Guess Where You Saw Them Before

As we enter into that ritual called the mid season replacement shows, we will be talking about the new NBC show Smash. Be on the look out for an exclusive on this NBC series right here.  One of the stars of this show is very familiar to television audiences , Debra Messing. Debra stars as lyricist Julia Houston. Debra has been seen in at least three other series before this one. She also appeared on an episode of Seinfeld as well.  Here are two roles that she was known for before “Smash.”

   Debra on her first series Ned and Stacey with Thomas Haden Church

Here is Debra in her most famous role , Grace Adler on the ground breaking sitcom Will and Grace

  Debra tries to make a SMASH hit on NBC again!!

So many of tv’s biggest and brightest started somewhere else , whether it was a series or a special guest role

Ellen Pompeo was a former girl that Ross and Chandler fought over in the eighties on FRIENDS. Love that hair!

here she is as the wife of gorgeous neurosurgeon Derek Shepherd on Grey’s Anatomy

and Patrick Dempsey was a romantic interest on Will and Grace

for Will!

And Sandra Oh aka bad ass surgeon Cristina Yang

played on an old HBO series called Arliss

Kim Raver made NY safe on Third Watch

Now she mends hearts on Grey’s Anatomy as Dr Teddy Altman

Two of the stars of the late show Friends currently are on television .

Courtney Cox plays Jules the wine loving gal pal on Cougar town

but before that she was the wife of Chandler and sis of Ross on Friends Monica Geller Bing

and her first role after her infamous video with the Boss was on Misfits of Science

sweet and innocent Courteney cox

Matt LeBlanc plays himself on Showtime’s Episodes  but he is best known as pizza loving , girl chasing Joey Tribbiani of Friends and Joey

Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry on Friends

Matt lights up the small screen in Showtime’s Episodes

TV Land is reinventing itself with new shows like Hot in Cleveland and The Exes. The stars of these shows actually might seem a little familiar

Wendy Malik on Just Shoot Me as an ex model now editor Now she is an ex soap actress

Jane Leeves meets the love of her life on Frazier  She played Niles ‘s wife Daphne Moon

Valerie as cute and perky Barbara Cooper on One Day at a Time in the 70’s .

Here she is as a private eye in Sydney .  Notice the cop , does he look familiar ? He should . It’s Matthew Perry, Chandler on Friends, and also Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip , and lately Mr Sunshine.

Betty White has been on tv forever. Here she is as the Happy Homemaker on The Mary Tyler Moore Show

her most famous role Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls

The cast of Hot in Cleveland all show biz veterans

Another show is The Exes and these stars might be familiar too

Donald Faison first made a splash in the movie Clueless and then he took that role to the series on ABC . Here he is as Turk on Scrubs

Kristen Johnston was an alien who came to study earthlings on Third Rock from the Sun

Wayne Knight as the man who terrorized Seinfeld on Seinfeld. He also played the love interest of Kristen Johnston’s character , Don on Third Rock from the Sun

here is the cast of The Exes

Kelsey Grammar as lovable Dr Frazier Crane of Cheers and Frazier now plays the mayor of Chicago on Starz ‘ new series Boss

  Mayor Kane of Chicago

Tim Daly of Private Practice played Joe on Wings

Here is Tim as Jake on Private Practice

You would never expect Piven grad Kate Walsh to look like she did on the Drew Carey Show as Nicky Fifer one of Drew’s women

Here she is as the very sexy Dr. Addison Montgomery on Private Practice

Amy Brenneman was a female cop who was with Kelly on the first season of NYPD Blue

Now she is a therapist at Oceanside Wellness Center on Private Practice

Tom Selleck on Blue Bloods is best remembered as. . .

Magnum PI …

Julianna Marguiles as Carol Hathaway on ER once kissed George Clooney

now she fights justice in the Good Wife as Alicia Flores

her husband Peter once was on Law and Order as Mike but he is most known for being Mr Big on SOTC

Having fun on The Good Wife is Julianna and Chris Noth

Christina Baranski caused nothing but trouble as Mary Ann on Cybill

Now she defends the law instead of breaking it on The Good Wife

 Here is NCIS own Mark Harmon on the show 240 Robert in the seventies . The other guy is John Bennett Perry , famous as the old spice guy and father of Matthew Perry

Here is Mark Harmon as Gibbs on NCIS

Ted Danson sprang to fame as Sam Malone, loverboy from Cheers

Now he helps solve crimes on the original CSI

Here is the adorable Neil Patrick Harris as Doogie Howser MD

Here is the awesome Barney Stinson of How I Met Your Mother  same guy

Jason Segel was a teenager when he appeared on Freaks and Geeks

Now he plays loving husband Marshall on How I Met Your Mother.

