Happy Valentine’s Day! I have an appropriately themed post for you, because I’m not as heartless as I thought I was. Don’t tell anyone, but I secretly love love. For V-Day, I’m counting down my favorite TV couples!
5. Amy & Rory (Doctor Who)
I want someone to love me the way Rory loves Amy. I like this couple because Amy really wears the pants in the relationship. Rory, quite literally, goes through all of time and space for the love of Amy Pond. He dies over and over again for her. He guards the Pandorica for centuries because of how much he loves her. Rory Williams, call me maybe. This couple is not one-sided, though, and in their final moments as the Doctor’s companions, it’s clear that Amy loves Rory as much as he loves her. She gives up everything she knows to be jettisoned back in time by the Weeping Angels to live out her life in the past with Rory.
Episode of Choice: My pick for “the Ponds” is kind of random. I chose, “The Girl Who Waited,” an episode that haunted me long after watching it. This episode is focused on Amy and Rory more than the Doctor, and takes place in a setting that reminds me of Portal 2. It exemplifies the complicated nature of Amy and Rory’s relationship, but highlights love’s triumph.
4. Jim & Pam (The Office)
This is kind of a given— I think this couple really sets the American version of The Office apart from it’s British counterpart. I love that things work out for Jim and Pam even though at the start of this series, it seemed like all odds were against them. Pam was engaged to another man; yet love found a way for this couple to be together. Never did Jim try to break them up; he eventually had to be honest about his feelings and Pam had to be honest about hers. Watching their love story develop is sweet and heart-warming.
Episode of Choice: My favorite Jim and Pam moment occurs in an episode that has the two of them living in different states. I chose, “Weight Loss,” the episode in which Jim proposes to Pam. With Pam off at art school, Jim cannot wait any longer to pop the question and does so at a gas station between Pennsylvania and New York. We witness this rainy proposal in silence. Its simplicity is perfection.
3. Buffy & Angel (Buffy the Vampire Slayer & Angel)
I am such a sucker for a bittersweet love story. I was always a Spuffy ‘shipper— that’s Spike and Buffy as a couple. After watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer over and over, I realized rather quickly that it’s always been Bangel, and cannot be anything but Bangel. Buffy and Angel were true love, but love that could never be due to their respective responsibilities to save the world. Their tragic tale shows a teen’s first love, deep betrayal, and sacrifice when Buffy kills Angelus to stop an apocalypse right before his soul is restored. “Close Your Eyes,” the Buffy/Angel love theme plays, and we all cry.
Episode of Choice: I’m actually going with the one episode of Angel that Sarah Michelle Gellar guest stars in. I chose the crossover episode, “I Will Remember You.” This episode is absolutely heartbreaking. We see Buffy and Angel rekindle their love, which for one seems to have an actual chance, only to have to turn back time. Angel bears the burden of the memory, but Buffy will forget it. As their time together ticks down before reset, Sarah Michelle Gellar’s real tears make her words so moving. Grab some tissues for this one.
2. Ross & Rachel (Friends)
He’s her lobster! Friends is actually my go-to show for being broken hearted. After a really bad break-up, I turned to this series to remind me that love is real and life is good. Throughout this series, we know Ross and Rachel belong together. We struggle with the “we were on a break!” and “she’s not Rachem” and all the other comedic mishaps that come our way, but we know, like Rachel says: it’s never off the table for them. For goodness sake, he says her name in his wedding vows to Emily! By the end of the series, these two have a child together. I think most of us hung in there for 10 seasons to see them reunite. We can all safely assume that Ross and Rachel get married, probably quietly since Ross has done is so many times and since they’re technically already divorced.
Episode of Choice: This is a tough one. In one of my absolute favorite episodes of the series, “The One With the Prom Video,” we witness a tear-inducingly beautiful Ross and Rachel moment. I love that whole episode for a good summation of their love. My pick, however, is “The Last One” part 2, which brings new meaning to “I got off the plane.” This was the moment we were all waiting for and it sealed the Ross and Rachel story with a happy ending.
1. Diane & Sam (Cheers)
The ultimate will they or won’t they couple! Sometimes the best love stories do not have a happy ending. Rewatching Cheers, like rewatching Buffy, is a terribly emotional experience for me. Doing so always solidifies that Diane and Sam are my absolute favorite TV couple. They are the epitome of opposites attract, and find themselves in each others’ arms again and again even after they’ve split. Diane fundamentally changes Sam for the better. His love for her sends him to Italy to break up her wedding to Frasier. Sam and Diane are my OTP— that’s one true pairing, for those of you who don’t speak tumblr. Though things do not end well for them, I like to believe that they have a love child out there somewhere, who grew up bouncing between Boston and LA. And I’ve named her. I’m normal.
Episode of Choice: I chose “Fear is My Co-Pilot,” an episode in which these two weren’t even a couple. A recent rewatch of Cheers had me crying at this one. Diane and Sam take a plane ride with a pilot friend of Diane’s, who basically pretends to be dead to force a moment between the two. All their true feelings come out in the face of death. It’s beautiful, and so sad that they let each other slip away even after all they go through.
Well, there you have it! Who’s your OPT?
And, if you’re not feeling the love on this Valentine’s Day, I have another suggestion for you: Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry? This creeptastic Investigation Discovery show should make you feel better about all the bad boyfriends you’ve had. Trust me on this one!