Hair Freaks: Accidents of Sitcomedy
We got so used to Mr. T that it’s easy to forget that his signature look is pretty ridiculous. But there are other, less fortunate sitcom stars who have actually been accidentally styled into hair freaks. It’s even more disturbing that I thought of so many examples of sitcom hair freaks that I actually had to leave a few out.
Michael Peterson, The Parent’hood
This kid’s hair pained me from the start. Unless you’re a Hare Krishna, shaving the sides of your head while maintaining braids or dreads on the top is just as bad as a white man combover. Don’t get me wrong, a braided bowl cut is NEVER ok, but well into the 90’s…? Unacceptable.
Waldo Geraldo Faldo, Family Matters
Entire Cast, 227
I loved this show, but look at these freaks. This cast photo is from the final season, once the show had officially jumped the shark and Stoney Jackson (a repeat ‘wet look’ offender), the blonde Toukie Smith, and the greasy landlord Julian joined the cast. Rose cycled through a few Jheri Curls, Calvin and Lester’s cuts looked like they were carved out with dessert spoons, and Brenda’s mushrooms stayed out of control. Notably absent from this photo are the Pearl Shay press n’ bang, young Jheri-curled Countess Vaughn, and Reynaldo Rey, the redbone red-headed mailman.
And the winner by a landslide…
Vanessa Huxtable, The Cosby Show
Oh Tempestt. Why didn’t you protest when they gave you the braids with the bang and then threw them into a side ponytail for an entire season? Or the geometric ‘fro? Or whatever this crazy long crimp is? Who is responsible?! Her hair was just never quite right no matter what. The extreme and constant freakiness of Vanessa’s hair is the only reason Elvin and his good hair rattail have not been mentioned here.