Fall TV's Best Makeovers: Trim Tony, Edgy Thea, a Modern Hook and Others

Best Worst TV Makeovers

Renee Zellweger isn’t the only one looking refreshed these days.

No, as this fall TV season has rolled out, a flurry of updated looks have been on display, from NCIS‘ dashing DiNozzo (thanks to Michael Weatherly’s 35-lb. triathlon-related slim-down) to Arrow‘s edgy Thea/”Mia.” From Once Upon a Time‘s contemporized pirate captain to The Blacklist‘s less-wiggy Elizabeth and Reign‘s shorn seer.

We’ve rounded up some of the most noteworthy makeovers undergone by your favorite TV characters. Take a look at their “before” and “after” shots, then weigh in on who you think indeed changed for the better.

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43 Comments
  1. Moment says:

    I love the Doctor Who one, brilliant sense of humor there.

  2. webly3 says:

    Kaley Cuoco’s haircut is so unbelievably bad.

  3. Rook says:

    Cyrus Bean’s hair is dreadful. Whenever he’s on screen I just get confused by what’s happening up top.

  4. Heather says:

    The best ones are Hook and Thea, imho. Also I love the Doctor Who one. Penny’s haircut is the one that bother’s me the most. I’ve tried, but I still can’t get used to it.

    • Stormy says:

      The only shows on the list that I watch are TBBT and OUAT. I’m OK with Penny’s hair. But Hook’s transformation proves what I’ve said all along. Without the guy liner and leathers, he’s a mutt.

  5. db says:

    Matthew Goode looks much better now that he is wearing his hair shorter.

  6. Babybop says:

    Ian Somerhalder could go back to the 70’s and wear bell bottom jeans and still be the sexiest person alive.

  7. Ben says:

    Thea is definitely a change for the better. So are Ward and Skye. Elizabeth Keen and Penny both don’t work for me at all. As for Captain Hook, it doesn’t really feel at all like a ‘makeover’ to me… just a reflection of the environment he is in and the softening of his character. He mostly looks the same.

  8. Tran says:

    Think they left out 2 Broke Girls star Beth Behrs’ new shorter hair-do.

  9. King says:

    You left out Claire of Modern Family I think. Her hair seems different than last seasons.

  10. Mary says:

    So which are best and which are worst?

  11. John NYC says:

    Liz Keen’s look is an improvement, so is Penny’s, having a more difficult time with Thea’s, a bit too sharp, though with that face to work with… I expect they’ll adapt and modify to get it right.

  12. Killian Jones. Definitely,

  13. christine says:

    Kaley looks like a soccer mom

  14. Leonardo says:

    Captain Hook looks so amazing it was about time I love it! Not a huge fan of Penny’s hair though.

  15. Kay says:

    Ward and Skye look great and Thea looks way better!

  16. Kathryn says:

    I’ve been trying to put a finger on what is wrong with Penny’s hair. I don’t mind that it’s short, but something about the color and styling is really off for me.

  17. Liz says:

    I think penny’s is just a little too short… If it was just a little longer and a bit more bob like it would work. Few people can pull off fair that short. Love Thea’s new hair though.

  18. DavidSask says:

    Penny’s hair on BBT is too short and extreme, and Cyrus’s new doo on Scandal looks horrible!

  19. PatioPrincess says:

    Kaley Cuoco now looks like Shirley Jones from the Partridge Family years.

    Megan Boone on The Blacklist looks good but IMO she needs a tad more makeup (eye makeup only.) Her hair is adorable but she looks a tad anemic.

    • herman1959 says:

      You’re exactly right about Kaley Cuoco. I couldn’t figure out why she reminded me of a middle aged soccer mom type. I think the coloring is the real problem, it’s the fake highlights (aka “frosting” in the ’70s). But, I do like her hair short.

  20. Lore says:

    I loooove the beard Ward in this photo!

  21. Mel says:

    I’ve always thought that Michael Weatherly was hot, but his new leaner, healthier look is distractingly gorgeous! And I love Kaley’s new haircut. She’s adorable.

  22. Anna D. says:

    Michael Weatherly has always looked great, but he should be really proud of his accomplishment! That wasn’t easy!

  23. Pia says:

    Det. Lance on the Arrow looks a lot better with the buzz.

  24. Ana says:

    I’m so biased because I just love Killian Jones to pieces but all I can say is “oh captain, my captain” ;)
    I love that his change if wardrobe is so meaningful in terms of the story. He’s really making am effort to make Storybrooke his home…for Emma.

  25. Len84 says:

    I LOVE HOOK. He looked sexy. And I loved the Emma/Hook date :)

  26. Sherry White says:

    Email comments. Additional show’s and canceled shows. Ty.