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If you have a hard time letting go of the past and would rather watch the same '90s classics on repeat without ever expanding your viewing pleasure, then this will really make you scream like a little girl. Here's what happened to some of your favorite actors from the iconic TGIF-era of primetime television.
Jaleel White - Steve Urkel on "Family Matters"
Any fan of the Urkel dance curious as to what the Urk Man is up to these days? Surprisingly, he's not face down in a block of cheese. Hollywood's most famed nerd is actually a pretty cool cat. Jaleel White is making a name of himself as a short film producer, voice-over actor and "Dancing with the Stars" contestant. Not so nerdy now, is he? The only other person from "Family Matters" we care about is Waldo Geraldo Faldo, but he hit his peak on this show when he delivered his classic "Sup."
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Danielle Fishel - Topanga on "Boy Meets World"
Danielle Fishel gave most current 20 to 30-year-old men their first real look at breasts, even if they were through a non-HD television in front of their parents. Since then, she's only gotten hotter, more legal to talk to and picked up a few sexy shoots, including a cover for Maxim. Now she's set to star in the spinoff of her '90s show as a mother alongside Corey Matthews in "Girl Meets World." We'll take it!
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Sasha Mitchell - Cody on "Step by Step"
Probably still living in a van in somebody's backyard, "the Codeman" Sasha Mitchell hasn't exactly been making waves since his big role as Cody, the gifted wisdom giver of TGIF's hit "Step by Step." Since his role as oddball nephew to Patrick Duffy, who has done work on ESPN 30-for-30 documentary "Pony Excess" and the reboot of "Dallas," Mitchell has done guest spots on "ER" and "NYPD Blue." Thankfully, they were acting roles, and he wasn't actually performing surgeries on people. We're pretty sure he was smoking weed in that van the entire time.
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Jonathan Taylor Thomas (JTT) - Randy on "Home Improvement" (pictured bottom left)
Once the storyline of Randy Taylor hit the cancer stage, or maybe it was AIDS, you thought it was time to call it quits with the JTT fame. You were dead wrong. The now 31-year-old teen idol has made his way into some more adult roles, despite not much vertical growth since his adolescence. Jonathan Taylor Thomas has recently been seen across from Tim "the Tool Man" Taylor on Tim Allen's new show, Last Man Standing. This is the next best thing to getting Alan Thicke back to yelling "Michael!" at Kirk Cameron.
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Lisa Robin Kelly - Eric Forman's hot sister on "That '70s Show"
Lisa Robin Kelly was last seen looking a little strung out. Since her last appearance on "That '70s Show" in 2003, Lisa has been a little short on work and a little heavy on the substance abuse/domestic violence category. Here's hoping her 2012 short, SUX2BME, where she ironically plays a middle-aged narcotics addict mother, is a booming success, and that she doesn't spend it all on gumballs and/or eight balls.
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Kirk Cameron - Mike Seaver on "Growing Pains"
Best known as hunky '80s and '90s troublemaker, whose best friend was named Boner (rest his soul), Cameron hung up his mainstream acting shoes and has instead gone off the deep end since the show's ending in the early '90s. Although having religious affiliation is a person's own business, Cameron has openly made himself the spearhead poster boy against all things sacrilegious.
Starring in a number of Christian love stories and dramas, Cameron has gone from dreamy schoolgirl crush to born-again Christian of straight-to-DVD films. If you haven't seen "Fireproof," well that's okay. This is what having a childhood friend named Boner will do to a person.
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Bronson Pinchot - Balki on "Perfect Strangers"
Deported. Seriously though, he's actually been getting pretty steady work since his popular streak as Greek immigrant, Balki Bartokomous, ended. Most noteworthy was his 2013 credit as The Beaver in the film "Kung Fu and Titties."
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The Cast of "Dinosaurs"
They're extinct. JK LOL. Actually, two of the voice actors from this unique '90s sitcom have been in the news lately. Jessica Walter voiced the character of the mother dinosaur Fran Sinclair, and she is of course best known for her role as Lucille Bluth on "Arrested Development," which is returning to TV on Netflix May 26.
And that obnoxious baby dinosaur, Baby Sinclair, was voiced by Kevin Clash, the same Kevin Clash who voices Elmo and has run into some legal troubles lately (of the sexual nature).
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Dustin Diamond - Screech on "Saved by the Bell"
He was the only cast member of "Saved by the Bell" to not receive a welcomed spot with the crew on both People Magazine and Jimmy Fallon's '90s reunion theme segments. Some think it was because of the whole porn debacle, but we all know it's because he stuck around for "Saved by the Bell: The New Class."
