From Lucy and Ricky to Rachel and Ross, TV has brought us some truly amazing couples over the years. These iconic duos took ordinary shows and helped them skyrocket into a whole new level of cult fandom.
It doesn’t matter what genre of television someone follows or enjoys, there is likely a television couple that is total #goals for them. These couples inspire our own relationships and give us all something to admire.
There is something special about fictional love stories that we can’t get enough of; it's something about the magic and the romance that captivates us. But what makes a TV couple soar and why is the whole television couple idea so alluring in the first place?
As new generations of television shows hit the screen, we are introduced to new irresistible couples. We get to delve into new love stories to have hopes for and to dream about. Typically, though, with every dreamy couple introduced, there is likely going to be another couple right behind them that just doesn’t make any sense.
We know who our all-time fav television singular stars are, but what about the power duos gracing our screens? Here are 15 super irresistible TV couples we can’t get enough of and five we wish would just break up already.
20 We Can't Get Enough Of: The Good Place's Eleanor and Chidi
NBC’s The Good Place is quick, witty and everything you could ever want in a binge-worthy series. It’s fun and lighthearted, and most of the show’s stars fall into that category, too. Each character has his or her own quirks and downfalls, but fans of the series can’t help but love them all.
When the show first introduced us to Eleanor Shellstrop and Chidi Anagonye, we were told they were “soulmates.” And we all collectively scratched our heads. This pair couldn’t have been more different from each other. Eleanor is spontaneous and wild; Chidi is pensive and awkward. But together, these two work! They are amazing for each other and we cannot get enough of the Eleanor-Chidi love story.
19 We Can't Get Enough Of: Grey's Anatomy's Meredith and Derek
Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd together make the single most iconic couple from the longest running medical drama in television history, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. There was something about Derek’s dreamy baby blues that not only drew Meredith in, but all of America. He became our Dr. McDreamy.
No one cared that Derek Shepard wasn’t “available,” either, because MerDer was a great thing. They balanced each other out and supported each other’s dreams. Their relationship was definitely full of major ups and downs, but that didn’t change the fact that we knew they were meant for each other. When Derek left the show, everyone’s hearts broke right along with Meredith’s.
18 We Can't Get Enough Of: Riverdale's Betty and Jughead
When The CW’s hit teen drama Riverdale first launched, it seemed the main characters, Betty Cooper and Archie Andrews, were the obvious choice for a budding romance. But, nope. Betty had a deeper side to her than her outer, cookie-cutter appearance. Archie’s darker and more mysterious best friend, Jughead Jones, is the one who captured dear Betty’s heart.
And really, "Bughead" is probably the best thing that could have happened to Riverdale. They are super supportive and understand each other on a deeper level. Let’s not forget that they look totally good together and bring out the best in each other.
17 Irks Us: The Big Bang Theory's Sheldon and Amy
With a romance like Leonard and Penny’s lurking around the corner, it’s easy to see why The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon and Amy irked a lot of fans. When the show first introduced Amy Farrah Fowler, it seemed like she would be the greatest match for our dearly beloved Sheldon; she was just as awkward, equally brilliant and not too bad on the eyes.
However, her character as an individual person quickly started getting on a lot of fans’ nerves. She was very single-minded and even started pushing Sheldon to become a different man and more like the others in their group. Sheldon didn’t need to change – this coupling did.
16 We Can't Get Enough Of: Gilmore Girls' Lorelai and Luke
Romantic love interests were the main storyline in Gilmore Girls. However, it was the quirky mother-daughter relationship between Lorelai and Rory that kept the show going for seven seasons (plus a Netflix special). However, every now and then fans were introduced to a romantic love interest and got to see sparks fly between some of our favorite characters.
The love between Lorelai and diner owner Luke Danes was an unspoken one. In fact, for most of the series, the pair weren’t even together. Their relationship, though, was one of the most special ones in the series. They deeply cared for each other and eventually, we got to see their friendship blossom into what it was always supposed to be.
