Because I like to be different, I’m going to tweak this month’s question and tell you about some of my favorite couples that have graced the small screen over the years. Starting with Buffy and Angel. OR Buffy and Spike. Yes, I’m one of those rare Buffy, The Vampire Slayer fans that could have gone either way on her love life. There is nothing better than an “opposites attract” love story and you can’t get more opposite than a slayer in love with the vampires she’s supposed to slay. Their relationship(s) had heavenly highs and demonic lows and one of the best uses of a cookie as an analogy for being ready to fall in love that I've ever heard.
Opposites Attract Hall of Fame: Sam and Diane from Cheers, Maddie and David from Moonlighting, Vicky and Ryan from Another World, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy.
I was also a big Joey and Pacey shipper in Dawson’s Creek. What I loved most about this couple was that the writers let the characters (and the chemistry between the actors) dictate this relationship. Clearly, when the Creek began, we were supposed to want Joey and Dawson to get together. He was her first love. The boy she pined after for years. Too bad the audience didn’t buy it. Thankfully, the writers actually watched their show and said, “Hey, why don’t we try this instead?” And it worked. Because no matter how much we all love a good “first love” story, the reality is those couplings don’t always last.
First Love Hall of Fame: Kevin and Winnie from The Wonder Years, Pebbles and Bam-Bam from The Flintstones.
As for married couples, no characters currently on television come close to the bond shared between Eric and Tami Taylor from Friday Night Lights. They are most realistic married couple ever on TV in my opinion. They have a genuine marriage with real problems and a true love for one another. I cannot wait for the new season to begin airing. It kills me that I don’t have direct TV and I’m behind. (Shhh. No spoilers!)
Married Couple Hall of Fame: Cliff and Claire Huxtable from The Cosby Show, Steve and Elyse Keaton from Family Ties, B.J. and Peg Honeycutt from M*A*S*H (bonus points for B.J. and Peg since we never actually saw them together onscreen and yet their love was undeniable).
Obviously, I left a bunch of favorites off the list, so feel free to add your own.
While on the subject of TV, a few weeks back I very cruelly teased you all by saying absolutely nothing about the projects I’m working on for 2010. Well, I’m still not allowed to say anything, but I’ll give you a teeny, tiny little clue about one of them. It has me writing for another one of my favorite TV couples. A couple that does not appear on this list.
Okay, I know I’m horrible. And I’m sure when all is revealed it will be terribly anti-climactic. But I don’t want to take up this space anymore by being a tease stringing you along forever. For those of you who still care, you can follow me on Twitter @paulruditis where I hopefully will reveal the mystery project before we all die of old age.