Back in the day, chest hair attracted women like a magnet (for some of us, it still does!), and the television heartthrobs of that time were covered in it. Whether you love classic television or you lived in the days where skipping commercials was unheard of, you probably have a soft spot in your heart for Tom Sellek's gravelly voice, you definitely remember Johnny Depp in "21 Jump Street" and you couldn't take your eyes off of John Stamos whenever you watched "Full House" (1989-95). It was a simpler time when bodies didn't have to be bulky to be attractive. Med simply had to be good people to be wanted, and a good thick mustache kicked them up three notches on the hotness scale.
Few people could deny that the classic television hunks weren't manly men. They were adventurous, well-groomed and kindhearted. Additionally, they were pretty decent actors (for television of the time, we mean). You could find them on magazine covers (printed media before the Internet), at malls (places where people shopped before the Internet) or on your TV screens (at specific times, because there was no streaming). Now, you can find them in this quiz. If you loved watching TV for the eye candy back in the day, it's time to revisit some of your favorites. Take this quiz to see how much you know about classic TV hunks.
He's everyone's manly man. Can you identify him?
You may remember Tom Selleck as Monica's "distinguished" love interest in "Friends," but some of us know him better as the star of "Magnum, P.I." a detective who we loved to watch. Just look at that mustache.
You could catch this guy at mall tours ... if you were lucky. Do you know who he is?
Scot Baio was the guy everyone loved to see. His smile lit up our television sets as we watched him on "Charles in Charge" every week. These days, he's out of the limelight, but for a while there, we got to see him in VH1 celebreality shows.
This "The Cosby Show" cast member was a teen heartthrob. Can you name him?
You may know him as Theodore Huxtable, but his friends call him Malcolm. He's starred in BET's show "Reed Between the Lines." He doesn't look much different than back then, but the Emmy award winner looks incredibly happy.
Who played Bo Duke on the original television series?
What are them good ole Duke boys up to these days? Well, you could spot John as Clark's adoptive father in the hit show "Smallville" (2001-11) and not too much after that. We sure did love to see him as a Duke.
Can you name this hunk from "21 Jump Street"?
While he didn't do much after walking off the hit show "21 Jump Street" (1987-91), Dustin Nguyen worked pretty consistently but without any memorable or leading roles. You probably saw his cameo on "22 Jump Street" (2014).
This star of "Peyton Place" (1964-9) caught our attention early. What's his name?
The bright smile and interesting behavior of Christopher Connelly gracing our television screens in the early 1960s gave us hope and happiness. The television show lasted for six seasons.
Which actor played Hondo on the '70s version of "S.W.A.T."?
If you don't recognize Steve Forrest, you probably were too young to watch action dramas in the 1970s. While this television show is a little different in the remake, it was pretty gritty in the 1970s.
We loved watching "The Rockford Files" (1974-80) because we loved watching him. Who is he?
James Garner had a career that most television actors dream of. Not only did he play Bret Maverick, but he was also a detective and found himself starring next to Henry Fonda in a Broadway play. The man is a legend and a hunk.
Do you recognize this television hunk?
While he had a few roles you might remember, you probably know this hunk best from his time on "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979-81), a part that he turned down at first because he didn't want it to be campy.
He was ahead of his time. Do you recognize this classic TV hunk?
Not only was this man a television hunk who starred in "Room 222" (1969-74), he was also a United States Marine. He worked hard to ensure that children stayed in school and were allowed to return after dropping out.
He was a man worth millions. Do you know his name?
Lee Majors could be found in several movies from the 1960s, but his role in "The Six Million Dollar Man" (1974-8) series is what puts him on this quiz. He's the James Bond of television, and we loved seeing him in our living rooms every week.
He was on "Dallas" (1985-7) and "Dirty Sally" (1974). Can you name him?
His deep-set eyes and faraway stare make him everything the ladies wanted in the 1970s and 1980s. He gave us some great characters, but many of us were just there for the eye candy.
Can you name this classy TV hunk from the '70s?
Lyle Waggoner's handsome turtlenecks and wide smile (complete with dimples) gave us a reason to tune in to the various shows he starred or appeared in, especially "Wonder Woman."
Which "Miami Vice" (1984-90) star made us drool like crazy?
Don Johnson was more than a television actor; he was a sexual icon of the 1980s. You probably recognize him as detective Sonny Crockett from the tropical cop show about catching drug smugglers.
Do you recognize this actor with a great tan?
Jan-Michael Vincent is best known for his television work in the 1970s. His excellent tan gave him a lot of attention back then. The California native did end up getting some jail time for being publicly intoxicated.
Can you name this hulky hunk?
If you love the hulk and you've never seen Lou Ferrigno play him, you're missing out. This body builder made it big by painting his entire body green. Sure, we watched "The Incredible Hulk" for the fun stories, but we also watched it for the eye candy.
Which A-Team member was all about class?
With a name like Dirk Benedict, you know that this man is just as classy a hunk as you can get. He played the Face or "Faceman" on "The A-Team," and audiences couldn't get enough of him.
This "Baywatch" first starred in "Night Rider" (1982). Do you know his name?
Though David Hasselhoff had a bit of a rocky time in the early 2000s, we all remember his sexy bod on "Baywatch" and his awesome skills in "Night Rider." We miss seeing him on our screens, that's for sure.
People love to do impersonations of him. Who is he?
