5 TV Couples That Elevated Shows (And 5 That Ruined It)

Love always wins, but at what cost?

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We all love a good old-fashioned love story, especially when it plays out on a TV series. The idea of watching two people connect on an emotional level while the world around them fades into the background is one that has enticed viewers for years. Thus, in a television landscape overflowing with an array of genres, it's no surprise that love is the one thing that they all have in common.

Over the years, we have seen countless iconic couples dominate their respective TV show, reeling viewers in with their passion while enhancing the narrative that said show is telling. And in today's era of 'shipping', some fans even watch a show just to see their beloved couple while remaining indifferent to everything else.

However, not all couples are beneficial for a TV series, as the love trope can be used as a last-ditch attempt to interest viewers in characters who just aren't all that interesting on their own or to force conflict where there is no chemistry. And sometimes, bad couples can end up becoming bigger than their own show which, of course, should never be the intention.

With that in mind, let's take a look back at some of television's most revolutionary couples and reflect on how they ended up making their own show a better place, while also setting aside some time to look at those that destroyed their show altogether.


Michael Patterson is an experienced writer with an affinity for all things film and TV. He may or may not have spent his childhood obsessing over WWE.