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Eight Couples Who Met on TV Shows

by Danny Gallagher, posted Sep 26th 2010 4:30PM
Jennifer Carpenter and Michael C. HallThe news that Peter Krause and Lauren Graham, co-stars of the NBC dramedy 'Parenthood,' are a real-life couple may have icked some of you out, but I didn't bat an eye.

First of all, who cares what celebrities do when the cameras aren't rolling? Secondly, it's happened so many times before that the CDC needs to classify it as some sort of medical epidemic.

It makes sense, in a way. TV actors spend 11 hours out of their 12-hour work days waiting to shoot scenes and a few relationships are bound to bloom. And to prove it, here's a list of nine TV couples whose relationships started on a simple sound stage in between endless takes and blossomed into a lifetime of endless love (right up until the divorce settlement).

Jennifer Carpenter and Michael C. Hall from 'Dexter'
Working on a show like 'Dexter' must grind down the last good nerve any human carries in their body. It's easy to see why this Showtime show's titular star and his sister sidekick hooked up and tied the knot early last year, amid a bevy of sickening reports that made fun of their characters' "brother-sister" relationship. Come on, guys, the show is set in Florida, not Alabama.

Kaitlin Olson and Rob McElhenney from 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia'
Women always say that the thing they look for most in a mate is a sense of humor and these days you can't find higher caliber than 'Sunny.' Olson and McElhenney met on the set and dated for two years before getting married. Theirs isn't the only love match on set. Co-stars Charlie Day and Mary Elizabeth Ellis have been a married couple since 2006.

Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer from 'True Blood'
It's amazing how a show about bloodsucking vampires can inspire such deep emotional ties to its characters and storylines. At least that explains why vampires are no longer cool among fiercely heterosexual guys. Then again, maybe we're missing something, since the HBO drama's stars found love on the set that led to a star-studded wedding this past summer. And say what you will about the ceremony, but their wedding photos were "awkward."

Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks from 'Bosom Buddies'
One of Hollywood's longest-lasting relationships (average time: 10 minutes, depending on how long it takes the barista to brew a decaf latte) also started on the small screen. Wilson first met Hanks on the set of his sitcom 'Bosom Buddies' when she played a love interest of his character. Naturally the image of Hanks in a dress stuck in her mind when they were reunited on the set of the movie 'Volunteers' where their Facebook statuses would've officially went to "in a relationship" -- if Facebook had been around back then.

Lalla Ward and Tom Baker from 'Doctor Who'
It seems that even the good doctor needs someone to love, a sweetheart to miss, a sugar to kiss. The fourth doctor of the long running British sci-fi series met his future missus on set when she played the doc's fellow "time lady" Romana from 1979 to 1981. The two became "Time Man and Time Wife," but the union didn't last because it's hard to make time for each other when you're constantly being chased by bloodthirsty toasters bent on ruling the universe.

Tracy Pollan and Michael J. Fox from 'Family Ties'
If I was a young, impressionable female in the 1980s, I'd be writing "Alex P. and Me" encased in hearts on the back cover of my composition notebook. He's witty, charming and knows how to balance a checkbook better than any of the 'Washington Week' talking heads. So it's natural that the future Mrs. Fox would find her husband on the set of the long-running family sitcom when she played his girlfriend on the show, though they only officially start dating when they worked together on the film version of 'Bright Lights, Big City.'

Betty White and Allen Ludden on 'Password'
The charming Mrs. White has always been one of America's sweethearts, but back in the day, she was a certain somebody's sweetheart. The current queen ruler of the known television universe had been married to the game show host for almost 18 years until his tragic passing in 1981 and their relationship started on his game show 'Password'. So take note, fellas: If you're having trouble winning the affection of the apple of your eye, get your own quiz show.

Veronique Augereau and Philippe Peytieu on 'The Simpsons'
Unless you're the kind of hardcore 'Simpsons' trivia snob who makes every round of 'Simpsons Scene It' an exercise in futility, you might not recognize these names. These two voice actors provide the voices for Marge and Homer respectively for the French version of the show where they fell in love, got married and have been living in sweet l'amour ever since. The most amazing part is that Augeareau provides the voice for Marge and Peytieu provides the voice for Homer. The only way that bit of trivia could be cooler is if they provided the voices for Smithers and Mr. Burns.

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James roday and maggie lawson are another tv couple. They met on the tv show Psych. There not married yet but they've been dating since the show started 4 years ago.

September 28 2010 at 7:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Phil Donohue and Marlo Thomas

September 28 2010 at 10:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

And while he has become a bit of a joke in Hollywood, Kirk Cameron met his wife, Chelsea Noble, on the set of Growing Pains.

September 26 2010 at 6:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Alexis Denisof and Alyson Hannigan met while both were doing Buffy the Vampire Slayer. They've since been married and how a lovely daughter.

September 26 2010 at 5:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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