I feel like it’s time I just come out and admit it–I’m obsessed with TV relationships. Not the, “Do you accept this rose until we both leave this romantic island and ink an US Weekly cover” type of television relationships, but the honest-to-goodness, sometimes-dramatic, took-us-seven-seasons-to-get-to-the-kiss television relationships. I’m already fangirling just thinking about it (Warning: This is a long post, but it’s all about love. So I think I get a free pass).
I’ve always been a romantic, but there is special nook and cranny section in my little romantic heart that beats extra hard for television couples. They’re just different–more special, even–than movie couples. Maybe it’s because we spend seasons and seasons getting to know them and rooting for them (or against them, in some cases) and see them struggle, shouting at our televisions, “JUST KISS HER YOU IDIOT!” (<No? Just Me?). Or maybe it’s because we find them at different times in our lives, where the right television episode can be exactly the push we need to be brave, be forgiving, get invested or get over it. Do I want emulate every television couple I fall in love with? Of course not–trust me, I would not trade places with Olivia Pope and her misfit band of lovers for anything in the world (Ok, mayyyyyybeeeeee her Prada bag collection…), but that doesn’t stop me from falling head over heels for the stories of love and loss currently taking up 98% of the available space on my DVR. For you lovers, some of my favorite duos:
Jim and Pam, The Office
I’m pretty sure Jim and Pam win the award for everyone’s favorite television couple–I mean, I know we’re supposed to pretended The Office was about other things besides them, but was it reallllyyy? From long-distance high-fives across the office to angst-y time apart and a wedding in Niagara (Yes, I baked them a wedding cake for a viewing party we had with friends in college, in case you want another reason to question my mental stability), I loved watching Jim and Pam make the full-circle transition from co-workers, to best friends, to lovers, to family. They are just the best, simple as that.
Their best moment: I’m stuck between two. First, the moment Jim confesses his love for Pam during Casino Night (and of course the kiss after), because that whole love-your-best-friend thing is just so painful and relatable to practically everyone. Second, the exact moment, at the end of their wedding episode, that Jim looks at the camera and smiles. Slays. My. Heart.
Olivia and Fitz, Scandal
I get it, I get it–this is bound to be an unpopular choice. I know this relationship was audultary and no, I don’t condone it but, you guys–clearly Liv and Fitz have that unbreakable sort of thing (and you have to, if you’re going to be the leads in a Shonda Rhimes show…that woman likes her drama dramatic). There’s something I find so fascinating about characters, and people really, that are so magnetically drawn to each other that there’s no escaping it. Their chemistry is undeniable and their “one minute” scenes make me feel so many feelings. He could kill the Supreme Court Justice, she could rig an election–hell, they’re going to love each other anyways. Nothing is ever safe on Scandal, especially not their relationship, but I’m rooting for these two crazy kids to get their crap together next season and just go make babies and jam in Vermont already.
Their best moment: A tie again: either when Fitz tells Liv how he feels in the rose garden or when Fitz tells Liv how he feels at the hospital. It’s always Fitz talking about his feelings and never Liv.
Ross and Rachel, Friends
Ah, the couple that started it all. I’m sure there were TV relationships before Ross and Rachel that had millions rooting for them, but nothing was ever quite like the will-they-or-won’t-they, on-and-off special cocktail that Ross and Rachel mixed up over those ten years. A lot of my Ross and Rachel relationship appreciation has come retrospectively, because let’s be honest–I couldn’t really understand the complexities of their relationship when I was 12. I could understand the lobster though–everybody gets having a lobster.
