Discovering OTPs (one true pairings, for those of you who are TV amateurs) is one of the best parts of consuming TV. From lust to love and sexual tension to screaming matches, here are the best and the worst couples of TV.


Best Couples

Jim and Pam (The Office)

An office romance story that actually turned out right (and didn’t violate any major HR guidelines in the process), Jim and Pam earned their place on this list for their ridiculously cute moments—does anyone remember them eating grilled cheese sandwiches on the roof? This couple accepts each other with vivacious banter and killer chemistry to boot, and they were truly best friends as well as lovers. Perhaps more importantly, Jim loved Pam through each and every frumpy grandma sweater she donned. If that’s not love, then I don’t know what is. Even through their rough patches, they manage to make it work, and they always come back to each other. What more could you want?

Booth and Bones (Bones)

Another relationship that is both professional and personal, Booth and Bones had a platonic working relationship inundated with romantic tension. Even while purely platonic, Booth still showed a fiercely protective side when it came to Bones, and although Bones is a rather logical, level–headed person, Booth is one of the only people able to rattle her (who remembers the bathtub scene?). More importantly, there’s a level of trust between this couple that is only strengthened by being partners at work.

Ross and Rachel (Friends)

Perhaps one of the most quintessential couples of TV, Ross and Rachel have been a fan favorite for years. Ross, the nerdy professor, is somehow able to snag Rachel, the girl everyone drooled over in high school.  The romance is kept alive by their vastly different interests that somehow complement each other—not to mention how adorably flustered Ross gets around Rachel (remember when he walked into the dryer door after Rachel kissed him?). Although their relationship was the definition of “on–again, off–again,” they were friends before getting romantically involved, and even through the tumult of their relationship, they always put their—*spoiler*—daughter first. 

Worst Couples 

Buffy and Spike (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Although an undoubtedly attractive couple with major chemistry, Buffy and Spike were definitely not the optimal OTP. From Spike's murderous tendencies to Buffy's standoffish behavior, this couple had more downs than ups, although there were some redeeming moments in season seven. Perhaps the biggest problem in their relationship, however, was that they were literally sworn mortal enemies: vampire versus vampire slayer. Buffy likes a man with a bite, but her conscience keeps her from enjoying it.

Angelise and Sam Keating (How to Get Away with Murder)

From adultery to annihilation, this devious duo spent more time scheming than saving their marriage. Their hate sex was more scary than seductive, and their relationship was filled with biting words, accusations and sometimes even physical altercations. On the outside, however, they tried very hard to keep it all together. After all, gotta keep up appearances for their students; Sam Keating would know.

Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick (Keeping Up with the Kardashians

Scott Disick coupled with himself may have made it onto the “Best Couple List” (is there truly anyone who loves himself more?), but Kourtney and Scott definitely had some rough spots throughout the show. From Scott’s frequent philandering and substance abuse to Kourtney’s overriding desire to make the relationship work (even after his endless broken promises), at times the only redeeming quality between these two seemed to be their razor sharp banter. Although a very fashionable duo, the two had some prolonged fights that made even the most dedicated fans cringe. Kourtney and The Lord are definitely one of the reasons fans flock back to KUWTK, but at the same time, their relationship reads more like a “what not do to” guide than anything else.


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