I spent much of my childhood being mocked for my unusual crushes. While everyone else was crushing hard on Jordan Catalano in My So-Called Life, I was completely in love with Brian Krakow. I know I'm not alone in feeling this way, either. Sure, there's something irresistible about the brooding, floppy haired, silent type, but, as Brian Krakow proved, a man with academic prowess has a lot to offer too. Was Pacey Witter a stone cold fox? Totally. But I was always way more into Dawson Leery, the neurotic, emotional, creative guy. And now look at James Van Der Beek and tell me I was wrong. So what are some of the other '90s TV crushes you were embarrassed to be in love with?
Chandler Bing was incredibly awkward, and that's one of the reasons I loved him. Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor had a certain aura about him. The entire cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation were total hotties too, and you know that I'm right. If there was an embarrassing '90s TV crush to be had, I most definitely had it, and you probably did too. Stop denying the truth, and start counting up how many of these crazy '90s crushes you had along with me.
1. Chandler Bing in Friends
My love for Chandler Bing was so strong I made a fake Matthew Perry Facebook profile so that I could say I was in a relationship with him. True Story.
2. Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor in Home Improvement
Jonathan Taylor Thomas may have been the obvious crush on Home Improvement, but I can't be the only person in the world to have found Tim Allen attractive?
3. Dawson Leery in Dawson's Creek
Back in the '90s, James Van Der Beek wasn't anywhere near as crush-worthy as he is today. Joshua Jackson stole all the hearts on Dawson's Creek as Pacey Witter, leaving Van Der Beek's Dawson Leery looking a little weepy and over-emotional. That blond floppy hair got me every time without fail, though, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. OK, I'm a little ashamed.
4. Brian Krakow in My So-Called Life
In my favorite retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac, My So-Called Life's Brian Krakow was super sexy as the understated next door neighbor. His unrequited love for Angela Chase became all the more heartbreaking when he started writing love letters to her, on behalf of Jordan Catalano, the guy she was actually in love with. Don't worry Brian, I always loved you more.
5. Rupert Giles in Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Was Giles the obvious choice to crush on? No. But did his British accent completely charm us all? Definitely.
6. Worf in Star Trek: The Next Generation
Deanna Troi made the wrong decision. Why would you ever trade in a hottie like Worf?
7. The Green Ranger in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
100 percent, you felt the same, didn't you?
8. Benjamin Sisko in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Yes please. Star Trek sure had a lot of hotties, didn't it?
9. Gunther in Friends
Tell me you never thought about it.
10. Raymond in Everybody Loves Raymond
While Ray Romano has most definitely improved with age, I can't be the only person in the world that thought he was cute in Everybody Loves Raymond?
11. Benton Fraser in Due South
I can't figure out if this is a normal crush or an embarrassing crush. Someone, please send help.
12. Kramer in Seinfeld
He's hilarious. What more does anybody need?
13. The Entire Cast Of California Dreams
I even had the California Dreams soundtrack on CD, and basically wanted to marry any or all of the characters and become a member of their band.
14. Jonathan Turner in Boy Meets World
Anthony Tyler Quinn had the best mullet on television.
While I'm sure I've missed out loads of amazing '90s crushes, hopefully I've encouraged you all to revisit all the characters you were embarrassed to be in love with. The '90s really were the best.
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