CRITIC'S CUT: Most Beloved Modern TV Couples

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In honor of Valentine's Day last week, this week's edition presents the most beloved modern TV couples who are, well, in love. You've experienced the innumerous setbacks, moments of upward emotional mobility, and more as writers have ripped couples a part, and forced them together, along their (occassionally) hokey journeys to love-making.



CRITIC'S CUT: Most Beloved Modern TV Couples

10) Jeff Winger & Britta Perry (Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs)
COMMUNITY
Sure, there's also Jeff and Annie. But we all he's (probably) meant to be with Britta. They're both equally pretentious and annoying, smarmy and self-absorbed. If the two narcissists on a single show aren't meant to be together - I mean, is there hope for any of us?
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CRITIC'S CUT: Most Beloved Modern TV Couples

9) Price Charming & Snow White (Josh Dallas, Ginnifer Goodwin)
ONCE UPON A TIME
Like most successful television romances, audiences have been pulled in multiple directions with Prince Charming and Snow. Plus, the two found love off-screen as well. Which, duh, just watch them sneak past trolls, head out on their Fairy Tale adventures, and essentially carry what has become one of ABC's most successful shows in recent years.
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CRITIC'S CUT: Most Beloved Modern TV Couples

8) Marshall & Lily Eriksen (Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan)
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
College sweethearts, Marshall & Lily endured long-distance, sexless periods due to Marshall's workaholic tendencies, and being a part of one of the most psychotic groups of friends in television history before finally getting married. Hannigan and Segel have become TV gold since How I Met Your Mother premiered, and rightfully so. Their chemistry is undeniable. Who cares if they gave their son a horrible name - Marvin Wait-for-it Eriksen - they're totally one of the best couples on television.
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CRITIC'S CUT: Most Beloved Modern TV Couples

7) Leslie Knope & Ben Wyatt (Amy Poehler, Adam Scott)
PARKS AND RECREATION
Who would have ever-guessed PARKS AND REC would still be around? When it first premiered, it was essentially billed as an OFFICE knock-off. But it's even better. Thanks, primarily, to Leslie Knope. What's still even better, is watching her actually find someone as much of an unabashed nerd as she is. Ben Wyatt, who was elecTed Mayor of his town at 18, and Knope, are absolutely perfect together. Nerds need love too, am I right?
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CRITIC'S CUT: Most Beloved Modern TV Couples

6) Mitchell Pritchett & Cameron Tucker (Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet)
MORDERN FAMILY
Mitchell and Cameron undoubtedly have pushed the perception of what's 'normal' in society, and on television for that matter. Aside from their endearing quirks and desire for a normal family, the two have shown that gay couples are just as dysfunctional as their straight counterparts.
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CRITIC'S CUT: Most Beloved Modern TV Couples

5) Jess Day & Nick Miller (Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson)
NEW GIRL
Okay, so this one is admittedly a stretch. But that kiss was literally heard 'round the world. Their romance may be on the back burner of that 10,000 square foot loft for now, but give it time. Every audience member knows where this one's going, we've just gotta give it time to actually get there.
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CRITIC'S CUT: Most Beloved Modern TV Couples

4) Santana Lopez & Brittany S. Pierce (Naya Rivera, Heather Morris)
GLEE
One of the most memorable aspects of these two were their social standing in high school - and how they were more than willing to throw it away for some happiness. Though Glee has stuck to this theme in many incarnations, the pairing of Santana and Brittany was one of the most honest versions, and one that struck fans the most. They may be in a rough spot now, but most are sure we'll see them come around. Glee doesn't ever abandon storylines - even when they seem to be finished. Oh, and they're far less annoying than Kurt and Blaine.
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CRITIC'S CUT: Most Beloved Modern TV Couples

3) Temperance 'Bones' Brennan & Seeley Booth (Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz)
BONES
These two managed a professional working relationship for years. I mean, the tension and denied emotions were totally there, but the two have finally, finally gotten together. It may have taken five seasons for them to finally even get to locking lips, but all the best relationships are drawn out. Right every other couple on this list? At least now they've finally had that baby - so things may be official from here on out.
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CRITIC'S CUT: Most Beloved Modern TV Couples

2) Derek Shepherd & MerEdith Grey (Patrick Dempsey, Ellen Pompeo)
GREY'S ANATOMY
Sheesh. They certainly have had quite the journey to get to their spot of happiness, huh? Bullet wounds, plane crashes, affairs, divorces, etc. (this is all in one episode of GREY'S, mind you. Kidding.) But these two were just as addicted to each other as most audience members are to all of Shonda Rhimes' other eight thousand shows currently on the air. The pair have undoubtedly beat the odds, their relationship surviving (in some form) season after season, and finally have their marriage (originally declared on a Post-It) and a family.
Photo Courtesy of ABC



CRITIC'S CUT: Most Beloved Modern TV Couples

1) Jim & Pam Halpert (John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer)
THE OFFICE
THE OFFICE may have jumped the shark a couple seasons back when Steve Carell departed, but let's be real. Everyone was watching because of these two. Their relationship was constructed perfectly. When they finally got married, it was like seeing your two best friends get together after five years of demanding that they just do it already.

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