The Little '90s Family Sitcom Stars That Couldn't

When we heard that Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence were getting their own sitcom, we thought of a few '90s family comedy stars who are even less deserving of their own shows, due to their ultra-campy acting and unforgettable awkwardness. So while we may have appreciated some of these folks back in the day, we're in no rush to see any of them again in starring TV roles soon.

Jonathan Taylor Thomas (Randy Taylor of Home Improvement)
While he was arguably the teen heartthrob of the '90s, his role on Home Improvement got a bit too heavy when the writers almost gave his character cancer and eventually made him an angry liberal. The last time we found JTT interesting was immediately before he squashed rumors about being gay.

Sasha Mitchell (Cody Lambert of Step By Step)
Mitchell's main role on Step by Step was to use variations of the word "dude," have a creepy crush on his step-sister, and live in his van in the driveway. In a recent interview, Bronson Pinchot (who had a recurring role on the show) said Mitchell was forced to take a year off because he had shown up on set with a gun.

Bobcat Goldthwait (voice of Mr. Floppy, Unhappily Ever After)
If it wasn't for Jimmy Kimmel, Goldthwait would be long gone from TV. As the imaginary sidekick of a schizophrenic father, we can't understand why anyone would accept the role of Mr. Floppy on the biggest rip-off of Married With Children ever.

Elisa Donovan (Amber Mariens of Clueless)
Donovan was all for being typecast in the '90s, proven by accepting the role of Amber in both the Clueless movie and television show, as well as the exact same role (but renamed Morgan) in Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. Now that Donovan is nearly 40, she can't pull off her only shtick as a dumb, pretty, fashion-obsessed teenager. Go figure.

Mayim Bialik (Blossom herself)
While the '90s star has landed a few gigs in recent years (Secret Life of an American Teenager, What Not To Wear), most people will only ever know Bialik as Blossom, because let's face it: neither her face nor her style has transformed much since she was a teen. Honestly, we're not entirely sure how Joey Lawrence has gotten a line other than "Woah!" his entire career.

Dave Coulier (Joey Gladstone of Full House)
After watching E! True Hollywood Story: Full House we feel bad saying that we'll never think of him as anything other than Uncle Joey or the inspiration of Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know," but those are two very memorable career moves from which you don't bounce back.

Tia and Tamera Mowry (Sister, Sister)
It must've been hard to have been wacky twin sisters in the '90s, as the Olsens will forever be the it-girls of that decade. The Mowrys have held on to a few roles over the years, though each twin's attempt at separating herself from her sister has yielded poor results. Despite the short-lived fame of The Game, we doubt either Tia or Tamera will ever rise higher than the occasional role on ABC Family, because there are only so many made-for-TV movies about teen witches made per decade.

Danielle Fishel (Topanga Lawrence of Boy Meets World)
BMW had such continuity issues and was so campy that it could only be watched be a very dedicated viewer. There were so many of us, though, that Fishel hasn't been able to get away from the Topanga persona. She makes a good host on the Style Network's The Dish, and while we didn't love that she was a special correspondent for the dreaded Tyra Banks Show, it looks like Fishel's career with non-fiction television is going pretty well, so that's where she should stay.

Alfonso Ribeiro (Cartlon Banks of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)
We have no idea how Will Smith became one of the most famous actors in Hollywood while his awesome cousin Carlton is stuck as a GSN host and an occasional director of Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns. Unless he shows up on television again in a polo shirt with a sweater wrapped around his neck, Ribeiro is definitely off our radar for good.

Kathy Kinney (Mimi Bobeck Carey of The Drew Carey Show)
I was so young when I used to watch this show that I actually thought that Mimi was just Drew Carey in drag. No wonder we haven't seen her much since the '90s. Yikes. If there are Kinney fans out there, they'll be happy to know that she'll be playing the role of Madame Morrible in the Broadway production of Wicked starting in March, which fits the slightly scary, slightly funny actress's personality pretty well.

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