For us single folks, watching romance blossom on the small screen (or laptop screen because Netflix) is both frustrating and cathartic. Just communicate properly! Stop being emotionally stoppered! Give me hope that relationships work out naturally, even if the context is that you’re in a high school which places a weird amount of emphasis on breaking out into spontaneous song and dance. Here are some of my personal favorites, ranked in descending order.
5. Khal Drogo and Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones
First of all, I’m kicking myself for having to write a little blurb on this couple which probably ranks the highest in “hardest names to spell off the top of your head.” Their beginning scenes can be uncomfortable and highly problematic (it didn’t happen in the books, for gosh sakes), but their relationship progression is sweet. Always a kick to see a power couple, and I’m still not over the loss of Jason Momoa from the Game of Thrones cast. It’s really hard to not like a couple where they refer to each other as “My Moon” and “My Sun and Stars,”OK?
4. Frank and Claire Underwood from House of Cards
Moving on to a couple that’s not as lovey-dovey, but still very much a powerhouse, the Underwoods are formidable, ambitious, cutthroat, and everything that a political power couple should be. They’re both terribly immoral, but it works because they understand each other. Add on the bonus that they know how to work an open relationship yet still maintain a different sense of marital love, and the dynamic is amazing on screen. House of Cards needs to come back for its fifth season already.
3. Jackie and Kelso from That ‘70s Show
That ‘70s Show is fun to watch just because it was the starting point of many of its main characters’ careers. Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher’s real life love just adds fuel to the Jackie/Kelso dynamic. It’s always fun watching two beautiful people on screen, particularly when Jackie’s the one calling the shots. It proves that life imitates art, and I’m still mad that they weren’t endgame. C’mon, Fez.
2. Brittany and Santana from Glee
I, as with most of the population, have very mixed feelings about Glee. Sometimes it’s hilarious, other times it’s painful sitting through their latest rendition of “Let It Go” (please let Frozen die already). But the Brittany/Santana relationship was the thing to always look forward to, not just because hey, representation! But, something is just great about the classic trope of one hard-hearted character melting around their bff/ sunshine counterpart. It’s overused and predictable, but it’s still so fun to watch.
1. Jim and Pam from The Office
If you think this couple is overrated or not that great, come fight me (not actually though, I’m very weak and don’t know how to throw a punch). The Office sets it up so that all these characters are easy to recognize in ourselves, and there is beauty in the mundane. Jim and Pam are best-friends-turned-couple, and total soulmates, and their relationship is so beautiful in its realness that it makes all viewers want something just like it. How dare they set such high relationship goals for the rest of us. Don’t mind me, just let me cry over this couple some more.