Who’s your favorite TV couple? There are so many to choose from that we decided to look at 50 of the very best. From classic “old school” modern couples like Lucy and Ricky Ricardo in their snazzy New York apartment, to fun matchups on Friends, we’re going to celebrate all kinds of couples who never fail to draw us in.
Sometimes it’s the voguish, nonconventional love stories that catch our attention, like Lena and Stef on The Fosters, or Modern Family’s Mitch and Cam. Other times it’s zany pairs like Andy and April on Parks and Recreation.Here are our top 50 TV couples who we definitely cannot live without.
Monica & Chandler – Friends
These two fall passionately in love and it’s adorable. It’s also hilarious as they try to hide it from all of their friends. And then, as traditional as he could get, down on one knee, “Monica, will you marry me?” Having missed at that try, much less conventional was his bet at shooting dice in a Vegas casino to make her his wife. And then their mutual cold feet.
The relationship tension seesaws back and forth like this until the official, traditional romantic proposal. It’s hard not to love these two.
Mitchell & Cameron – Modern Family
This hilarious sitcom would not be the same without Mitch and Cam. Their nontraditional matchup is just adorable. Mitch and Cam’s mutual love is uber-apparent, however, criticism from the LGBT community complained the two weren’t affectionate enough.
The writers of the show eventually responded, and the episode, “The Kiss,” appeased the critics. All good things must end. Modern Family is on its eleventh, and sadly, last year.
Doug & Carol – ER
There’s probably only one word to describe this pair: Soulmates. ER was an astounding ’90s show and this couple was a memorable audience favorite. The nurse and doctor duo are adorable, funny and perfect together.
Their dialog spars sweetly with quick-witted quips. They get married, have twins, break up and get back together again. Exactly as fans would have it.
Doug & Carrie – King of Queens
Carrie and Doug are a cute married couple. No drama, no romantic tension, the Heffernans are just a working-class couple chilling at home in their Queens, New York apartment. Their banter is clever and entertaining as the two make their way around married life.
Carrie’s always looking for ways to improve their relationship while Doug’s set on ways to maintain the status quo.
Jon & Ygritte – Game of Thrones
Jon Snow and Ygritte have one of the more unusual meetup stories. It happens in the midst of a bloody battle. Ygritte nearly confronted Jon in an ax fight. In time, they turn into one of the most passionate TV couples ever.
When they fight, Jon may end up with an arrow in his back, but when they love, it’s equally fierce. Forbidden and fateful, the love of Game of Thrones characters' Jon Snow and wildling Ygritte captured audiences worldwide.
Cookie & Luscious – Empire
She’s one tough cookie and he’s an entertainment mogul with experience as a drug lord. Together they’re a hardcore couple unmatched but for the likes of, well, nothing comes to mind. Toughened by spending seventeen years in the joint, most reasonable people do not mess with Cookie, who also knows her way around the hip hop industry.
Luscious and Cookie are a perfect match—Luscious, seemingly, the only person able to withstand her vitriol and bring the sweet out. But the two are a power couple who lead Empire Entertainment and occasionally battle each other like Hera versus Zeus.
Paul & Jamie – Mad About You
This married couple kept us amused for seven seasons. Starting off as a newlywed twosome, Paul and Jamie were as loving as they were funny. Their heartwarming chemistry makes you want their kind of relationship. From their N.Y.C. apartment, they made entertainment out of day to day minutia.
In the final season, they have a daughter named Mabel. Though the show’s been off the air for almost two decades, a reboot is in the works with the pair playing empty-nesters instead of newlyweds. Jamie and Paul might be back!
Lucy & Ricky – I Love Lucy
The funniest couple ever. Lucy and Ricky Ricardo became the most-watched TV couple in the 1950s. On I Love Lucy, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz played themselves. Every week, Lucy’s riotously entertaining plots to prove to Ricky she’s a bona fide entertainer ended in mortifying catastrophe. In response, Ricky’s Cuban-accented, “Luuuuucy!” prompted one of television’s most enduring lines.
Facing her sheepish pout, Ricky would invariably shout, “You got some ‘splaining to do!” The show kept people in stitches. It made you wonder what their real-life marriage was like.
