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Greatest TV Kisses: 10 Best Smooches in Television

by David Hofstede, posted Feb 10th 2010 1:00PM
Friends best kissA kiss is still a kiss, as the old song goes, but many of the most memorable TV kisses packed a much bigger punch than your standard smooch.

Some were unlikely, a few were unexpected, and a couple were delayed for years, boosting both sexual tension and viewer frustration. Just in time for Valentine's Day, here are 10 pop culture lip-locks for the ages.

10. Luke and Lorelei, 'The Gilmore Girls'
Yes, it was hard to believe that two such intelligent people as Lorelei Gilmore and Luke Danes would take so long to realize they were made for each other, but sometimes TV shows keep couples apart for reasons that have more to do with ratings than common sense. Sadly, the departure of series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, prior to 'The Gilmore Girls' final season, deprived this couple of the send-off they deserved.

9. Spike and Buffy, 'Buffy, The Vampire Slayer'
Buffy Summers could not have been more repulsed when Spike confessed his love, especially after he already tried to kill her several times. But when he risked his life to save her sister Dawn, she realized that there was genuine affection beneath his cocky swagger, and they shared their first (non-magically-induced) kiss. Our favorite Buffy/Spike kiss, though, is the one from our favorite 'Buffy' episode of all time, the musical 'Once More With Feeling.'

8. Marcia and Davy Jones, 'The Brady Bunch'
After a series of schemes worthy of Lucy Ricardo, Marcia Brady finally got Davy Jones to sing at her prom, after the singer pays an unexpected visit to her home. This was the most innocent kiss on our list -- just two pecks on the cheek -- but for anyone who grew up with the Bradys it was a touchstone moment.

7. Sam and Diane, 'Cheers'
It was the quintessential "opposites attract" scenario, as the verbal sparring between ex-jock lothario Sam Malone and brainy barmaid Diane Chambers finally culminated in a kiss that left both parties as embarrassed as they were turned on.

6. Sawyer and Kate, 'Lost'
Before their was 'Twilight's Team Edward and Team Jacob, there was the divided 'Lost' fan community of Team Jack and Team Sawyer, as both competed for the affections of gorgeous fugitive Kate Austin. Of course, now that a parallel timeline has created two Kates, maybe a choice is no longer required.

5. Jim and Pam, 'The Office'
The transition from friendship to romance can be awkward, especially at Dunder-Mifflin, where awkward moments are a company specialty. Jim and Pam married in season 6 of 'The Office' but their romance began back in season two, when Jim kissed the office receptionist he pined for in the touching episode 'Casino Night'.

4. Luke and Laura, 'General Hospital'
Daytime drama's most watched episode featured the marriage of Lucas Lorenzo Spencer to Laura Baldwin Webber in November of 1981. After surviving obstacles ranging from a jealous ex-husband and a mob hit to a mad scientist's scheme to freeze the world, the couple had more than earned their fairy tale wedding and a happy ending. This being the soaps, though, that happiness wouldn't last long.

3. Hawkeye and Margaret, 'M*A*S*H'
Mutual loathing is not a healthy starting point for any relationship, but over the course of 11 seasons Dr. Hawkeye Pierce and nurse Margaret Houlihan gradually developed a shared respect that occasionally erupted into something more. In the series' landmark final episode, 'Goodbye, Farewell and Amen,' the two said goodbye the only way they could -- with the longest kiss in TV history.

2. Ross and Rachel, 'Friends'
Ten seasons of 'Friends' produced several memorable moments in the on-again, off-again relationship between Ross and Rachel. But none was more heartfelt than when Rachel discovered how long Ross had cared for her, thanks to a long-forgotten prom video. The kiss that followed implied that these two were destined to be together.

1. Captain Kirk and Lt. Uhura, 'Star Trek'
Captain Kirk was one of the 23rd century's most notorious skirt-chasers, but he never put the moves on Uhura, his comely communications officer. Their one and only kiss, still the most famous from any 'Star Trek' series, happened while both were under alien mind control in the 1968 episode 'Plato's Stepchildren.' This was television's first interracial kiss, though not everyone was turned on -- the episode was not shown in much of the American south, and was banned in England for almost 25 years.

Sound off: What was your favorite on-screen television kiss? Who did we miss?

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