In 1998, the WB was getting buzz as a network catering to younger viewers. It had Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dawson’s Creek, and Felicity, all big hits gaining traction with viewers. It helped that each boasted some very attractive ladies who got major attention for their looks. But in 1998, Aaron Spelling and Constance M. Burge helped knock it out of the park with Charmed. The set-up was terrific: Three sisters in San Francisco discover they’re actually witches and using their powers to fight evil. It helped that the cast was made up of three very notable ladies; Shannen Doherty (Prue), Alyssa Milano (Phoebe) and Holly Marie Combs (Piper) clicked and the on-screen chemistry mixed with the fun plots to make the show a hit.
The series hit a speed bump when Doherty left in a huff after the third season so she was killed off with Rose McGowan joining as the newly discovered half-sister Paige. If anything, the show just became sexier, balancing unique stories with some funny plots and great work by the leads. It helped that the show went to great lengths to show the ladies off majorly. Indeed, the show would even have them openly noting how they were dragged into wearing revealing outfits constantly in wild circumstances. It was a key reason the show was a hit and each lady would show off a lot (including baring it all) in magazine spreads during its run. But even watching the actual series provides some amazing sexy moments and fans loved to argue as to which lady was the sexiest. Here are 15 of the hottest images of the ladies from Charmed to decide which witch is the most wicked in sex appeal.
15. Witchy Witches
One would think a trio of witches would avoid Halloween. If anything, the sisters enjoy it as they can cut a bit more loose and it’s easier for folks to miss seeing their powers in action. In “All Halliwell’s Eve,” the sisters host a Halloween party at their manor. All three decide to have some fun by dressing as famous witches. Phoebe is Elvira, Mistress of the Dark with a tight black dress that pushes up her chest and a black wig atop her hair. Prue goes as a dark fairy type in a black dress with bare shoulders, a nice corset and bow and arrow. Piper tops it off as Glinda, in a lovely dress that’s not as revealing but still very good on her.
Of course, it can’t be a normal Halloween and so the trio are sent back in time to 1670 Virginia where witches are being hunted. They’re brought to help out a coven which is complicated by the fact the time travel has rendered them powerless. Still, the gals help out, actually making 17th century dresses look hot on them. A funny bit is that after three seasons ranting on the cliché of witches riding broomsticks, Phoebe discovers she started it when she uses one to escape. It still shows that the ladies can bring the heat in dress-up well.
14. Killer Prue
Shannen Doherty was the biggest name of the three actors when the show began. She was famous for her time as Brenda on 90210 but also a rather harsh reputation for her ego and clashing with producers. Still, she managed to do well with Prue trying her best for three seasons to get a life going. In “Ms. Hellfire,” the sisters get some nasty stuff on Friday the 13th when a pair of professional killers try to take them out but end up killing each other. The sisters don’t know which of them is the target (the note on the killer simply says “P. Halliwell”) so Prue decides to pose as the female assassin to find out. This has her dressing in a very hot black halter top and leather pants to show off her toned midriff. The fur coat just makes it look hotter as she does her best to use her powers to get at the truth.
Doherty would soon inspire stories of fighting on set with Combs and Milano and the tension growing. The third season had the girls defeated but Doherty walked out and so the decision was made to have Prue killed off. Today, Doherty is getting sympathy for her battle with cancer and this look is one that makes fans miss Prue a lot more.
13. Billie’s Belt
The final season of the show isn’t as well liked by fans. The introduction of the character of Billie rubbed many the wrong way with fans thinking her an annoying addition. The fact that much of the season focused on Billie’s search for her missing family just aggravated fans more. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that casting Kaley Cuoco got some attention. It was inevitable that Billie enjoy the series’ standard “get the gals into crazy costumes” plot and it happened in “Battle of the Hexes.” Finding a belt, Billie foolishly puts it on and is transformed into a tight blue halter top that bares her nice belly with a dark skirt that show off her legs in knee-high boots. The belt also gives her strength and an arrogant attitude and soon starts to affect women to attack men. It’s set right in the end but at least Billie got a good showcase to show how she could match the main trio in terms of casting a sexy spell.
12. Genie Phoebe
One of the wilder plots of the show was the introduction of Chris, a mysterious figure who turned out to be the yet-to-be-born son of Piper and Leo. He came back from the future to warn them that their first son, Wyatt, will grow up to become evil. However, his actions end up separating Piper and Leo and thus threaten Chris ever being born. He and Phoebe end up finding a lamp containing a female genie who claims to have been used by a demon. Kind-hearted Phoebe wishes for the genie to be freed…only to find out a) the genie is the demon and b) the lamp always needs a genie and so Phoebe is it.