Meredith & Derek – Grey’s Anatomy
Everything’s in the way of these two getting together, but, like a magnet, they can't help being inevitably drawn to each other.
It takes near-death experiences to bring these two hapless lovers together for good, but what else would you expect in an emergency room setting? The proposal, finally, is as sterile as the hospital walls, but leaves fans ecstatic.
Buffy & Angel – Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Supernatural love is adorable too. Buffy’s a monster slayer, Angel’s a vampire; they seem like an impossible match. But their chemistry makes the fan-favorite love story happen, as tragic as it is.
Being in love with a vampire is not a fate simply sewn. When he turns, he turns viciously.
Jordan & Angela – My So-Called Life
My So-Called Life ran for just two seasons, but Angela and Jordan managed to become an item. Set at Liberty High School in a Pittsburgh-area suburb, Jordan and Angela juggle their persistent magnetism.
They have an image to uphold, an ego to preserve; typical high school obstacles, but they’re attracted to each other as well. In the series finale, Angela chooses Jordan over another boy.
Luke & Lorelai – Gilmore Girls
This show is officially a mother-daughter relationship story, but the love story between Luke and Lorelai draws us in. It’s on again, off again. The Gilmore Girls dramedy keeps fans hoping the two will stay together.
Moments like Lorelai singing, karaoke, “I Will Always Love You” with Luke in the audience, as the obvious audience, create that vibe. Warm and fuzzy.
Serena & Dan – Gossip Girl
This teen beat TV drama, one of the CW’s best pop soaps, takes place in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The show’s accolades of critical acclaim included reviews like, “Every Parent’s Nightmare” and “Mind-Blowingly Inappropriate.” In Gossip Girl, Dan, from a lower-class Brooklyn boys’ school, is serendipitously brought together with Serena amongst the high society of privileged teens.
Serena, a debutante with a socialite mom, falls in love with Dan. It seems all wrong, but it’s all right. It’s a bumpy ride, but they marry in the final season.
Marshall & Lily – How I Met Your Mother
A beautiful couple viewers can’t help falling in love with, Marshall and Lily meet in the dorms on the first day of college and are thenceforth self-identified by one word: Adorable.
With “aww” inspiring scenes in practically every episode, their sweetness toward each other is contagious. Even their efforts to have a baby are cute as heck.
Tami & Coach Taylor – Friday Night Lights
It’s about football. It’s about the South. But mostly it’s about the marriage of Tami and Eric Taylor and the importance of relationships. The good ones.
In Friday Night Lights, Tami and Eric Taylor married early and stick it out through the proverbial thick and thin, giving in and giving up for each other. One of the best TV married couples, American style.
Zack & Kelly – Saved by the Bell
This afterschool TV teen program is all about high school drama at Bayside High. Zack and Kelly are that couple—the epicenter of the high school cool clique. All kinds of memories ensue.
Remember the time he flew the “I love Kelly” sign in the sky? In the series finale, they tie the knot in Vegas.
Aria & Ezra – Pretty Little Liars
It was love at first sight for Ezra and Aria. The only problem is Ezra is Aria’s high school English teacher. But wait! Resist judgment. It’s not his fault. Not exactly. Aria lied and said she was a college student when they first met.
And we totally forgive them, they’re such an adorably sweet couple. Plus, it’s called Pretty Little Liars, and Aria’s very pretty. What else can you expect?
Sookie & Bill – True Blood
This couple is far from conventional. True Blood comes to us from the supernatural horror genre, so vampires like Bill and telepathic waitresses like Sookie get together. Their passion’s hot and heavy. Vampires are like that.
It can’t last, given his monster background, but Sookie and Bill, the actors who play them, are together in real life. So, there’s a happy ending anyway.
Shawn & Angela – Boy Meets World
Shawn and Angela are a darling teen TV couple. Shawn dotes and falls in love with Angela, their first date falls, romantically, on Valentine’s Day.
Boy Meets World is a show about relationships, and these two are a wonderful pair. They seem like a perfect match but go their separate ways in the end. Yet, their parting is civil and sweet.
