Christina Applegate: 5 best TV roles of all time

Photo Credit: Dead To Me/Netflix/Saeed Adyani, Acquired From Netflix Media Center
Photo Credit: Dead To Me/Netflix/Saeed Adyani, Acquired From Netflix Media Center /
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Christina Applegate Stars As Jesse Warner, An Attractive 26-Year-Old Single Mother Juggling Between Her Job, Her Dreams And Her Responsibilities To The Men In Her Life–Her Father, Her Brother And Her Young Son In “Jesse.” (Photo By Getty Images)
Christina Applegate Stars As Jesse Warner, An Attractive 26-Year-Old Single Mother Juggling Between Her Job, Her Dreams And Her Responsibilities To The Men In Her Life–Her Father, Her Brother And Her Young Son In “Jesse.” (Photo By Getty Images) /

4. Jesse (1998-2000)

What it’s about: From executive producers David Crane and Marta Kauffman, the creators of Friends, Christina Applegate stars in the title role of Jesse. The sitcom follows 26-year-old single mother Jesse Warner, raising her nine-year-old son Little John while working as a waitress at her father’s German-themed bar, and later a nurse. Jesse attempts to keep her head above water amid the many men in her life, including a romance with her new neighbor.

Who else co-stars: Jesse also features co-starring roles from Wizards of Waverly Place star David DeLuise and Yes, Dear and Man with a Plan star Liza Snyder. Other cast members across the sitcom’s two seasons include Bruno Campos, Eric Lloyd, Jennifer Milmore, John Lehr, George Dzundza, Kevin Rahm, and Darryl Theirse.

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Why it’s one of her best: Even though Jesse probably stands as the least known television role in Applegate’s lineup now, at the time of its airing, it fit perfectly in NBC’s Thursday night Must See TV programming block. Sure, it didn’t stand the test of time like its fellow alumni Friends, Frasier, Will & Grace, Seinfeld, etc., but the series launched Applegate as a leading star after Married… with Children ended the year before. For a sitcom with an underdeveloped plot and characters (something you could get away with in the ’90s), Applegate shined bright as can be and elevated what could have been a one-and-done run.

Where to watch: Unfortunately, Jesse isn’t currently (and might not ever be) available to stream on any major platform. On the bright side, all 42 episodes are available to watch on YouTube.