Since it is after all February, the month of LOVE and Friendship, I thought it would be fun to share my favorite TV couples of all times, in no particular order.
Cody Madison + Lani McKenzie / Baywatch (1997)
The 'veteran' lifeguard and the rookie. After Lani hurts herself during a rescue and blows her dancing audition, decides to quit Baywatch, but Cody tells her he doesn't want her to go (aww...). They are a normal couple who do normal stuff like going to the movies (which results in Cody almost losing a victim) and tries to do stuff 'as a couple', like tandem surfing. If sticking by someone's side when they lose their hearing is not love, I don't know what is (Cody, I love you). They weren't together long , as Lani wanted to pursuit a dancing career and moved to NYC after only one season (smart, independent woman).
Hamilton Flemming + Jake Pratt / Young Americans (2000)
Hamilton is the dean's son at Rawley Academy for boys where Jake also attends. He likes Jake and they hang out together until one day Jake kisses him. Naturally he freaks out but they talk it over and agree to stay friends... that is until Hamilton can't fight his feelings and kisses Jake in the boys bathroom at prom. He immediately starts freaking out, thinking they are gay, until Jake confesses he is actually a girl (who dresses herself as a boy to call her mother's attention). They become a couple and even go out on a date as boy and girl. When they are caught getting friendly by the school's bad boy, Jake decides she's leaving to keep Hamilton's reputation, but he asks her not to and says he doesn't care about that (aww...). They separate for the summer and as they are saying their goodbyes Hamilton asks her not to stop hugging him (heart melting as I type). I hate the people who canceled this series after only 8 episodes :(
Steve Sanders + Clare Arnold / Beverly Hills 90210 (1995)
Their relationship was definitely not love at first sight. Clare was originally crushing on Brandon (who in that show and IRL wasn't?), and got together with Steve after they discovered they had been romancing each other on the Internet. They weren't exactly the perfect couple. Clare often underestimated Steve, she being a nerd (she actually tutored him on math) and Steve being an underachiever party boy. Maybe that's why they worked, maybe that's why they didn't, but in the mean time, they fell in love and we saw a side of Steve we hadn't before. I loved their love-hate relationship and how they were more alike than Clare cared to admit. They dated on and off, and their relationship ended when Clare chose to move to France with her father after graduation.
Lucas Scott + Brooke Davis / One Tree Hill (2003)
For the record, I love Julian Baker and I love him and Brooke together, but Brookas? Seriously, that was the best couple (I don't care what all the Leyton fans say). Brooke brought out the fun side of an otherwise boring Lucas and he made Brooke want to be better. I believe for at least a little while, Lucas was in love with Brooke. Otherwise, he would not have said she was the person he wanted standing next to him when all his dreams came true (the first time, anyway). He wouldn't have told her in front of everyone at the beach how HE was the guy for her. He wouldn't have written her love letters and stood out in the pouring rain (obviously) telling her why he loved her. Of course, in the end, he loved Peyton more and thanks to that, Brooke got fame, fortune and true love in the end.
Nathan Scott + Hailey James Scott / One Tree Hill (2003)
The jock and the nerdy girl, I honestly didn't believe this relationship would turn out the be the lasting one. But Hailey made Nathan a better guy, and although at first he was a jerk who started hanging out with her just to piss Lucas off, he ended up falling in love with her. That scene when he says to her how he wants to be a guy that is good enough to be seen with her... swoon. Hailey wanted to wait until she was married to have sex, and so they did, get married that is. It was a shocker and nobody thought it would last, but they proved all of us wrong. They went through thick and thin, being apart while she pursued her singing career dream and he did the basketball thing, finding balance while also raising a son. The thing about these two? They never gave up on each other, not even during the hardest of times. That is love. Always & forever.
Harry Goldenblatt + Charlotte York / Sex and the City (2006)
Yet another odd couple, Harry was originally Charlotte's divorce lawyer and she was repelled by him. He did not fit the standards Charlotte was looking for in a life partner, as he was chubby, short, bald and hairy and Charlotte wanted... well, the opposite. But he was also funny and kind and in love with her. They have sex and soon after she becomes emotionally attached, but knows they can't marry as she's not Jewish. So, she becomes Jewish. But then she screws up by stating that people wonder why such a girl like her would be with a guy like him. Harry is hurt and breaks up with her. Thankfully, they find their way back to each other at the synagogue's singles night, where she apologizes and he proposes. Happy ending! :)
Ross Geller + Rachel Green / Friends (1996)
We all knew from the beginning these two would end up together. Ross had been in love with Rachel since forever and I don't think that ever stopped. Why else would he have said her name at the altar while marrying another girl? Plus all the things he did through the years to show her how much he cared: stepping up to be her prom date after she was stood up (until that didn't happen), remembering about the broach that looked like her grandma's and getting that for her as a birthday present, letting her win at poker when she was broke? I mean, that's love. Neither of them were in other serious relationships throughout the series (Rachel and Joey? come on) and whenever they were, it spiked jealousy in the other person. No doubt these two are each other's lobster.