Winnie & Kevin – The Wonder Years
Quite possibly the sweetest and most innocent TV couple ever screened, Winnie and Kevin melt hearts. The coming of age drama wouldn’t be he Wonder Years without them. The adult voice-over narration to Kevin’s story, especially of Winnie and his relationship, makes the story of their childhood friendship memorable and endearing.
The two grow up together, and it’s one “aww” moment after another with these two.
Randall & Beth – This Is Us
Randall and Beth are the couple we all wish we could be. And by this we mean an adorable meet-up story leading to an ideal marriage.
Add a strong and independent woman respected and cherished by a doting gentleman to the mix, and you’ve got the quintessential twenty-first-century couple. Real-life or TV.
Alice & Ralph – The Honeymooners
This ’50s-era comedy duo play a married, working-class couple. She keeps up the apartment and he works as a N.Y.C. bus driver. She’s got a women’s rights perspective and advocates the merits of modernity, he’s a conservative who won’t buy a TV or modern conveniences like an electric refrigerator.
He may be stingy with his money, but the couple is generous with hilarious digs and comedic banter. Alice and Ralph are a classic TV couple.
Marissa & Alex – The O.C.
Back in The O.C. are Alex and Marissa. More of an experimental tryst than a relationship, Alex and Marissa get together in the second season.
Resulting, in part, from Marissa’s tendency toward risky behavior and her teenage rebellion against her parents, the girls become more than “just friends.” Seth is left waiting in the wings. Ryan’s off somewhere in the distance.
Seth & Summer – The O.C.
The cutest couple ever. This teenage romance keeps it real, but Seth’s quirky personality really gives it the extra “aww” to make it absolutely adorable. From a childhood crush on the girl-next-door to head-over-heels true love, the couple adds a lot to The O.C.
Like that one indelible scene. Seth is suspended by the ankles, hanging upside-down wearing a Spiderman mask, and they kiss in the pouring rain. Funny. Cute. And, oh so sweet.
Betty & Jughead – Riverdale
Another teen drama offering, courtesy of the CW, is Riverdale, based on the Archie comics. Betty and Jughead, a mystery-solving duo from Riverdale, came from opposite sides of the tracks. It’s hard to resist rooting for these two in love amidst conflict.
Like Jughead said, “I wish we could just go. Just hop on the motorcycle, and just leave Riverdale. Go some place where there’s no Northside or Southside or Serpents, Ghoulies.” Betty’s response: “Ya. Romeo and Juliet, but we live happily ever after instead.” It’s pretty much what happens, in the end.
Mindy & Danny – The Mindy Project
The Mindy Project is another TV show taking place in a hospital, but Mindy and Danny don’t fall in love at first sight. In fact, they hated each other when they first met.
One thing leads to another, and the two OB/GYNs fall head over heels in love with each other. It’s one “aww” moment after another.
Jesse & Becky – Full House
Full House is chock-full of happy days, and Uncle Jesse and Aunt Becky’s relationship is perfect in that way. Even their fights are cute and syrupy. The long-running show, watching the children grow, became an American household TV staple.
It’s happily ever after, for real, when Jesse and Becky get married and have twins. And these are the reasons audiences are drawn to this warm and endearing show.
Eric & Donna – That ’70s Show
Donna’s the girl next door and Eric’s her doting boyfriend. This sitcom TV couple is cute, funny and affectionate. We love their friendship, it’s like watching puppies play.
Their playful dynamic fits in perfectly with That ’70s Show friends group, hanging out in the basement or venturing out.
Archie & Edith – All in the Family
Archie can be mean and nasty. He’s the stereotypical grumpy old man with some serious anger issues, but he’s pretty funny, too. How Edith remains married to him is, at times, incomprehensible.
His humor can be crudely sexist, yet we love this couple because they’re hilarious together. All in the Family is one of the seventies most classic sitcoms. As a couple, Archie and Edith are timeless.
Tony & Carmela – The Sopranos
While Carmela’s no match for Cookie, she does live the wealthy crime family lifestyle with her head-honcho man. Even though Tony has his downfalls, like is expected of any serious mob boss, they make it work somehow.
No matter the circumstances, they seem to always have each others' backs. And they do have very sweet, touching moments. As a TV couple, they’re unforgettable. So, of course, Tony and Carmela Soprano make the list!
