Valentine’s Day: The Best TV Couples

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I thought I take a look at TV couples for shows airing this season (I’d say currently on TV, but with the strike we aren’t left with much but reality TV).  Here’s my rundown of the most romantic couples on TV today.

The TaylorsBest All Around Couple

Hands down, the best all around couple has to go to Eric and Tami Taylor (Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton) of Friday Night Lights.  This pair has to be the most realistic, but yet madly in love with each other couple on TV. 

In two seasons, we’ve seen them fight and we’ve seen them make up.  We’ve watched as they’ve handled issues around career, parenting, sex, money and even in-laws as a couple.  Whether it’s their witty dialogue or the sweet way they look at each other, Mr. and Mrs. Coach are the couple to be.

Charlie and AmitaSmartest Couple

The combined IQ of Numbers’ Charlie Epps (David Krumholtz) and Amita Ramanujan (Navi Rawat) has got to be through the roof.  But even when they talk about their relationship is terms of simulations and game theory algorithms, this couple is too cute together. 

Amita seems to know just when to give math genius Charlie space to figure out his latest calculation.  And Charlie never seems to underestimate Amita’s talents and has gone the extra mile to support her career advancement even if it might strain the relationship.

Jimmy and ChloeYoung Love

Smallville’s Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack) might have had a crush on Clark Kent (Tom Welling) and his super hero ways, but I think she’s found her real match in Jimmy Olsen (Aaron Ashmore).  Together they are the perfect Daily Planet duo – an unrelenting reporter and her every faithful photographer.

What’s better than watching this pair tackle the news?  Watching them discover each other and their own feelings in their first real relationship.  Remember what it was like to be young and in love?

Honorable Mention:  It took the murder of a rapist to bring Friday Night Light’s Tyra Collette (Adrianne Palicki) and Landry Clarke (Jesse Plemons) together.  But bizarre plot twist aside, it’s been interesting to watch these two kids from different backgrounds find each other.

Angela and HodginsOddest Couple

If in the first season of Bones’ you told me that Angela Montenegro (Michaela Conlin) would give Dr. Jack Hodgins (T.J. Thyne) a second look, let alone get engaged to him, I would have laughed you out of the room.

But as the romance began to kindle in the second season I couldn’t help but cheer for Hodgins in his relentless pursuit of Angela.  Then when they embarked on the adventure to find Angela’s long lost first husband (she needs to get a divorce in order to marry Hodgins) and I watched the depth of their love unfold, I knew that this couple, as odd a combination as they are, were meant to be.

Honorable Mention:  When Las Vegas Mike Cannon (James Lesure) and Piper Nielsen (Camille Guaty) got drunk and did the ultimate Vegas cliché – got married – I was shocked at the pairing since neither had showed a significant amount of interest in the other.  But I cheered when the two decided to forgo an annulment and give the marriage a shot. 

Chuck and LouI Can See Them Together Couple

When Rachel Bilson turned up on Chuck as deli owner Lou, I was very excited that Chuck (Zachary Levi) might actually have a chance at a real relationship for a change.  But alas, he’s still hung up on his handler Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski).

I continue to hold out hope that not only will Bilson return to resurrect her role as Lou, but that Chuck will finally realize that Sarah is not the right girl for him.

Honorable Mention:  The sexual tension between Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and FBI Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) is one of the reasons we tune into Bones each week.  But if the Christmas kiss is any indication of the depth of their attraction that we are in store for a great romance between the two some time in the future.

What’s your favorite TV couple past or present?

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4 Responses to Valentine’s Day: The Best TV Couples

  1. EllyF says:

    I’m a big fan of Clark and Chloe as a couple on Smallville, because the two of them bring out the best in each other. But Chloe and Jimmy? They aren’t even dating anymore. He dumped her because she wouldn’t tell him her secret, but even before he dumped her he was staring longingly at Kara, *right in front of Chloe.* That moment was more than enough to make me permanently opposed to the “Chimmy” relationship, and it also did a great deal to make me dislike Jimmy (whom I previously liked a lot). Chloe and Jimmy are no longer a couple, and good riddance, I say. Chloe deserves far better than a boyfriend who’ll drool over another woman right in front of her.

  2. vacelts says:

    EllyF,

    You say that Chloe deserves “far better than a boyfriend who’ll drool over another woman right in front of her,” but that’s what Clark has done (over Lana) during his entire relationship with Chloe.

    I do agree that Clark and Chloe bring out the best in each other, which is why they make great friends. Not all friends should be couples.

    I just don’t see any real chemistry between Clark and Chloe beyond their friendship. It’s more like a crush (on Chloe’s part) than a recipricol relationship.

    As for being dumped, part of the problem was that Chloe wasn’t truthful with Jimmy. But after saving him in the elevator, the pair decided to give their relationship another go.

  3. EllyF says:

    “You say that Chloe deserves “far better than a boyfriend who’ll drool over another woman right in front of her,” but that’s what Clark has done (over Lana) during his entire relationship with Chloe.”

    Sure, but he hasn’t been DATING Chloe. There’s a difference between being infatuated with a woman and friends with another, and dating a woman and having eye sex with another right in front of her. That was appallingly poor behavior on Jimmy’s part, and it killed any fondness I had for his character right there.

    “I just don’t see any real chemistry between Clark and Chloe beyond their friendship. It’s more like a crush (on Chloe’s part) than a recipricol relationship.”

    I disagree. I refer you to the near-kiss in “Tempest,” and the way Clark looked at Chloe in that episode; the “Vessel” kiss, in which Clark wrapped his arms around her and kissed her right back; and the elevator scene in “Bound,” in which he was clearly about to kiss her when they were interrupted. In “Zod,” he seemed interested in exploring a relationship with Chloe, and only backed off because SHE rejected HIM (also true in “Vortex,” by the way– Clark seemed interested in going on with their relationship, but Chloe blew him off). Also see “Bizarro,” when he reeled in shock and lost control of his abilities after she “died,” and “Labyrinth,” in which all the fight was taken out of him after he thought she was dead. I think there’s plenty of chemistry there, and plenty of real affection on Clark’s part. He depends on Chloe more than he depends on anyone else, and he can’t function without her. He’s just too blinded by Lana to realize it. But the Lana blinders are clearly slipping as more of her true nature is revealed, and the show is clearly setting up Chloe as the better choice for him, IMHO.

    “But after saving him in the elevator, the pair decided to give their relationship another go.”

    Not at all. They decided to continue their *friendship.* But he’s clearly still dating Kara– see the promo shots for “Hero.” Jimmy and Chloe are finished as a couple, IMHO, and I hope to see Chloe and Clark get together by the end of this year:-).

  4. vacelts says:

    EllyF, you make some interesting points, but I just don’t see Chloe and Clark together.

    But for the record, I don’t like him with Lana either. I was hoping they’d kill her off at the end of last season so Clark could finally move on.

    Personally, I waiting for Lois and Clark to finally get together. I thought the kissed they shared when he was disguised as the green arrow had a lot of chemistry.

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