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Best TV Couples of All Time

by AOL TV Staff, posted Feb 11th 2008 12:22PM
best tv couples Love is in the air, which makes it the perfect time to take a walk down (lovers') memory lane with 20 of TV's all-time best couples.

From the will-they-or-won't-they duos of 'Cheers' and 'Moonlighting' to current faves Jim and Pam and Mer and McDreamy, these tube twosomes all have one thing in common: We love to love them, baby.

-- By Kimberly Potts

Brenda and Dylan, Beverly Hills 902120. Brenda and Dylan, 'Beverly Hills, 90210'
She was as whiny as he was James Dean-wannabe cool, but who didn't begrudgingly root for Brenda (Shannen Doherty) and her hot '90210' bad boy (Luke Perry)? The two were a match made in teen TV heaven. Well, until that other, blonder, TV princess stepped in ...

Meredith and Derek, Grey's Anatomy19. Meredith and Derek, 'Grey's Anatomy'
It started with a one-night stand, but they've got their own "will they or won't they": Will they choose steady coupledom over a merry-go-round of relationship drama? They've survived his ex-wife and her insecurities, so we think Der (Patrick Dempsey) and Mer (Ellen Pompeo) are meant to be.

Morticia and Gomez, Addams Family18. Morticia and Gomez, 'The Addams Family'
He's (John Astin) a lawyer who likes to lose cases; she's (Carolyn Jones) a glam goth chick who beheads flowers. They're also a pair who keeps the passion alive, even with two kids and a houseful of pets and in-laws. They're creepy and they're kookie ... and altogether okie-dokey in our book.

Veronica and Logan, Veronica Mars17. Veronica and Logan, 'Veronica Mars'
They were enemies who became on-again, off-again lovers. He (Jason Dohring) described the pairing as "spanning years, and continents. Lives ruined and blood shed." But she (Kristen Bell) inspired him to be a better person, and the series finale left us hoping for a reunion.

Jim and Pam, The Office16. Jim and Pam, 'The Office'
Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) were always right for each other but stuck in bad-timing hell. And as "Jam" fans will attest, the sweet island of relative sanity they've created is still as interesting and disarming as before they dipped their toes in the dating pool together.

Kevin and Winnie, Wonder Years15. Kevin and Winnie, 'The Wonder Years'
Kevin (Fred Savage) and Winnie's (Danica McKellar) first kiss started off the series, and through breakups and makeups, we saw a first love evolve. Kevin's voiceover in the series finale reveals they didn't marry, but they're still the most endearing of TV's childhood sweethearts.

Bobby and Pam, Dallas14. Bobby and Pam, 'Dallas'
Bobby (Patrick Duffy) and Pam (Victoria Principal) were married on the sly and endured years of sabotage attempts by both their brothers. Throughout such tragedies as miscarriages, a fiery car crash and her infamous nightmare about his death, they remained in love.

Furillo and Joyce, Hill Street Blues13. Furillo and Joyce, 'Hill Street Blues'
Captain Furillo (Daniel J. Travanti) and public defender Davenport (Veronica Hamel) butted heads by day but shared a bed at night. Their intimate interactions painted a deeper portrait of even-tempered Furillo, and helped the drama transcend being a mere cop show.

Joey and Pacey, Dawson's Creek12. Joey and Pacey, 'Dawson's Creek'
Girl-next-door Joey (Katie Holmes) and charming slacker Pacey (Joshua Jackson) shared cute verbal sparring, a hot chemistry and families who were MIA. It was Dawson's name in the title, but it was these two lonely soul mates who proved to be the show's ultimate love match.

Doug and Carol, ER11. Doug and Carol, 'ER'
Dr. Doug's (George Clooney) callousness led to a suicide attempt by Nurse Carol (Julianna Margulies) in the pilot, but he finally put his womanizing days behind him to settle down. Via a season 14 shout-out, we learned the couple and their twin girls are still happily together in Seattle.

Ross and Rachel, Friends10. Ross and Rachel, 'Friends'
She was a spoiled princess, he was a nerd who'd loved her since high school; through their infamous "break," marriages (to others and each other) and accidental parenthood, Ross (David Schwimmer) and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) were destined to be more than 'Friends.'

Rob and Laura, Dick Van Dyke show9. Rob and Laura, 'The Dick Van Dyke Show'
Teasing glances and references to their (off-camera) bedroom were, along with her (Mary Tyler Moore) trademark Capri pants, risqué for the time. Their comic interactions and his (Dick Van Dyke) obvious appreciation for those Capris made them one of prime time's first sexy couples.

Homer and Marge, The Simpsons8. Homer and Marge, 'The Simpsons'
Unconditional love keeps them together. The first couple of animated TV will do anything for each other, even, in Homer's (Dan Castellaneta) typically misguided case, divorcing Marge (Julie Kavner) so he can remarry her and give her a better second wedding.

Cliff and Claire, The Cosby Show7. Cliff and Claire, 'The Cosby Show'
They (Bill Cosby and Phylicia Rashad) were role models as parents -- who didn't want to be a Huxtable? -- but their mutual respect, and their commitment to making time to snuggle on the sofa, even with five kids and two careers, make them role models as a couple, too.

Buffy and Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer6. Buffy and Angel, 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'
The ultimate star-crossed pair, the two (Sarah Michelle Gellar and David Boreanaz) consummated the relationship only to find that their love -- and his perfect happiness -- turned him into a monster (literally). Surely the first time a Gypsy curse has caused a prime-time breakup.

Lucy and Ricky, I Love Lucy5. Lucy and Ricky, 'I Love Lucy'
Though she often ruined his gigs with her shenanigans -- like getting drunk during the Vitameatavegamin commercial -- Lucy's (Lucille Ball) good intentions and Ricky's (Desi Arnaz) love for his wacky wife saved their marriage and made them TV's first supercouple.

Carrie and Big, Sex and the City4. Carrie and Big, 'Sex and the City'
The on-again, off-again affair began when they met on a New York sidewalk, and continued through his (Chris Noth) marriage to another woman and her (Sarah Jessica Parker) engagement to another guy. Fans' desire to see them happily ever after sparked this spring's 'SATC' movie.

David and Maddie, Moonlighting3. David and Maddie, 'Moonlighting'
PIs David (Bruce Willis) and Maddie (Cybill Shepard) tried to mask their attraction to each other with a barrage of witty banter, including a take on 'The Taming of the Shrew.' But when their "will they or won't they" turned into a "they did," viewers fled the series in droves.

Eric and Tami, Friday Night Lights2. Eric and Tami, 'Friday Night Lights'
We want Coach and Mrs. Coach's marriage. Because, whatever else happened in their busy and challenging lives, their relationship was always rock-solid. Nothing could shake it -- not all the moving, not community pressures, not their wayward daughter, not their career conundrums. At the end of the day, they loved each other and they got through it all together.

Sam and Diane, Cheers1. Sam and Diane, 'Cheers'
Brainy waitress Diane's (Shelley Long) dislike of her boss, womanizing bar owner Sam (Ted Danson), was so passionate that it was inevitable they'd end up in the bedroom. Their entire affair involved a careful, and always hilarious, walk down the fine line between love and hate.

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