There are a lot of people who would tell you that television is going through a golden era, and we totally agree with them. Between the expansion of services like Netflix, Hulu, as well as an increasing number of other channels, all creating their own high-quality original content, there are more options than ever before. While many of the shows that premiere each year are of low quality (after all they can’t all be winners) that just means that there is also a lot more opportunities for quality TV to be made. One of the side effects of so many shows being produced each year is that there are more television lead actresses being introduced to the audience all of the time.
If you haven’t paid attention to the way that most media entities operate these days, let us be the ones to tell you that they prefer to cast people in the main roles that are particularly attractive. Sure, there is often times supporting characters that are played by actors that are less physically beautiful, especially the ones used for comedy. We’d also be remiss if we didn’t mention that the lead male actor isn’t held to the same standards, we all know there are too many schlubby men and hot women marriages to count on television. When it comes to the lead actress, though, there is clearly a tendency to cast women of extreme beauty to such a degree that you’d have to blind to not notice. While we do wish they were cast based on the quality of an actresses performance, taking note of this fact inspired us to put together this list of the fifteen hottest leading ladies on television today.
First off, we want to make it clear what criteria we’ve chosen to institute in order to decide who qualifies as a leading lady. An actress needs to play a character that the audience would see as one of the main ones on the show. In the case of an ensemble show, like The Walking Dead for instance, as long as they are the focus of a significant amount of the series’ arcs then for our purposes they qualify. As far as what we include in our definition of television these days, things aren’t as clear as they once were. For our purposes, we’re considering any show that is produced specifically to be broadcast on a network, station or streaming service like the aforementioned Netflix and others of its ilk as television. Finally, we only considered shows that are set to broadcast new episodes, meaning those that have already concluded their season but will return at a later date count, or have the potential to continue. We also took shows that have been announced and started shooting but not aired yet into consideration.
15 Zooey Deschanel – New Girl
14 Krysten Ritter – Jessica Jones/The Defenders
13 Evan Rachel Wood - Westworld
12 Elizabeth Hurley – The Royals
11 Kat Dennings - 2 Broke Girls
10 Sophia Bush - Chicago P.D.
9 Katharine McPhee - Scorpion
8 Taraji P. Henson - Empire
7 Grace Park - Hawaii Five-0
6 Emilia Clarke – Game of Thrones
5 Chloe Bennet – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
4 Lauren Cohan – The Walking Dead
3 Alison Brie – G.L.O.W.
2 Kaley Cuoco – The Big Bang Theory
1 Sofia Vergara – Modern Family
A former model turned actress who put together a respectable film career over the years, Sofia has to be in the running for not only the hottest woman on TV these days but in the medium’s history. Cast as Gloria Pritchett, the new wife of the family at the center of Modern Family’s patriarch, her character routinely wears rather revealing clothes. While a lot of people love the comedy featured in the show and the progressive storylines, the sex appeal she brings to bear certainly has added to the show’s immense popularity. Possessing one of the most curvaceous and sexy bodies we’ve ever seen in any medium, there really wasn’t ever any other choice for the top spot of this list in our minds.
Sources: IndieWire, IMDb
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