Some TV shows make us laugh, others make us cry, and some might even scare us, but when it comes to romances, we’re all rooting for a happily ever after. TV show after TV show, and year after year, we fall in love with new television couples, and no-too-secretly root for their success.
Whether you’re a fan of Dawson’s Creek’s Pacey and Joey romance, or more of a comedy fan and therefore have Jim and Pam from The Office on your “favorite couples list,” there are a good amount of TV couples that we’ll never stop loving.
Even if they didn’t end up together, or the show is unfolding in real time, these 18 couples are ones we have never stopped – and will never stop – rooting for. There are probably more dynamic duos that you love – and we love too – that didn’t make the cut, but we had to draw the line somewhere!
Pacey & Joey – Dawson’s Creek
Sorry, Dawson, but Pacey Witter (Joshua Jackson) and Joey Potter (Katie Holmes) were meant for one another. Sure, Dawson Leery (James Van Der Beek) and Joey had the fun neighbors, and best friends to a couple thing going for them, but Joey made Pacey a better person and he was mad about her. We will never forget the time Pacey danced with Joey and remembered everything she’d ever told him. They did end up together, and we are forever grateful they did.
Ross & Rachel – Friends
He was her lobster! This Friends couple definitely had their fair share of ups and downs, but when it comes down to it, they were destined to be together. Ross said Rachel’s name at his wedding to another person, they had a child together, their breakup broke our hearts, and then she got off the plane. So romantic.
Jughead & Betty – Riverdale
We know that Betty and Archie would be cute together, and maybe at some point on Riverdale they will give their romance a real shot, but that doesn’t mean we will stop rooting for Jughead and Betty aka Bughead. Their opposites attract story and ability to put the other one first is so admirable. Sure, they’re in a rocky spot right now, but Betty was willing to become a Serpent for Jug, so you know it’s true love.
Cory & Topanga – Boy Meets World
Ah, Cory and Toganga! This duo is pretty much the epitome of love and it made Boy Meets World even better to watch. While elementary school romances don’t always end in forever, this one did, and frankly we couldn’t imagine either character with someone else. It happened once and for a minute we hated anyone working at a ski chalet, but then Corey fixed it – thank goodness.
Shawn & Juliet – Psych
Psych is a highly underrated crime show that combined comedy, crime solving and psychic visions that we should always remember. One of our favorite things about this USA series is the dynamic between Shawn Spencer and Juliet O’Hara. They started out just working together, but their trust with one another on cases (Shawn as the psychic detective and Juliet as an actual detective) led to a romance that was worth rooting for – and could outlast criminals and Shawn’s ridiculously close friendship with Gus.
Coach Taylor & Tami Taylor – Friday Night Lights
Coach Eric Taylor and his wife Tami Taylor proved that not only is Texas forever, but so is their relationship. We always got major mom and dad goals from this couple, and the realness of their romance was so honest and relatable that we couldn’t get enough. There was a lot of give and take, and all we want is a follow-up Friday Night Lights series about their marriage.
Jim & Pam – The Office
We don’t know about you, but Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly gave us all hope that you too could meet your soulmate at work, and live happily ever after. If nothing else, we learned that love and humor go hand-in-hand, and office life is much easier with your significant other by your side.
Derek & Meredith – Grey’s Anatomy
We’re not even going to talk about the heartbreak that happened when Derek Shepherd left Grey’s Anatomy. He was Meredith Grey’s perfect person, and although they had some bad times, there was something about their love for one another – and ability to push each other to greatness – that we will never forget.
Luke & Lorelai – Gilmore Girls
Where do we even start with these two? Lorelai Gilmore dated her fair share of men on Gilmore Girls, but Luke Danes only ever had eyes for her. Eventually the two started one of the greatest and yet highly frustrating romances of TV history. Although we know they did have a happy ending in the Netflix follow-up series, on the original we were left with a cliffhanger that proved Luke would always be there for Lorelai, and that’s what kept us going.
Ben & Leslie – Parks and Recreation
While April and Andy were hilarious together on Parks and Recreation, the best couple has to be Ben and Leslie. They both had this intense love for their town, and one another, and no matter what got thrown their way, they were there to support one another. Plus, their wedding was magical, and they were so adorably nerdy and sweet together.
Bones & Booth – Bones
When we first met Temperance “Bones” Brennan on Bones it didn’t seem like this odd ball forensic anthropologist could relate to anyone on a real level, but then she met Seeley Booth. Their adorable nicknames for one another, ability to solve crimes side-by-side and willingness to support each other, even though they were opposites on all levels, led to a romance for the ages.
Marshall & Lily – How I Met Your Mother
How I Met Your Mother was technically about Ted and how he met his wife, but let’s be honest we all tune into see Lily and Marshall, aka Lily Pad and Marshmallow, on a weekly basis. They were college sweethearts, had a rocky middle, and then proved time after time that love and goofy nicknames heal all.
Jack & Rebecca – This Is Us
From the moment fans were introduced to Jack and Rebecca Pearson, all other TV romances seemed to disappear. The This Is Us couple causes fans to shed a tear on a weekly basis, while leaving them with so much love inspiration it’s almost unbearable. Together they are perfect, and when they fight we all feel the pain.
Nathan & Haley – One Tree Hill
One Tree Hill had a lot of romances that we supported over the years including Lucas and Peyton, but Nathan Scott and Haley James took the cake. They might’ve started as student and tutor, but their high school romance quickly became serious and lasted forever. There were major roadblocks like Haley traveling for music and Nathan having Nanny Carrie issues, but their rain kisses and love outlasted it all… thank goodness.
Chuck & Blair – Gossip Girl
Gossip Girl’s Chuck Bass and Blair Waldorf were so bad on their own, but together they were magical. They were definitely the most glamorous couple in TV history, and the fact that when they were together they actually excelled as people just proves that everyone can find love – even the Upper East Side bad boy and Queen B.
Lady Mary & Matthew Crawley – Downton Abbey
Ugh, this couple still makes our hearts pitter patter when thinking about them. On Downton Abbey it seemed like Lady Mary would never know true love, and then in walked Matthew Crawley. Through it all they were each other’s rock, and when Matthew died it felt like a part of Mary died too. Yes, it was a tragic love story, but one to celebrate for the good times.
Jess & Rory – Gilmore Girls
There are a lot of fans for each of Rory Gilmore’s suitors on Gilmore Girls, but we will never stop rooting for Rory and Jess. The were intellectually a perfect match, and we liked that Jess challenged her in a way that Dean couldn’t. Sure, Jess was antisocial and that made Rory a bit upset, but he got her in a way that even Logan couldn’t. They are still our favorite couple from Stars Hollow, and it’s okay if you don’t agree.
Dylan & Brenda – Beverly Hills, 90210
We know that Donna and David are an obvious success story when it comes to relationships on Beverly Hills, 90210, but we like the under dogs sometimes. While we actually liked Dylan with Kelly (we know, gasp!), it was his relationship with Brenda we couldn’t help but root for. They were intense, passionate, and all-in when it came to their romance. They fought a lot, but they always seemed to drift back together. Plus, who wouldn’t want to date Dylan McKay? He was such a dreamboat.
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