How many TV series are you watching this season? Over the past few years, writers and directors have put renewed effort into creating amazing scripted shows with complex stories and even more complex characters. It’s never been this easy to get lost in imaginary worlds—I mean, I can’t be the only one who’s had actual dreams where I was one of the surgeons in Grey’s Anatomy, right?
We perceive these characters as if they really exist; we develop feelings for them, we’re happy when they’re getting promotions, we’re as excited over their first dates as we are over ours, and if they break up…oh, man, I don’t even need to talk about it. I’ve probably cried more about fictional people’s lives than my own. Which at least assures me my own is not that dysfunctional.
But there are some couples that are just so annoying. Not that we don’t like them—we LOVE them! It’s just that they’re so complicated, and sitting on your couch, you cannot help but scream think: cut the crap, you’re perfect for each other! If you know the feels, take a walk with us down the memory lane of the TV Town.
Lucas and Peyton, One Tree Hill
I apologize if you’re a Brucas girl, but from the very beginning I knew it was Peyton or no one! I shed so many tears over the two and was raging every time they would split. I hated Lucas for hating Peyton when his fiancée left him at the altar. Why did it have to be so complicated?! They were a textbook example of a perfect high school couple that just had to be a liiiittle bit more intelligent and continue being happy. On the other hand, that would make a rather boring TV show.
Rachel and Ross, Friends
I recently watched all 10 seasons again. From time to time, they got me quite confused, because there were moments where either Rachel or Ross claimed they were not getting back together—ever. Especially after their wedding in Vegas, when Rachel was determined to annul the marriage back in NYC. But there were always hints, like a sad look on one’s face when the other leaves for a date with someone; not to mention they had a child together. The writers did a good job because we were never really sure if Ross and Rachel would end up together. I was so relieved they did!
Carrie and Mr. Big, Sex and the City
In the interest of full disclosure, the older I got, the less I really loved SATC. If you think about it, you’ll inevitably realize that Carrie is an unstable person whose life revolves around men and clothes, and who’s not the best friend one can be. But we cannot possibly skip this pair if we’re on this topic. Their love was so flawed and full of bad timing—but maybe that’s why it felt so genuine and relatable. We saw them as an example of an on-off relationship that can eventually work, and looked up to that. Growing up, though, we came to the conclusion that the Carrie & Mr. Big story is just a fairy tale. Real relationships are better.
Jess and Nick, New Girl
Dating a friend can be a slippery slope, but maybe less so if the two are so perfect for each other that I spent the entire first season being nervous because it was just so obvious! Couldn’t they get together before they became good friends? Seriously, there was chemistry all around from day one. When they first broke up, I was truly upset. I think one of the main reasons we became so fond of this couple is their naturalness. You could swear people like that live in your building, or maybe you feel like one of them.
Ted and Robin, How I Met Your Mother
Just imagine these two having to pick one of the options: dating, friends, friends with benefits, exes. Who else was biting their nails over all the moving in and moving out, weddings and infinite dates with other people and realizations one is in love with the other—when the other is taken? Real drama! It kept us on the edge for years, because we believed Ted’s true love was someone else we were yet waiting to discover. Luckily, writers sometimes do know what makes the audience happy. The world could go round again after the final episode.
What is your favorite “will they or won’t they?” TV couple?