The Big Bang Theory has a few familiar faces Mayim Bialik as nineties cutie Blossom.

Here is Mayim as Sheldon’s girlfriend Amy Farrah Fowler

Johnny Galeckie played on Roseanne as Darlene’s love David

Now is one of the boys on The Big Bang Theory as Leonard

Simon Helberg did sketch comedy on NBC’s late Studio 60 0n the Sunset Strip

Now he makes people laugh as the hilarious Howard Wolowicz

Kaley Cuoco made guys crazy on Eight Simple Rules

Now she drives nerds crazy on Big Bang

Ashton Kutcher was the pretty boy idiot Michael Kelso on That 70’s Show when he wasnt PUNK’Ding people

Now he is a billionaire on Two and a Half Men as Walden

Alec Baldwin once tore up the sheets on Knots Landing as Heartthrob Joshua .

Now he makes people laugh on 30 Rock as Jack the network idiot

Busy Phillips was a cheerleader on Freaks and Geeks

Now she is one of Courteney’s new “friends” on Cougartown as Laurie

Christa Miller was one of the boys on The Drew Carey Show , then she was on Scrubs as Dr. Perry Cox’s wife, Jordan

Now she is one of the girls of Cougartown, Ellie

Mark Feurstein once worked in Good Morning Miami

and Paolo Costanzo was the brainiest Tribbiani on Joey

Now Mark heals the rich of the Hamptons as Dr Hank and Paolo plays his money hungry brother Evan on the smash USA hit Royal Pains  , and as their father

I think everyone remember this guy! Aaaaay!

Henry Winkler plays Hank and Evan’s dad,  Eddie Lawson

Ron Pearlman captured women’s imaginations with Beauty and the Beast

Now he breaks heads on Sons of Anarchy with his wife,  Gemma Teller Morrow played by fellow vet Katey Sagal

She is the wife from hell Peg Bundy of the hilarious hit Married With Children , but she isn’t the only Bundy still on tv

her shoe selling hubby Ed O Neil  now stars in the Emmy award winning Modern Family  . Coincidentally ,  he and I went to the same school YSU and are both from Youngstown Ohio.  Yes he really did play football.

  Daughter Kelly has grown up and become less of a slut . She  is mommy and career woman on the new hit Up All Night

Daniel Dae Kim went from one island to another , he was Jin Kwon on LOST

Now he upholds the law on the big island on Hawaii Five O

Claire Danes was the angsty teen on My So Called Life

Mandy Pantinkin , world famous singer and surgeon was a doctor on Chicago Hope

and Damien Lewis first came into our hearts as Major Winters in Band of Brothers.

Now they all star on the new show  Homeland

David Caruso starred on NYPD Blue with Dennis Franz as Joe Kelly

now he solves crimes as Horatio Caine on CSI Miami

Edie Falco was the tough mother and mob wife on the Sopranos

Now she is an angel with no mercy on Nurse Jackie

Noah Wyle began his career as Dr . John Truman Carter aka the original McSteamy on ER

Now he protects his family on Falling Skies

Sela Ward played Teddy on the show Sisters

now she helps solve crimes in the Big Apple on CSI NY

  Thomas Gibson was a happily married Greg on Dharma and Greg

Now he is on Criminal Minds

Mark Paul Gosselaar stole teen hearts as Zach Morris in the original Saved by the Bell  , now he makes the law fun as Peter Bash on Franklin and Bash

Laura Prepon turned on her teenage friends on That 70’s Show

Now she is Chelsea on Are You There Vodka , it’s me Chelsea. Based on the book by Chelsea Handler

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Melanie Christy is am actress/singer who came to Chicago to pursue her dreams of acting. Coming from a small town in Ohio she has been enjoying the things that city life has to offer like great cuisine from all parts of the globe, parties with great people including celebrities, gorgeous fashions and of course fun! Follow her, read her blog and learn about all the amazing adventures you can be a part of throughout Chicagoland! Jennifer Hedrick is the photographer and techie for our blogs. She was born and raised here in Chicago. Her love of photography started when she was a child. She has photographed many celebs, events, fashion shows and more. She also considers herself a bit of a foodie and loves food porn. Her other loves include her nieces and nephews, animals and the shows Castle, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.
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