agree with my picks?  Still looking for YOUR favorite BABE? Did anyone actually count and see that there are 11 on this list?  (I couldn’t make that final cut!) It’s your turn to tell me what you think. Just go to the comment box below and let me know NOW.

Until next time…keep watching!

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Dan May 25, 2010 at 10:05 am

Honestly – great list. Love me that Blake Lively and Connie Britton….

MMG May 25, 2010 at 10:10 am

Nice list Jim! But no Stana Katic? 🙁

Jim May 25, 2010 at 11:18 am

Thanks, Dan. I made a glaring omission though—Stana Katic from CASTLE….so look back when you get a chance and you’ll see her. Feel free to pass on the link to anyone else who appreciates TV BABES. 🙂

Joe G May 25, 2010 at 1:30 pm

How could you leave out the two hottest babes on prime timeTV?…Namely Daniela Ruah (Kensi on NCIS-LA) and
Robin Tunney (Agent Lisbon on The Mentalist)

Sofia May 29, 2010 at 7:08 pm

Stana Katic rocks!!!!
She’s awesome and beautiful!!!!
Nice election!

Stephanie May 30, 2010 at 11:14 pm


The three hotest!

chez crisden June 2, 2010 at 10:53 am

glad former miss america of 1984 is on the count down.
she gonna be on desperate house wives? can’t wait

kelly kapowsky from saved by the bell, and mariska hargitay from law and order are also on the count down as well?

fantastick!) gentlemen! move over, the ladies are running things 🙂

Shannon Cobb July 14, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Definitely Mariska Hargitay!!!!!!

Milena July 15, 2010 at 7:50 am


Shannon cobb July 19, 2010 at 7:31 am

Mariska Hargitay ALWAYS Mariska Hargitay! She is absolutely gorgeous & flawless! Definitely the obvious choice.

Cheyenne October 24, 2011 at 11:19 pm

Nina Dobrev hands down!!!!!!!

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