As fall turns to winter, the temperature outside seems to drop in direct correlation to the rising hotness of the woman appearing on our TV screens. It's science.
Joy (Laura Ramsey), <em>Mad Men</em>- Forget housewife gone bad Betty Draper and sassy secretary Joan Holloway, the real stunner in '60s era throwback drama Mad Men this season was Joy (played by Laura Ramsey), a nubile temptress who easily lured a business-tripping Don Draper away from his work duties and into her Palm Springs bedroom. If you felt yourself wanting more following this Sienna Miller look-a-like's steamy, one-episode run (we certainly did), then rent The Real Cancun, a lamentable flick whose only perk is that Ramsey treats viewers to a classy romp of non-simulated sex.
Jan Levinson (Melora Hardin), <em>The Office</em>- Sure, deposed Dunder-Miflin head honcho Jan Levinson is crazy, controlling and may be carrying Kevin Malone's artificially-inseminated child, but any corporate cougar willing to shed her power suit for breast enlargement surgery and to get freaky with Michael Scott gives us hope that there is a God whose agenda includes us finally getting laid.
Sloan (Emmanuelle Chriqui), <em>Entourage</em>- The only reason we might tune in for the show's 6th season is thanks to the possibility of E's olive-skinned on-again/off-again love interest Sloan returning for more than a cameo. And with Entourage's surplus of hot ass parading around, that's saying a lot.
Lauren Conrad, <em>The Hills</em>- While everyone has obsessed over Audrina Patridge's fake tatas and Heidi Montag's hilariously transparent relationship with Satan-spawn Spencer Pratt, Lauren Conrad remains The Hills' only gold-medalist in the hotness department.
Cerie (Katrina Bowden), <em>30 Rock</em>- While Sarah Palin impersonator Tina Fey's 30 Rock has gotten accolades this fall thanks to Oprah and Jennifer Aniston guest appearances, a hilarious ensemble cast, Tracy Morgan's added pounds, and a heap load of Emmy's—we Tivo that sucker every Thursday for the salivating sexiness that is lithe, blond sexpot Cerie. Does that sound creepy? Please don't tell our girlfriends.
Lyla Garrity (Minka Kelly), <em>Friday Night Lights</em>- Condescending critics will tell you they appreciate Friday Night Lights small town drama and vivid portrayal of Middle America, but we're gonna come out with it and say that it's Minka Kelly's ability to fulfill our schoolboy fantasies by slinking into a cheerleading outfit each week that keeps this show in our TV-watching rotation.
Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively), <em>Gossip Girl</em>- We'd like to say something witty or biting or sexist about this show but we can't cause we don't watch it. That said, we're happy that resident hottie Blake Lively has graduated from The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants franchise (buying tickets was starting to get embarassing) and found a weekly platform to showcase her curvy physique.
Dr. Remy Hadley - Thank God medical drama House added sultry O.C. alum Olivia Wilde to its cast last year, because we we're getting pretty sick of watching the eponymous and cantankerous dickhead doctor putter around the hospital halls with only a cane for support. As lucky MD 13, Wilde puts the naughty nurse in doctor, and we'd totally let her remove our adenoids any day of the week.
Cameron Phillips (Summer Glau), <em>Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles</em>- Good thing this time around future John Connor was thinking with his loins when deciding which Terminator model to send back to protect his teenage self, opting for the sexy Cameron Phillips instead of Ah-nold (that dude is a total prude). Note to self, build time machine and sexy female robot, there's a 15-year-old future Maxim editor out there who could use some help in the whole companion department.
Elle Bishop (Kristen Bell), <em>Heroes</em>- Former Maxim cover girl Kristen Bell has—in the words of MGMT—been turning us on with her electric feel since she started zapping the nerdy good guys in Heroes last season. Add her villainous charm and penchant for bikinis, and she's got our hearts (amongst other things) red-lining.
Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski), <em>Chuck</em>- Sent to protect bumbling buffoon Chuck (a computer techie with sensitive government secrets lodged in his brain), Special Agent Walker poses as the big doofus' girlfriend and is actually developing feelings for him. Us? We're just waiting for the graphic mercy bone we've been fantasizing about.
Lois Lane (Erica Durance), <em>Smallville</em>- Clark Kent's love-interest has been hot in all of her incarnations, comic book or big screen (yep, we'd totally get it on with a cartoon), but Lois has never been as smoldering as she is in Erica Durance's shoes on The CW's Smallville. Eat your heart out Kate Bosworth, you two-different-colored-eye freak (just kidding, call us some time, seriously).
Penny (Kaley Cuoco), <em>The Big Bang Theory</em>- Neighbor to the nerds and waitress at The Cheesecake Factory, Penny has a penchant for casual sex, intelligence that never deviates from pop culture and deft Halo skills. Color us smitten.
Sara Tancredi (Sarah Wayne Callies), <em>Prison Break</em>- What are the chances the MD at your prison is a young gal, and a hot one to boot? Hell, if we were locked up with this lass we'd never want to make parole, let alone bust out of the joint.
Number Six (Tricia Helfer), <em>Battlestar Gallactica</em>- Tricia Helfer's got those eye-popping curves and golden locks that harken back to simpler days, when any leading lady gracing the screen had to be a flat-out sexpot. And as an ageless "Cyclon" on the Battlestar Gallactica reboot, Helfer proves once again that, yes, our therapist was right, we have a robot sex fetish.