If you were born in the last forty years, there’s a good chance that, like most descent Americans, you were raised by television. Every week, we would sit with glazed eyes and willing minds, soaking up the life lessons and family-oriented morals from our favorite pixelated surrogate sitcom parents. The funny thing about sitcom families is that a lot of times they contain daughters, and the funny thing about sitcom daughters is that they grow up to be women, and sometimes they grow up to be really hot women. Here are some of our favorite child television stars who went from tot to hot.
as Sam Micelli on "Who’s The Boss?"
At the age of 11, Alyssa was cast in the role of Sam Micelli, the daughter of a former baseball player turned housemaid. The show ran for 8 fairly successful years, but was ultimately cancelled. Alyssa realized that she needed to shed her "sweet, innocent girl in acid-washed overalls" image in order to flourish in the world of acting. She embarked on a series of acting roles in adult-oriented (but not pornographic) films, with evocative titles like Casualties of Love: The Long Island Lolita Story, Poison Ivy 2: Lily, and Confessions of A Sorority Girl. The move proved successful for Alyssa. She had separated herself from the role of Sam Micelli, established herself as a viable performer (and sex symbol), and reinvigorated her career. Alyssa went on to star in Charmed, and can be seen in dozens of cameos, bit parts, and smaller recurring roles in television and film. You may also find her doing philanthropy work for UNICEF or PETA, or at a Dodger’s game, since she’s a huge baseball fanatic. Can it get any better than this?
Interesting Fact: Alyssa was featured as a sideline reporter in the 2007 MLB Playoffs, and appeared in the Red Sox/Angels and Diamondbacks/Dodgers series, causing babeball fans everywhere to feel awkward when their wives entered the room and asked why they were sweating so much.
as Ashley Banks on "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"
Tatyana began her acting career on Sesame Street when she was 8 years old. At 11, she scored the role of Ashley, the youngest daughter on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air , a show that is best-known for its totally awesome theme song…oh, and as the acting debut of Will Smith, the most famous actor on the entire planet. Seriously, though, the theme song was sweet. After Fresh Prince was cancelled in 1996, Tatyana went on to pursue a music career, and she dropped an album called Kiss The Sky in 1999. Somewhere along the way, she became incredibly hot. Since then, she’s been featured on a number of albums and in a few music videos, and currently has a recurring role on The Young and The Restless and preparing to debut her second album soon.
Interesting Fact: Before she was on Fresh Prince, Tatyana was a two-time Star Search winner.
as Punky Brewster on "Punky Brewster"
Soleil played the titular role on Punky Brewster, a show that was arguably the most awesome orphan story to date. Punky Brewster was a smart, quick-witted kid who was abandoned by her mother in a shopping mall. With only her trusty dog by her side, Punky did what any normal, newly-abandoned child would do: she walked to a nearby apartment complex, found an abandoned apartment, and took up residence there. Eventually the landlord found Punky, took pity on her, and adopted her. The show only ran for 2 years (’84-’86) and after its cancellation, Soleil provided the voice for the animated series It’s Punky Brewster, which ran for a few years on its own. Since then, Soleil’s been featured in guest appearances on a plethora of shows, like Saved By The Bell, The Wonder Years, Friends, and Sabrina The Teenage Witch, with her real-life best friend, Melissa Joan Hart.
Interesting Fact: When she was 16, Soleil had a breast reduction surgery, reducing her breast size from 36DD to 34C. Way to end this section on a downer, right?
as Allison "Al" Lambert on "Step By Step"
Christine can be seen playing the part of "adorable kid" in a number of commercials prior to her 1991 role on Step By Step, where she played Al, the tomboyish, sharp-tongued middle child of the Lambert family. After a healthy 8-year run, the show was cancelled, and Christine continued to turn up in TV movies and commercials. She was a cast member on MTV’s Wild ‘N Out, a really terrible improv comedy show. Most recently, Christine starred alongside Paris Hilton in the 2008 film The Hottie and the Nottie, which was only seen by 7 people who unanimously agreed that, while the movie is obnoxiously awful, Christine is a super babe.
Interesting Fact: Christine was featured in a Bud Light commercial during Super Bowl XLI that you may have seen, in which a guy picks up a murderous hitchhiker who’s holding a Bud Light and an axe, because "He’s got a bud light!"
as Winnie Cooper on "The Wonder Years"
Danica is the smartest babe on this list, and probably the smartest babe on Chickipedia. She’s best known for her role in TV’s The Wonder Years, playing the part of girl-next-door and perpetual love interest Winnie Cooper. Her parents stressed the importance of education despite Danica’s rigorous shooting schedule, and it paid of big time. She went on to graduate from UCLA summa cum laude with a degree in Mathematics. She’s also written two best-selling books that focus on teaching mathematics to children, and she’s co-authored a theorum. How’s that for the ultimate package?
