Okay, full confession: although I’ve never been a romance novel reader or movie watcher, I am totally a sucker for a well done love plot. There’s something so wonderful about really believing the chemistry between the two characters, getting addicted into their storyline, and living vicariously through them (especially as someone in a 6+ year relationship!).
A slowly bubbling relationship turning romantic is one of the #1 thing that keeps me hitting “next” on my Netflix when I’m binging on a TV show. I kid you not, I have been known to google the names of two characters just to find out if they’re ever going to actually kiss. So when Kati of Kati Rose shared her favorite fictional couples, I had to share mine. Tell me yours in the comments – I need some recommendations!
1. Linden and Holder in The Killing
Perhaps my favorite relationship-that-never-fully-went-there of all time, Linden and Holder’s incredible chemistry was what held the entire TV show together. They’re the perfect example of why the “partner romance” is so addictive, much like its predecessor The X-Files. Despite their superficial differences, Linden and Holder have a dynamic that you can’t stop watching. Why, oh, why couldn’t they give us just a little bit of fan service at the end of the series? I’d give my left arm for a season 5…
2. Olivia and Peter in Fringe
Another “partner romance,” this relationship was slowly built over many seasons which created a realistic representation of the friends-who-become-more romance. Olivia’s many scars and walls keep Peter away episode after episode, so when it finally turns into “more than friends” territory, you’re ready to get up and cheer. Totally believable writing and actor chemistry makes this relationship seriously sizzle.
3. Claire and Jamie in Outlander
I wasn’t sure how the TV show would hold up to the incredibly romantic novels, but I was blown away by wonderful relationship that is cultivated between the two main characters in the STARZ drama. This is the closest I’ve ever come to indulging in a full-on romance story, but it’s a wonderfully built one that’s not all ripping bodices. Claire and Jamie really do represent that once-in-a-lifetime love that only a handful of people are lucky enough to find.
4. Veronica and Logan in Veronica Mars
We had to have at least one good-girl-and-bad-boy romance in here, didn’t we? Although Rory and Jess and Rory and Logan in Gilmore Girls could have been a close second, the first Veronica and Logan kiss came basically out of no where but made so much sense when it finally did. In some ways he’s as much of an outsider as Veronica – and after all, who doesn’t love a wealthy, troubled love interest?
5. Elizabeth and Philip in The Americans
This one takes the cake of most non-traditional falling in love stories that totally works. Their unusual dynamic of partly not trusting each other and partly being trapped together makes it an unique foundation for a romance. The wild life of a spy is balanced perfectly by their unusual tenderness from each other, and it’s refreshingly unique to see the man more softhearted and in love than the woman.
6. Sherlock and Watson in Sherlock
Was I the only one screaming at the TV that they should just make-out already? Although conservative Arthur Conan Doyle would probably be rolling in his grave at the idea of his two heroes hooking up, there’s no doubt that there are more than just gay undertones in the BBC version of the story. Watson is the only person Sherlock really seems to like or care about, and Watson goes completely mad when Sherlock, well… I’ll try and avoid too many spoilers! The point is they’re in love, obvi.
7. Clarke and Bellamy in The 100
This one is a recent release and it’s a bit obscure, but I swear half the reason I’m now working my way through season two is the working-its-way-to-romance relationship of Clarke and Bellamy. Another example of a good girl hates bad boy yet totally falls for him, The 100 has done an incredible job of slowly changing your opinion of the hostile Bellamy until you really hope that the Clarke and him will just realize that they make the perfect couple. I’m crossing my fingers on this one!
Okay, your turn – what are your favorite squeal-worthy TV romances?