Best and Worst TV and Movie Couples to Spend Valentine’s Day With

Love is within the air — and in your screens. If there’s any timeless, common theme that hooks viewers of flicks and TV, it is a good love story. As Valentine’s Day nears, listed below are a few of the romances from the massive and small display that we’ll love eternally.

And as a result of we’re messy viewers who stay for drama, we have additionally rounded up a few of the prime poisonous relationships in popular culture. They remind us that simply because a romance is written within the script doesn’t suggest it is written within the stars. 



I fell in love with Claire and Jamie when a buddy instructed the Outlander e-book sequence some 15 years in the past. I initially blew her off as a result of I despise romance novels. When I lastly opened the primary e-book, although, I used to be swept into the historic fiction and fantasy parts. But the true anchor of the books (and the wonderful tv sequence) is the facility of Jamie and Claire’s love throughout centuries, cultures, separations, different marriages(!) and repeated traumas.

Their love is so sturdy, so strong, so enduring that it has principally ruined me for something much less. When I consider the proper man, it is just about Jamie, who I need to continually remind myself is a fictional character written by a girl. Oh effectively. I’ve nothing however admiration for this couple. 

Bonus: The onscreen chemistry between actors Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan is bloody-hell close to excellent. 

–Natalie Weinstein

Sony Pictures

I like to think about The Amazing Spider-Man as half superhero film and half love story, and that is due to the palpable chemistry between Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker and Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy. In all of the Spider-Man movies, this depiction of the main couple is probably the most charming, dazzling and heartbreaking.

–Abrar Al-Heeti

Marvel Comics

Peter and Mary Jane (Spider-Man comics)

Peter and Gwen’s comedian relationship wasn’t fairly so electrical as that of their cinematic counterparts, since Peter’s dynamic with Mary Jane Watson was at all times far more enjoyable. The two obtained nearer within the wake of Gwen’s dying, obtained married in 1987 and balanced grownup obligations with MJ’s profession and Peter’s superhero-ing. Marriage is demanding within the Marvel Universe, however that they had a loving, supportive partnership.

Until 2007. In the notorious storyline One More Day, Peter bought his marriage to the demon Mephisto to save lots of a mortally wounded Aunt May and regain his secret id (No Way Home’s ending riffs on this). History was rewritten so that they by no means tied the knot and Marvel had a fancy-free single Spidey once more. 

The comics have performed a irritating will-they-won’t-they dance since then, teasing the potential for the pair getting again collectively. Just let Peter and MJ develop up and be comfortable, Marvel — you might have Miles Morales as a younger, hip Spidey now.

–Sean Keane


When David and Patrick met, neither was essentially at his finest. The Rose clan was nonetheless recovering from their monetary smash, and Patrick was on the run from his ex-fiancee. The hopeful be aware to their relationship on Schitt’s Creek, although, was that two individuals might forge a wholesome relationship regardless of previous screwups. And actually, what extra do you’ll want to know than Patrick’s acoustic cowl of Simply the Best?

–Erin Carson


Clear eyes, full hearts, cannot ever, ever, ever get divorced. On a TV present that was, on its floor, about highschool soccer in a small Texas city, married couple Eric Taylor and Tami Taylor had been the middle of the sequence. Played by Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, the Taylors made you wish to root for them proper from the beginning. Their deep love was at all times evident — even after they’re whisper-yelling at one another beneath a desk in the midst of a jam-packed get together. Theirs was a partnership that felt actual, in all its highs and lows. You knew they had been in it to remain, and so was the viewers. 

A whole lot of credit score goes to Britton for signing on to the TV present — after showing because the coach’s spouse within the earlier film — solely as a result of the sequence creator promised her position would not be a superficial one. And she fought to maintain it that means. Connie Britton eternally! 

–Anne Dujmovic 

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Comics have given us some all-time-legendary romances (Lois and Clark, anybody?). But my favourite pairing in any medium in all probability is the burning love between Preacher’s Jesse Custer and Tulip O’Hare, which manages to be one of the crucial aspirationally attractive romances ever, but on the similar time one of many realest. They cannot get sufficient of one another, like all good heroic lovers, however additionally they like one another. 