15 We Can't Get Enough Of: Boy Meets World's Cory and Topanga
Boy Meets World's Cory and Topanga fall into the category of most iconic TV couple… ever! No love story has ever been able to match theirs, and no other television couple has been able to achieve the same level of admiration. When the world was first introduced to Cory and Topanga, they were just a pair of awkward sixth graders. That silly moment where their friendly relationship took a turn toward romance for the first time was everything we never knew we needed.
We got to see Cory and Topanga grow up together and find true love within each other. From sixth grade to high school to college and finally to parenthood with Disney’s Girl Meets World, Cory and Topanga are everything you could ever want in a television couple.
14 We Can't Get Enough Of: This Is Us' Randall and Beth
Beth and Randall from This Is Us are complete #goals. The love these two share is of the purest kind, and provides the world with a relationship to look up to. Beth and Randall really offer the television universe something it very rarely ever gets to see – “a healthy black relationship on a prime-time drama,” according to The Root.
Beth and Randall have their priorities in line, they work through their problems as a unit and support their dreams together. This pair portrays a marriage that is layered and more real than a whole lot of other sitcom couples.
13 Irks Us: Riverdale's Veronica and Archie
Riverdale has a lot to offer fans when it comes to couples, but not every one of them is as great as our favorite, Betty and Jughead. One particular couple that usually just annoyed us was Veronica and Archie.
When Veronica Lodge came to town, she instantly caught Archie’s eye. And given what we know now, that probably wasn’t the best thing. They had instant chemistry and looked really good together, but once Veronica and Archie began dating, Archie’s life started falling apart fast. Poor Archie fell into dangerous waters when he decided to make Ronnie his girl.
12 We Can't Get Enough Of: Grey's Anatomy's Alex and Jo
Alex Karev. His name alone sounds like that of your typical “bad boy” and that’s exactly what he was when Grey’s Anatomy first launched. He was the guy from the wrong tracks who rubbed everyone the wrong way. As seasons went on, we got to see Alex evolve. He grew and matured and learned to love.
There were a few different romantic interests for Dr. Karev, but time after time we had to watch his heart break. Finally, Alex found someone he could really relate to – Jo Wilson. Jo was also someone who had a rough upbringing; she understood Alex’s pains and with that, they have become one of Grey’s most fun and spunky couples to date.
11 We Can't Get Enough Of: Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Jake and Amy
Oh, Jake and Amy… They are your basic "co-worker to lovers" love story, but so much more at the same time. NBC’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine was just supposed to be a comedy about one cop’s journey learning to adapt to his new boss. Who knew there would be room for one of television's greatest couples?
If we’re being honest, these two nerds have given us all a reason to believe in love again. They may be total opposites, but they make it work in a way that is so real and so healthy. They not only love each other, they like each other, and that is huge.
10 We Can't Get Enough Of: Parks and Recreation's Ben and Leslie
In a world full of hard times and darkness, Parks and Recreation’s Ben and Leslie were a beacon of hope. According to Paste Magazine, Ben and Leslie were “often the warmest and brightest thing coming from our televisions.” These two shared countless great moments together and we are so thankful for each one.
What makes Ben and Leslie so special is that their love course didn’t run straight. There wasn’t any love at first sight, and it wasn’t an easy love. They taught us that you can’t hurry love and that through friendship, you can find true love.
9 Irks Us: Scandal's Fitz and Olivia
ABC’s Scandal introduced us to an interesting couple – Fitz and Olivia. This one is difficult because they aren’t an easy choice for the "wrong couple" list. So many fans love these two together, and for good reason. But there are still reasons why they irk us when they are together.
Fitz has certain personality traits that no woman should have to deal with. He is emotionally manipulative, a bit of a jerk and somehow makes one of the most powerful women on TV fall head over heels in love with him. Their whole romance reeks of “forbidden love,” and is more irritating than romantic.
8 We Can't Get Enough Of: How I Met Your Mother's Lily and Marshall
How I Met Your Mother’s dream-team couple Lily and Marshall is said to have opened the doors for comedy series romances. The married college sweethearts showed the world what a happy relationship could look like. They showed us all that a real relationship could be both messy and sweet.