The "Star Trek" star has been in quite a few different television shows and has made cameos in tons of movies. People mostly remember William Shatner for his interesting delivery of lines that ... uses pauses ... randomly.
His role as Luke Duke caught our attention. Who is he?
You may remember this blue-eyed television hunk from his role alongside John Schneider in "The Dukes of Hazard" (1979-85). His eyes seemed to jump out of the television screen, and everyone wanted to see him.
This "Dallas" star got a lot of attention. Who is he?
The star of the hit television series "Dallas" (1978-91) can also be seen in numerous episode arcs throughout your favorite shows from the time "Dallas" ended in 1991 to his death in 2012.
Before he was the dad on "Step-by-Step," this actor was on a popular television drama. Do you know who he is?
If you were a '90s kid, you know Patrick Duffy from the T.G.I.F. lineup and "Step by Step." However, he got his true calling on "Dallas" in the 1980s. No one could deny his dimples made for a good reason to watch the show.
Can you name this actor who played a police officer?
Born in 1949, Erik Estrada is a New York native. He's best known for his work as Frank Poncherella on the show "CHiPs" (1977-83). This show is about two highway patrol officers in California riding around on motorcycles.
The Fonz was just plain cool. Do you know which actor played him?
When you look at Henry Winkler now, you probably don't associate him with the coolest person on TV. However, back in the "Happy Days" era, you could spot Fonzie from a mile away, and fans loved him.
In his television series, he owned his own bar. Who is he?
Running from 1982 to 1993, "Cheers" was a beloved show that kept the majority of its main characters. The fans loved to watch their favorite regulars, as well as bar employees, get into crazy shenanigans every week.
He was a first responder in the 1970s. Do you know his name?
"Emergency" (1972-9) was all about what it was like to be a paramedic in the 1970s. Everyone who saw the show knew Randolph Mantooth as the tough (yet soft) firefighter and paramedic named John Gage.
He was the star of "Adam-12" from 1968 to 1975. Can you identify him?
All right, we know he has a terrible haircut, but that was just the way we wanted to see our police officers in the '60s and '70s. As the star of "Adam-12" (1968-75), Milner was the hunk to watch.
Who played Tony Baretta in the hit television show?
Robert Blake was acting long before "Baretta" was popular. He was a member of the Our Gang comedy crew (what would later be known as The Little Rascals) when he was just five years old.
He was a hunk for about 25 years. Can you name him?
When it comes to TV hunks, we might not consider comedians at the top of the list. However, everyone always loved John Travolta, and his work on "Welcome Back, Kotter" (1975-9) put him on the map for good.
This hunk had a variety show with his sister. Do you know his name?
He sings, he dances and he smiles with the cutest dimples ever. Donny and Marie Osmond were showrunners for a long time, and they even had a residency in Las Vegas for a while. People never stop loving this duo.
What was the name of the captain of the Love Boat?
Here's your silver fox when it comes to TV hunks! Gavin MacLeod was the captain of the Love Boat, and he had one heck of a smile. Once he was done with acting, he added activist and author to his resume.
Can you name this hunk who was a playboy in his show?
Before John Ritter's untimely death, we knew him for many things. Mostly, he was a dedicated comedian. On the show "Three's Company," we saw him as a loverboy and a player, but he was a gem to watch either way.
Do you recognize this star of "Hart to Hart" (1979-84)?
Robert Wagner's resume is nothing to scoff at. He has been in films and on television for decades. At his prime, he was a TV hunk that starred on "Hart to Hart" from 1979 to 1984, and we loved seeing him smile.
This hunk is from "Hill Street Blues" (1981-7). Do you know his name?
"Hill Street Blues" (1981-7) was the most gritty drama of its time. The series took on issues of race, sexism and what it meant to be a cop in the 1980s, and we loved it when Michael Warren showed up on our TV screens.
He was a teen hunk in the '80s and could be found on the big screen and on television. Who is he?
You probably remember Michael J. Fox from his excellent movie roles in the 1980s, including "Teen Wolf" and "Back to the Future." However, many still remember him as Alex P. Keaton from "Family Ties" (1982-9).
Before he was James Bond, he starred in "Remington Steele" (1982-7). Who is he?
Pierce Brosnan was a huge sex symbol in the 1990s, but before that, he was a large chunk of eye candy in the 1982 hit show "Remington Steele." We love his accent and we love his eyes. He's a true hunk.
From 1983 to 1989, we could watch this hunk on the show "Hotel." Can you name him?
This 78-year-old actor is still making appearances on film today. However, it was starring in "Hotel" from 1983 to 1989 that really caught our attention. He was smooth and had a smile that just wouldn't quit.
Do you recognize this star of "Highway to Heaven" (1984-9)?
We loved watching Michael Landon's flowing locks on "Highway to Heaven" (1984-9) ... and those eyebrows swept us away. The 1980s gave us hunks that had chest hair and chiseled facial features.
Can you name this comedy hunk?
The "Who's the Boss?" star might not have had all the intelligence we wanted in a man, but he did go back to school while he was a nanny for a working mom. This show broke some barriers that people just don't acknowledge.
Who is this hunk with a knack for making things out of nothing?
If you ever saw "MacGyver" (1985-92), you know that there was nothing that man couldn't do. That's why we loved watching the show ... oh, and for Richard Dean Anderson's gorgeous eyes and smokin' bod.
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