It really is quite challenging to be a good TV couple. First of all viewers have to want you together which is no easy feat. You never quite know what’s going to create a palpable on-screen chemistry. Will you be a Buffy and Angel or a Buffy and Riley? A Dylan and Kelly or an Annie and Ethan?
And then once you get two characters together, you have to make sure the audience is okay with that and not instantly dissatisfied that they finally got what they wanted. Quickly the couple could easily regress into a totally boring, blah pairing now that romance has finally happened. (The go-to example being Maddie and David on “Moonlighting.”)
In honor of Valentine’s Day, let’s take a look at some of my favorite couples currently on TV:
Jim and Pam on “The Office:” It was a little rocky after they first got together but now they’ve settled into one of TV’s best couples. They’ve proved they can be both romantic (witness the exchange of vows on the Maid of the Mist) and hilarious (last night’s disastrous trip to the day care center).
Tami and Eric on “Friday Night Lights:” As I’ve long said, they have one of the best and most genuine marriages on TV.
Brenda and Fritz on “The Closer:” I just love how often Fritz is the only one Brenda can truly be herself around. He allows us to see a completely different side of Brenda.
Allison and Joe on “Medium:” Another great, amusing and realistic TV marriage.
Ann and Mark on “Parks and Recreation:” They are a terrific take on a new dating relationship and a big part of the reason the comedy is so much better this year.
Casey and Cappie on “Greek:” He’s not your typical bad boy and she’s not your typical good girl. Together they epitomize everything this show does right.
Jin and Sun on “Lost:” Not the bad Jin and meek Sun who land safely in LAX, but the Jin and Sun who fell in love all over again while they were on the island.
Jane and Grayson on “Drop Dead Diva:” Sure there’s the small matter where Grayson doesn’t know that Jane is actually his fiancée Deb. And no they’re not together yet, but I am so rooting for them. And I love how their potential romance continues to explore the show’s theme that beauty is much more than skin deep.
Those are some of my favorite couples currently on TV. What are yours? Talk about it below.
Where Have I Seen Them Before?
Michelle recognized John Hawkes as Lennon the man doing on the translating on “Lost.” He was Sol Star on “Deadwood” and Dustin Powers on “Eastbound & Down.” Michelle also noted that Hawkes is the sixth “Deadwood” alumni to show up on “Lost” — joining Paula Malcomson, Robin Weigert, Kim Dickens, William Sanderson and Titus Welliver.
Yeardley Smith was the woman in the employment office Sheldon tried to get a job from on “The Big Bang Theory.” She’s the voice of Lisa Simpson on “The Simpsons” and we saw her as the nurse in the hospital when Betty had her baby on “Mad Men.”
Robin recognized Denise Dowse as the mother of the football player on “House.” Dowse will always be Mrs. Teasley from “Beverly Hills 90210” to me. And I’m thinking now that Rob Estes is leaving “90210” maybe it’s time for Mrs. Teasley to assume her rightful place at West Beverly High. Who’s with me?
Dylan Baker was the man accused of murdering his wife and being sued by his stepdaughter on “The Good Wife.” Among his many roles, we saw him earlier this season as Daniel’s cult leader Bennett Wallis on “Ugly Betty” and he was also William on “Kings.”
Phil recognized Daryl ”Chill” Mitchell as one of the men that Bree recruited to talk with Orson on “Desperate Housewives.” Mitchell was Eli Goggins on “Ed,” Leo on “Veronica’s Closet” and we saw him earlier this season as Chill on the FOX sitcom “Brothers.”
Ryan was excited to see Scott Porter as Nestor on “Caprica.” Porter was, of course, Jason Street on “Friday Night Lights.”
Joey Slotnick was the daycare owner Jim walked in on on “The Office.” Slotnick was Dr. Merril Bobolit on “Nip/Tuck,” Milton Buttle on “Boston Public,” and Sam on “The Single Guy.”
Dennis recognized David Denman as the high school student who bullied Kevin on “Brothers & Sisters.” Denman was Roy on “The Office” and Tony the man who was romancing Jane on “Drop Dead Diva.” We saw him earlier this season as the man in the witness protection program who thought he had a son on “In Plain Sight” and, of course, I can’t talk about Denman without reminding everyone that he was the demon Skip on “Angel.”
Peter Gerety is everywhere this season. In addition to trying to take over Ojai Foods as Dennis York on “Brothers & Sisters,” he’s also Jimmy Flanagan on “Mercy” and was the judge presiding over Alicia’s civil case on “The Good Wife.”
Jason George was the anesthesiologist working with Dr. Bailey on “Grey’s Anatomy.” He was Keith last season on “Eli Stone,” Jimmy on “What About Brian,” and we saw him earlier this season as Max on “Eastwick.”
Quotes of the Week
“I’m sorry you had to see me like that.” NotLocke to Ben after he has turned into the black smoke monster on “Lost.” That may already be the quote of the year. And how creepy is NotLocke?
“It worked.” Miles about what Juliet wanted to tell Sawyer before she died on “Lost.”
“Have you ever tasted a rainbow? At Sabre, you will.” Christian Slater promoting Dunder Mifflin’s new corporate owner Sabre on “The Office.”
“Calm down Betty, good things come to those who weigh less.” Amanda to Betty on “Ugly Betty.”
“Marshall, four out of five dentists just threw up in their mouths.” Ted to Marshall when he learns that Marshall and Lily share a toothbrush on “How I Met Your Mother.”
“You just killed every cat in Denver.” Simon in response to a particularly bad audition on “American Idol.” Thanks to Barry for the quote.
“Run with it? No, Barney Fife, you can walk very slowly.” Peter to Neal when Neal asks if he can run with a lead on a case on “White Collar.” Thanks to Sandy for the quote.
“Wait, wait, wait, what exactly are we going to march up there and tell them? That their sons are back from the future to save them from an angel gone terminator? Come on those movies haven’t even come out yet.” Dean to Sam, trying to figure out to say to their parents when they time travel back to 1978 to save them on “Supernatural.” Once again thanks to Sandy for the quote.
“I know she can’t spend her whole life as a contentious objector in the war between the sexes but doesn’t it seems, I don’t know, fast?” Joe to Allison about Bridget wearing makeup and liking a boy on “Medium.” Thanks to Allen for the quote.
Ask TV Gal
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That’s all for today. Thank you all so much for your kind emails, comments and tweets. It was really wonderful to read through everything. I so appreciate your well wishes. And yes I do promise to let you all know once the baby is born. But in the meantime, I’ll be back on Monday with a review of the new FOX series “Past Life,” to process “Lost” (really they had to kill of Juliet twice, was that really necessary?), and to talk about Ellen DeGeneres joining the judges table on “American Idol.” Have a question? Seen a familiar face? Want to nominate a quote of the week or a topic for discussion? Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow me on Twitter. Have a great weekend. Talk to you on Monday.
Amy Amatangelo, TV Gal