Never Forget: 15 Television Crushes You've Not Been Properly Nursing Lately

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Never Forget: 15 Television Crushes You've Not Been Properly Nursing Lately

By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | June 6, 2012 | Comments ()


Look, people. You can't just wily-nilly go picking up a huge television crush and drop it whenever that person leaves a show or that show is cancelled. Just because an actor or actress with whom you had a crush is not currently employed doesn't mean you can cancel that crush. THIS IS IMPORTANT. It takes commitment, people. Dedication. Those shrines don't build themselves, you know? They need constant upkeep. Because you never know when he or she is going to return to television and you don't want to lose your place in line. You want to be able to say more than, "Oh, I had a crush on him back in the day." What you want to say is, "I've had a non-stop continuous uninterrupted crush on that man since the day I laid eyes on him through my television. Way back before the digital converters, even."

So, I'm just going to go through a few of them. This is by no means an exhaustive list of all your past television crushes. But I want to get a few of them back in front of you, to fan those flames before the embers burn out and you forget. Because you can never forget because the day you do is the day that crush dies and your heart shrivels up and you turn into one of the rest of them. One of those "normals," with their normal cars and their normal houses and their beautiful children and their healthy television watching habits. THOSE PEOPLE SICKEN ME.

Lee Pace, "Pushing Daises"


Carolina Dhavernas, "Wonderfalls"


Andrea Anders, "Better off Ted"


Adrianne Palicki, "Friday Night Lights"


Katee Sackhoff, "Battlestar Gallactica"


Sarah Chalke


Jason Dohring


Callum Blue, "Dead Like Me"


David Tennant, "Doctor Who"


Naveen Andrews, "Lost"


Yvonne Strahovski, "Chuck"


Alexandra Breckenridge, "American Horror Story"


Sabrina Lloyd, "Sports Night"


Gareth David Lloyd, "Torchwood"


Amy Acker, "Angel," "Dollhouse"


Scott Foley, "Felicity," "The Unit"


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  • Bri

    Gareth David-Lloyd as Ianto Jones.
    Never ever forgotten.
    Still miss him, still want him back.

  • Oh believe you me - David Tennant is not an un-nursed TV crush.

  • Katiebug6143

    David tennet. Never. Ever. Forgotten.

  • desirevines

    Oh Callum. God I miss that show.
    And thank you ever so much for the Jason picture, I will never stop loving that man.

  • E-Money

    I’ve had a non-stop continuous uninterrupted crush on Lee Pace since the
    day I laid eyes on him through my television. Way back before the
    digital converters. even.”

  • Brian Bond

    I know you said this is only a partial list, but I am not sure how you can leave off Jewel Staite. She should be put back on TV where I can watch her.....

    What, where was I? Ohhh...and as for Caroline Dhavernas...when did that happen. Yowzer. I mean, I loved her in Wonderfalls, but I never thought of her the way that picture is making me think.

  • sardonicynic

    Is anyone else still bitter that FOX canceled Drive before Amy Acker could actually show up as Nathan Fillion's missing wife?

    ... Bueller?

  • Annoyed

    Yes to Lee Pace and Carolina Dhavernas!

    But why no Chuck?

    And No Portia De Rossi?

  • Even Stevens

    I'm in the middle of a re-watch of Veronica Mars and let me assure I have not been neglecting my Jason Dohring crush one little bit. Oh, Logan. 

  • PrincessPiglet

    Believe me, my David Tennant obsession is fully alive and growing.  There were elaborate fantasies going on in my mind just yesterday.

  • MissWooster

    Going to jump on the bandwagon: Ianto!!!!

  • Louise

    Oh Ianto Jones is far from forgotten. Check for new pics of his shrine in Cardiff Bay, where the old Torchwood "Tourist Information" where. I come down to Cardiff a few times a year and it's still there and still seems to be growing. It's a real tourist attraction by now.

  • rio

    I know it's not the first time I go there, but HOW THE HECK DID SCOTT FOLEY GET SO HOT? Cause dude was lame looking at best in Felicity, I was always afraid he would bite Felicty's head off. that's one gigantic mouth you got boy but hell does it look good on you now!

  • dewdknee

    Jaaaaaane!  The man they call Jane!

  • annie

    Oh, Ianto. Still pretty dead and chubby. He and James Marsters really need to do some kind of vaguely homoerotic bromance show together.

  • Globetrotta

    If David Tennant needs to be nursed, I'll be first in line.  

  • thaneofmemphis

    My first (and still best) TV crush was Susan St. James.  "Oh, Mac."

  • POINGjam

    Don't you go bringing Amy Acker back into my life.

  • Logan

    Amy Acker?


    She needs to be force fed cheeseburgers until she gets hips.

