Over the last couple of decades, television has made a name for itself in the landscape of storytelling — especially in the realm of genre. More and more, sci-fi, fantasy, and horror are finding their home on the small screen, and while one could definitely argue that sometimes we're spoiled for choice when it comes to our next binge-watch, you can't deny that we're also really spoiled in terms of the beautiful, beautiful faces that grace our TV sets on the regular.
We've spotlighted a few individuals in particular throughout this Merry Month of
May Bae, but today we're turning our attention to those ensembles who are truly worthy of their own thirst-driven recognition as Team FANGRRLS asks the definitive question: which genre television show has the hottest cast in existence?
Once Upon a Time
Look, I’m a savvy shopper, so the cast that gets my vote is a cast the whole squad can enjoy. No matter what you’re into, Once Upon a Time’s got someone for you in its combo platter o’ plenty. Dashing princes? Boom, literally Prince Charming. Queer lady werewolves? I hope you’re Red-y. Colin Clive? You’ll have a Whale of a time with Dr. Frankenstein. Miners? There’s a dwarven daddy for you. Scottish character actors of a certain vintage? Just say Rumpelstiltskin (or not — he goes by Rumple or Mr. Gold on the show.) And, of course, evil queens who have never met a costume change they didn’t like and also slay? Regina Mills can steal my heart any day for her nefarious purposes. - Clare McBride
The truth is out there, and my truth is that the cast of The X-Files is hot AF. When Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny first entered our homes and hearts back in 1993, it was clear that Fox had struck gold in casting a duo of bonafide hotties to lead a series all about the weird and wacky — and it didn't hurt that the two of them had undeniable on-screen chemistry right from the jump. So much so that even showrunner Chris Carter had to eventually renege on his original plans NOT to make Mulder and Scully A Thing. But let's not forget the other verifiable thirstbuckets who rounded out the cast over the years, including Mitch Pileggi (who gave new meaning to the term "bald is better"), Annabeth Gish (who we'd all listen to whale songs for) and Robert Patrick (he could warm our house with the gift of Polish sausage any day). Even Nicholas Lea as Krycek gave us all very conflicting pants feelings, making bad look oh so good. When the show returned in 2016, it wasn't just nostalgic excitement that had us tuning in to follow the further adventures of Agents Mulder and Scully — it was the fact that, after all this time, Anderson, Duchovny and all the rest can still absolutely get it. - Carly Lane
Legends of Tomorrow
The Legends of Tomorrow cast is a bisexual dream come true. A rotating roster of characters has appeared board the Waverider, aka the Time Ship of Sexy Fun Times, but the show has been consistently stacked with sexy characters (and sexy actors) with a variety of sexual identities. From Keiynan Lonsdale’s Kid Flash to Wentworth Miller’s Leo, from Caity Lotz’s Sara Lance to Matt Ryan’s John Constantine, from Maisie Richardson-Seller’s Charlie to Tala Ashe’s Zari, we’re talking sexy, sexy, sexy. They’ve got warlocks, werewolves, shape-shifters, assassins, clones, totem-bearers, androids, superheroes, and super villains. They’ve got gays, straights, bisexuals, and at least one character I firmly believe is nonbinary, all engaging in all manner of sexual tension, romantic entanglements, and nerdy flirtation. Legends has proven that it’s a series that can handle any number of storylines with all kinds of absurdity and that no matter who you’re attracted to, you can find someone yummy to enjoy. So hop aboard and let’s travel through time smashing with whoever feels game for a little ménage à temps. - S.E. Fleenor
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Forget figuring out if you’re good or evil, or whether or not you’re going to sign the Book of the Beast. There are so many other things for Sabrina — and, by proxy, us — to think about in Greendale. Do you date your adorable childhood sweetheart Harvey (Ross Lynch) or the super hot warlock in your class at the Academy of the Dark Arts (Gavin Leatherwood)? The CAoS cast is just full of pretty people, from the Weird Sisters (Tati Gabrielle, Abagail F. Cowen, and Adeline Rudolph) to Sabrina's smokin’ hot cousin (Chance Perdomo). Oh, right, and her friends (Jaz Sinclair and Lachlan Watson) are hot too. Then there is that lovely, immortal bartender (Jedidiah Goodacre) not to mention Sabrina's evil but drool-worthy teacher-slash-consort of the Devil (Michelle Gomez). Seriously, how does anyone even get any work done around here? - Jenna Busch
Game of Thrones
