Best TV Couples of All Time - Dramas & Dramedies

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Best TV Couples in Dramas and Dramedies

Cory and Topanga
Photo: ABC

Over the years, several TV characters and their relationships have touched viewers' hearts. And though they may not be real couples, their TV relationships have affected fans' ideas of romance. For all of you hopeless romantics out there who need a pick me up, here are 15 of the best TV romances in dramas and in dramedies of all time (in no particular order). 

Warning: Contains spoilers!

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Melinda and Jim - 'Ghost Whisperer'

Melinda and Jim
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Ghost Whisperer’s Melinda Gordon and Jim Clancy meet when Jim saves her from a burning apartment complex, but they begin the series as newly-weds in love. The couple stumbles upon several trials and tribulations that come with a relationship and starting a family, but they have a secret that bonds them forever: Melinda can communicate with the dead.

“Love is boundless and immortal.”
                --Jim to Melinda in “Book of Changes” 

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Nathan and Haley - 'One Tree Hill'

Nathan and Haley
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One Tree Hill’s Nathan Scott and Haley James illustrate the classic high school jock-meets-geek story. But before long, they become one of the most admirable couples in Tree Hill, making everyone around them believe in true love again.

“Always and forever. I promise you Haley.”
Nathan to Haley, in “The Desperate Kingdom of Love

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Damon and Elena - 'Vampire Diaries'

Damon and Elena
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Vampire Diariescured vampire and human doppelganger Elena Gilbert sees something not-so-evil in the vampire Damon Salvatore. As the seasons pass, the two share a bond that grows from allies to friends to a relationship in which they are constantly saving each other.

“Before her [Elena], I didn’t know what it was like to be happy. To be fulfilled. To be complete.”
                -Damon to Alaric in “I Would for You” 

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Seth and Summer - 'The O.C.'

Seth and Summer
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The O.C. brings together the brainy Seth Cohen and the seemingly unattainable Summer Roberts. Although Seth has loved Summer for a long time, Summer doesn’t realize she’s falling for him until he recites her mermaid poem from the sixth grade. Of course, it’s not an easy ride, and it takes two love triangles, college and a proposal before the two tie the knot.

“And you, with all your little flaws and your little quirks…somehow you keep drawing me back in.”
                --Summer to Seth in “The Brothers Grim” 

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Luke and Lorelai - 'Gilmore Girls'

Luke and Lorelai
Photo credit: The CW

Gilmore Girls’ Luke Danes and Lorelai Gilmore have a beautiful friendship throughout the series that eventually turns into a romance the town of Stars Hollow has always expected.  As the series progresses, they get closer and closer to marriage, but a child comes between them and sends Lorelai running. However, the conclusion of the series left fans with a little bit of hope that the couple’s intense connection could return. Maybe Netflix’s Gilmore Girls revival will have some answers!

“It’s like, it’s not even real to me, it’s like my life isn’t even real to me unless you’re there and you’re in it and I’m sharing it with you.”
                --Luke to Lorelai in “The Long Morrow” 

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Derek and Meredith - 'Grey's Anatomy'

Derek and Meredith
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From the moment Derek Shepherd and Meredith Grey work on their first patient together, Derek a surgeon and Meredith an intern, viewers know they're special. Their connection grows quickly (with some serious ups and downs), and it blossoms into one of the hardest but greatest marriages on Grey’s Anatomy. Their wedding isn’t a fancy one; instead, they write their vows on Post-Its in Meredith’s pocket.

“I love you. In a really, big really big pretend to like your taste in music, let you eat the last piece of cheesecake, hold a radio over my head outside your bedroom window, unfortunate way that makes me hate you... love you. So pick me. Choose me. Love me.”
                --Meredith to Derek in “Bring the Pain” 

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Marshall and Lily - 'How I Met Your Mother'

Marshall and Lily
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Although How I Met Your Mother is more comedy than drama, Marshall and Lily are one best TV couples ever. Their funny banter and odd couple habits serve as the center of several episodes, but it is their consistent and obvious love for each other that gives Ted the inspiration to relentlessly search for a wife and a love that can withstand anything.

