On television, it has been said that love don't come easy. Everyone, at one point or another, no matter how much they deny it, has been guilty of being glued to the screen, waiting to see what would happen to their favorite onscreen pairing. Will they or won't they? What will happen? (Hint: most of the time, it doesn't end well.)
By now, almost everyone's familiar with some of the most popular couples in TV history: Ross and Rachel (David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston of "F.R.I.E.N.D.S",) David and Maddie (Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd of "Moonlighting,") and Lucy and Ricky (Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz of "I Love Lucy.") The story may be as old as time itself, but love manages to keep things fresh and the drama alive on today's TV screen.
In honor of Valentines day (which is quickly approaching, guys) here's a look at five of television's most interesting couples.
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Buffy and Angel, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
In 1997 the WB introduced us to the current generation's Slayer, the one girl in the world who had the power to stand between humanity and the forces of darkness. Though they should have been mortal enemies, Slayer Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) managed to find and fall head-over-heels for Angel (David Boreanaz,) a vampire cursed with a soul. The two were inseparable until the moment when Angel found perfect happiness, lost his soul, and became his evil alter, Angelus. Though his soul was eventually restored, the damage had been done. Angel disappeared into the night at the end of the series' third season leaving Buffy behind.
Tony and Ziva, "NCIS"
Special Agent Ziva David (Cote de Pablo) joined the NCIS team during the series' third season on CBS. A strong woman who was comfortable in her own skin, Ziva quickly developed a chemistry with fellow agent Anthony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly.) The two allowed their "relationship" to progress slowly, simmering over the course of seven seasons. Unfortunately, the relationship stalled when Ziva decided to leave the NCIS team and return to her native Israel.
Sheldon and Amy, "The Big Bang Theory"
The pairing of Dr. Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) and Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik) began at the end of the series' third season. Unbeknownst to Sheldon, fellow scientists Howard and Raj (Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar) created a dating profile on a popular internet dating site under Sheldon's name. Shortly after, a bond was formed. Though Amy would prefer a bit more physical contact, the two have managed to make their relationship work.
Piper and Leo, "Charmed"
While Piper Halliwell (Holly Marie Combs) and Leo Wyatt (Brian Krause) may have had to keep their relationship a secret from the Powers that Be (AKA The Elders) in the early stages, eventually they were allowed to marry. The duo, a witch and her whitelighter, faced a variety of demons and all manner of nasty paranormal creatures while still managing to keep a house and raise a family.
Meg and Castiel
Technically they weren't really a "couple" as Meg (Rachel Miner,) a demon, was gutted by the King of Hell, Crowley (Mark Sheppard) before she could do more than profess her love to and for angel Castiel (Misha Collins.) Fans were left to wonder what could have happened if Meg had survived the fight and lived to fight another day.