  • e jerry powell

    Um, well, Katee Sackhoff is the most awesome Bitch Puddin' on Robot Chicken, and, as ashamed as I am to admit it, Scott Foley was still dreamy on Gray's Anatomy and I imagine will be even nakeder on True Blood this summer.

    Oh, and you forgot Eric Mabius.

  • Joyeetargh

    I have never stopped loving Lee Pace and I never will.

  • kdm

    Oh Mason, Mason, Mason.

    Callum Blue should be in all of the things. Except the Dead Like Me movie. That should never have existed without Mandy Patinkin.

    Thanks for also including Logan, but whither the SPIKE??

  • Austie

    First of all, I had a Veronica Mars marathon last week.  Don't talk to me about forgetting Logan, who I never even liked that much anyway.  And that was before I found out about the scientology thing.  So don't accuse me of forgetting about him Rowles. 

    And I'm assuming you didn't include Tim Riggins because you realize that we also couldn't ever forget about him.   

  • Pookie

    What, you’re a comedian now Rowles, who the fuck is Naveen Andrews?

  • Berberuh

    I believe that should be "Lee Pace , 'Wonderfalls,' 'Pushing Daisies.'"  He beats out cute bartender any day!

  • Pat

    Where is Riggins or Saracen? I will follow both of those guys to whatever shitty movie they do next, unless Taylor Kitsch cuts his hair, that's a deal breaker for me.

  • Muhnah_Muhnah

    Oh great, thanks, so now I have to be THAT person. So...uh...other than Navin Andrews...pretty white list, yes? Come on. Just give us one. Like oh I don't know, I'm sure Lisa Bonnet still moistens your lions, right? Or Tatiana Ali? Mrs Huxtable? 

  • zyzzyva

    Oh, forgot to add: 
    You've finally convinced me to check out Better Off Ted.  Have liked Andrea Anders since the cancelled-way-too-soon show "The Class," which also starred Jason Ritter, Lizzy Caplan, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Jon Bernthal (Anders' love interest). 

  • alwaysanswerb

    I crushed HARD on Jim from the first three seasons of the Office. Then, suddenly, everything got really smug and unfunny.

  • zyzzyva

    Will never give up on Lee Pace (nor the other members of Pushing Daisies [even guest stars - Riki Lindhome of singing duo Garfunkel & Oates!]), despite shitty casting.  Will probably even succumb to seeing the Twatlight movies he's in...  At least we have The Hobbit to look forward to (he plays Legolas' father).  

  • Bert

    Sabrina Lloyd on Sliders, even!  Ah, the mid 90's was a good time for sci-fi comaramas (which is like a dramedy, but better since it doesn't sound like an overly emotional camel).

  • John

    I LOVED Scott Foley on The Unit and on Cougar Town. Ahhh so hot.

  • ruby

    Thank you for both brightening my day and reminding me why I read this site.

  • Harborwolf

    It makes me sad to think how easily my heart moved on from Sarah Chalke to Alison Brie. I hadn't realized my love was so shallow.  So fickle.

    Well done Dustin. You've made me sad. Hope you're happy.

  • JoannaRobinson

    If you think I would ever forget Noel, Logan or Callum Blue, then you don't know me at all. 

  • Irina

    Oh no no no, I'm not getting sucked into the whole Ianto thing again. I raged against Children of Earth, I cried and signed petitions, I yelled at idiots on youtube using "Goodbye my lover" for their  Jack & Ianto videos (because, really, he wasn't even Jack's first choice, let alone The One, stupid, silly Jack).
    Ianto!!! *sob*

  • Stofjas

    Amy Acker... so awesome, so long not seen... and then she suddenly shows in the last episode of Person of Interest, and she is a total psychotic badass bitch!   It awakened different bits in me, the bits that like shiny black leather, but it was still good in the long run

  • Wembley

    Well I'll grant you Caroline & Sarah, but as for Katee-I always get flashbacks of her in the tub with Wolowitz. That's a bigger boner-killer than Vagina Dentata.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Tom Cavanagh on "Ed". 

    These are the ones you think AREN'T being properly nurtured? I wouldn't know who most of these people are if not for Pajibites.
    that is a weirdass outfirt on Carolina Dhavernas, and a terrible, terrible picture of Sarah Chalke. Is she pretending to be on the cover of an 80s hair band album? 

  • lowercase_ryan

    come to think of it she kind of looks like she's trying to look like the girl on the cover of the Blink 182 album. That sounds awkward. 

  • Oh, Rowles, like I could ever get over Logan.  Or Saracen from "FNL" - give me Matty over Riggins or Tyra Colette any day!

    And hot damn, I need more Alexandra Breckenridge in my life.  She's making me question my morals right now.  

  • Tracer Bullet

    You can tell me Andrea Anders isn't the model for Marlene the Otter, but I'll call you a liar.

