TV Couples That Never Should Have Gotten Together
Some television characters are simply better as friends than as a couple. Even if they have sexual tension and long-running flirtations, it doesn’t mean they should be together. In fact, many completely lose their chemistry and are never the same after getting together.
Let’s take a look at some of the worst relationships in TV history. In some cases, the pairings nearly ruined perfectly good shows. What were the writers thinking? Warning: Spoilers ahead!
Oliver & Felicity | Arrow
When shows begin to cater to a couple — and a couple’s fans — that’s when you know you’re in trouble. When Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) was introduced to Arrow as a minor character, fans begged for her to become a series regular. Five seasons later, she became the female lead and Oliver Queen’s (Stephen Amell) romantic partner.
Sayid & Shannon | Lost
Lost had many bizarre plot twists and unanswered questions, but it also had numerous relationship dramas. For one thing, the Jack-Kate-Sawyer love triangle lasted way too long, and most couples had devastating endings (we’re looking at you, Charlie and Claire). Fans connected with Desmond and Penny, as well as Sun and Jin.
Booth & Hannah | Bones
When Bones first premiered in 2005, fans wondered if a relationship would blossom between forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and her sidekick, Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz). They seemed perfect for each other. However, when Bones rejected him, Booth immediately rebounded with a beautiful, award-winning journalist, Hannah Burley (Katheryn Winnick).
Connor & Oliver | How to Get Away with Murder
In the popular ABC drama How to Get Away with Murder Connor Walsh (Jack Falahee) was a law student who had big dreams for himself until he got mixed up with murder (hence the title). He met Oliver Hampton (Conrad Ricamora), a sweet computer nerd, and fans wondered what would happen between them.
Cersei & Jaime | Game of Thrones
Even the best shows have bad couples. For instance, Game of Thrones had a downright disgusting one in the incestuous sexual relationship between Cersei (Lena Headey) and Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) that produced three illegitimate children. Cersei and Jaime were twins and also lovers. Yes, try to wrap your mind around that relationship.
Dan & Blair | Gossip Girl
Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley) and Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) never should have dated on Gossip Girl. Dan and Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) were a couple, and Blair was supposed to be with Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick). So, why did the writers decide it was smart to put Dan and Blair in a relationship?
Belle & Rumpelstiltskin | Once Upon a Time
Once Upon a Time was a drama that brought your favorite fairytale characters together. To this day, fans still love the relationships between Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) and Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) and Captain Hook (Colin O’Donoghue).
Andy & Angela | The Office
On The Office, there were two relationships that stood out to fans: Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) and Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer) and Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) and Angela Martin (Angela Kinsey). Fans loved the comical couples and wanted them together forever. That’s all there was to it.
Ted & Robin | How I Met Your Mother
How I Met Your Mother was built around Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) describing to his children how he met their mother. During the show’s finale, we finally saw their mother (Cristin Milioti), but then she was killed off, allowing Ted and Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders) to end up together. No one wanted that to happen.
Lorelai & Jason | Gilmore Girls
Everyone knows Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) belonged with Luke Danes (Scott Patterson) on Gilmore Girls. They were the perfect couple, even though they had their flaws. It took four seasons for the characters to admit their feelings, and when they finally kissed, fans cheered.
Rachel & Sam | Glee
Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) and Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith) were the ultimate "relationship goal" on Glee. They were destined to be together forever. However, due to Monteith’s sudden death in 2013, Finn had to be written off the show during the fifth season. Of course, Rachel was devastated by Finn’s death — as were the show’s fans.
Jackie & Fez | That '70s Show
Jackie Burkhart (Mila Kunis) and Fez (Wilmer Valderrama) never should have dated on That '70s Show. To many fans, they weren't the ideal couple, and no one "shipped" them in the slightest. Because it was so random, the relationship seemed contrived and unrealistic. It certainly wouldn't have worked in real life.
Mindy & Ben | The Mindy Project
Some relationships are so flimsy you wonder how anyone ever thought it was a good idea to bring them together. It would be easier if they simply broke up. That’s how viewers felt watching the relationship between Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling) and Ben on The Mindy Project. Their relationship didn’t work, yet it somehow led to an even flimsier marriage.
David & Maddie | Moonlighting
Moonlighting is a great example of a show that went downhill as soon as the characters you desperately wanted to get together finally started dating. Detectives David Addison (Bruce Willis) and Maddie Hayes (Cybill Shepherd) solved many cases together, but that’s not what fans loved. Instead, they loved the characters’ unresolved sexual tension.
Carrie & Aidan | Sex & the City
A show about the joys and trials of dating in New York City, Sex and the City featured many relationships. Carrie Bradshaw’s (Sarah Jessica Parker) relationship with Mr. Big (Chris Noth) wasn’t for everyone, but they are an iconic TV couple.
House & Cuddy | House
The relationship between Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) and Lisa Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) on House was unhealthy from the very beginning. For one thing, House was an addict, and Cuddy enabled him. Nonetheless, when the show premiered in 2004, viewers thought the two were meant for each other.
Jess & Nick | New Girl
Some couples are better off as friends, and that includes Jessica "Jess" Day (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick Miller (Jake Johnson) on New Girl. Their back-and-forth flirtation was more interesting than their actual relationship. They had plenty of chemistry, but fans were more invested in their flirtation.
Spencer & Caleb | Pretty Little Liars
Who thought it was okay to have Spencer Hastings (Troian Bellisario) and Caleb Rivers (Tyler Blackburn) be in a relationship on Pretty Little Liars? Fans certainly didn’t ask for the pairing. During the hit Freeform drama’s sixth season, Spencer and Caleb started a fling that never should have happened.
