Nothing says dork like a single woman who’s married to her job, eats nothing but off-brand Mexican Cheetos and leads a disastrous dating life. This is exactly Liz Lemon — a quirky, overworked comedy writer who is one of the most entertaining characters on the show “30 Rock” or generally on television.
Tina Fey, the legend, is really married with two kids and a much better sense of style. She is also a great screenwriter, penning classics such as “Mean Girls.” Not to mention, she stands at the helm of some of the most successful “SNL” skits out there. Cool, cool.
Danielle Fishel – Boy Meets World
Topanga Lawrence was that weird outcast kid who was into environmentalism and only ate organic vegan foods. Okay, so that’s normal now. But, decidedly, when "Boy Meets World" first aired in 1993, she did not sit at the table with the cool kids.
In real life, "Seventeen" magazine featured the beautiful actress and "Teen People" named Danielle Fishel one of its 21 Hottest Stars Under 21. Add her good looks with her brains as a math tutor, and you got yourself a pretty cool kid. She even reprised her role of Topanga in the more recent Disney series "Girl Meets World."
Zach Braff – Scrubs
J.D.’s quirk as a medical doctor is an epileptic fit of daydreaming. The complicated mind of Dr. J.D. Dorian is revealed to us through a voice-over stream of consciousness which also serves as the narrator of "Scrubs." His bromance with Donald Faison's character is a quintessential nerdism that has stood the test of time.
In real life, the actor has a pilot license and a Porsche and has even been in a live-in relationship with Florence Pugh. Bonafide cool. He has also written movies such as "Garden State" and "A Good Person." This guy really is a jack of all trades, at least in the film industry.
Adam Brody – The O.C.
On "The O.C.," outsider Seth Cohen was adopted into the Atwood family and became a brother to his close friend Ryan. Awkward, nerdy, and a loner, the popular kids at high school bullied him relentlessly. Nevertheless, you couldn't help but root for this guy due to his baby face and quirky ways.
On the show, Adam Brody’s character lacked a cool edge. In real life, however, the dashing actor, who married beauty Leighton Meester, has no problem hanging with the cool kids. And he's become a bit of a hunky actor in his middle age, starring in shows such as "Fleischman Is in Trouble."
David Schwimmer – Friends
No one is going to deny that Dr. Ross Geller is the only one of the close-knit "Friends" group who lives the nerdy life. The lovable and naïve academician barely fits in, and he's always desperately trying to shoehorn paleontology into every conversation. What's up with that?
But, seriously, David Schwimmer’s a dashing A-lister. On top of it all, he’s a real smarty in real life, having graduated from Northwestern. Schwimmer is not only a successful actor, but he is also a social activist and is especially involved in treating victims of abuse. Nothing cooler than a man who deals with such important issues.