Seth Cohen + Summer Roberts / The O.C (2003)
Tale as old as time, the geek and the princess who would never dare to look at a 'loser'. It didn't matter to Seth the fact that he and Ana had so much in common, or that they got along great, or even that she was in love with him. For him, it had always been Summer, she was THE ONE. He had set his eyes on her since she read 'the mermaid poem' back in like the third grade. And although Summer was a little embarrassed to like Seth at first, she very much appreciated his grand gestures like standing up on top of a 'kissing cart' in the middle of a school fair thing on Valentine's day (non the less) and declaring her love for her. Being the awkward geek he was, Seth screwed up a lot, but always found a way to get back in to Summer's heart. They dated on and off, and after Summer decided to follow her dream as an environmentalist, they ended up getting married.
Derek Shepherd + Meredith Grey / Grey's Anatomy (2005)
Originally a one night stand, MerDer didn't know they would end up working together, let alone that Derek would be Meredith's boss at the hospital. After fighting her feelings for him, thinking no one would take her seriously for dating her boss, Meredith gives in and begins a relationship with Derek. That is until one night after their shift, Derek's wife Addison arrives at their workplace and so the infamous 'Pick me, chose me, love me' words are immortalized. She's had a tough life (being neglected by her famous mother and also surviving a bomb, a drowning, a gunman and a plane crash), but with Derek's help and love, she goes from 'dark and twisty' to 'bright and shiny'. And so after many, many years of fighting to have a relationship, MerDer 'marry' each other by writing their vows on a blue post-it. They are each other's person. Talk about a traditional couple.
Marshall Eriksen + Lily Aldrin / How I Met Your Mother (2005)
Although I sometimes find this couple too cheesy for my taste, I can't help but to adore them and even see a little of me & A in them (no, we don't have embarrasing pet names and A would never agree to a couple's costume). I love that they pause on arguments to have sex or eat lobster, and that they encourage each other to pursuit their dreams and support one another through hard times, putting their marriage first. Marshall is thoughtful, romantic and an idealistic, childlike dreamer, while Lily keeps him grounded within reason. They are best friends and lovers who have been together since college and (to Barney's disgust) they've only had sex with each other (aww..). Although they are a young couple, they feel more like an old married couple and are completely fine with that.
Damon Salvatore + Elena Gilbert / The Vampire Diaries (2011)
Stefan who? It was Damon who first met Elena, and then, don't even know why, sacrificed himself so that his brother could be happy... (did I get it right? CBB). But ultimately, Elena chose him. To quote T.S. 'He's so tall and handsome as hell, he's so bad but he does it so well', so what's not
like LOVE about him? specially when he chooses not to be bad, for you? Specially when he's in bed with you and you ask what's with that face and he rolls his eyes saying he's happy (d y i n g...). I'm thinking I don't like Damon and Elena, just Damon, yes, definitely.
Chuck Bass + Blair Waldorf / Gossip Girl (2007)
These are probably the only couple in my list who are two peas in a pod. Coming from the same world, and equally evil, self centered, spoiled and selfish, Chuck and Blair are meant for each other. He goes to Paris to get her macaroons! which I'm sure are available in NYC. He buys the present she wants from the jewelers on her 17th birthday. Who would have known Chuck Bass had a heart? Even though they go most of the series either without admitting how they feel or not being together over mommy/daddy issues, 'Chair' eventually put aside their crap and get together. One thing I did particularly like about their relationship (twisted, I know) was the fact that they encouraged each other to be who they needed to be, before being together. 3 words, 8 letters.
Noticed how I didn't include Dawson's Creek couples? I hated those! I was never a fan of Pacey and Joey, and don't even get me started on Dawson and Joey. My fave couple was probably Jack and Jen and they weren't even a couple. Anyways, what's your favorite TV couple?