The 50 Greatest TV Couples Ever
We’ve all fallen in love with a fictional couple or two, whether it’s because they have a connection that sizzles (like Pacey and Joey) or one that frustrates us with a will they or won’t they relationship (a la Ross and Rachel.) These on-screen romances have made us laugh, cry and inspired us on more than one occasion. Here’s a list of the best twosomes on the small screen.
ERIC AND TAMI,FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
Our TV parents, our inspiration, our heroes. If Coach Taylor asked us to drop everything and pick up football, we would. We’d fail miserably, but we’d still do it.
SETH AND SUMMER, THE OC
Every goofy dork’s relationship goals, Spiderman kiss and all.
ARIA AND EZRA,PRETTY LITTLE LIARS
Hottest, least creepy student-teacher love affair of all time, yes?
LOGAN AND VERONICA,VERONICA MARS
Even the Piz fans in us can’t help but admit that LoVe had (and still have) a hate/love unlike any other.
OLIVER AND FELICITY, ARROW
Once upon a time, an angry archer fell in love with a dorky IT girl, and things got complicated but we’ve got high hopes they’ll find their way back to each other.
EMMA AND HOOK,ONCE UPON A TIME
Underworld schmunderworld. Not even death could come between the savior and her pirate.
JACK AND KATE,LOST
DAVID AND KEITH,SIX FEET UNDER
To say these two stuck by each other through some tough times (deaths, assault, family troubles, cheating, arrests) is pretty much the understatement of the year. We should all be so lucky to have a Keith or a David.
SABRINA AND HARVEY, SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH
We always knew their soul stones would fit together, even before we knew that was a thing.
NATHAN AND HALEY, ONE TREE HILL
Nothing says true love like a #23 tattoo and a high school marriage.
LUCY AND RICKY, I LOVE LUCY
You can’t get much more classic than Lucy and Ricky.
SAWYER AND JULIET, LOST
They not only killed the Jack/Kate/Sawyer/Juliet quadrangle, they obliterated it to the point that we forgot it was ever a thing.
MULDER AND SCULLY, THE X-FILES
Not even that revival can keep them apart in our hearts.
COSIMA AND DELPHINE,ORPHAN BLACK
Not even the shady business happening at the Dyad Institute could come between these two smarty pants.
ADAM AND KRISTINA,PARENTHOOD
We’re in tears just thinking about all the tears we’ve already shed watching these two support each other to hell and back.
HOMER AND MARGE, THE SIMPSONS
We should all hope for a love as imperfectly perfect as this.
DOUG AND CAROL, ER
We’d honestly watch George Clooney and Julianna Margulies stare into each other’s eyes for the rest of our lives, if we could.
FELICITY AND NOEL/BEN,FELICITY
We know that this is technically not a couple, but we have to honor one of TV’s greatest love triangles, too.
OLIVIA AND JAKE/FITZ,SCANDAL
And we also had to honor a more current, more murderous love triangle! May the Jake vs. Fitz debate rage on forever.
SYDNEY AND VAUGHN, ALIAS
Nobody does relationship drama like two of the hottest spies the world has ever known.
SCHMIDT AND CECE, NEW GIRL
They make no sense and yet all the sense in the world.
ANDY AND APRIL,PARKS AND RECREATION
We guess we kind of hate most things, but we never really seem to hate these two weirdos. Burt Macklin (FBI) and Janet Snakehole forever.
MAGGIE AND GLENN, THE WALKING DEAD
If #zombieapocalypserelationshipgoals were a thing, Maggie and Glenn would be that.
FINN AND RACHEL,GLEE
We’re not crying, you’re crying! McKinley’s QB was a true hero (both on and off screen), and it’s no wonder Rachel fell head over heels for him, and he for her.
ALICIA AND WILL,THE GOOD WIFE
We will never, ever forgive Hunter Parrish for being the one to end Will’s life (yes, we know this is a tv show, but still). But we are thankful that we got to watch these two legal experts steam up the Lockhart Gardner offices for a few years, at least.
