Not all TV characters are created equally. Some characters, like Penny from Big Bang Theory and teenage heartthrobs a la Chad Michael Murray and Rider Strong are inserted into shows specifically to spice it up. But then there are side characters who may not get the scenes where the wind blows through their perfectly coiffed hair but are doing the behind-the-scenes sexy work nevertheless. These are the most surprisingly sexy TV characters that will make you forget all about whats-her-name on Modern Family.
Alba Villanueva from Jane the Virgin
On a show that’s full of sexy people, one of the sexiest may be Jane’s abuela, Alba.
She is the matriarch of a long line of undeniably sexy women, so it really isn’t surprising that Alba, the oldest of the Villanueva women, is sexy in her own right.
Sure, she’s strict, up-tight about sex, and extremely religious, but even don’t-give-anyone-your-flower-before-marriage Alba can let loose once and awhile: she is working on getting her groove back by dating around and even tried out a sex toy. And of course the sexiest thing of all, she raised a family of strong women. Sexy comes in all ages, even a great-grandmother.
Kimmy Schmidt from The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Ok, so she was imprisoned in a bunker for ten years and is completely naive about how the modern world works, but you have to admit, despite her obsession with all the things a 12-year-old girl would love, Kimmy is pretty sexy.
She never gave up hope in the bunker and was the only one of the women to set out on her own to make a name for herself after they were released from the apocalypse cult. She’s motivated, enthusiastic, down to earth, and plus, that girl can wear a mini-backpack.
Rupert Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
While you were busy drooling over Buffy and Angel, did you ever stop to take a look at the sexy librarian running the show?
Although notably stuffy, Giles not only totally pulls off the tweed look, he also cares deeply about Buffy and regularly puts his life on the line to save the world. And while he was usually more of a behind-the-scenes guy, Giles faced off with a monster more than once.
And have you forgotten the episode where he is transformed into a teenager and does unspeakable acts with Buffy’s mom?
Someone get Willow to cast a cooling spell because it’s getting hot in the high school library.
Greg from Crazy Ex Girlfriend
One of his biggest numbers in the show is literally titled “Settle for Me” so it’s safe to say understands that small town California bartender Greg is not exactly meant to be a catch.
And of course he’s no Josh Chan, but that cute curly hair and amazing singing voice definitely are nothing to sneer at.
Dwayne Schneider from One Day at a Time
The Alvarez family’s landlord/upstairs neighbor Dwayne may be annoying, entitled, and borderline obsessed with their family, but have you noticed he’s also kind of a babe?
Behind those thick glasses and expensive cable-knit cardigans, Dwayne has a heart of gold and really wants to help all the tenants in his building. He’s a catch!
Cam from Modern Family
He’s goofy, he’s a part-time clown, he presented his adopted baby to the rest of the family by staging a Lion King re-enactment, but beyond all the silliness, Cam is secretly very sexy.
He loves his husband and his family, he pursues his passions even when they aren’t popular, he’s confident, and he is a great dresser. Cam is all kinds of sexy.
Amy Brookheimer from Veep
She comes off as a bit of an ice queen, but really what’s sexier than caring about your job? And nobody cares more about their job than Amy.
Although she’s a little intense and has a mouth a sailor would be embarrassed by, Amy is hard-working, passionate, independent, and she makes a middle hair part work for her and not the other way around. Definitely sexy.
Spencer Reid from Criminal Minds
Uh, did somebody say “super genius who works for the FBI and has gorgeous locks of wavy brown hair”?
Spencer Reid may be the resident nerd on the Criminal Minds team, but he’s far from being a dud.
He dressed like a hipster before bow ties and horn-rimmed glasses were cool, and he made out with a hot actress in her Hollywood mansion pool at the risk of his own job.
Just because he was a child prodigy who attended college at age twelve Dougie-Houser style, it doesn’t make him any less sexy.
Carol from Friends
Mostly used as the punchline to lesbian jokes in the show, Carol was actually a pretty kickass, sexy lady.
She admitted her own homosexuality when she left Ross for Susan at a time when being openly gay wasn’t common.
Plus, she basically raised their kid by herself and with Susan, since you barely ever saw Ross with him.
Carol was doing the thing, and that makes her incredibly sexy.
Niles Crane from Frasier
He’s stuffy, he’s neurotic, he’s very weak and when asked to help carry a piece of furniture he refuses stating, “you know I don’t lift”, but Niles is also a successful psychiatrist, smart, worldly, and completely committed to the woman he loves.
