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Alison Sweeney’s Top 10 TV Movies and TV Shows, Ranked

The star of ‘The Biggest Loser,’ ‘Days Of Our Lives’ and Hallmark movies has been on the small screen since the 1980s

There may be many Alison Sweeney movies and TV shows, but she made her name as host of The Biggest Loser (2006-2015), villain on Days of Our Lives (1993-2022) and Hallmark star starting with Hallmark Family’s Second Chances (2013).

Born September 19, 1976, the Los Angeles native got her start in showbiz with single-episode stints on the crime drama Simon and Simon (1984), family sitcom Webster (1985), comedic drama St. Elsewhere (1985), adventure drama The Magical World of Disney (1987) and sitcom I Married Dora (1987).

She was a regular on the short-lived sitcom Family Man (1988) and comedic drama A Brand New Life (1988-1989), with Barbara Eden and Jennie Garth.

alison sweeney movies and tv shows: Alison Sweeney in 1999
Alison Sweeney in 1999Getty

After that, she landed the career-making role of manipulative Sami on Days Of Our Lives, which netted her the 2002 Daytime Emmy’s fan-voted America’s Favorite Villain Award.

Always looking to challenge herself, she picked up side gigs along the way, including appearing as herself on the TV Guide Channel reality show Hollywood Girls Night (2011-2012).

In addition to hosting The Biggest Loser, she played herself on TV Guide Channel reality show Hollywood Girls Night (2011-2012).

Alison moved behind the camera into directing with the animated short A Cow Walks Into A Bar (2004) before returning to Days Of Our Lives to helm seven episodes from 2011-2015, doing the same for three episodes of soap General Hospital from 2014-2017. As if all of that wasn’t enough, she also executive-produced a slew of Hallmark movies.

Read on to get her top 10 TV movies and shows:

10. Murder, She Baked: A Peach Cobbler Mystery (2016): Alison Sweeney movies and TV shows

The Cookie Jar bakery owner Hannah (Sweeney) tries to clear her name after one of the owners of a new, rival dessert station is murdered in the nearby Lake Eden, Minnesota, store. Sweeney executive produced this Hallmark Mystery crime drama.

She also appears in (and executive produced) Murder, She Baked vignettes Just Desserts (2017), A Deadly Recipe (2016), A Plum Pudding Mystery (2015) and A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery (2015).

9. Love and Jane (2024)

Hopeless romantic bookworm Lilly (Sweeney) is living her dreams when she gets to meet her favorite author as Jane Austen appears in her life in this Hallmark Channel TV romance. Summoning the English writer, who lived from 1775 to 1817, by saying “Jane, I really need to talk to you,” Lilly gets antiquated advice about men (“Pity,” she responds when she asks Lilly if her new tech-sector love interest owns any cattle). From the creator of classics Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice.

Sweeney also executive produced.

8. A Magical Christmas Village (2022): Alison Sweeney movies and TV shows

After architect Summer’s (Sweeney, who executive produced) mother, Vivian (Marlo Thomas), moves in with her and her daughter Chloe (Maesa Nicholson), Vivian sets up a miniature Christmas village in this Hallmark Channel family comedy. Reality seems to copy the scenes Chloe devises, and the Christmas Village brings Summer together with a man she would never have met otherwise.

7. The Wedding Veil: Legacy (2022)

During the third episode of the Hallmark Channel romance series The Wedding Veil, Tracy (Sweeney) is the last of three college pals (the others played by Lacey Chabert and Autumn Reeser) to wear an old-fashioned wedding veil despite questioning the legend that it unites the wearer with her true love.

Other segments include The Wedding Veil (2022), The Wedding Veil: Unveiled (2022), The Wedding Veil: Expectations (2023) and The Wedding Veil: Inspiration (2023).