  • John W

    TV Crushes I'm still nursing:

    Gillian Anderson - X-Files (I know I'm not the only one)
    Lena Headey - Sarah Connor Chronicles/Game of Thrones
    Alexis Bledel - Gilmore Girls (don't judge me)
    Tea' Leoni - The Naked Truth
    Jill Hennessy - Law & Order/Crossing Jordan
    Janine Turner - Northern Exposure (I don't care about her politics)

  • rio

    Janine Turner still breaks my heart. I like to pretend that Maggie's curse trespassed the world of the show and somehow infected her. Sort of like a Superman curse, only effecting brain cells. or maybe it was the botox. Anyway Maggie O'Connell would push you in a frozen lake woman! 

  • I_Sell_Books

     Yeah, pretty much that whole list.

    ISB, who went to high school with Tea !

  • feramones

    I stopped nursing my Jason Dohring crush when I found out he was a Scientologist. 


  • PerpetualIntern

    feramones, me too.  The day I learned that was a sad day indeed.

  • lowercase_ryan

    that makes you good, not a bigot.

  • John W


  • Mickey

    Oh, Jason.....there will always be a special place for you in my heart....

  • ironypants

    Katee Sackhoff is on a new A&E show about the dusty plains of Wyoming or something that I'm pretty sure premieres this summer, so the Starbuck lust is BACK, my friends.  

    And Amy Acker was on both Grimm (being a badass) and Once Upon a Time (being adorable) this season.

  • Siege Johnson

     'Longmire' on A&E. The premiere was Sunday, and it was...okay. Her character is sort of what you'd expect. I'm going to give it another few episodes to see if it can find its footing, but I'm not especially optimistic. I thought it was going to be a little more 'Justified'-like.

  • damnitjanet


    Also, David Tennant forever and ever, amen.

  • Tobias from Animorphs, anyone?


    Ok, I'll go back to my corner *sadface*

  • desirevines

    I had SUCH a crush on him too!

  • Celestialkat

    Oh, my crush on David Tennant is going quite well, thank you.

  • Scottieboy

    Oh Ianto.


  • DonutPlains

    LEE PACE!!!
    Y'all need to see Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. The scene where he picks up Amy Adams and puts her on the piano...growwwll....yum.

  • I *love* that movie. And he looks so damn good in it.

  • littlelion

    God, Naveen Andrews. The only reason I miss Lost... 

  • Here I was, having a good afternoon, and you had to go and bring up Jason Dohring and the fact that he isn't in anything worth watching anymore and that Veronica Mars was cancelled too early and now I'm upset. God, I love that psychotic jackass.

  • llp

    Callum Blue - that gif is delicious.

    Plus, Lee Pace is a delight and I think I heard he was going to be in a Twilight movie but I refuse to look it up because that might kill the love  with a sparkly wooden beating .... *breathe* Please let my memory be faulty, is what I am saying.

  • zeke_the_pig

    As hot as she is, I'm not a big fan of the baby-salmon-in-a-diaper-caught-in-a-fisherman's-shitty-net look being sported by Ms. Dhavernas.

  • Drjoshiepants

     Amy Acker was on Angel.

  • fpkillkill

    God damn, Lee Pace. *whew* Although, in my fevered dreams and fantasies, Lee Pace is forever dressed as this:

  • Leia947

    I will never stop loving Jason Dohring.

    Is it just me, or do David Tennant and Callum Blue look a bit alike?

  • desirevines

    Blue > Tennant

  • branded_redux

    Do people understand how tall Adrianne Palicki is? Forget Texas. Tyra forever.

  • Amanda

    The entire cast of Friday Night Lights could pretty much be up there.  

    IN FACT, let me just casually segue into telling you all how I met a few of them last weekend! Landry, Smash, Vince, Jason Street, and Luke.  AND GRANDMA MUTHAEFFIN SARACEN.  It was awesome.  Texas forever. 

  • lowercase_ryan

    dude, er Amanda, when telling us HOW you met them you managed to leave out HOW you met them?!?!? If you're gonna name drop go all out please. Now I'm curious

  • emmelemm

    Thanks, Dustin.  Your efforts are appreciated.

  • AcK

    I will now google Sabrina Lloyd.  Thank you.

  • she was in Sliders back in the day

  • Courtney

    I would nurse David Tennant any day and that is a promise.

    Sorry I'm not sorry.

  • AS

    IANTO!!!  (*sob!*)

  • disqus_lGyAn0o70z

    I know right!? *hardcore sob*

  • Zirza

    Ooh! Logan! Sayid!

    The rest,


    not so much.

  • lowercase_ryan

    did you watch some Better Off Ted recently DR? Two references in one day, that's crazy. Fantastic, but crazy.

    Oh and there must be a typo or the new format is glitching hard cause I don't see Summer Glau anywhere.  It's cool, I'm sure you'll fix it.

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