The TV model (performed by Dominic Cooper and Ruth Negga) is extra advanced and flawed, and I adore it too, however I at all times come again to the comedian (written by Garth Ennis, with artwork by Steve Dillon et al). Preacher is a deranged, scrumptious cocktail of batshit-crazy motion and chatty indie hangout, so Jesse and Tulip get into all-guns-blazing shootouts, then have wonderful intercourse afterward. But then after that they discuss films and take the piss out of one another and make one another giggle. To a younger comics fan, it was a revelation about what a relationship could possibly be. 

–Richard Knightwell


Parks and Recreation launched us all to the vacation Galentine’s Day, so the proper pairing for Leslie Knope is her girlfriends and breakfast meals. But if the Parks and Rec protagonist needed to be with somebody apart from her gal buddies, I’m glad it is Ben Wyatt. The help and respect these two share for one another is swoonworthy. They began as rivals earlier than rising as a match as excellent as whipped cream and waffles.

–Meara Isenberg


Leslie and Ben aren’t the one aspirational couple on Parks and Rec. Through the majority of the present, Donna Meagle is not precisely a romantic. She leads an enchanting and considerably mysterious life, largely off-screen. Donna, of all individuals, would not want a companion. She does completely advantageous on her personal, with actual property throughout the nation. She’s cousins with Ginuwine. That’s why it was a humorous and candy twist that her downfall can be an excessively respectful elementary college math trainer named Joe. You should determine — if Donna was prepared to quiet down for Joe, he will need to have been fairly nice.

–Erin Carson


The relationship between Sokka and Suki is the one factor I care about on this present. OK, advantageous, that is absolute hyperbole, however it’s genuinely what I really feel in my coronary heart when these two are on display. While different pairings in Avatar get extra consideration, the connection between Sokka and Suki feels probably the most genuine in its improvement over the three seasons. 

Sokka is goofy and generally closed-minded, and Suki challenges him to regulate his perspective. She provides him an opportunity to develop, and Sokka, to his credit score, responds very well to that chance. They’re enjoyable and playful with one another, although they’re each warriors at coronary heart, and I actually love that they transfer towards one another over time.

–Adam Benjamin 

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Uncle Phil and the unique Aunt Viv from ’90s sitcom Fresh Prince of Bel-Air had been an iconic couple for the way in which they had been highly effective each individually and after they got here collectively. Each had their very own profession path, pursuits and abilities, but they nonetheless operated as a workforce to lift a powerful, lovely household.

Janet Hubert’s Aunt Viv was proficient within the arts, laid down the legislation wherever she went and stored everybody in the home in verify (even when it meant going to tug Will and Carlton out of bother, or placing Uncle Phil in his place). She was additionally capable of be tender, delicate, supportive and weak together with her husband when wanted.

James Avery’s Uncle Phil knew the way to help and provides Hubert’s Aunt Viv house to be the girl she wished and wanted to be with out feeling threatened. He knew when to step in and provides her a break, or again her up, and when to again off and let her shine. Uncle Phil beloved Aunt Viv for who she was and by no means tried to vary something about her. And vice versa.

–Theodore Liggians

Universal Studios

There have been a number of movies known as The Mummy, together with the 1932 horror traditional starring  Boris Karloff and Tom Cruise’s 2017 take. But for me, the 1999 motion/journey/romance with Brendan Fraser, as dashing treasure hunter Rick O’Connell, and Rachel Weisz as earnest librarian and wannabe Egyptologist Evelyn Carnahan is the completely finest as a result of it is simply a lot enjoyable to look at. 

Film critic Roger Ebert known as it a “preposterous adventure” and mentioned “there is hardly a thing I can say in its favor, except that I was cheered by nearly every minute of it.” I agree, and what makes this campy, foolish, ridiculous however previous Hollywood-style journey so nice is the chemistry and budding romance between swashbuckling Rick and beautiful, charming and oh-so-clever Evie. They’re the proper couple and we get to look at them pair as much as vanquish the mum and present us the magic of discovering your soulmate.  