Their best moment: Oh, so many. Maybe it’s the kiss from The One With The Prom Video , or when Ross says Rachel’s name at the alter when it’s not her next to him. But really, I’m going to have to be cliche and say it’s the final scene in The Last One–you know, the one with the plane? I’ve always wanted someone to wish that hard that I got off a plane–and hopefully it’s not the TSA…
Mindy and Danny, The Mindy Project
Mindy and Danny very rapidly became my favorite couple on television over the past two seasons–well, first they were my favorite non-couple and now, well–you get my drift. I love will-they-or-won’t-they story lines (I am a firm believer that a little drawn-out angst never hurt anyone) and Mindy and Danny’s has been the best of the best. I mean, best friends who kind of want to kill each other half the time but really are falling in love with each other the other half of the time? Who wouldn’t want to watch that–especially when Chris Messina and Mindy’s amazing wardrobe are involved. Their relationship is only made better by Kaling’s amazing writing–it’s realistic and doesn’t try too hard, but she doesn’t pretend not to love and embrace a few romantic comedy cliches. She’s said in a few interviews that she fully intends on Mindy and Danny’s relationship continuing on in this upcoming season, so YAY!
Their best moment: I mean, every moment when they’re not fighting (and even sometimes when they are). I loved when Danny tried to save Mindy’s speech at her and Josh’s Christmas party, when he danced for her at that other Christmas party and of course, when he ran through the streets of NYC to the tune of Springsteen (start the video at 18:20 for just that scene!) on the way to ESB. Kind of all my favorite things in one.
Sydney and Vaughn, Alias
Syd and Vaughn were the first couple I really got obsessed with–maybe it’s because they were spies and I wanted so badly to be a spy (seriously…) or maybe because Michael Vartan is a babe or maybe because all the odds were stacked against them (She’s undercover! Her Mom killed his Dad! He married someone else!). I worshiped Alias. Seriously, give me a still image of this show and I can tell you exactly what episode it is from, what dialogue is being said and what music is playing in the background. It’d actually be a pretty cool party trick if it wasn’t so pathetic. No matter, I never stopped rooting for them. And clearly, I know a good thing when I see it, because they lived happily ever after–or at least lived as retired spies on the beach somewhere in California with their spy-in-training kiddos. So yeah, happily ever after.
Their best moment: Pretty much any time they had to covertly meet, like the time in the train station, or when Sydney gave Vaughn a drawer. OR when they faced a firing squad, starred down death and confessed their undying love to each other to the tune of Damian Rice.
Summer and Seth, The OC
Seth and Summer were the little high school couple that could, made even cuter by the fact that they were dating in real-life for quite some time. I’m sure they looked more normal in comparison to Ryan and Marissa, but I always thought they were a really sweet, slightly innocent portrayal of young, first love. And let’s be honest–I could stare at Adam Brody all day. He’s way too adorable.
Their best moment: Gotta be that Spiderman kiss, no? Or maybe Seth’s coffee shop cart confession. Side note: Didn’t The OC always have the best music?
Eric and Tami, Friday Night Lights
That’s Coach and Mrs. Coach to you, thanks. Arguably the most loving, sincere example of a marriage on television any time in the last decade, I kind of want to be these two when I grow up. It’s no surprise that Coach loves Mrs. T so much–she’s smart and sweet, gives the best advice and has hair that is way too shiny and luscious to come from a human being (WHAT PRODUCTS DOES SHE USE? ANGEL TEARS?!). And he’s just perfect. I really came to respect how the writers treated their marriage throughout FNL–they worked through problems, celebrated each other’s successes, stayed madly in love and always had each other’s backs. #ClearEyesFullHeartsCan’tLose
Their best moment: Any time Coach won a game and Mrs. Coach came running onto the field for a hug. Too sweet.
Blair and Chuck, Gossip Girl
I mentioned this list to a friend and she thought I was crazy for including Chuck and Blair–and it’s true, they are so nuts. But their little moments, where they stop scheming and plotting and trying to destroy each other emotionally–those were the moments that really mattered and let you see that deep down they were just two, emotionally disturbed, ridiculously rich teenagers who loved each other. Something we can all relate to, no?
Their best moment: The touching hallway moment in the hospital when Chuck’s dad died, or the train station scene in season four.