“There’s sort of this formula of a successful TV couple that seems to involve a lot of nagging and a lot of eye-rolling,” Jason Segel, who played Marshall, explained in an interview with The Wrap. “We’ve managed to do nine years without nagging or eye-rolling.”
There is no denying the fact that Lily and Marshall really do have love for each other, and that is what made them so refreshing and wonderful.
7 We Can't Get Enough Of: This Is Us' Rebecca and Jack
This Is Us is a story about family, and would be nothing without the love between Jack and Rebecca Pearson. What makes Jack and Rebecca’s love story so wonderful is how real it is, how true it feels. They share a story of struggle and family. Jack and Rebecca persevere through all their obstacles.
It is because of Jack and Rebecca’s relationship that so many people dream of finding their very own Jack. Even when the whole world seems to tumble onto this pair, they find a way to find each other every single time. It’s the endless and unconditional love everyone desires in life.
6 We Can't Get Enough Of: The Office's Jim and Pam
The Office’s Jim and Pam are the epitome of a comedy show’s love story. Fans were always up and down with this pair, always left wondering if they were going to ever make the move from friendship to romance. And when they finally did, four seasons into the show, we all sighed a collective sigh of relief.
No matter what was thrown at these two, they never stopped supporting each other’s goals. This was a love story we knew was always meant to be and we were so glad it finally happened. Jim and Pam are among the top competitors for greatest television couple ever.
5 Irks Us: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Josh and Rebecca
So, we know the whole premise of The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was about Rebecca Bunch’s love for the hunky Josh Chan. However, when Josh finally folded and started to really date Rebecca, we disliked it. They just weren't a good couple.
Everything about Rebecca’s feelings for Josh was all wrong. She set out to change everything about herself to fit into Josh’s world. Rebecca isn’t bad by herself, but when Josh comes around, something snaps and she becomes that “crazy ex-girlfriend” all over again. Yes, he is super handsome, funny, and sweet, but their personalities don’t align and it makes things difficult and unnecessarily awkward.
4 We Can't Get Enough Of: Riverdale's Cheryl and Toni
There are few things greater than a healthy LGBT relationship on television. The coupling of Riverdale’s resident hotties Cheryl Blossom and Toni Topaz was so unexpected and so amazing. Cheryl and Toni seemed like completely different people, but we quickly learned that they had a lot in common.
"Choni" helped push Riverdale into a new level of greatness. Fans got to see a healthy, lesbian relationship that dealt with their struggles and overcame obstacles. One of Riverdale’s all-time highlights was when Cheryl put on that red leather jacket and joined Toni in The Serpents, proving how committed she was to the relationship.
3 We Can't Get Enough Of: Shadowhunters' Alec and Magnus
We all want a relationship like Alec and Magnus's in Shadowhunters. Despite all the struggles and walls placed in their way, these two keep fighting to stay together. Their relationship is a sensitive subject, both in real life and in the Shadowhunter world.
These two men know what they want in life and are willing to do anything to get it. “They never get mad at each other because they’re simply mad about each other,” expressed Affinity Magazine. They are constantly breaking down stereotypes and barriers to make their relationship better. Their genuine love and caring for each other shines through in every scene they share.
2 We Can't Get Enough Of: Outlander's Claire and Jamie
Claire and Jamie from Outlander is a couple as romantic as they come. “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,” stated E! News.
Claire and Jamie’s love was nothing short of complicated and rocky, but they have proven time after time that they are worth the work. The way these two look into each other’s eyes is enough to make even the coldest of people believe in true love. Fans want nothing more than for these two lovebirds to finally be able to live happily ever after.
1 Irks Us: You's Joe and Beck
If you’re like us and binged through the whole season of Netflix’s You, then you know what we mean when we say how much the relationship between Joe and Beck totally bugged us. It wasn’t just because we learned how strange and psychotic Joe was in the end, but it was how they didn’t mesh well together, and this would've been the case even if he hadn't been so toxic.
They really seemed like a good pair to start with, but over time so many red flags started popping up for Beck that she just seemed to ignore over and over again. Outside of their love of books, these two didn’t really have anything in common and their “relationship” started to take a dive. We wanted so much more for Beck.