Soap opera weddings are often the culmination of years of dealing with heartache and conquering adversity. But just because the couple exchanges "I do's" doesn't mean it's happily ever after -- as Sonny and Brenda's upcoming wedding on 'General Hospital' is proving.
Many, but not all couples on soaps get hitched for the right reasons. Sometimes the bride or groom is blackmailing the other or someone just wants to land a rich spouse!
One thing's for sure -- soap weddings are always memorable. Here's a look back at 20 soap wedding ceremonies (or post-ceremony moments) that fans remember fondly. Is your favorite not on the list? Let us know!
Oh sure, love in prime time has always been littered with cliché after cliché, but you have to admit -- TV land's couples also have a whole lot of happy endings under their belts.
So here, from odd couples and shrewish women to love triangles and TV jerks and the women who love them, TV's most enduring love clichés:
'The Taming of the Shrew' Couples
Let's say this upfront: No one exemplifies this romantic TV cliché more than 'Moonlighting' duo Maddie and David, who even starred in 'Atomic Shakespeare,' a classic episode of the '80s dramedy that cleverly spoofed both their relationship and 'The Taming of the Shrew.'
And what better way to do that than to watch a montage of some of the greatest kisses in television history? These kisses broke the "will they, or won't they?" tension between some of our favorite on-screen couples, challenged the censorship of the time, and quite simply, are just plain hot!
Warning: This montage may cause an uncontrollable urge to make out, so be sure to snuggle up and watch with your special someone (if you have one!) And if not, just close your eyes and fantasize about kissing Mulder yourself!
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).
"Nobody knew about it for awhile, because we like to be at home, cooking and not going out," Graham told Redbook in its upcoming Sept. 21 issue. "I've also been really protective of it, because it's important that you can buy us as brother and sister on the show."
This makes Krause and Graham the latest in a line of faux incestuous TV couples -- actors who play relatives on-screen while engaging in a romantic relationship off-screen. Married 'Dexter' stars Michael C. Hall (Krause's 'Six Feet Under' castmate) and Jennifer Carpenter portray (adoptive) siblings Dexter and Debra Morgan.
That's what happened last Friday on CBS's 'The Bold and the Beautiful,' when 40-something Brooke Logan had wild, up-against-the-wall sexual intercourse -- during her 17-year-old daughter Hope's high school graduation party -- thinking she was boffing her hubby Ridge. Unfortunately, things were not exactly as she thought.
Here's a look at Brooke's bizarro boffing, and some other disgusting hook-ups on the soaps of late, proving that daytime still has the ability to make waves.
The Bachelors -- ABC's 'The Bachelor' is an entity unto itself when it comes to reality TV breakups. Simply put, the show has a terrible record of couples staying together. How bad? Try one for 14 (or two for 14 if you count Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney, technically a runner-up, from Season 13, which we won't).
The only Bachelor couple still on is the most recent, Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi, and frankly, we don't see that one lasting long. Most Bachelor couples, like Season 3's Jen Schefft and Andrew Firestone, split after a couple of months and there have been a few others to last a year or two.
Season 7's Charlie O'Connell and Sarah Brice had been on-again/off again since 2005, but they made headlines in April when they announced they were off again.
Out of the many thrilling to intimate moments in their as-yet-to-be consummated relationship, it's hard to pick a favorite -- whether she's punching a bounty hunter whom she believes has her partner, or he's threatening a drug lord who has a hit out on her life, these two bring the goods every single episode.
We've whittled it down to our five favorite Booth and Brennan moments. Check them out, after the jump ...
But still, some TV break-ups hit us harder than others. When we grow attached to certain characters, their fictional splits can hit us as hard as a divorce or a dumping in our own lives.
And so, we present a list of 10 television break-ups that truly devastated us, for one reason or another. These are the Sam and Dianes, the Buffy and Angels, the Kevin and Winnies ... We wanted them to stay together so badly. And yet, they failed.
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.
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
The jump-off point for the article is the recent West Wing episode where longtime flirts Josh and Donna first kissed, then had sex. Twice. Took 'em long enough, right? I mean, the show's been on for seven years, for Pete's sake. But they're willful teenagers compared to some of the other couples that Arthur examines in the article. She even includes couples that do hook up, like Luke and Lorelai of Gilmore Girls, giving the added twist that they are being kept at arm's length from each other this year because Lauren Graham's and Scott Patterson's physical chemistry with each other is so poor (I've heard that the two don't get along, but I don't see that tension on screen at all).
Of course, she cites the grandaddy of all TV hookups, when Maddie and Dave slept together on Moonlighting, as the big reason why TV flirts never get together anymore.
Damn you, Moonlighting! If it weren't for you, we would have never had to endure the words, "We were on a break!" for eight years.
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