On my way to work this morning, I heard a clip of Mario Lopez on Ellen Degeneres’ talk show. He shared with Ellen and her audience that his first kiss happened when he was 10 years old and an actor on the show, Kids Incorporated.

I knew he was on that show – I watched it faithfully during a “we have cable” phase of my childhood. What I didn’t know is that Kids Inc. featured several other now-famous entertainers, including the Black Eyed Peas’ own Fergie – also known as Stacy, Mario’s first kiss.

Did you watch this show? I loved it for the singing and dancing, and if I remember correctly (and Mario’s interview says I do), there was even a little pre-teen romance going on. You know I loved that. Some things just don’t change.

In addition to Mario Lopez (who, you have to admit, is easy on the eyes, even if he is a jerkface) and Fergie (who, thanks to her annoying songs as a soloist, really gets on my nerves), Kids Inc. also starred Martika (of Toy Soldiers fame) and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

What lost or forgotten shows did you watch as a kid? (Popular and well-remembered shows like Diff’rent Strokes and Punky Brewster don’t count here!) Did any of them star actors that are now better known for other shows, movies or musical performances?

What should you watch next?


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