Interesting Fact: The infamous "first kiss" between Kevin Arnold and Winnie Cooper in the pilot episode of The Wonder Years was Danica’s first kiss in real life. Despite their chemistry on-screen, there was never a romantic relationship between Danica and Fred Savage, but the two developed a very brother/sister relationship off-camera.
as Kelly Bundy on "Married…With Children"
Christina began her acting career at 3 months old. We can’t even remember what we were wearing at three months old, and Christina was already starting a career. Her first role was on the popular soap opera Days of Our Lives. We assume she was cast as either "Nikita, the Soviet Crime Boss", or "Baby #1". For the next few years, she would be featured in a plethora of commercials and bit parts in television shows including a Playtex commercial at age five, which we seems like it would be completely inappropriate and gross. In 1987 she was cast as the ditzy, premiscuous Kelly Bundy on the sitcom Married…With Children, and the role helped to launch her career into the stratosphere. She’s gone on to star in dozens of movies (Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, The Sweetest Thing, Anchorman) and television shows (Jesse, Samantha Who?). Luckily she doesn’t appear to be settling down anytime soon, so we’ve got plenty of time to continue staring at her.
Interesting Fact: Christina is a founding member of the Pussycat Dolls.
as Stephanie Tanner in "Full House"
Jodie got started in commercials at the ripe old age of 4 years old. A year later, she was cast as the lispy, quick-witted middle child in Full House, a show that has become the most recognizable sitcom in television history. The show was originally intended to be about 3 comedians living together, and was originally called House of Comics. However, ABC wanted a show that was more family-oriented, so the concept was re-tooled, children were added, and Full House was born. After a 7-year run on ABC, Full House came to an end, and Jodie went on to host Pants Off Dance Off on Fuse TV (which was not a porn. Trust us. She’s currently the star of a soon-to-be purchased television pilot entitled Small Bits of Happiness, which is dark comedy about a suicide prevention specialist. Sounds pretty sexy, right?
Interesting Fact: Jodie skipped a grade in elementary school, and received a full academic scholarship to Chapman, where she later graduated with a Liberal Arts degree.
as Topanga on "Boy Meets World"
Every kid who watched Boy Meets World had a crush on Topanga. She started out looking super-nerdy, and then, like some bizarre Weird Science experiment, she just kept getting hotter and hotter. Danielle started acting in local theater, and quickly moved on to commercial work, and later a small role in the best (and possibly only) bigfoot comedy ever, Harry and the Hendersons. At the age of 12, Danielle was cast on Boy Meets World as Topanga, the girl-next-door, best-friend and eternal crush of the young Ben Savage, who must absolutely hate Shia LaBeouf for stealing all of his adult roles. After the cancellation of Boy Meets World, Danielle went on to star in a number of straight-to-DVD films, including National Lampoon’s Dorm Daze and it’s sequel, Dorm Daze 2: College At Sea, which was similar to Speed 2 in that it was the same story as the first one, except that it took place on a boat and was much less exciting.
Interesting Fact: Danielle dated her Boy Meets World co-star, Ben Savage. She also dated Lance Bass, who later revealed that he was gay. Danielle commented that "she could tell." The two remain close friends to this day.
as Kelly Kapowski on "Saved By The Bell"
Tiffani was pretty from birth. Her childhood can be catalogued through beauty pageant trophies and ribbons. At 16, she was crowned Miss Junior America. At 17, she won Teen Magazine‘s Great Model Search contest. A year later, she was cast as Kelly Kapowki on Saved By The Bell. Cheezy ’80’s wardrobe not withstanding, Tiffani immediately gained recognition as the hottest teen on television. After the six-year run of Saved By The Bell (including it’s spin-off, Saved By The Bell: The College Years), Tiffani was cast on Beverly Hills, 90210. Since then, she’s appeared in a number of television shows and films with varying success and popularity. Nonetheless, she remains one of the hottest chicks alive.
Interesting Fact: Tiffani has had past relationships with a number of her co-stars, including Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Zack from SBTB), Mario Lopez (Slater from SBTB), and Brian Austin Green (David from Beverly Hills, 90210).
as Jamie Powell in "Charles In Charge"
Remember when male cartoon characters would see a really attractive girl cartoon character, and their eyes would bulge out of their head, and their tongue would unravel like a red carpet, and they would make some sort of steam-whistle sound, to illustrate their arousal? Well, if a real person could ever actually do those things, they would do it when they saw Nicole Eggert. Nicole was another beauty pageant baby, and at age 5 she was crowned Miss Universe in the Petite Division. Honestly, we didn’t even know that such a thing actually existed, and as disturbing as it sounds, it brought us Nicole, so we’re okay with it. In 1987, Nicole was cast as Jamie on Charles In Charge, and it was off to the races from there. After the show’s cancellation, Nicole went on to star in Baywatch during the height of the show’s popularity, thus solidifying herself as a world-renowned babe. She continues to appear sporadically in films, on television shows, and in magazine spreads.
Interesting Fact: Nicole once dated and was briefly engaged to her Blown Away co-star Cory Haim, but she later backed out of the engagement due to Cory’s ongoing drug abuse problems.