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Valentimes Is Serious Times Friday, February 15, 2008

Posted by The Bad One in Television.

I hope to have new material soon enough, now that the writers’ strike is over, but stupid lists exist in the here and now. For Valentine’s Day, AOL TV released a list of the best 20 couples in TV history. I agreed with a fair number of them (Gomez and Morticia Adams are an inspired choice), but there’s no definition of what they think makes a “great couple”. Is it people who were made for each other, or is it just couples who make for good TV? Whatever the explanation, there’s no way Meredith and McDreamy belong on anyone’s list of great couples, and I wish Ross could’ve gotten the hell over Rachel (and his own mopey self) after the second or third try. Here are five couples I’d much rather see on that list.

  • Jay Sherman & Alice Tompkins (The Critic)
    He was a short, bald film critic. She left her philandering, country-singing husband Cyrus (His last album: I’m Being Unfaithful To My Wife, Alice Tompkins. You Heard Me, Alice Tompkins) and moved to New York with her daughter Penny. After a mistaken blast of pepper spray (“Mmm, jalapeno”), they hit it off and quickly became a couple.

  • Fox Mulder & Dana Scully (The X-Files)
    Too obvious? If you’re still suffering withdrawal symptoms, Booth and Brennan over on Bones are like a methadone Scully and Mulder.

  • Dave Nelson & Lisa Miller (NewsRadio)
    Bucking the sitcom trend, Dave and Lisa got together in the second episode of the series and stayed that way, on and off, for the next four seasons. They fought constantly, but Lisa being mad at him is what turned Dave on, while arguing is what turned Lisa on (She had to quit the debate team in high school because she was afraid of getting pregnant).

  • Josh Lyman & Donna Moss (The West Wing)
    What Josh and Donna mean to each other is written all over Janel Moloney’s face in “In the Shadow of Two Gunmen, Part 1” when she learns Josh has been shot. I loved the Charlie/Zoey and Jed/Abbey relationships, but Josh and Donna were always my favorites. I’m glad with the way they wrapped up the series.

  • Dwight Schrute & Angela Martin (The Office)
    PB&J are already on the AOL list, but Dwight and Angela deserve their notice too. For the most part, their storyline peeked in around the edges. Angela’s perfect Valentine’s Day gift to Dwight, the way Angela’s pinched demeanor excites him, their attempts at secrecy in the office. Pam figured them out almost immediately, but it took Jim another year and a half before he saw them making out in what they thought was an empty Dunder Mifflin. And then there were the words “I am a farmer, Angela.”

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    1. Yostal - Friday, February 15, 2008

    Fine choices all Bad One.

    2. DougOLis - Friday, February 15, 2008

    I can’t speak to The Critic, but those are all excellent. My only problem with Josh & Donna is that they didn’t actually get together until the end. I suppose the same is true for Ross/Rachel and maybe that’s what made it so good, but it did drag on too long. Another option from the Aaron Sorkin world is Jeremy and Natalie on Sports Night. So cute.

    My extra nominees are: Joanie & Chachi, Kermit & Miss Piggy, Steve & Susan (Coupling), George Michael & Maebe, and John Madden & Brett Favre.

    I don’t like the Carrie/Big coupling. Big is a dick and she sold out to be with him.

    3. Greek McPapadopoulos - Friday, February 15, 2008

    Any mention of The Critic gets a huge thumbs up from me, so kudos.

    But the Newsradio and Office choices were great as well.

    4. The Bad One - Friday, February 15, 2008

    Jeremy and Natalie would have been the next couple on the list, but I wanted to use only one spot for Sorkin here. I would’ve liked to have seen Josh and Donna really together for a longer time, but I kind of knew that would only happen as the series was ending. I like that the writers put them on more of an equal footing before letting them get together. George Michael and Maebe were too one-sided to crack my top 5, but they were a favorite of mine too.

    5. undergroundbto - Friday, February 15, 2008

    Booth and Brennan are the shizzle. Those Deschanel girls are the right mix of sexy, smart, and sassy.

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