It’s that time of year again. Flower prices are skyrocketing, restaurant reservations are hard to come by, jewelry stores are bustling and all around North America people are wishing that life were as romantic as their TV.
So in honour of this most auspicious holiday, that of St. Valentine, I thought I’d revisit the issue of TV’s greatest couples. In the months since my last list of this kind, circumstances have changed for some of the list toppers (I’m talking about you Mr. Grubstick, how dare you become annoying) but some remain eternally perfect for each other. So, without further ado, here are my favourite television valentines (and some of their sappiest lines) in no particular order:
Marshall Erikson and Lily Aldrin (How I Met Your Mother): “I love you because, one, you made me a sack lunch, and two, you laugh every time you say the word ‘sack'”- Marshall Erikson.
Jim and Pam (The Office): “When you’re a kid, you assume your parents are soulmates. My kids are going to be right about that”- Pam Beasley.
Tammi and Erik Taylor (Friday Night Lights): “I bring this up because as usual my wife is always right”- Erik Taylor.
Paul and Jamie Buchman (Mad About You): “Do you know how long I waited for you? My mother used to say I was too picky, or afraid of commitment, and that’s why I was still unmarried by the age of almost 30. But the truth is, I was just looking for you”- Jamie Buchman.
Monica Geller and Chandler Bing (FRIENDS): “I thought that it mattered what I said or where I said it. Then I realized the only thing that matters is that you. You make me happier than I ever thought I could be; and if you’ll let me, I will spend the rest of my life trying to make you feel the same way” -Chandler Bing (proposing)
Cory Matthews and Topanga Lawrence (Boy Meets World): “Ever since I was young I never understood anything about the world, and I never understood anything that happened in my life. The only thing that ever made sense to me was you” -Cory Matthews (his wedding vows).
Seth Cohen and Summer Roberts (The OC): “for me it’s always been you Summer, it’s always been you. I’ve tried to fight it and I’ve tried to deny it and I can’t. You’re undeniable” – Seth Cohen.
Scotty Wandell and Kevin Walker (Brothers & Sisters): “I am completely, completely in love with you. I even love the things about you that I hate. Because you make me feel like I don’t have to be anyone other than who I am, and to me that feels like family”- Kevin Walker (proposing).
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce and Winifred Burkle (Angel): “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy when skies are grey”- Fred Burkle.
Chuck Bass and Blair Waldorf (Gossip Girl): “I am me. And you are you. We’re Chuck and Blair. Blair and Chuck. The worst thing you’ve ever done—the darkest thought you’ve ever had—I will stand by you through anything” – Blair Waldorf.
Meghan Rotundi and Sean Blumberg (Felicity): “I love Sean. I love guys. I wish I didn’t, they’re such idiots” – Meghan Rotundi.
CJ Craig and Danny Kincannon (The West Wing): “So, if I’m gonna jump off the cliff, and you’re gonna get pushed off the cliff, why don’t we hold hands on the way down?”- Danny Kincannon
Geoffrey Tennant and Ellen Fanshaw (Slings & Arrows): “We’re both big fat losers”- Geoffrey Tennant; “you’re my only friend, isn’t that pathetic?” -Ellen Fanshaw.
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