Regardless of your thoughts on how Game of Thrones ended, we can all agree that the cast has won the game of who can get it. Like most TV shows, the core cast is made up of beautiful people that hit the basic checkmarks of attractiveness, but we Drowned Gods are far too thirsty for just the basics. Do you want classic chiseled pec’d warriors? Hi, here’s Jason Momoa. Do you want to climb up a mountain of a woman? I give you Gwendoline Christie. There’s the wine-soaked smolder of Lena Headey, the peppery ruggedness of Liam Cunningham, and the flashy charm of Pedro Pascal. It’s a veritable smorgasbord of bae, and there’s something for everyone. They may not have all survived till the end, but they sure helped us discover just how parched we were capable of being. - Riley Silverman
American Horror Story
Since 2011, American Horror Story has delivered twisted and terrifying moments aplenty, but among the killer clowns, creepy prosthetics and gallons of blood is a cast more dreamboat than nightmare. Sure, they might be the ones doing the disturbing deeds, although you can't deny that Ryan Murphy has top taste when it comes to his ever-expanding troupe of attractive actors. Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters have been put through the wringer in each installment, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t looked effortlessly good while doing so, even when playing the most dastardly of characters. Pulling off a pencil-thin mustache and looking hot while doing so is a challenge Peters rises to in Hotel. The same season is resplendent in brunette dudes with a classic Disney Prince kind of vibe thanks to Finn Wittrock, Matt Bomer, Cheyenne Jackson, Wes Bentley, and Max Greenfield. Thankfully there is a lot more to this anthology series than a menu of interchangeable hot guys (although there are plenty of those too). - Emma Fraser
If there is a cast more worthy of the term “thirst trap” than the multiplicity of hotness that is Battlestar Galactica, I have yet to encounter it. This group of post-apocalyptic space survivors has a flavor of attractive to whet even the most discerning appetite. Looking for a tough as nails pilot with a gooey center and an intense sexual appetite? Let me introduce you to Kara Thrace. Femme Fatale with a deadly mission from God? Perhaps Number 6 is more your speed. If you’d prefer a capable but sometimes frustrating pilot with an eight pack and a face that will melt you to the floor, there’s always Lee Adama. Helo IS basically the perfect guy with the looks to match. And don’t forget about the stalwart and romantic Bill Adama or your president and mine, Laura Roslin. Hell, Baltar is a creep with a Jesus complex but you’re not gonna tell me his shaggy-haired bespectacled face couldn’t get it. Sorry, you’re just not gonna convince me that any cast is hotter than those aboard the Battlestar Galactica. Just don’t go getting too thirsty. Water is a precious resource here in space. - Tricia Ennis
It is a truth universally acknowledged that you have to be Undeniably Hot™ to be on a CW show. Whether you’re a scientist, a kindly stay-at-home dad, or your local vigilante, you better be ready to flash a six pack and a million-dollar smile at a moment’s notice. Perhaps there is no show more delightfully egregious in this regard than The 100. You would think that living on barely habitable planets on the edge of total collapse would ruin your skincare regimen and your fashion sense, but, if anything, everyone has become even more of a babe as the series goes on. Between constantly dressing in leather and coming out of a century of cryo sleep with enviable blowouts, the cast of The 100 is truly just an unfair display of physical perfection. I can and have written at length about my gratitude that they gave Bellamy Blake a beard and put him in a henley (the most powerful of shirts), and for that, I will stick with this increasingly silly show until the bitter end. - Alyssa Fikse
The Good Place
As a wise woman once said, ooh, heaven is a place on Earth. Be it the Bad Place or the Good Place, no cast is more otherworldly than our beloved Team Cockroach. We of course have Eleanor (Kristen Bell, engaging our thirsts since Veronica Mars), who is a legit snack, and Michael (Ted Danson), a TV legend who has been serving us sheer hotness since before his castmates were even born, but our Bae Watch by no means ends there. We have the "surprisingly jacked" Chidi (William Jackson Harper), "cartoon giraffe" Tahani (Jameela Jamil), "hot dummy" Jason (Manny Jacinto), and our blessed not-a-girl-not-yet-a-woman/person/robot Janet, together delivering unto us a symphony of attractive greatness, solo and as every iteration of ship we can imagine. What makes these characters so hot, however, is the goodness and love we have watched them develop and learn season after season. This is a group who needs each other, loves each other, sacrifices for one another. What could be hotter than that? (Chidi with his shirt off, my chili babies, definitely Chidi with his shirt off.) - Courtney Enlow
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