Love is in the air everywhere I look around…
Now, I’m typically a person with romantic ideals sans all the mushy gushy stuff. Perhaps it’s that Scorpion flair for the dramatic and our predilection toward passion. However, I don’t watch TV series specifically for their romance plots. Perhaps that’s due to my perpetual cynicism as a long-time single gal.
But certain TV series have couples that leave a mark. They’re permanently etched in my memory, and they’ve transformed my view on love. Firstly, that it comes in many forms, and it’s not necessarily of the romantic persuasion. Platonic love can be just as, if not more so, powerful. Below I’ve listed, in no particular order, my personal favorite TV couples. As the great Lin-Manuel Miranda once said, “Love is love is love is love.”
1. Jake and Amy
Toight! Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) and Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero) of Brooklyn Nine-Nine had one of the best will-they-won’t-they plots in sitcom history. They underwent their fair share of obstacles i.e. both of them falling for each other while in relationships and Jake being wrongfully imprisoned. Remember when Jake and Holt had to go undercover in Florida for months? That can put a real damper on any courtship. However, their sickeningly sweet love prevailed and now they’re married. Jake and Amy are adorable geeks that could make even the most stalwart cynic swoon. Not only that, but Jake is supportive of Amy’s ascension to sergeant and her career as a whole. It doesn’t get much better than that. Title of your sex tape!
2. Nicole and Waverly
Now, my fellow Earpers are well aware of the power WayHaught oozes. Well, perhaps “oozes” isn’t the right word, but you catch my drift. Nicole and Waverly are a bastion of inspiration in Purgatory and beyond. Their relationship benefits are twofold – Waverly learned to embrace her sexuality and how to live her truth, while Nicole learned to let loose a bit. Their scenes are the very definition of romantic. Not only that, but their budding romance developed in a way that felt organic. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that Dominique Provost-Chalkley and Kat Barrell have electrifying chemistry. I can’t wait to see more of WayHaught next summer, when Wynonna Earp will return to our screens.
3. Jonah and Amy
Who doesn’t love a good Superstore romance? Jonah (Ben Feldman) and Amy (America Ferrera) were a given from the start. However, that didn’t stop me from taking great delight in the trajectory of their love story. Their exchanging of dry remarks and quick-witted one-liners had me hook, line and sinker. Jonah and Amy’s relationship is relatable to us “everyday” folk. Jonah, like Jake, is incredibly supportive of Amy snagging the role of Cloud 9 General Manager. We love boyfriends who cheer on their career-oriented partners! It’s a perfect display of non-fragile masculinity.
4. Titus and Mikey
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘s Titus (Tituss Burgess) and Mikey (Mike Carlsen) can be found under the word “adorable” in the dictionary. Their pairing seems mismatched, and yet they compliment each other so well. Opposites do attract sometimes. Tituss helped Mikey embrace his homosexuality which, of course, is difficult to do when you’re an Italian construction worker conditioned to catcall women. Mikey helped Tituss open his heart to love and face his fears of commitment. They make even us jaded single folk believe in love again. Pinot Noir, Caviar, Myanmar!
5. Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons
Now, any Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fan will tell you that FitzSimmons is one of the best aspects of the series. Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) and Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) have literally traversed space and time to find each other. Remember in Season 3 when Simmons was trapped on a mysterious planet and Fitz (along with the Shield team, naturally) extracted her from said planet? A forking planet. Simmons traveled across systems to find Fitz after he was cryogenically frozen in a pod for 75 years. If that ain’t love, then I don’t know what is, folks. Also: we love a scientific couple that excretes super intelligence from their extra smart pores!
6. Cosima and Delphine
Next, just for the Clone Club, we have Cosima (Tatiana Maslany) and Delphine (Evelyne Brochu) from Orphan Black! My adoration for science couples will never die. These two have also been through the ringer. Delphine almost died and Cosima was in a perpetual state of near death. Being entwined in “Cophine” was no walk in the park. However, as per usual, love soared triumphantly in the end. Our beautiful science babies can make beautiful science together. Maslany and Brochu shared a fiery chemistry. Well, Maslany could have chemistry with an off-white wall. She’s just so forking good. But I digress.
7. Eliot and Margo
Alright, alright, before the angry mob with pitchforks takes me out, I realize Eliot (Hale Appleman) and Margo (Summer Bishil) aren’t a couple in a romantic sense. However, their platonic love easily overpowers most romantic entanglements. They’re soulmates through and through. Despite what life may throw at them, Eliot and Margo will always be attached at the hip. Remember in Season 4 when Margo fought tooth and nail to save Eliot, even sacrificing her crown and subsequent banishment from Fillory? Yeah, that’s love. I think they may actually be one person. Here’s hoping The Magicians Powers That Be keep our precious babies safe and sound in Season 5. I say that with very cautious optimism.
8. David and Patrick
Schitt’s Creek is easily one of the best sitcoms to come around in recent years. It’s gut-busting funny and filled to the brim with heart. David (Dan Levy) and Patrick’s (Noah Reid) relationship is yet another beautiful layer in the Schitt-y cake. Not only that, but David’s pansexuality is a milestone for the LGBTQIA+ community. Seldom do we see pansexuality represented in television with the grace and affection it so deserves. David and Patrick are a perfect example of opposites attracting – the latter is more laid back while the former is usually on pins and needles. However, they elicit the best out of each other. Oh, and now they’re engaged! Hopefully we’ll get a wedding episode during Schitt’s Creek‘s upcoming final season.
9. Buffy and Spike
Of course, we all know the saying “There’s a fine line between love and hate.” In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Spike (James Marsters) started out as enemies. They hated each other with a venomous passion. Buffy was a Slayer who hunted vampires like Spike. But their hatred eventually morphed into a passionate love affair. Their sexy tangoing time brought down an entire building! That’s all-consuming, fiery love, folks. The pair moved beyond the “friends with benefits” stage and became soulmates. Spike even retrieved his soul for Buffy! And we all recall him sacrificing himself to save the world as Sunnydale imploded. They loved each other with unadulterated passion, and had one of the best relationship arcs on TV.
10. Jesse and Tulip
Lastly, we have Preacher‘s Jesse (Dominic Cooper) and Tulip (Ruth Negga).This series was a darkly raucous explosion from the start, and the aforementioned pair quickly became on of my favorite couples. They frequently bickered, which usually transformed into an all-out screaming match. However, they loved each other with blinding intensity. They survived the end of the world several times and beyond, even managing to curtail The Apocalypse. Despite their rough patches, Jesse and Tulip were still steadfastly committed to one another. “Till the end of the world…”
All you need is love, folks. I think some group of rocker dudes from the ’60s said that or something. Of course, there are plenty of other equally brilliant TV couples floating about in the ether. Have a favorite that I didn’t mention? Sound off in the comments below!
This article was originally posted on December 10, 2019.
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