And he knows a lot about wine and Italian shoes.
Niles is secretly sexy, whether you like it or not.
Paris Geller from Gilmore Girls
While you’re over there debating who Rory should date, you should be focusing on the actual sexiest girl in Gilmore Girls: Paris.
She’s abrasive, she’s rigid, she’s manic, and okay sometimes she’s flat out mean, but that doesn’t stop Paris from being sexy. Never has a woman known what she wanted and gone for it more than Paris Geller.
And speaking of sex, while Rory’s first time was with somebody else’s husband in her childhood bed, Paris did it on a bearskin rug with a hot college dude. I think we know who is the sexy one here.
Donna Meagle from Parks and Recreation
Maybe it’s not really a secret that Donna is sexy: she makes a lot of comments about her sex life throughout the series, but we never really get to see her love life until she ends up marrying total catch Joe, played by Keegan Michael Key.
Donna is smart, opinionated, and takes good care of herself (dare I say she “treats herself”?), plus she has her own minivan.
Rose Nylund from Golden Girls
Blanche is always billed as the sexiest Golden Girl, but let’s take a moment to recognize the sexiness that is Rose Nylund.
She may be a little bit of an airhead, but Rose has some pretty sexy qualities: she’s independent, brave, caring, and optimistic.
And although her totals are nowhere near Blanche’s, Rose doesn’t just stay home on Saturday nights, she dates a number of men throughout the series. And have you seen her dance?
Charlie Young from The West Wing
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All eyes may be on Sam Seaborn on The West Wing (it’s hard to look away from the undeniably sexy Rob Lowe), but Presidential Aide Charlie has some seriously sexy vibes himself.
His on-again-off-again romance with the president’s daughter Zoey is one of the most dramatic parts of the show and it’s hard to see why she would pass him up: he’s hard-working, good-looking, and funny.
Alan Matthews from Boy Meets World.
Maybe if you were an adult when Boy Meets World was on TV you noticed how sexy Cory’s dad was, but most BMW fans were likely preoccupied with the show’s teenage heartthrobs. (It’s okay if you are an adult woman who still thinks 15-year-old Ryder Strong is hot, right?)
Watch again: Alan Matthews is a total babe. He’s got that handsome, rugged look down, plus he is a caring father who really, really pulls of the unbuttoned flannel look.
Jessica Fletcher from Murder She Wrote
What’s sexier than being a mystery writer who solves crimes in her hometown when the police can’t manage it? Obviously nothing.
If you like badass lady detectives, you already know Jessica Fletcher is as sexy as they come. Elegant, funny, and doesn’t ever take no for answer, Jessica is an independent lady who will make you tea and find out who killed your mysteriously rich sea captain uncle all in a weekend’s work.
What could be sexier?
Carla Espinosa from Scrubs.
Although the show often sees Carla as more the “wise sage” character, Carla, the head nurse at Sacred Heart Hospital is definitely sexier than she gets credit for.
She works hard, has sass, and looks amazing in scrubs, not an easy task to pull off.
Danny Tanner from Full House
He may be a goofy dad who pales in comparison to his late wife’s brother Jesse, but Danny is still pretty sexy.
He takes care of his three girls on his own (with some help), and is the face of a network news show. Plus, he’s tall, handsome, and knows how to keep a clean house.
Antoni Porowski from Queer Eye
Ok, not technically a character because he’s a real, living, breathing person, but Antoni is secretly the sexiest of the Queer Eye guys.
Although he’s been bathed in controversy (can he really cook? Some have hypothesized that he actually cannot), that only makes him more mysterious.
He may be a little quieter than the other guys and not quite as flashy, but take a look at that body. And that face!
Antoni is secretly the sexiest of the Fab 5, even if it turns out he doesn’t know how to use an oven.
Mr. Ratburn from Arthur
Surprised that a cartoon rat from an educational children’s show is on this list?
Don’t judge me, you read four pages of surprisingly sexy TV characters when you were probably supposed to be at work.
Mr. Ratburn may be mean, vindictive, and eat nails for breakfast, but he also is killing it at his job as a third-grade teacher (those kids are all much smarter than the average third-grade class), and he is obsessed with cake.
Give me a hard-working man who cares about education and baked goods while pulling off an avocado green blazer any day.
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