–Connie Guglielmo

Sony Pictures

In this profoundly shifting 2010 movie from Mike Leigh, older English couple Tom (Jim Broadbent) and Gerri (Ruth Sheen) epitomize the potential rewards of a loving and safe long-term partnership. The fortunately married 60-something couple finds quiet pleasure within the extraordinary pursuits of each day life – tending a group backyard collectively, laughing with previous buddies on a sunny afternoon, cheering on their grownup son as he forges a brand new romance of his personal. “We’re very lucky,” Gerri says. There’s clearly extra than simply luck at play right here, although. These two by no means lose sight of their appreciation for one another and the shared life they’ve created. 


The stability of Tom and Gerri’s relationship brings each of them contentment, however it in the end offers a secure haven the place their lonely, much less steady family and friends members discover consolation as effectively — and probably even hope.      

–Leslie Katz 

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The Pearsons’ pretty union steals the present. These two present up for one another of their marriage, and although life collectively is not at all times straightforward, the bond is so sturdy the nice occasions at all times appear to outweigh the dangerous. The most lovely half is how they’re capable of convey their complete selves to the union (the nice, dangerous and the ugly). The love story between Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) and Randall (Sterling Ok. Brown) has items everybody can join with, regardless of their background or how they determine. 

Authenticity makes these two my favourite couple, ever. Beth depicts what it means to be a spouse, mom, sister, buddy and rather more whereas not shedding herself. Randall represents a person who’s so assured, he is unafraid to indicate emotion and be weak. If you’ve got adopted the sequence, you understand Randall is behind many moments the place you get so wrapped up within the story, earlier than you understand it tears are operating down your face. 

–Arielle Burton


Charlie (Joe Locke) and Nick (Kit Connor) have an cute story about past love that I dearly want would’ve been made again once I was in highschool. Theirs is a brilliant candy, PG-rated journey that emphasizes the nervous happiness of discovering romantic emotions for somebody for the primary time. The pair feels lifted off the web page of a e-book, and in a number of instances that is actually true because the present re-creates scenes from the unique Heartstopper internet comedian by Alice Oseman. I’ve a specific delicate spot for the scene the place Nick runs to Charlie’s home within the rain to have an necessary dialog, and after Nick leaves, Charlie runs again into the rain to see Nick as soon as extra.

The pair’s relationship is supported by an excellent solid, and it is handled as a secure house for the 2 to find at their very own tempo. I’m excited to see the present proceed; the second season of Heartstopper is presently in manufacturing. 

–Mike Sorrentino


You assume this British sitcom is in regards to the love trials of the present’s foremost characters, Gavin and Stacey. But over three charming seasons, you develop into far more connected to their two finest buddies — Smithy (James Corden) and Nessa (Ruth Jones) — as they fight to determine if they will bridge jealousies, cultural variations and murky histories to develop into a pair.  

–Clifford Colby

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Workplace romances can finish awkwardly, even explosively, however The Office produced at the very least one which proved co-workers can morph into a contented, lasting long-term partnership. I’m speaking, after all, about Jim and Pam, who begin out as bantering finest buddies and find yourself married with children. Like most good sitcom {couples}, they’ve hurdles to beat to develop into and stay a pair, however they at all times find yourself preventing for one another and their love. 

Hey, if these two could make it by way of eight-hour days full of Michael Scott and Dwight Schrute with out closing their hearts to humanity, they will make it by way of something.    

–Leslie Katz


Paul and Jamie Buchman at all times had one thing to say to one another. They bantered, bickered and bemoaned all the things from a slanted kitchen flooring to the symbolism of shopping for their first sofa collectively. In the 2019 revival of the present, Jamie quipped that their arguments are like jazz. Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt introduced a chemistry to their characters’ relationship that made you consider they’d stick collectively for the long run — even when they could not resolve on a sofa. 

