We love to immerse ourselves in the stories of star-crossed lovers. We get a kick out of the will-they-or-won't-they teases of a good on-screen friendship tinged with sexual attraction. When it comes down to it, however, those tales aren't exactly the way we'd like our own romantic lives to progress. What a relief, then, that there are also a handful of couples on our favorite TV shows that demonstrate what healthy, uncursed relationships look like.
Some of these pairs fell in love in high school — or even earlier (Hi, Cory and Topanga!) — and as young viewers, we too thought there would be a chance of meeting our one and only before college. Others saw their longtime friendships blossom into something more (and okay, maybe Lorelai and Luke took too long to realize as much). There are the coworkers who turned the spark of rivalry into mutual respect and folks from different walks of life who find they have a lifetime of lessons to learn from each other. Lately, we've also been drawn to watching the longtime marrieds (Coach and Tami Taylor 4-ever!) who have taught us that when you have the right partner, all sorts of daunting challenges are surmountable.
As much as we like to be wrecked by fictional heartbreak once in a while, we're going to take a minute to honor the matches we wouldn't mind emulating in real life.
Juliet and Sawyer, Lost There were hardly two more unlikely people to get together on the island than the shady con-man from Oceanic Flight 815 and the upstanding fertility researcher for the Others. Especially since it seemed like Sawyer (Josh Holloway) was finally going to win Kate (Evangeline Lilly) away from Jack (Matthew Fox), who was perfect for Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell). A few shifts in time later, however, and Sawyer and Juliet had built a pretty cozy, not-at-all fake life together in the Dharma Initiative. Whatever that ending really meant, it was at least clear that those two got to head into the afterlife together after all. Photo: Courtesy of ABC. More
Dwayne and Whitley, A Different World Originally, these were the cartoonish side characters in the story of Denise Huxtable's college life in the Cosby Show spinoff, but nerdy math whiz Dwayne (Kadeem Harrison) and perfect Southern belle Whitley (Jasmine Guy) grew on everyone, and eventually each other. As college romances do, they broke up for a while, and Whitley almost married a politician (as she once seemed destined to do). When last we saw them, however, Whitley and Dwayne were married, expecting a kid, and off to Japan for Dwayne's video game career. The nerds shall inherit the earth and the girl. Photo: Courtesy of NBC. More VIDEO
Asher & Michaela, How To Get Away With Murder Somehow these two bickered their way into one another's hearts and became the couple that made so much sense. Photo: ABC More VIDEO
Tyler & Jules, Sweet/Vicious Sure, Jules (Eliza Bennett) technically killed Tyler's (Nick Fink) stepbrother. And yeah, she's been lying to him forever about her pursuit for vigilante justice against campus rapists. But the way he looks at her?! It makes you really want these crazy college kids to work it out. Photo: MTV More
Riley & Lucas, Girl Meets World Cory and Topanga made the list, so it's only fitting that their daughter Riley and her first crush Lucas made it as well. These two have been through a lot (including Riley's best friend having a thing for Lucas as well) but no matter what happens, they remain close friends who happen to also make a cute couple. Photo: Disney Channel More
Stefan & Caroline, The Vampire Diaries Friends first, friends forever... how all great romances between vampires should be. Photo: The CW More Read More
Rob & Sharon, Catastrophe Sometimes your love story doesn't start the way you thought it would. Rob and Sharon didn't expect to fall in love after accidentally getting pregnant, but jumping in head first led to one wonderful and hilarious love. Photo: Channel 4 More
Hanna & Caleb, Pretty Little Liars The former high school sweethearts (who finally reunited in season 7!) is proof that true love can take a break, but never truly ends. Photo: Freeform More
Rebecca & Jack, This Is Us The ultimate mom and dad, and husband and wife. Jack and Rebecca know how to handle life's ups and downs: by having one another's back. Photo: NBC More VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO
Logan & Veronica, Veronica Mars These Neptune residents were complicated, but always perfect for one another. The snarky duo (who finally reunited in the Veronica Mars movie, yay!) were always there to save the other when things got bad — as they often did in this modern noir universe. Photo: Warner Bros. More Chuck & Blair, Gossip Girl The members of Manhattan's elite may be manipulative, class-obsessed schemers, but there's nothing these two wouldn't do for one another. These two are perfectly suited for one another not despite their flaws, but because of them. More
Connor & Oliver, How To Get Away With Murder The drama is filled with jaw-dropping crimes and lots of legal jargon, but the one thing we can't get enough of are the scenes of Connor and Oliver snuggling in their apartment. Photo: ABC More
Jimmy & Gretchen, You're The Worst Because nobody's perfect, but this is what happens when you're imperfect together. Photo: Courtesy of FX. More
Lucas & Peyton, One Tree Hill Because no matter what happened (a school shooting, high-risk pregnancy, multiple car accidents...) these two always found their way back to one another. Photo: The CW More VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO
Jessa & Adam, Girls We know, we know. They are FAR from perfect. But you have to admit: The first moment during season 5 when a Jessa-Adam union seemed possible (especially throughout that scene where he kept trying to sneakily kiss her, and she pretended she didn't want him to) was magical. We're happy to be along for the tumultuous ride. Photo: Craig Blankenhorn/HBO. More
Philip & Elizabeth, The Americans No, we don't actually want to be Russian spies who have government-sanctioned marital affairs. But we do want to feel so close to someone that we never have to keep a secret from them. We want someone to know all the darkest, dirtiest things we've done and still desire us. Photo: Patrick Harbron/FX. More VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO
Felicity & Ben, Felicity At first, we though Felicity (Keri Russell) was nuts for ditching her first-choice school and running off to college in New York to be with Ben (Scott Speedman) just because he wrote something nice in her yearbook. And for years, he didn't deserve her as much as sweet Noel (Scott Foley). In the end, however, his good nature won us over — along with a bit of random witchcraft — and we have to believe they'll both follow each other to the ends of the earth now. Photo: Courtesy of The WB. More VIDEO
Lafayette & James, True Blood After a possessed Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) unwittingly stabbed his previous boyfriend to death in his own home, the Merlotte's cook deserved something good in his life. It was odd that it had to come in the form of baby vamp Jessica's boyfriend, but that's just how things go in Bon Temps. Soulful '60s throwback James (Nathan Parsons) turned out to be one of the first men to appreciate Lafayette's insane style as well as his heart. Photo Courtesy of: HBO. More VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO
Glenn & Maggie, The Walking Dead Imagine having so much love for someone that you will gladly let a madman named Negan — swinging a bat wrapped with barbed wire— brutalize your face so your partner can be spared? Yeah, that's what love is like in the zombie apocalypse. Photo: Courtesy of AMC. More
Homer & Marge, The Simpsons Sure, Homer is not the ideal husband (is there even such a thing?) But one of his most redeeming qualities is the fact that he downright cherishes Marge. He would never hurt her. And she would never judge him for having yet another donut. Photo: Courtesy of FOX. More
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