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Way Back When: Jennifer Aniston

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She’s been one of America’s sweethearts since making her debut as Rachel Green on ‘Friends,’ but in today’s Way Back When, we take a look back at some of Jennifer Aniston‘s earlier roles.


Jennifer Aniston’s first real role was playing sister to Mayim Bialik (aka ‘Blossom’) on the short-lived 1990 family sitcom ‘Molloy.’ The show followed a quirky teen (Bialik) and her intolerably wacky family — hijinks ensue, Bialik shrugs her shoulders a lot and everyone has so much hair going on. You can watch a short promo for the show below, following a brief 30-second promo for Brad Pitt‘s old show, ‘Glory Days’:

‘Camp Cucamonga’

We may have struck gold with this one. ‘Camp Cucamonga’ was a TV movie about the kids and counselors at a camp getting into shenanigans and hooking up — the usual stuff. This is basically the kind of movie that inspired ‘Wet Hot American Summer.’ The cast is insane: Jennifer Aniston, Danica McKellar (Winnie of ‘The Wonder Years‘), Josh Saviano (also of ‘The Wonder Years’), Candace Cameron of ‘Full House,’ Jaleel White (aka URKEL), Breckin Meyer (you may recognize him best from ‘Clueless’) and John Ratzenberger from ‘Cheers.’ And the song featured in the first couple of minutes below is amazing. Clearly this is the best movie we’ve never seen.

‘Ferris Bueller’ TV Series

One of the most misguided attempts at translating an awesome film to television, ‘Ferris Bueller’ starred a blonde-haired Ferris (um, what) with Aniston taking Jennifer Grey’s role of sister Jeannie. The show only lasted for 13 episodes from 1990-1991, and it’s easy to see why based on the video below:


In 1993, Aniston starred in the cheesy horror flick ‘Leprechaun,’ about a vengeful, scary little Leprechaun — played by Warwick Davis, obviously. You can tell it’s 1993 because Aniston wears flowered exercise shorts under short jean shorts. And then she gets her leg caressed by the creepy little Irish fellow. Gross!

‘The Edge’

From 1992 to 1993, Aniston starred in this brief TV sketch comedy show alongside Tom Kenny (the voice of ‘Spongebob Squarepants’), Jill Talley, Julie Brown and Wayne Knight. You can check out some of her impressive sketch work below, including a skit in which her butt plays the butt of Goldie Hawn, followed by a sketch in which she and Brown are groupies getting ready to be in a Guns N’ Roses music video.

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