Sarah & Hank | Parenthood
On Parenthood, Sarah Braverman (Lauren Graham) and Hank Rizzoli (Ray Romano) were so mismatched that it was hard to watch their relationship. Sarah was outgoing, friendly, lively and never afraid to show her emotions. Hank, on the other hand, was a loner. Their personalities clashed over and over again.
Izzie & George | Grey's Anatomy
When will writers learn that sometimes friends should just be friends? They don’t have to date and fall in love. On Grey’s Anatomy, the show toyed with the idea of Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl) and George O’Malley (T. R. Knight) as a couple, probably because George had always had a crush on Izzie. It was a dumb decision.
Kara & Mon-El | Supergirl
Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist) and Mon-El "Lar Gand" (Chris Wood) had a toxic relationship on Supergirl. He treated her poorly, but no one remarked on it, as though it was how men should treat women. For example, he mentioned that he missed objectifying women. Does that sound like a good boyfriend to you?
Lorelai & Christopher | Gilmore Girls
Lorelai Gilmore’s (Lauren Graham) relationship with Christopher Hayden (David Sutcliffe) was important on Gilmore Girls. After all, he was Rory’s (Alexis Bledel) father. Lorelai had to interact with him, but they didn’t have the best relationship. In fact, they were actually toxic for each other. Christopher was never a "stand-up" man.
Clark & Lana | Smallville
In the Superman comics, Clark Kent and Lana Lang are childhood friends. They sometimes have feelings for each other, but nothing ever evolves. On the TV series Smallville, the relationship between Clark (Tom Welling) and Lana (Kristin Kreuk) was slightly different.
Olivia & Jake | Scandal
On Scandal, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) didn’t have the best luck with her relationships, probably because she had poor taste in men. After all, the show’s plot focused on the fact that she was in love with the President of the United States. But to the show’s writers, one complicated relationship wasn’t enough.
Willow & Kennedy | Buffy the Vampire Slayer
One of the best things that happened on Buffy the Vampire Slayer was the epic romance between Willow Rosenberg (Alyson Hannigan) and Tara Maclay (Amber Benson). They were destined to be together, and it seemed their relationship would last forever. So, when Tara tragically died in Willow’s arms, fans could hardly believe it.
Aria & Ezra | Pretty Little Liars
When Pretty Little Liars premiered in 2010, fans were obsessed with the relationship between Aria Montgomery (Lucy Hale) and Ezra Fitz (Ian Harding). Granted, those fans were probably high school students who didn’t give the relationship too much deep thought. Rewatching the show, it’s obvious Aria and Ezra never should have been together.
Dexter & Deb | Dexter
Everyone can agree that it was incredibly difficult to watch the relationship between Dexter (Michael C. Hall) and Debra Morgan (Jennifer Carpenter). For one thing, Debra was Dexter’s adoptive sister, so when he started a physical relationship with her, many viewers found it weird and creepy.
Tom & Ann | Parks & Recreation
People say opposites attract. Television writers certainly love to create characters who are nothing alike but still have intense sexual tension. This makes for good storytelling and character development, and it has been successful for many TV shows — but not for Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) and Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones) on Parks and Recreation.
Don & Megan | Mad Men
On Mad Men, Don Draper (Jon Hamm) never should have dated Megan Calvet (Jessica Pare). They knew each other for about five minutes before Don asked her to marry him, probably because he was used to someone caring for him. At the beginning of their relationship, their love thrived as Megan worked alongside Don in advertising.
Rachel & Joey | Friends
During the final season of Friends, the writers tried to change the story and have Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston) and Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc) admit they had feelings for each other. They briefly dated, but the pairing was just plain wrong. It never should have happened.
Carrie & Berger | Sex & the City
There were a lot of questionable relationships on HBO’s Sex and the City during its six-season run. Miranda’s decision to date Skipper? Questionable. Charlotte choosing to date widower-turned-date-con-artist Ned? Questionable. Carrie’s commitment to wearing heels and a fur coat to a Yankees’ game? Beyond questionable. But almost nothing leaves us more annoyed than Carrie Bradshaw’s (Sarah Jessica Parker) relationship with Jack Berger.
Joey & Dawson | Dawson’s Creek
Joey Potter (Katie Holmes) and Dawson Leery (James Van Der Beek) once represented one of TV’s biggest “will they/won’t they” pairings. Well, at least for the first season of Dawson’s Creek. Although showrunners tried to pull that “soulmate” thread all the way through the series, the pairing never really made much sense — and they made for an annoying couple. And we aren’t just saying this because we’re Team Pacey.
Piper & Larry | Orange Is the New Black
In the pilot of Orange Is the New Black, Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) is getting ready to serve time for her stint as a drug mule back when she was allegedly young and aimless. When we meet her, she seems relatively settled: She and her best friend are wannabe entrepreneurs and she’s engaged to Larry Bloom (Jason Biggs), a writer who seems to adore her. But once Piper is at Litchfield Penitentiary, she’s surrounded by much more interesting characters — and Larry starts to look even more bland.
Gina & Boyle | Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Gina Linetti (Chelsea Peretti), the self-described “human form of the 100 emoji,” and Charles Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio), the optimistic foodie who can make any sentence creepy, were probably the weirdest pairing on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. In fact, their (extended) hookup was probably the strangest thing to happen on the whole show, which is saying a lot. Sure, they’re both oddballs in their own rights, but, in this case, odds should not attract.
Ross & Rachel | Friends
This one might be controversial since some Friends fans (inexplicably) love Ross Geller (David Schwimmer), but we’ll stand by this opinion: This relationship is beyond toxic — and it’s because of Ross. Between the whining, the temper tantrums and the fact that everything he says is just dripping with judgement, we still can’t understand what Rachel Green (Jen Aniston) saw in him.