“Lily, there are a million reasons why I love you. You make me laugh, you take care of me when I’m sick, you’re sweet, caring and you even created an egg dish and named it after me…You’re the best friend I’ve ever had.”
                --Marshall to Lily in “Something Borrowed

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Carrie and Mr. Big - 'Sex and the City'

Carrie and Mr. Big
Photo credit: HBO

Carrie Bradshaw’s steamy on-and-off relationship with John James “Mr. Big” Preston in the dramedy Sex and the City is often frustrating and confusing, in large part due to Big’s intimacy and commitment issues. Big eventually marries someone else. Although that doesn’t work out, Carrie explains that after six years of hurt, she can’t do it again. Nevertheless, the two end up together in the end, ready to give it a real try.

“It took me a really long time to get here, but I'm here. Carrie, you're the one.”
                --Big to Carrie in “An American Girl in Paris: Part Deux

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Cory and Topanga - 'Boy Meets World'

Cory and Topanga
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Boy Meets World’s Cory Matthews and Topanga Lawrence set the tone for all childhood romances. Although the two go through moves, break-ups and unfaithful moments, they learn that they love each other more than any of their problems, and Topanga proposes to Cory at their high school graduation. They get married in the seventh season.

“I think you and I should spare ourselves a lot of uncoolness and walk through life together.”
Cory to Topanga in “Pairing Off” 

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Doug and Carol - 'ER'

Doug and Carol
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Despite all of their troubles and other partners, Doug Ross and Carol Hathaway’s relationship in ER was one that fans wanted. And the constant sexual tension within their friendship makes it obvious that they should be together. Their on-and-off relationship lasts for three seasons until Doug proposes in the fourth. Doug ends up leaving, and Carol has twins, but they reunite at the end of the series in Seattle.

“I’ve been in love with him since I was 23 years old. He’s everything to me. He’s my life. I feel complete when I’m with him and I feel empty when we’re apart. He’s the father of my children…and he’s my soulmate.”
--Carol to Dr. Luka Kovac in “Such Sweet Sorrow” 

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Sawyer and Juliet - 'Lost'

Sawyer and Juliet
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Although Sawyer had relationships with four main characters on Lost, his relationship with Juliet was his greatest romance. Their relationship began when bad-boy Sawyer convinced the strong and quick-witted Juliet Burke to stay on the island with him for two more weeks than she was supposed to. Their relationship became one of the most organically-formed and realistic ones in the series. The two reunited on the series finale.

Juliet: “Kiss me James.
Sawyer: “You got it, Blondie.”

                --from “The End” 

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Jim and Pam - 'The Office'

Jim and Pam
Photo credit: NBC

Although The Office is really a comedy, it does have dramatic moments, and those are mostly due to Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly. Their relationship begins as a strong friendship, but everyone in the office knows it's more than that. It takes them three years, but they finally go on a first date. They stay together through the rest of the series, creating big moments such as the proposal in the rain, when Jim finds out that Pam’s pregnant and their private wedding before their real wedding.

“For a really long time that's all I had. Little moments with a girl who saw me as a friend. And a lot of people told me I was crazy to wait this long for a date with a girl who I worked with, but I think, even then I knew, I was waiting for my wife."
                --Jim in “Niagara, Pt. 1

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David and Donna - 'Beverly Hills, 90210'

Donna and David
Photo credit: FOX

Beverly Hills, 90210’s David and Donna are the definition of high school sweethearts. Their romance began when David asked Donna to the school dance. From there, they became 90210’s super couple. Of course, they go through their struggles, but they end up getting happily married in the series finale.