–Erin Carson

And now for… #RelationshipRedFlags

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Can anybody within the Roy household preserve a wholesome relationship? Judging by Logan’s string of separations, Connor’s tense relationship with former escort Willa, Kendall’s failed marriage and no matter Roman’s complete deal is, all indicators level to no. From the surface, Shiv and Tom appear like the exception: a sharp-elbowed energy couple, completely positioned to climb the company ladder collectively and win the coveted kiss from Daddy.

Think once more. Shiv could be extra polished than her brothers, however she’s as determined and harsh in love as the remainder. And her unassuming midwestern husband, hopelessly outclassed within the Roys’ elite circles, outsources all his relationship frustration right into a troubling obsession together with her cousin. Shiv and Tom function as companions and rivals within the race for company supremacy, all whereas attempting to maintain their marriage intact with out sliding into “the whole box set death march.” 

This relationship has withstood infidelity, company scandal and tried impregnation, however the third season’s bruising climax noticed breaches of belief that might spell the tip for any extraordinary marriage. What does it imply for these two weirdos? The solely factor I can say for positive is that issues can solely worsen.

–Sarah McDermott

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Yennefer and Geralt undoubtedly aren’t meant to be, regardless of how a lot they need it — and the way a lot I need it. She’s a sorceress and he is a monster slayer, every with numerous energy, duty and trauma. Their lack of belief in one another and of their love additionally just about dooms them. 

However, I swear Yennefer and Geralt share the perfect onscreen kiss of all time. The scene takes place in her tent throughout a hunt for a dragon (season 1, episode 6). It is not their first kiss. They’ve already had intercourse earlier within the season. But the vulnerability, tenderness and longing of that kiss are palpable. I might watch that kiss 100 occasions.

You might say it is simply unimaginable actors — Anya Chalotra and Henry Cavill — doing their jobs. But the desperately lonely backstories of Yennefer and Geralt infuse that kiss with depth and which means. 

Any couple who can create a kiss like which might be true star-crossed lovers, probably the most tragic sort and our most favourite sort.

–Natalie Weinstein


Trying to single out the worst couple from two seasons of White Lotus is sweat-inducing. Between the dishonest, mendacity and condescension, it appears any pair on the present deserves the title.

For season 2, although, I’d should bestow the respect on Tanya and Greg, as homicide plots are likely to rise above different marital points. 

For season 1, Rachel and Shane is my choose. I obsessively watched the unraveling of the newlyweds’ relationship, questioning how she or anybody might cope with a man just like the entitled and obnoxious Shane. Legend says he is nonetheless hung up over the Pineapple Suite.

–Meara Isenberg

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This not-great relationship is only a fixed punch line, which is helpful given it comes from British sitcom Motherland. Eternally stressed-out mother Julia (Anna Maxwell Martin) is racing throughout London to take her children to high school and make it to work on time, whereas her absent husband Paul (Oliver Chris) is off on a middle-aged-man’s biking journey. Or he is on a stag do. Or he is hanging up on her to resolve which espresso he needs to order at a restaurant. Yeah, not the best parenting workforce … to the purpose that whenever you lastly see them on display collectively for one uncommon second, it is a shock to the system. Poor Julia.

–Jennifer Bisset


I say this with immense affection for The O.C.: Ryan and Marissa had been horrible collectively. In three seasons, they barely managed various episodes in a row the place they weren’t in the midst of some drama, or an outright break up. Whether it was Ryan’s bottomless want to attempt to rescue Marissa, or the obvious attract of fixed brooding (neither of that are wholesome, by the way in which), the pair refused to cease circling one another till they bodily could not anymore. Some relationships simply aren’t meant to be.

–Erin Carson


There’s an argument to be made which you could’t dissect a half-hour primetime comedy too carefully, in any other case little or no can be believable or comical. But regardless of Everybody Loves Raymond’s funniest moments, the idea for the present was a grown man who could not set boundaries along with his overbearing mom, and could not get up for his spouse. Ray was whiny and lazy round the home, which in the end turned Debra right into a caricature of a nagging spouse. 

–Erin Carson


ESPECIALLY Marshall and Lily. I mentioned what I mentioned. 

–Erin Carson

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