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'80s TV hunks for the thirty-something teenybopper

by Debra McDuffee, posted Nov 20th 2008 11:23AM
Jack WagnerAll this month, AOL TV is publishing their list of TV's hottest hunks of all time. That's a lot of hunks, but probably they won't all be memorable to you -- or to me.

Because when were you swooning over TV hunks? When you were a teenager, of course. Unless you are really, really immature. But seriously, I am guessing that beyond the age of 16 or so, you probably didn't plaster any Teen Magazine pin-ups on your bedroom walls.

As a teenager of the '80s, I surely had my favorite TV hunks. Yep, they were plastered on my bedroom walls, too: imagine hunk wallpaper and you've got the idea. So who on TV mingled amongst the movie actors of the Brat Pack?

Jack Wagner
Was it his stint on General Hospital from 1983 to 1995 that made him irresistible? Or did his romantic side come out more through his music? Not that I went to any of his concerts, ahem, more than once, really. As spirited an entertainer as ol' Jack was, he wasn't all I needed ....

Tom Selleck
He had me at Magnum P.I. Long legs, short shorts ... gotta love the '80s. The dimples, the giggle, heck, the guy can even do a mustache proud. So glad to see his career lasting. This is a quality hunk.

Jameson Parker
Tell me you watched Simon and Simon; it was on right after Magnum. The straight man with the preppy look was the understated hunk of the clever detective show.

Parker StevensonParker Stevenson
You may think that next to the long-haired crooner Shawn Cassidy that no one could be considered a hunk, but Parker Stevenson stole the show on the Hardy Boys. Maybe I've got a preppy guy fetish, but those blue eyes and sincere smile got me every time.

Bruce Willis
Debuting in Moonlighting and knocking our socks off, Bruce Willis wasn't the classic hunk, but he oozed personality and wise-cracking charm. You couldn't help but love him. Here's another quality hunk who has stood the test of time.

Lorenzo LamasLorenzo Lamas
I was really way too young to be watching Falcon Crest, so I didn't. The detective shows were much more interesting anyway. But the gorgeous dark hair, piercing eyes and chiseled features of Lamas caught my young and tender eyes, if only on the promo ads. Ah, puberty.

Matthew PerryMatthew Perry
I know what you are thinking: Matthew Perry is a hunk of the '90s. Ah, then you weren't paying attention. While all of you were swooning over the future religious zealot, Kirk Cameron, I was watching Growing Pains for Tracey Gold's on-screen boyfriend, Sandy, who eventually met his demise in a very special Growing Pains.

Don Johnson
You know you are a certified hunk when you not only get away with wearing pinks and other pastels, but somehow manage to make it into a raging fashion trend. The '80s Miami Vice propelled this hunk into existence, although every time we get to see him, I'm happy he is still around.

Other '80s hunks who deserve an honorable mention, but just didn't get my juices flowing the way these guys did:

John Stamos -- You had to pick a side in the Jack Wagner / John Stamos General Hopsital Battle of the Hunks. I picked Jack, but Careersville picked John. Well done, man.

Scott BaioScott Baio -- Yes, I know Chachi was a putz; but you totally wanted Charles in Charge to be your babysitter. Admit it.

Tony Danza -- The goofy likeability of Tony in both Taxi and Who's the Boss gives Tony Danza the '80s hunk status.

Ted Danson -- Cheers to Sam Malone, ex-jock, cool bartender, and Boston hunk.

Mark-Paul GosselaarMark Paul Gosselaar -- Did you fall victim to the Zack Attack?

Michael J. Fox -- Trust me, someone thought so because he was all over the pages of the teen magazines. Was Alex P. Keaton such a catch?

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I just thought of Bruce Boxleitner from the "How the West Was Won" series!! Man, he was HOT!!!!!

November 21 2008 at 3:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I totally agree that Rick Springfield should have made this list!

November 21 2008 at 11:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why isn't Rick Springfield on this list?

Matthew Perry!? Are you kidding me!

November 21 2008 at 8:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My vote's gotta go to Richard Dean Anderson.

November 20 2008 at 9:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Judith Turner

What -- no Pierce Brosnan as Remington Steele - 5 seasons beginning in 1982??? He was gorgeous and funny, too.

November 20 2008 at 8:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Tom Selleck all-time favorite tv hunk! Close second... Randolph Mantooth! Remember "Emergency"?

November 20 2008 at 12:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh how I loved Blackie (John Stamos on General Hospital). And I so wanted to be Demi Moore when she was on General Hospital.

Jack Wagner, Parker Stevenson, yup....I remember every last one of them.

November 20 2008 at 12:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Does it have to be the 80's hunks??? I think the ones I liked were 70's: Leif Garrett (who did NOT age well!); Jimmy Baio; David Cassidy (Shaun wasnt bad either); Willie Ames (he didnt age well either); Jason Bateman; Scott Valentine; but Im agreeing with you on Scott Baio, John Stamos, and Jack Wagnor!

November 20 2008 at 12:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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