In her first long-term TV role, Britton starred in the first four seasons of ABC sitcom Spin City, playing Nikki Faber, an outgoing coworker and occasional love interest of Deputy Mayor Mike Flaherty (Michael J. Fox).
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In the short-lived NBC sitcom The Fighting Fitzgeralds, Britton played Sophie Fitzgerald, a woman who joined a proud Irish family when she wed gym teacher Jim (Justin Louis, pictured here).
Did you forget Britton had a brief Season 3 role on NBC drama The West Wing? She played Connie Tate — a staffer for the successful reelection campaign of President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) — and she gave us all a preview of the strawberry-blonde gloriousness to come.
Britton’s job on ABC sitcom Lost at Home lasted even shorter than her Fitzgeralds gig: The show was canceled after a month on the air. But at least the actress had perfectly-wound curls in her role as Rachel Davis, estranged wife of ad man Michael Davis (Mitch Rouse).
When Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) tried to live a low-key life out of the counterterrorism game Season 5 of the FOX drama 24, he dated Britton’s Diane Huxley, his landlady. The relationship didn’t work out, of course, and Jack is probably still heartbroken he’ll never gaze upon that hair again.
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On Friday Night Lights — first broadcast on NBC then DirecTV — Britton played Tami Taylor, Dillon High guidance counselor-turned-principal and wife of Coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler). The football drama won critical adoration, but Britton’s magnificent hair was the real MVP.
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Britton is, of course, one of Ryan Murphy’s muses, so of the über-producer would give her perfect hair — even as her Vivien Harmon dealt with rubber men and demonic babies — in the first season of FX’s American Horror Story.
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The Golden Age of Connie Britton’s Hair continued as the actress played country superstar Rayna James across four and a half seasons of the ABC-turned-CMT drama Nashville.
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In her first post-Nashville TV job, Britton played Ally — the overly-friendly and out-of-touch boss of single young mother Bridgette Bird (Frankie Shaw) — on the Showtime comedy SMILF.
Britton starred in the first season of the FOX procedural 9-1-1 — another Ryan Murphy production — as emergency dispatcher Abby Clark, a woman who probably has no time for hairstyling but still looks annoyingly put-together.
In the Bravo limited series Dirty John — based on the hit podcast of the same name — Britton plays real-life interior designer Debra Newell, a woman who fell for con artist John Meehan (Eric Bana). We fully expect the character’s hair and mental state to become more and more frazzled, but here she is with every hair in place.
So much so, in fact, that her hair has its own hashtag (#conniebrittonshair) and is the focus of multiple Tumblr accounts. The actress' mane probably even ranks as a national treasure by now. (Could those waves inspire world peace? We wouldn’t rule it out.)
Check out Britton’s hair evolution across her TV career so far — from Spin City to Friday Night Lights to Dirty John — in the gallery above!