Here are some now famous celebrities who you might have seen in that random TV show once or twice. You might not recognize all of these shows but you should remember these famous celebrities.
Class — I have only the vaguest recollection of “Class,” which I remember fondly, and which was cancelled after 19 episodes. However, the cast — mostly unknowns at that point — is downright fantastic by today’s standards: Lucy Punch, Jason Ritter, Andrea Anders, Lizzy Caplan, Jon Bernthal, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, which is an insane collection of television actors who should all be on television all the time.
Less than Perfect — I have no idea why I can only barely remember “Less than Perfect,” which actually ran for four seasons, although it was dismally rated. It survived, however, because it aired during a dark time in ABC’s history (2002-2006). I thought that “Chuck” was the first time I’d ever seen Zachary Levi. Apparently not. I wish I could remember if it was any damn good, because Mitch Hurwitz worked on this show for a time. It does strike me as unjust, however, that Andy Dick managed to stay employed for so long.
8 Simple Rules — I liked “8 Simple Rules,” quite a bit, although most of my memory of the show revolves around the death of John Ritter and the heartbreaking episode they filmed when the show returned. I vaguely remember a generic-looking blonde daughter, though she is conflated in my mind with Ami Dolenz from Tony Danza’s She’s Out of Control. Turns out, she was actually “Big Bang Theory’s” Kaley Cuoco.
The Education of Max Bickford — I remember this show because it reminded me of Richard Dreyfus’ movie, Mr. Holland’s Opus. I do not remember, however, that it also starred Katee Sackhoff.
Titus — I remember this show as being obnoxious, mostly because I found Christopher Titus to be obnoxious. I don’t remember it lasting for three seasons, and I really don’t remember that Elizabeth Berkley became a series regular during its final season.
Tucker — I think I confuse this show with a Dabney Coleman show that came on around the same time. It’s amazing how Katey Sagal has managed to stay employed in television for most of her career. This show only made it four episodes, but I also find it interesting that — in addition to Sagal — it also featured Alison Lohman and Seth Green (not pictured), who played “Seth Green.”
Ally McBeal — I loved this show, which coincided with my time in law school. I remember Jon Bon Jovi. I remember Robert Downey, Jr. I have zero recollection of James Marsden.