6. Sweet Revenge: A Hannah Swensen Mystery (2021): Alison Sweeney movies and TV shows

Hannah (Sweeney) and Mike (Cameron Mathison) are in engagement bliss until a murder at their gym foils their wedding plans in this Hallmark Mystery crime show.

Other installments in the Hannah Swensen Mystery series include One Bad Apple (2024) and A Zest For Death (2023).

5. Time For You To Come Home For Christmas (2019)

In this Blake Shelton (and his mom Dorothy Shackleford)-produced romantic drama, Katherine (Sweeney) meets a veteran on her travels home after her husband passes away in this Hallmark Mystery TV movie. With Christmas fast approaching, they discover their connection could be the answer they seek.

“This film honors people who are grieving at Christmas,” Sweeney explained on Home and Family in 2019.

It is the second in a series of six movies, including Time For Me To Come Home For Christmas (2018), Time For Us To Come Home For Christmas (2020), Time For Them To Come Home For Christmas (2021), Time For Him To Come Home For Christmas (2022) and Time For Her To Come Home For Christmas (2023), from Shelton and his mom, based on her 2013 novel, Time For Me To Come Home, which is inspired by the holiday memories of their family.

4. Hollywood Girls Night (2011-2012): Alison Sweeney movies and TV shows

Let’s dish! This TV Guide Channel reality show sees female celebs gather and gossip about their lives at casual dinner parties. Hosts Sweeney (also executive producer) and pal Ali Landry swap fashion, beauty, love, showbiz and other secrets with Denise Richards, Niecy Nash, Lala Anthony; Kyle Richards, Tracey Gold, Ken Paves; Kendra Wilkinson, Robin Givens, Perez Hilton; Debbie Gibson, Daisy Fuentes, Patti Stanger; Cheryl Burke, Garcelle Beauvais; Carnie Wilson and Tamera Mowry-Housley.

3. Second Chances (2013)

In the actress’ network debut in this Hallmark Family romantic drama, single mom Jenny (Sweeney) rents out an apartment to single, injured fireman Jeff (Greg Vaughan). Ed Asner plays Chief Buddy, whose heart-to-heart talk with Jenny changes everything.

2. The Biggest Loser (2006-2015): Alison Sweeney movies and TV shows

Sweeney hosted the NBC weight-loss reality competition alongside trainer Bob Harper. Contestants transformed mentally and physically as they sought to drop pounds and score a cash prize. “These contestants are amazing people,” Sweeney told OK! Magazine in 2011. “It’s an emotional rollercoaster. They’re changing their lives.”

1. Days Of Our Lives (1993-2022)

Catch Sweeney as Sami in a whopping 3,612 episodes of the long-running NBC soap opera, which began in 1965. Known for her dysfunctional romantic relationships and unruly ways, she has four children, including twins Allie and Johnny (fathered by Lucas Horton, played by Bryan Dattilo) and EJ DiMera (portrayed by triplets Avalon, Dillon and Vincent Ragone, 1997-1998; James Scott, 2006-2014; and Trey Baxter, 2018, respectively), plus Will and Sydney, also fathered by Horton and DiMera, respectively.

Scoring the role was a dream come true. “I was a big fan of the show,” she said in a 2022 Days of Our Lives interview. “I was happy to read the scene, and then two days later I went in for the screen test. That Friday, I got the job. I was in school. My mom found out, I was walking out of math class, and my teacher says, ‘Your mom sent me a note: You got it!’ I dropped my books. I was freaking out. We had no idea what the future would hold.”

She continued, “I was the good girl, trying to kiss up to Marlena. I gave an interview … when I first got there, I started saying, ‘I hope I get to play the villain, because I love the villains.’ There was no thought in my mind that it was going to happen. It was not written like that. Of course, the bomb drops and she finds out about Marlena’s affair with Roman as she witnesses it.”

For Sweeney, appearing on the long-running soap has been a source of satisfaction. “I’m so proud to be part of a show like Days Of Our Lives,” she said. “Family and love is what it’s all about.”

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