Citizens of the world take note, July 6 is a very important holiday. It’s International Kissing Day. That means it’s time to give the one you love a smooch. Of course, it also means posting all manner of kissing photos on social media.
Zap2it is celebrating things a bit differently, though. Instead of kissing each other, which would surely be looked down upon by human resources, we’re looking back on some of TV’s very best kisses. Below take a peek at 16 kisses that helped define romance on TV.
Jim and Pam on ‘The Office’
It’s hard to think of a couple fans rooted for more than Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) on “The Office.” For two seasons, they danced around each other — and through other relationships — while it was painfully obvious they were meant to be together.
Granted, it didn’t happen after that amazing kiss in the “Casino Night” episode, but once that shot was heard around the world, we knew it was only a matter of time before they lived happily ever after.
Pacey and Joey on ‘Dawson’s Creek’
This romance was the perfect example of a slow burn. In the beginning of the show they practically hated each other, but by Season 3 had built a strong friendship that led to more. When it all finally exploded in one kiss after Joey (Katie Holmes) broke up with her college student boyfriend, there was no turning back for Pacey (Joshua Jackson) or those watching at home.
Of course, that didn’t stop them from being on-again/off-again over the years, but you know how that story ended.
Alison and Emily on ‘Pretty Little Liars’
“Pretty Little Liars” fans are sharply divided on who they believe Emily’s (Shay Mitchell) OTP is, but they can all agree that her moonlit sexy time with Alison (Sasha Pieterse) was a long time coming and so well-earned. Emison 4EVA.
Ross and Rachel on ‘Friends’
Speaking of on-again/off-again, it’s never been quite clear whether Ross (David Schwimmer) and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) should have ended up together in the end given their insanely spotty history. Their finally getting together was the stuff of TV legend though, as fans were clamoring for the moment.
In Season 2’s “The One Where Ross Finds Out,” it actually happened and was an amazingly romantic moment — except the part where Ross was still dating another woman.
Jessica and Luke on ‘Jessica Jones’
What’s hotter than two superpowered people making out? That’s the question Netflix’s “Jessica Jones” posed when Jessica (Krysten Ritter) and Luke Cage (Mike Colter) hooked up and destroyed a bed — and room — in the process. Their making out led to what is easily the most graphic scene not just on a Marvel TV show but anywhere in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Keep it up, you two.
Buffy and Spike on ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’
Say what you will about the Spuffy relationship, but Spike (James Marsters) being beaten to a pulp protecting Dawn’s (Michelle Tractenburg) identity and then being rewarded with a kiss from Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) — a kiss which obviously meant so very much to him — was one of the best moments of the series.
Jess and Nick on ‘New Girl’
Jake Johnson and Zooey Deschanel had an amazing chemistry together from the very beginning of “New Girl.” Fans could see it coming a mile away that these two would eventually get together, but they were in for a treat midway through Season 2 when Nick and Jess shared an epic hallway kiss that caught everyone off guard.
Claire and Jamie on ‘Outlander’
Strangely enough, this is the only kiss on the list that happens during a wedding night. It may be the only conventional thing about Jamie (Heughan) and Claire (Catriona Balfe). The star-crossed lovers who would do anything to be together, including travel through time in Claire’s case, are well-known for their scorching hot kisses. None of them will leave you as breathless as their wedding night, though.
Jack and Doug on ‘Dawson’s Creek’
For years Pacey insinuated that his brother Doug (Dylan Neal) was gay. When it finally turned out to be true in the “Dawson’s Creek” series finale, there’s no one better he could have ended up with than Jack (Kerr Smith). It was the union fans never knew they were dying for and it was real.
Luke and Lorelai on ‘Gilmore Girls’
After waiting four whole seasons to see Luke (Scott Patterson) and Lorelai (Lauren Graham) give in to their incredibly obvious feelings for each other, “Gilmore Girls” nailed it with this swoon-worthy first kiss at the Dragon Fly Inn’s grand opening.
Back in 2000, “ER” pulled off an amazing feat. For Carol Hathaway’s (Julianna Margulies) farewell to Cook County General, they managed to sneak in a cameo from George Clooney as her love, Doug Ross. It was completely secret and one of the best TV surprises of all time.
Veronica and Logan on ‘Veronica Mars’
They were the couple that was never supposed to be. Veronica (Kristen Bell) and Logan (Jason Dohring), sworn enemies on opposite ends of the class spectrum, somehow wound up together, making out outside of a seedy hotel room. It was the beginning of a Love that lasted the span of the show and into the followup movie.
Meredith and Derek on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’
Not since “Sex and the City” has the post-it been more popular. This was the kiss that sealed Derek and Meredith together forever. .. and not until death did they part.
Willow and Tara on ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’
One of the major things fans look back on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” for is how well is defined lesbian relationships on TV. Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Tara (Amber Benson) had one of the show’s longest and most-loving relationships at a time when homosexual connections were still in their infancy of being explored on TV.
Seth and Summer on ‘The OC’
What else would you expect from “The OC’s” biggest nerd than an homage to “Spider-Man”? Seth (Adam Brody) and Summer (Rachel Bilson) recreating the upside down rain kiss from Sam Raimi’s 2002 film was perfect, perhaps even more so than the original.
Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Caroline’s (Candice King) first hookup sent Klaroline fans into a tailspin we’re still not sure they’ve recovered from. This steamy scene had the added bonus of being the last time these characters were ever on screen together, making it both a helloooooo and a tragic goodbye.