“When was it we fell in love? When were eighteen? Sixteen? Maybe ten? I don't know, 'cause the truth is, I can't picture a time when I wasn't in love with you.”
               --David to Donna in “Ode to Joy

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Matthew and Mary - 'Downton Abbey'

Matthew and Mary
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Downton Abbey’s Matthew Crawley and Lady Mary start out as adversaries, but their respect and admiration for one another soon turns into love. Although they deal with financial problems and scandal along the way, their relationship conquers it all. However, their undying love story ends in tragedy.

“I will love you until the last breath leaves my body.”
--Matthew to Mary in season 3, episode 5

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Kurt Hummel and Blaine Anderson - 'Glee'

Kurt and Blaine
Photo credit: FOX

Glee’s Kurt Hummel and Blaine Anderson begin as friends in rival glee clubs, but they soon begin to date. The story of Glee’s first male-male couple is a rocky one, with fights, break-ups and proposals, but it eventually results in harmony, with a double-wedding shared by two of their old glee friends.

“Blaine and I love football. Well, Blaine loves football. I love scarves.” 
                --Kurt in “The Sue Sylvester Shuffle” 

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Chuck and Blair - 'Gossip Girl'

Chuck and Blair
Photo credit: The CW

Although the two despised each other at first, Gossip Girl’s Blaire Waldorf and Chuck Bass find out that they have a lot more in common that they thought. Their relationship is often all over the place, filled with denial and arguments, but its strength helps it withstand odds only to be found in their extremely wealthy families. And their wedding is one of the most dramatic in history!

“I'm sorry I didn't tell you I loved you when I knew I did. Most of all, I'm sorry I gave up on us when you never did.”
                --Chuck to Blair in “I am Number Nine” 

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Ross and Rachel - 'Friends'

Ross and Rachel
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Ross Geller and Rachel Green’s relationship in Friends begins as a hopeless crush that turns into an unforgettable love story. First, Ross ruins a marriage by accidentally saying Rachel’s name in the middle of the wedding, then he marries Rachel in Vegas, then they get divorced, then Rachel gets pregnant, then Rachel dates Joey and finally, they end their wild ride together, happy, in the dramedy’s finale.

“You were worth the wait and I don’t just mean tonight.”
                --Rachel to Ross in “The One Where Rachel and Ross…You Know

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Pacey and Joey - 'Dawson's Creek'

Pacey & Joey
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Dawson’s Creek’s Pacey and Joey were the couple to be in the ‘90s. They begin as quasi-enemies in the teen coming-of-age drama, and then agree to be friends. But as the series goes on, fans discover that they both knew deep down that they’d end up together, they understood the importance of patience, they never pressured each other to be “soulmates” and they never took each other for granted.   

My future lies with you.”
                --Joey to Pacey in “You Had Me at Goodbye”

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The Doctor and Rose - 'Doctor Who'

The Doctor and Rose
Photo credit: BBC

Dr. Who’s Doctor and Rose Tyler have an interesting relationship that is either loved or hated. Many think that the Doctor isn’t supposed to be romantic, yet he is able to love Rose. Nevertheless, the Doctor and Rose begin as travelling companions, and Rose falls for the Doctor. But, they are eventually forced to say goodbye, and the walls between their two universes close forever before the Doctor can say he loves her back.

“And I suppose, if it’s my last chance to say it, Rose Tyler…”
                --The Doctor to Rose in “Doomsday

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Fitz and Olivia - 'Scandal'

Fitz and Olivia
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Fitz, otherwise known as President Fitzgerald Grant, and Olivia Pope enter into a scandalous affair that eventually becomes known to the public and results in a divorced president. These two were doomed from the start, but they shared one passionate and rare relationship. As of now, the couple is broken up, but Scandal has received the green light for another season. Fans will have to wait and see what happens!

“You’re the love of my life. My every feeling is controlled by the look on your face. I can’t breathe without you. I can’t sleep without you.”

                --Fitz to Liv in “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” 

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