Phoebe herself complains about her now blonde hair but there’s no denying her blue harem suit is fantastic, baring her belly and adding to her already hot appeal. Chris tries to use her to make sure he’s conceived but forgets how genies take things literally. Thus his wish to have Leo and Piper “sleep together” puts them both in a coma. They end up putting the genie back so Phoebe is back to normal but it’s one look many a fan wish she’d wear more often.
11. Vampire Paige
When Shannen Doherty left the show after the third season, the producers had to find a replacement fast. Paige was introduced with explanation that the Halliwell’s mother had an affair with her angelic guide Whitelighter and Paige was the product. To play the role, they cast Rose McGowan, well known for Scream and Jawbreaker and she fit in great with her amazing sex appeal. “Bite Me” was a fun showcase as demon Cole tries to organize the various factions of darkness but doesn’t want vampires as they’re too unpredictable. The vampire queen doesn’t take that well and so tries to turn Paige into a vampire.
It’s not a full on transformation but comes close with Paige showing off fangs and flying abilities. She also wears a stunning red outfit with crisscross top to cover her chest and flaunting her legs nicely. Her sisters are able to restore her to normal but for at least one episode McGowan lived up to her title of “vamp” quite literally.
There’s something about Flapper outfits that can be very hot today. The sequins, the sparkles, the look just has something unique about it. In “Pardon My Past,” the ladies get to indulge in that style nicely. When she’s attacked, Phoebe finds herself suddenly living the life of an ancestor in 1920s San Francisco. She meets up with the past versions of Prue and Piper who were cousins back then. All three look fantastic, Prue in a nice blue outfit and the red wig adds something special to her. Piper matches in a nice black outfit and the feathered headband makes her stand out too. Phoebe’s past self is in a terrific red number that shows off plenty of leg. It turns out her past life was a bad witch in love with a warlock and they have a very steamy hookup. It leads to some time travel shenanigans but it showcases how these three could make any period look very hot.
9. Phoebe Dancing
Alyssa Milano had risen up as the tomboy Samantha on Who’s the Boss? As the sitcom progressed, she soon changed into a truly knockout gal who’d grown up nicely. Milano changed her image big time in 1994 with the direct-to-video movie Embrace of the Vampire that had her going naked and baring a stunning body. With that fame, Milano was soon taking to Phoebe who grew as the show went on, including a long relationship with demon Cole. It ended badly with him turned to evil but wanting her back.
In “Y Tu Mummy Tambien,” the sisters clash with an ancient Egyptian sorcerer who’s trying to resurrect his lost love. He kidnaps Phoebe and puts the spirit of his beloved into her body. She celebrates by giving him a sexy belly dance and the outfit is a knockout. Chained like coins, it shows Phoebe’s nice flat belly which she gyrates as she dances, thong covered by multi-colored scarves. The crown brings out her eyes and the bracelets are just the topper. The dance is interrupted by the arrival of Cole as circumstances soon get the wizard defeated and Phoebe back to normal. But it showed off the heat of the lady nicely and how fans loved seeing her rock these outfits.
8. Enchantress Paige
Rose McGowan was always known for her hot stuff on the show, from red hair to some spectacular outfits– “A Knight to Remember” is one of her hottest. Paige is telling boyfriend Glen a story about an evil enchantress who managed to capture a knight. What Paige doesn’t know is the story is for real and the Enchantress just happens to be a dead ringer for her. It’s a glamorous look as the dark green dress accents Paige’s nice chest and her hair flows well with a jewelled crown, the cloak a nice addition. A spell causes the knight to come to the present where he mistakes Paige for the Enchantress and the real Enchantress follows to cause some chaos. Thus, we get two McGowans for the price of one as Paige faces off against her doppelganger and chases her through time. It was a nice early showcase for McGowan to show how even being evil, she was a hot witch to be sure.
The sixth season of the show kicked off with Leo missing and Whitelighter Chris up to shady stuff. It turns out Leo is being held in Valhalla where Viking warriors reside. In a hysterical bit, the girls matter of factly tell police ally Daryl they have to “borrow” his soul for a few hours to get in. Coming out of the portal, the ladies automatically become Valkyries in fantastic outfits. Phoebe boasts a tight bikini top and leather shorts with plenty of skin for her mid-riff and legs. Paige matches her with a top accenting her cleavage and her own nice shorts. Piper is dressed a bit more conservatively but still looking hot and her silver armlets and boots help her stand out. Complications about including Piper tempted to join the Valkyries but eventually returns to Earth. It shows that in any realm, the three sisters know how to saunter like nobody’s business.
6. Debut Billie
It looked like Charmed had ended in season 7 with the sisters faking their deaths to live normal lives. But the WB decided to bring it back for a last season with the sisters finding themselves drawn back into the hunting game. They soon met up with a mysterious woman who had lost her family to demons long before. Billie was played by Kaley Cuoco who was best known at the time for the sitcom 8 Simple Rules. In her debut, Billie took to wearing a black wig to disguise herself and dressing in a hot outfit of black leather pants and a halter top that bared her belly (and in some shots, showed the tattoo on her lower spine). She eventually joins with the sisters to find her family.