DAVID AND DONNA, BEVERLY HILLS 90210
A lot might have come between these two high school sweethearts–drug problems, Ray Pruitt, etc.–but come on, did we ever think they wouldn’t end up together?
LESLIE AND BEN,PARKS AND RECREATION
We love them and we like them and we want to be them or maybe to be adopted by them. Our love for this couple is complicated but oh so real.
ZACK AND KELLY,SAVED BY THE BELL
The only thing sweeter than the cheerleader and the big man on campus getting together is an ice cream sundae from the Max.
JESSE AND BECKY,FULL HOUSE
Their love is still burning even after all these years, and they’re also still the greatest (great) aunt and uncle any kid could ask for.
SANTANA AND BRITTANY, GLEE
Like Lord Tubbington, we also think they’re purrrrfect (as was their beyond gorgeous wedding).
BUFFY AND ANGEL, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER
The couple that tries and sometimes succeeds at killing each other together has no chance of staying together but that doesn’t make them any less great.
BUFFY AND SPIKE,BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER
They may have been the definition of dysfunctional, but Spuffy had a bond (and an affect on each other) that can’t be beat.
OLIVIA AND PETER, FRINGE
Whether here, over there, or in an animated blimp on an LSD trip, few couples have been through more and came out of it as strong as these two continually did.
LUKE AND LORELAI, GILMORE GIRLS
There’s nothing like the love between a woman and that woman’s lovably grumpy caffeine provider.
CHUCK AND BLAIR, GOSSIP GIRL
Three words, eight letters, and a thousand happy tears when the Upper East Side’s most perfect couple finally made it official that they’re meant to be.
BLAINE AND KURT,GLEE
Their couple name is so perfect–Klaine! So short and sweet and wonderful–that they kind of had to end up together. Oh also they were an inspiration to plenty of struggling teenagers across the country. But that name though!
CLARKE AND LEXA,THE 100
It would have been great if the post-apocalyptic turf wars had chilled out long enough for these two to have more than split second of happiness together, but Clexa will live on anyway.
MEREDITH AND DEREK, GREY’S ANATOMY
We literally cannot use post it notes without bursting into tears so thanks a lot, Shonda Rhimes.
CARRIE AND BIG,SEX AND THE CITY
Whatever happened before or since, few things have made us happier than Big showing up in Paris and finally telling Carrie that she’s the one.
ROSS AND RACHEL, FRIENDS
What lady would get off the plane and give up her dream job in Paris for a romance that wasn’t one of the best of all time? (Also they’re lobsters, duh.)
DAMON AND ELENA, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES
Not even a devastating sleeping spell can tear this soulmate-defying couple apart, or tear our eyes away from their beautiful romance.
PENNY AND LEONARD, THE BIG BANG THEORY
Forever proving that Schrodinger’s cat is totally alive.
MARSHALL AND LILY, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
Everybody deserves their own Marshmallow or Lily Pad. And also chimichangas.
CORY AND TOPANGA, BOY MEETS WORLD
They’ve been soulmates since MIDDLE SCHOOL and they’re still going strong. If that’s not grounds for Greatest TV Couple Ever status, we don’t know what is.
JIM AND PAM, THE OFFICE
We still weep when we see a teapot and we probably always will.
BRAD AND JANE,HAPPY ENDINGS
If they were ever down to turn their hilarious, inspirational, aspirational marriage into a three-way party, sign us up.
CHUCK AND SARAH, CHUCK
There’s no better team in the spy game, or the marriage game (all memory loss aside).
PACEY AND JOEY,DAWSON’S CREEK
Dawson who? The creek (and our hearts) always truly belonged to Capeside’s wittiest underdogs.
CAROLINE AND STEFAN, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES
She keeps him sober, he keeps her human, and they both keep us pining for more of their burning hot chemistry.
CLAIRE AND JAMIE,OUTLANDER
Any love story that spans centuries and more hardships than any two people should ever have to face is a love story worth swooning over.
MONICA AND CHANDLER,FRIENDS
“Do you think he knew I was here?!” We’ve never gotten over the reveal that began one of TV’s greatest couples ever. We never will, and we never want to.