Leslie & Ben – Parks and Recreation
Local government was never so entertaining until state auditor, Ben, and parks and recreation head, Leslie, are forced to hide their love behind a no-relationship PDA policy in a little town called Pawnee. The nerdy couple committed to laws and regulation are adorable to watch, and viewers can’t help cheering their marital union.
When Ben finds out they’re having triplets in season six, his look at their personal, financial future expenses graphically tripling is endearing, especially as he hides his concern from Leslie.
Carrie & “Mr. Big” – Sex and the City
A mixture of coincidence and fate tumble these two together. Carrie is one of four mature women whose sex lives make up the show, but her dynamic with the enigmatic Mr. Big is super compelling. The long-running show was instrumental in putting HBO on the network TV map, and this relationship was key.
Carrie and Mr. Big’s dynamic is a humorous parlay of banter and quips from sweet to cruel. How does Mr. Big say “I love you” for the first time? “I fuc&ing love you!” Naturally, they keep us watching.
Caleb & Hanna – Pretty Little Liars
This TV couple has a wild and passionate love story, that is, once the romantic tension finally breaks. Hanna plays hard to get in this high school boy-gets-girl dance. On top of that, creating more tension, when she falls for him, they have to hide their relationship.
Once it’s out in the open, drama pulls these two apart, breaking hearts. After surviving trust issues and other relationship challenges, they have a happy ever after ending.
Stef & Lena – The Fosters
These two may be an unconventional couple, but they sealed the longest “I do” kiss ever. And, as a married couple raising kids, it’s a genuine nod toward the LGBT community.
Stef and Lena have all the fights and concerns of the average, traditional, split-marriage dynamic complicated with stepmoms and divorced parents, and that message is spot on. It’s about love.
Rachel & Ross – Friends
One of our favorite and most memorable ’90s TV couples is Ross and Rachel. For ten seasons, the darling duo, on again, off again, melted our hearts and then teased us with their dramatic flare-ups. In season four, the rollercoaster-like storyline takes a diving dip all the way to the altar, with Ross marrying Emily.
But things take a sharp turn when Ross slips up on the vows, and in front of Rachel and the congregation says, “I, Ross, take thee, Rachel. . .” It all ends happily ever after. Ross and Rachel marry and have a baby together. Aww!
Cory & Topanga – Boy Meets World
Another traditional love story that we love is Cory and Topanga’s high school sweetheart romance. The very Disney storyline with melodramatic breakups, punctuated by sweet and syrupy makeups, culminates, finally, with their high school graduation marriage.
However, there's a twist. Topanga is the one who proposes, and also the one who stole the first kiss. No spoiler alert here, Boy Meets World was filmed from 1993 to 2000.
Ryan & Marissa – The O.C.
Troubled and dysfunctional, this is a couple who have a lot in common. They do better when they’re together, but, like many on-again-off-again love stories, those times are few and far between. But, then again, so tender when they happen.
Their friendships with Summer and Seth are also sweet. Ryan and Marissa were made for each other, and you realize this as she dies in his arms.
Kitty & Red – That ’70s Show
Quite possibly the least romantic couple on the list, Kitty and Red do have their moments. Red’s response to Kitty’s request for certain relationship goals is: “Kitty, I want us to grow old and withdraw into ourselves.” He’s a bit insensitive, but he gives in.
While Red, a stereotypical Navy man who served in the Great War and the Korean War, is allergic to emotion, Kitty is like his foil. Playing the loving mom and wife, she’s a dutiful housewife who manages him—they’re a great comedy team.
Jackie & Kelso – That ’70s Show
Jackie and Kelso are a dingbat couple, but they’re so much fun. Here they are heading out on a date: “You can’t just maul me in front of my father,” Jackie complains. Kelso answers, “He didn’t even notice.” Jackie returns, “He yelled at you to stop it.” And Kelso, “Oh, I thought he was talking to you.” Corny but sweet.
They have trouble staying together because they’re continuously cheating on each other, but the makeups are amorous. They split in the end. The good news is they’re together in real life.