Cuoco was meant to push Billie up and the producers had hopes the character might end up in a spin-off. Those were ended when the WB merged with the CW and the series finally ended. Cuoco, of course, would end up landing the role of Penny on The Big Bang Theory to become a major star. But this role gave her more of a boost and showed how Cuoco looked hot even as a brunette.
5. Mermaid Phoebe
It’s clear Alyssa Milano got the lion’s share of sexy looks on the show and that shouldn’t be too surprising. The woman is a knockout and knew how to flaunt it in various magazine spreads. This look was a bit more complex than others but still great. In the two-part “A Witch’s Tail,” Phoebe is rocked when ex-husband Cole turns out to be not so dead after all and wanting her back. She runs into Mylie (Jaime Pressly) who knows she’s a witch. When a car splashes water on them, Mylie turns out to be a mermaid. She’s been on land trying to get a guy to love her but her time is running out.
The sisters naturally help but circumstances cause Phoebe to turn into a mermaid herself. It’s a great look with the long golden scale tail and the golden scales to cover her chest. She adds to it later with a crown as she handles things with her usual humor. Phoebe is actually tempted to stay this way for good to avoid Cole but her sisters make her realize she prefers being human. Still, the sight of Milano in that tail in the water was a great way to kick the fifth season of the show off nicely.
4. Super Heroines
The ladies were already heroines in their own way. “Witches in Tights” just takes it to a new level. A teenage boy has the power to make anything he draws come to life. A demon uses his power to create a super-hero called the Aggressor that the demon uses to hunt his enemies. Desperate, the boy uses his power to draw the sisters as super-heroines. Naturally, Phoebe gets the best look, an ultra-tight red and black outfit that shows off plenty of leg and high boots. Paige has a pink leather top and short black skirt of her own. Piper looks good in silver with a flash of her belly and confident. The black masks actually work as the trio find themselves with super-strength to stop the demon.
3. Coyote Piper
Piper was usually the most sane of the three sisters and the responsible one. She held it together with stuff like her relationship with Leo, her Whitelighter (an angelic guide for witches), and later becoming a mom. So she didn’t get as much hot stuff as the other ladies but when she did, Holly Marie Combs did wonders with it. In “Coyote Piper,” Piper heads to her high school reunion, fretting over being looked down on by her former classmates as she was something of a geek back then. In their usual sense of bad timing, the sisters run afoul of Terra, a wicked spirit who possess Piper’s body.
This leads to “Piper” acting up majorly at the reunion. She crashes in a tight red halter top and leather jeans, an absolute knockout. Figuring out what’s happened, Phoebe and Prue show up in time to see Piper dancing on the bar in a wild manner as everyone cheers. The girls manage to vanquish Terra and Piper a little embarrassed at how she became the hit of the party. However, it showed that Combs could easily match her co-stars with hot stuff.
2. Evil Doubles
You know the Halliwells can be hot on the good side. But what if they were bad? In the two-part season six finale “It’s a Bad, Bad, Bad World,” Chris and Leo are sent through a portal into a mirror dimension, one where demons are good and corruption rules. This world’s version of the Charmed Ones are pure evil, wicked and the ladies look great. True, Piper is held back by the fact that (in both worlds), she’s pregnant but still looking great in a tight black shirt and jeans. Paige has jet black hair and the loose single strap top looking amazing. Phoebe has a nice punk hairdo with a tight tank top and very tight jeans. They take a bit of a back seat to the fact that the real bad guy this season was Gideon, the supposedly noble teacher of a magic school who thought he could teach Piper and Leo’s son better than they could (and failed). However, this image shows the ladies can be so good even when they’re bad.
It’s easy to say the ladies are goddesses. So it was only natural that the show would make that real. In the two-part fifth season finale “Oh My Goddess!” the Titans of old are freed, naturally wanting revenge. They start to take down magic users, including Whitelighters, and the Sisters are out of their league fighting them off. In desperation, Chris uses a spell to transform the ladies into actual goddess of Myth: Love (Phoebe), Earth (Piper) and War (Paige). All three look amazing in the robes that show off plenty of leg and hips. Phoebe, of course, complains over how her sisters keep their natural hair while she’s stuck with blonde hair that goes to her waist. They have some fun with it as Paige is more intense than usual while Phoebe interrupts a bachelor auction and finds herself bid on by everyone present. It gets more serious as Piper’s moods cause massive storms to hit San Francisco. It’s only temporary but in this episode the ladies live up to the talk of being more than human.