Stars Who Out-Famed Their TV Shows

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Melissa McCarthy, 'Mike & Molly'
Melissa McCarthy, 'Mike & Molly'
CBS
'Mike & Molly'? What the hell is that? Isn't that the weird chick from 'Bridesmaids'? {Photo Credit: CBS}
2
Jason Segel, 'How I Met Your Mother'
Jason Segel, 'How I Met Your Mother'
CBS
Rumors swirled that Segel wouldn't return for the show's upcoming season, but even though he denied departure, we can't help but think that he has far outgrown the sitcom. NPH, too. {Photo Credit: CBS}
3
Matt Bomer, 'White Collar'
Matt Bomer, 'White Collar'
USA Network
USA's spy hit hadn't even finished its first season when the female population — and a sizable chunk of the male species as well — took notice of Bomer. {Photo Credit: USA}
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Jon Hamm, 'Mad Men'
Jon Hamm, 'Mad Men'
AMC
True, 'Mad Men' is perhaps just as famous as Hamm, but no one can deny the perennially-stubbly actor's meteoric rise from douchey ad man to mega A-lister. {Photo Credit: AMC}
5
Katherine Heigl, 'Grey's Anatomy'
Katherine Heigl, 'Grey's Anatomy'
ABC Television Network
It took one prom dress and a bedside cry for Katherine Heigl to skyrocket beyond Seattle Grace. Whether or not she's actually kept that fame is another story.{Photo Credit: ABC}
6
Jeremy Piven, 'Entourage'
Jeremy Piven, 'Entourage'
HBO
Is it even up for debate? Ari Gold has long been the only consistent reason to ever watch the HBO meta-Hollywood series, save for Turtle's hats. {Photo Credit: HBO}
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Ryan Seacrest, 'American Idol'
Ryan Seacrest, 'American Idol'
FOX
At this point, he's he sole link to the early days of the 'AI' brand. Well, him and Dunkleman. {Photo Credit: FOX}
8
Alexander Skarsgard, 'True Blood'
Alexander Skarsgard, 'True Blood'
HBO
You had us at "Sookie." {Photo Credit: HBO}
9
David Spade, 'Just Shoot Me'
David Spade, 'Just Shoot Me'
NBC
Breakout characters are one thing, but Spade — who already had momentum going into the show after 'SNL' — was really the only reason anyone was watching. {Photo Credit: NBC}
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Jennifer Aniston, 'Friends'
Jennifer Aniston, 'Friends'
NBC
There's a reason why everyone was wearing 'The Rachel' instead of 'The Phoebe.' {Photo Credit: NBC}
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Robin Williams, 'Mork & Mindy'
Robin Williams, 'Mork & Mindy'
ABC Television Network
It's the show that launched a legend. And, hey, Pam Dawber, you're kind of cool, too. {Photo Credit: ABC}
12
Zooey Deschanel, 'New Girl'
Zooey Deschanel, 'New Girl'
FOX
The Siri-speakin' hipster was famous before her Fox sitcom, but became something of a mini-phenomenon once her quirky quirks were unquirked to the quirky public. Quirk it, girl. {Photo Credit: FOX}
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Eva Longoria, 'Desperate Housewives'
Eva Longoria, 'Desperate Housewives'
ABC Television Network
Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross and Felicity Huffman may have staged impressive comebacks on Wisteria Lane, but it was Longoria who became an overnight sensation that we couldn't look away from. {Photo Credit: ABC}
14
Ashton Kutcher, 'That '70s Show'
Ashton Kutcher, 'That '70s Show'
FOX
By the time That 70's Show was nearing the '80s, Kutcher had broken out as a nationally recognized funny man and MTV-demo heartthrob. {Photo Credit: FOX}
15
George Clooney, 'ER'
George Clooney, 'ER'
NBC
You can't waste all that rugged handsomeness on the terminally ill! {Photo Credit: NBC}
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Steve Carell, 'The Office'
Steve Carell, 'The Office'
NBC
After 'The 40 Year Old Virgin' took off, 'The Office' became a must-watch... well, at least when Carell was still lurking around the premises. {Photo Credit: NBC}
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Jennifer Garner, 'Alias'
Jennifer Garner, 'Alias'
ABC Television Network
Nothing was wrong with 'Alias.' It's just... well, everything was right with Jennifer Garner. {Photo Credit: ABC}
18
Andy Kaufman, 'Taxi'
Andy Kaufman, 'Taxi'
CBS
Kaufman was so good, in fact, that we totally forgot who Tony Danza was. {Photo Credit: CBS}

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