Rainbow & Dre – Black-ish
This couple is the centerpiece of Black-ish. They are the parents of a wealthy middle-class family committed to love. Think polar opposites of Cookie and Luscious, and you’re on the right track. Mom’s a doctor and dad’s an ad exec who tries to instill the values of black culture into his children.
Rainbow and Dre’s affections are sweet. When their perfect marriage is challenged, they keep it real and work on their relationship. They get their “flow back” and that’s all that matters.
Pacey & Joey – Dawson’s Creek
We love Pacey and Joey because they represent the quintessential teenage love story. Full of spit and vinegar toggled with gooey romantic attraction, it’s got adolescent angst all the way to the bone. An on-again-off-again love triangle contributes to the will-they-or-won’t-they suspense.
The tension, whether it’s a love scene or another bicker and fight brawl is equally passionate. They break up, grandly, and then literally sail off to sea, romantically, in a sailboat, into the sunset. Can’t get more cliché-perfect than that!
Pam & Jim – The Office
Pam and Jim are, by far, the cutest workplace relationship on TV. This couple adores each other, and instead of irony and teasing, they’re just totally sweet. Loving, caring and funny, we love their chemistry.
They’re best friends, and their interludes are a romantic relief to the comedic routines. Public Displays of Affection (PDA) between these two are not against office policy, they’re celebrated.
Florida & James – Good Times
Florida and James epitomize the distinctive black marriage—a strong woman with a respectful and doting husband. When these two bicker, they get into deep subjects. After James refers to Florida’s way as being a “women’s-libber”, she tells him, “James, women’s lib don’t mean we want to stop being women, it just means we want our chance in this world too.”
This ’70s show bleeds of the social consciousness of the day, and Florida and James are one of TV’s most inspirational couples, regardless of the times.
Cece & Schmidt – New Girl
Schmidt and Cece’s relationship is far from conventional, at least that’s how it starts out. In fact, don’t call it a relationship. Or even “adorable.” According to Schmidt: “We are not adorable. We’re just two people having casual, successful, sex.”
It gets traditional eventually, but not until the end of season five. After marriage, comes the conventional house, and then the requisite child.
April & Andy — Parks and Recreation
Parks and Recreation was a great show. But April and Andy kinda made it what it was. These two lovebirds are so adorably sweet that their synergy actually became a driving factor of the show’s appeal. Between April’s quirkiness and Andy’s ability to get her to crack a smile, they create an endearing dynamic that’s fun, but not annoying.
One time, Andy says the sweetest thing to April, “You’re like an angel with no wings.” Deadpan, April answers back, “So, like a person.” He loves it. Parks and Recreation wouldn't have been the same without them.
David & Donna – Beverly Hills 90210
David and Donna are soul mates and best friends from high school, and one of 90210’s most memorable relationships. Donna, taking a very traditional track, tells David early in their relationship she wants to save herself for marriage.
They nearly made it, but she saved it for college graduation night, instead. These two were on-again-off-again, but marry in the end—they tie the knot in the show’s series finale.
Jane & Michael – Jane the Virgin
Jane the Virgin, a parody of Spanish-language soap operas, centers around, you guessed it, Jane. Michael’s her love interest, but then there’s Rafael. . . In a twist of telenovela irony, Jane gets pregnant completely on accident when she’s mistakenly artificially inseminated by her OB/GYN.
When Michael admits he doesn’t want to raise another man’s baby, it brings them closer. Good timing, since it happened on their wedding day.
Blaine & Kurt – Glee
This musical sitcom is all about feel-good drama, and Blaine and Kurt bring exactly that with their relationship. From their first kiss to their first dance at the prom, it’s all about friendship and love.
There are ups and downs, but in the end, they survive their long-distance relationship. Their tender relationship spans the show’s six seasons and ends with the grand finale of a happily ever after vow.
Sandy & Kirsten – The O.C.
Sandy and Kirsten are the parents of Seth and Ryan. We don’t usually like to think of our parents as the romantic interest, but this couple has a great marriage and a sweet meetup story.
Attending Berkeley as a liberal, Sandy’s interest in Democratic politics meets Kirsten’s Republican leanings, and the chemistry works! The two are the backbone of the story, the adults in the O.C. drama narrative, and a loveable couple.