Whether married or dating or just hooking up, television has given viewers some memorable couples through the years. Some were complete opposites that just worked well, while others were just meant to be together.
Here's our ranking of the top 25 couples in TV history.
Zack (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) tried like crazy to get with Kelly (Tiffani Amber Thiessen). Plotting, scheming and conniving his way to win the love of his life. It eventually happened, and there were some bumps in the road, and even an emotional break up. As expected, Zack and Kelly got back together and eventually married. Let's also give an honorable mention to Slater and Jessie.
Being gay in high school was not easy for Kurt (Chris Colfer), who was regularly picked on and bullied - even when when he found a home with the glee club. He ended up transferring to the elite Dalton Academy, where he fell in love with another singer - Blaine (Darren Criss). Eventually, both would return to McKinley High. It wasn't the easiest of relationship, but it might have been when Kurt felt most comfortable.
Initially, Monica (Courteney Cox) and Chandler's hook-up (in London) was one of convenience, and because both were struggling in the love department. In time, it grew more serious and actually quite sweet. Even though Monica has no trouble bossing Chandler (Matthew Perry) around. But, then again, did we expect anything less? Still, they actually end up being made for each other - which is worth celebrating.
College sweethearts, Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) try to project the perfect marriage. Or at the very least, an honest one. Their attempts are worthy, but life tends to get in the way. Still, they manage things quite well and are solid role models to their children and others within their circle. Their love for each other is not too over the top, but enough that viewers know it's still strong.
It was obvious, even when they were kids, that Corey (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel) were going to get together and stay that way. Their relationship even rated the Girl Meets World spinoff. Sure, they were meant for each, mainly because they were always nearby. The fact they were able to make it through junior high, high school and beyond as a couple says a lot for their staying power.
There might not be a sweeter couple than Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan). They were truly meant for each other. Both a little odd and nerdy, but in that charming way. Marshall is as loyal as they come and Lily is concerning like a good wife should. Plus, they can be a little wild at times. They're also one of those couples that fits in well with their single friends and never makes others feel uncomfortable.
Talk about ups and downs. Bette (Jennifer Beals) and Tina (Laurel Lisa Holloman) were all over the case as a couple during the run of this success Showtime series. From the moment they met, the physical attraction could not be denied. However, the complexity of their respective lives - past and present - seemed to hinder the staying power of their relationship. Perhaps that's why it made for exceptional dramatic television.
Mike (Robert Reed) and Carol (Florence Henderson) are up there with the greatest television parents of all time. That's because they were a pretty good pair. Seriously, how many couples can solve a myriad of family problems in roughly 20 minutes each week? Not to mention, Mike and Carol were a little risque, considering they slept in the same bed. Something, not long before, seemed taboo on network television.
During the long run of this massively popular HBO series, the relationship between Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) and "Big" (Chris Noth) was a prominent storyline. Even when it wasn't. Carrie endured her share of failed relationships, and her run with "Big" could be exhausting. However, we knew he was the one love she could not shed, and she was the one who completed his life - even if they both tried to mess all that up.
Rafael and Adam aside, it's always been Michael (Brett Dier). Right? He was Jane's first husband, while there were secrets and issues within the relationship, it seemed on many levels that Michael was always the guy that Jane (Gina Rodriguez) was meant to be with. Unfortunately, life threw them a tragic curve ball. All left was the thought of what could have been.
After breaking up with Ann, Andy (Chris Pratt) started dating April (Aubrey Plaza). Known for eating chili off a frisbee for breakfast, Aubrey and Andy are a couple of strange birds who just seem right for each other. Married shortly after they began dating and eventually move to Washington D.C. when April get a job there. In terms of dysfunction, this pair rates high up there, but in that charming, sitcom way.
In some ways, or maybe a lot, Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) were much more likable when they were just friends. And there was that sexual tension between them. Once they got together, there were some special moments - marriage, the births of CeCe and Philip. All said, they are still more than worthy of a spot on this list.
During parts of the 1980s, Sam (Ted Danson) and Diane (Shelley Long) were arguably the most popular couple on network television. They really were opposites. Diane, the intellectual, and Sam, the player who has never been interested in having a committed relationship. That was until Diane won his heart. Of course, it did not last, but the time they had was TV gold.
Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) are both successful professionals, but when it comes to parenting, their kids might actually be better at running the household on a consistent basis. That, however, is why Dre and Bow are a special couple. They do their best to provide the right guidance for their children, and though independently bullheaded at times (especially Dre), realize they can't do it alone. A very human recognition that proves sincerely relatable - even when they threatened divorce.
Dylan (Luke Perry) was the rich, bad boy with a heart. Brenda (Shannen Doherty) was that Midwestern girl who had her own rebellious streak. They were one of TV's most popular couples during the 1990s, and even when they were no longer dating, their love for each other never really faded. Unfortunately, they never got a chance to fulfill that love completely.
Claire (Julie Bowen) and Phil (Ty Burrell) might some like overwhelmed parents and an overly dysfunctional couple, but at the end of the day, they are made for each other. The wannabe "cool dad." Phil is one of the most comically endearing father's on television. Claire, meanwhile, is high-string, but motherly in her own not-totally overbearing way. Plus, they have a couple of cool aliases in Clive Bixby and Julianna.
Why did Ralph (Jackie Gleason) and Alice (Audrey Meadows) make such a great couple? Because while Ralph can be hilariously overbearing and hot-headed, the real boss of the household was Alice - as much as Ralph wanted to send her "to the moon." Whenever Ralph needed to be reined in, cooled down or brought back down to Earth, Alice was there. Even though she regularly sported a dress, Alice wore the pants in the Kramden family.
Being the wife of a high school football coach can be tough. Especially in Texas, where the importance of prep football is right up there with breathing. Yet, Tami (Connie Britton) does her best to be the voice of reason and calm to husband Eric (Kyle Chandler). Together, they make one formidably human team that provides some stability within the cut-throat world of Texas high school football.
Archie (Carroll O'Connor) wasn't the easiest person to get along with. And, he's not one to ever be dubbed politically correct, which back in the 1970s and into the '80s, made for plenty of laughs, However, if there was one person who could tame Archie, it was wife Edith (Jean Stapleton). No matter how rough or gruff Archie, Edith was usually able to turn him into a teddy bear.
Critics did not necessarily care for this relationship, but fans of the popular show were enthralled through all the dysfunction. For viewers, the couple generated a love-hate relationship. Fans really wanted Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) to find true love, but was the man known as "McDreamy" (Patrick Dempsey) who she should really end up with? Their relationship was beyond complex, but was the force that drove the show for several seasons.
Nerd love at its finest. Early in their friendship, Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) were essentially the same know-it-all, cold-as-ice, socially awkward people incapable of having a romantic relationship. That obviously changed over time, and their romantic dysfunction as a couple eventually subsided and became endearing for the TV world to watch. It was also not surprising they would go on to win a Nobel Prize in Physics.
Full disclosure, Ross (David Schwimmer) and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) were more annoying than cute. Still, their on-again-off-again relationship was a part of the storyline - at one level or another - during the legendary show's lengthy run. They had plenty of memorable moments , whether off or "on a break." So, it was only fitting that when it came time for the series to end that would be together.
There are not many real-life couples who play the same role on television or in film. Of course, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz pulled it off without a hitch. to be honest, though, Lucy was the star of the show. Her antics drove the series, and Ricky, armed with his famous accent, were there to play somewhat of a straight-man to her comic genius.
Homer tends to grab a lot of attention with his antics (we really like when he went into space), but Marge has always been the anchor of the household - in a good way. She's able to keep everybody in check, has no problem laying down the law and can be sarcastically humorous more times than not. And for all the trouble and predicaments Homer gets into, she always stands by her man.
From the very first episode of this massive ABC hit, we could not get enough of Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cam (Eric Stonestreet). Whether hysterically fretting over baby Lilly (at least in the beginning) to Cam's flair (remember Fizbo?) for the dramatic to Mitchell's hilarious issues with his father and sister, they remained the highlight of the show's lengthy run. Their two-part wedding episode in Season 5 is considered one of the most important moments in not only the series' history, but for network TV, as well.
Jeff Mezydlo has written about sports and entertainment online and for print for more than 25 years. He grew up in the far south suburbs of Chicago, 20 minutes from the Mascot Hall of Fame in Whiting, Ind. He’s also the proud father of 11-year-old Matthew, aka “Bobby Bruin,” mascot of St. Robert Bellarmine School in Chicago. You can follow Jeff at @jeffm401.