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Michael Cade - Sly Winkle on "California Dreams"
Ba-boom! It's no surprise that the once-weasel '90s star of "California Dreams," who got his name "Sly" for worming his way into places he didn't belong, would eventually find real life success by doing just that, which is what every successful Hollywood prick does. Of the original cast, he is one of the only members still heavily in the business of entertaining with a couple small film projects on the way out, none of which any of you will see. Still counts, though!
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Jeffrey A. Townes - Jazz on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"
DJ Jazzy Jeff was known for two things on "Fresh Prince" -- inappropriate cracks about women and getting thrown out of the house. Since then, he released a 2007 record The Return of the Magnificent, a title that doesn't boast his lack of work too much. Jazz also did a show alongside Will Smith for the premier of "Hancock" in 2008. Since then, he's continued to work in the music business as both a touring DJ and a record producer.
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Anthony Anderson - Teddy on "Hang Time"
Is it funny to anybody else that the most out-of-shape guy on the cast of "Hang Time" is the only one who can get decent work these days (Jay Hernandez is debatable)? Not even Dick Butkus can work the kind of action roles Anthony is getting. "The Shield." "The Departed." "Scream 4?" Come on!
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Jason Priestley - Brandon Walsh on "Beverly Hills, 90210"
Ever since he didn't get the girl in the '90s, Jason has been driving fast cars praying for a road collision. A few years back, his prayers were almost answered when he fractured his spine in a race car practice run. Now he's back in a new lead role on "Call Me Fitz," where he plays an asshole used car salesman and occasionally collaborates with former 90210 costar, Luke Perry. Life is good, and Kelly isn't as hot as his real wife, so he wins more than Charlie Sheen on a coke binge.
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Andrea Barber - Kimmy Gibbler on "Full House"
The most annoying neighbor of all, next to Steve Urkel, was Kimmy Gibbler. If every woman in America were like her, no guy would ever want to get laid. Since the family fun time ended on "Full House," Gibbler hasn't had much work in the entertainment industry. Some might call her a one-hit wonder, but then she picked up a spot on Dave Coulier's (Joey Gladstone) "It's F*cking Late with Dave Coulier" in 2012, a comedy short that will likely make her resentful for having agreed to appear. At least she's not off doing drugs like half of the former cast of "Full House."
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Jessica Biel - Mary Camden on "7th Heaven"
She's married to Justin Timberlake (i.e. she's the biggest winner of all human kind), and she's got several decent film credits. It's no "7th Heaven," but it'll do.
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Patrick Warburton - Puddy on "Seinfeld"
Warburton is possibly the best voice actor to ever hit television with his iconic small role as Puddy, Elaine's face-painting, Arby's-loving boyfriend on "Seinfeld," and his current work as handicapped Joe Swanson on Fox's "Family Guy." It seems Mr. Warburton has it all together, as he very well deserves. He also recently appeared in Seth MacFarlane's "Ted" and has a lengthy role on the current show "Rules of Engagement." Feels like an Arby's night!
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Melissa Joan Hart - Sabrina on "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch"
A oft-forgotten show of TGIF was all about Sabrina, the witch struggling with being different and hard to love in the world, which is not so different for her in the real world today. Melissa Joan Hart has been busy with her new show "Melissa & Joey," a duet between her and stud-turned-pop singer, Joey Lawrence, of another hit '90s show "Brotherly Love." (OK, that was not a hit, we really mean "Blossom.") This is like a dream for '90s lovers who have a hard time letting go of the past, even if it means watching a very sad version of the '90s today.
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Tia and Tamera Mowry - Tia & Tamera on "Sister, Sister"
The twin sisters always pulling those twin sister jokes and getting stuck in tough twin sister pickles are still around, although we can't imagine how a director is supposed to pick between the two in auditions. It's assumed they're only good for movies and shows involving twins, which can be scarce work. That's probably why the Olsen twins made a bunch of twin movies and got out quickly, leaving Tia and Tamera in the dust. Instead, they got stuck doing movies with Rob Schneider ("The Hot Chick").
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Neve Campbell - Julia Salinger on "Party of Five"
Just when you thought everybody's favorite scary movie heroine may have actually been killed off, since nobody has seen her since her last appearance in "Scream 3" in 2000, the same year her hit family drama "Party of Five" ended, Neve came back strong with another, and hopefully not last, "Scream" sequel in 2011.
Eventually she's going to have to die, or become a lunatic serial killer herself. Either way, our mothers still won't let us watch her in "Wild Things."
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The cast of "Dawson's Creek"
Pretty much nobody cares, and it's still uninteresting for those who do. Oh! One married Tom Cruise, but that's over now. We suppose Michelle Williams is doing all right for herself, though. Good job, Michelle.
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