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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?