Person The Hottest Girls on Primetime TV

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List Rules Most beautiful women appearing in current prime time TV shows on a major US TV network.

The sexiest girls from current primetime network television, ranked by – yes – hotness. These women found an audience of enthusiastic men after starring on popular network TV programs, and have remained staples of magazine covers (particularly men's magazines or so-called "lad mags"), the late night talk show circuit and even major Hollywood films ever since. Blake Lively turned being the "Gossip Girl" into a career in blockbuster films, while Alison Brie appears frequently on talk shows and in alt-comedy circuits following her breakthrough role in "Community." Plus, she also appears on the basic cable drama "Mad Men." Not to mention "New Girl" star Zooey Deschanel, who has become the icon and standard-bearer for adorkable girls everywhere!

But who are the MOST attractive women to make their name on primetime television? It can be a challenging question when you consider not just how many beautiful TV actresses are out there, but how different and varied their styles and sensibilities are. Is there an intelligent way to put Sofia Vergara's beauty up against, say Dianna Agron? Or to truly compare "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" co-stars Sarah Michelle Gellar and Alyson Hannigan? Or to quantify the natural gifts of "2 Broke Girls" ingenue Kat Dennings? (No, not like that!) It's just going to be subjective. Hence, this list, determining the Ranker Community's overall picks for hottest primetime TV starlets. Have at it!

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Laura Vandervoort


Laura Vandervoort is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Hottest Girls on Primetime TV
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Laura Dianne Vandervoort is a Canadian actress. She is best known for her roles as Sadie Harrison in the Canadian TV series Instant Star, Arla "The Bolt-Gun Killer" Cogan in the sci-fi crime series Haven, Kara Zor-El in the American TV series Smallville, and Lisa in the ABC science fiction series V. ...more

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Age: 31

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Profession: Actor

Credits: Ted, This Means War, Instant Star, Bitten

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Katharine McPhee


Katharine McPhee is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Hottest Girls on Primetime TV
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Katharine Hope McPhee is an American pop singer, songwriter and actress. She gained fame as the runner-up on the fifth season of American Idol. Her self-titled debut album was released on RCA Records on January 30, 2007, and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, selling 381,000 copies. The ...more

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Age: 31

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Profession: Songwriter, Model, Actor, Singer

Credits: Scorpion, The House Bunny, Shark Night 3D, You May Not Kiss the Bride

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#227 on The Best Actresses Working Today

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Zooey Deschanel


Zooey Deschanel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Hottest Girls on Primetime TV
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Zooey Claire Deschanel is an American actress, singer-songwriter, and musician. In 1999, Deschanel made her film debut in Mumford, followed by her breakout role as Anita Miller in Cameron Crowe's 2000 semi-autobiographical film Almost Famous. Deschanel soon became known for her deadpan comedy and ...more

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Age: 35

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Profession: Television producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Model Actor, + more

Credits: Elf, (500) Days of Summer, Yes Man, Almost Famous

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#199 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#404 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#74 on The Best Actresses Working Today

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Minka Kelly


Minka Kelly is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Hottest Girls on Primetime TV
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Minka Dumont Kelly is an American actress. She is most known for her roles in the TV series Friday Night Lights, Parenthood, and Charlie's Angels. She is also known for her role in The Roommate. She appeared in the 2013 film The Butler as Jackie Kennedy, and in the Fox TV series Almost Human. ...more

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Age: 35

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Profession: Actor

Credits: (500) Days of Summer, Just Go with It, Friday Night Lights, The Roommate

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#740 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#269 on The Best Actresses Working Today

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#24 on Who Should Be in the 2012 Maxim Hot 100?

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Hayden Panettiere


Hayden Panettiere is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Hottest Girls on Primetime TV
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Hayden Leslie Panettiere is an American actress, model, singer, and activist. She is known for her roles as cheerleader Claire Bennet on the NBC series Heroes and Juliette Barnes in the ABC musical drama series Nashville. A native of New York, she first appeared in a commercial at the age of 11 ...more

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Age: 26

Birthplace: Palisades, New York, United States of America

Profession: Model, Actor, Voice acting, Singer

Credits: Racing Stripes, Heroes, A Bug's Life, Nashville

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#94 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#24 on The Best Actors to Start Their Careers on Soaps

#254 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#1258 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Olivia Wilde


Olivia Wilde is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Hottest Girls on Primetime TV
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Olivia Wilde is an American actress, producer, and model. She has appeared in several television series including The O.C., The Black Donnellys and House. She has appeared in the films Alpha Dog, The Death and Life of Bobby Z, Year One, Tron: Legacy, The Change-Up, In Time, People Like Us, Her, and ...more

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Age: 31

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Film Producer, Model, Actor, Writer Film Director

Credits: Rush, In Time, TRON: Legacy, House M.D.

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#73 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#206 on The Best Actresses in Film History

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#216 on The Best Actresses Working Today

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18 people just voted on Jennifer Morrison


Jennifer Morrison is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Hottest Girls on Primetime TV
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Jennifer Morrison is a television producer. ...more

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Profession: Television producer

Credits: Football Night in America

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#475 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#1458 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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#52 on Famous Women You'd Want to Have a Beer With

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13 people just voted on Yvonne Strahovski


Yvonne Strahovski is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Hottest Girls on Primetime TV
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Yvonne Jaqueline Strzechowski, better known by the stage name Yvonne Strahovski, is an Australian actress. She is known for portraying CIA Agent Sarah Walker in the NBC television series Chuck, Hannah McKay in the Showtime series Dexter, for her role in the 2014 fantasy action film I, Frankenstein, ...more

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Age: 33

Birthplace: Werrington Downs, Australia

Profession: Actor, Voice acting

Credits: Chuck, I, Frankenstein, Killer Elite Batman: Bad Blood

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#287 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#24 on Famous Women You'd Want to Have a Beer With

#15 on The Most Beautiful Women in the World

#29 on Who Should Be in the 2012 Maxim Hot 100?

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