15 Cheesy TV Movies Starring Famous People

If you had told us five years ago that we would one day be waiting with bated breath for the release of Ian Ziering and Tara Reid's latest film, we might have ended it all there and then. And, yet, here we are, cancelling our dinner plans, putting our phones on silent, and whipping up popcorn in anticipation of tonight's premiere of Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!. It is what it is, folks.

Besides, there's no shame in the TV movie game. Some big-deal celebrities all got their start playing teen dads, teen moms, teen killers, and teen sorority girls in some small-screen movie of the week. Apparently having a Lifetime credit on your film reel and scoring an Oscar nomination are not mutually exclusive. Just ask Denzel, Hilary, and Ben.

Might there be another future superstar lurking in tonight's Sharknado installment? Hey, you never know. This list proves that anything is possible — seriously, have you seen some of these story lines?

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