Valentine’s Day: The Best TV Couples

February 14, 2008

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?


Valentine’s Day: Worst First Date Ever

February 13, 2008

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and the air is filled with romance, right?  Well, technically around here the air is filled with the flu.  This fact got me thinking about romance gone awry.

First DateThen I read an article on The Seven Worst First Dates of Film and it got me thinking about my own first dates.

I was never much of a dater – at least not one-on-one.  I did what I called group dating – my boyfriend de jour and I would go out with a group of our friends to movies, dances, dinner, etc.

But one first date did come to mind.  It was with my now-husband when we were still in college.  We had actually start seeing each other a month or so earlier after a late night party, but we had kept that fact mum from our friends.

We hung out in a group of six – my husband, me, three other guys and this girl that had a crush on my husband.  Therefore, we kept our budding relationship a secret for a while.  Whenever we were out with the group, which was most of the time, we just kept our hands to ourselves.  Then we’d spend late nights getting to know each other.

However, at some point we finally went public.  I don’t remember exactly when or what triggered the revelation.  But it was clear – it was time for us to have our first “official” date.  And now we had the pressure of all our friends waiting to see how it turned out.

Ever the jokester, my husband spent that entire week telling everyone that on Saturday night he was going to take me to the 7-11 (yes, the convenience store) for dinner.  We would enjoy hotdogs while sitting on the curb.  And just because he was romantic, he would knock out the streetlight for better ambiance.

Needless to say that wasn’t the intended date, but it eased the questions we got at the keg party Friday night.

Saturday morning he was headed to the mountains for a ride with some friends (he’s an avid mountain biker) and then he was suppose to pick me up at six.

I knew he had away of letting time slip by him when he was on his bike, so I wasn’t surprised when the phone rang at 5:45.  He was calling to tell me that they had just gotten back from the trip; he’d shower, have one beer with the guys and be right over.

Never, ever believe a guy when he says “one beer” with the guys.  It didn’t help that he was at the same house where the keg party was the night before.  Well, needless to say one beer turned into a campaign to finish off the keg.

It was nearly an hour and a half before I heard from him again – another call promising that he was definitely on his way this time.  By eight, he’d finally arrived reeking of beer. 

Naturally, I drove us to the restaurant.  We had, of course, lost our reservation.  But by then most of the college clientele were already on their way to a party so we had no trouble getting a table.

The rest of the evening went fine.  He slurred his speech a little as he apologized profusely.  And it wasn’t long after dinner before he passed out on my couch.

Now I know you’re wondering why I even let him in when he finally arrived or why I ever saw him again after that.  The truth is I had already fallen for him head over heels.

But at least now I can always hang over him the fact that he was two hours late for our first date.

I know there are far more disastrous first date tales out there.  So spill, what was your worst first date?

Photo by David Goehring. (License: Creative Commons Attribution)