25 Love Stories 25/25
Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is probably the only series where a fandom ship name is avidly used in canon as well. So who are we to deny the greatness and beauty of FitzSimmons — two souls who just can’t be apart even when they’re not entirely sure what’s going on between with them. From the very first episode you knew there’d be something between them. You knew their bond was special and in every opportunity the series could find, it showcased that the audience was always right. Whether or not we all prefer them is a different story, but the fact of the matter is, there’s always been something there. Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons are the best of friends, they’re partners, they’re great on their own, but together they’re unstoppable, and these are the stories that often leave a lasting impression.
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Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak (Arrow)
Behind every great man is an even greater woman. And when it comes to television couples, this particular saying works perfectly for Arrow’s Felicity Smoak and Oliver Queen. Oliver would be nowhere near as great of a hero if it weren’t for Felicity by his side. She continuously makes him better just by being her genius, effervescently engulfing self. I can honestly say that it weren’t for Felicity, I would not have stuck around with the series. Felicity has kept me interested since her very first appearance and clearly I wasn’t alone in all this. And from the very beginning, viewers could tell there was something exquisitely beautiful blossoming between the two. The challenges that they’ve faced have inspired them to come forth about their true feelings — it’s been beautiful to watch Oliver finally validate how deeply he admires, respects, and needs Felicity. And it’s also been beautiful to see Felicity realize that she’s valued more than she’s imagined — someone as extraordinary as her needs to hear she’s a treasure more often. Oliver and Felicity are two people who’ve been misunderstand and judged more often than not, thus the most winsome part of their relationship is that from the moment they met, it’s all been real.
25 Love Stories 23/25
Jake Peralta and Amy Santiago (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
We have gone from a staunch “no way, it just shouldn’t happen? Why ruin their weird little friendship with a relationship” type to an “OMG THEY’RE JUST SO CUTE” type. Yes, we have become Charles Boyle. In our defense regarding how slowly we, as viewers, took to their relationship, we sometimes feel as though all shows, at some point fall too easily back on the “they’re the opposite sex, they’re both attractive and they’re opposites as well…they must be together romantic stylez” (see what we did there?) cliché. But some how, Jake Peralta and Amy Santiago have worked their way into our souls. It’s the way the writers and producers of Brooklyn Nine-Nine have pulled it all together. They’ve not sacrificed the friendship in their relationship, the parts that make Jake and Amy, Jake and Amy. He can still be vaguely insensitive and immature and she can still be too serious and too much of a suck-up. But they come together, beautifully. They work as a unit, as friends and clearly as romantic partners.
25 Love Stories 22/25
Deacon Claybourne and Rayna Jaymes (Nashville)
Nashville is drama-ville, but I’ve always loved the way they show that love comes back around if it’s true. It doesn’t matter how many roadblocks are in their path, they’ll pull through it. It doesn’t matter how many years pass or how many mistakes are made, true love forgives. Sometimes first love isn’t true love, but for Deacon Claybourne and Rayna Jaymes, that idea doesn’t apply. They are each other’s first love and last love. And for three seasons we watched them continuously go back and forth denying the feelings within. This is the story of a solid partnership weaved in beautifully with music — a love of mine I’ve yet to find the proper words for. In other words, I was sold from the day one.
25 Love Stories 21/25
Ty Borden and Amy Fleming (Heartland)
Heartland is my happy show, and to this very day I’m thankful my dear friend Allison forced me to binge watch all five seasons because it’s made my Sunday nights wonderful. Even when things get bad, as cheesy as it sounds, I can always count on the series to find a way to make my heart happy. Ty Borden and Amy Fleming are perhaps the sweetest version of the bad boy meets a good girl storyline. What I’ve always appreciated about the two is that they’ve painted a healthy representation of a relationship that changes and grows with age. It started off as a friendship, and it’s now one of the most beautiful partnerships on television. Their journey’s been anything but easy, sometimes, it’s been frustrating, but at the end of the day, Ty and Amy continuously play a role in making the other better.
25 Love Stories 20/25
Cory Matthews and Topanga Lawrence (Boy Meets World)
For as much as I hate the childhood best friends to lovers storyline, I’d be absolutely ridiculous if I didn’t adore Cory Matthews and Topanga Lawrence for everything that they are. Boy Meets World has set our expectations for love far too high since we were kids, but the reality is, while not everyone marries their first love, Cory and Topanga embody a healthy, wonderful relationship at its absolute finest. And contrary to Cory’s belief in later seasons, the two weren’t in love from the sandbox — now that’s unrealistic. Like most kids in middle school, they explored possibilities of a relationship, but they couldn’t fully understand the depths of what made love enchanting and remarkable. Nevertheless, when they finally gave their developing crushes a go, Cory and Topanga grew together in ways not many kids do: although they aren’t similar in character, at the core where it matters, their morals align.
25 Love Stories 19/25
Harvey Specter and Donna Paulsen (Suits)
Suits is without a doubt one of the most captivating series on currently airing television, but for me personally, it’s also the most frustrating. And I will unapologetically admit that while the series itself is brilliant, there have been plenty of times where I’ve been tempted to quit because Harvey Specter and Donna Paulsen are two of the most ridiculously stubborn characters on television. There are times where I can understand why the most popular relationship doesn’t prevail, sometimes canon tells a better story than what the majority of fans want, but when it comes to Harvey and Donna’s relationship, I have an extremely difficult time understanding how on earth these characters could possibly give themselves to someone else when their hearts belong to each other.
25 Love Stories 18/25
Ned the Pie Maker and Charlotte “Chuck” Charles (Pushing Daisies)
Ask anyone what trope I hate the most and they’ll tell you it’s the love triangle, but what most people don’t know about me is that, I often have a difficult time caring for the childhood best friends to lovers storyline, which ultimately sucks because it’s an adorable trope, but the problem is, I don’t feel we ever hear the other side of it. It’s a huge risk to take and if anything happens, not everyone’s willing to carry on the friendship and to me, that’s tragic. However, Pushing Daisies played with the trope in a way that had me hooked from the very first moment they laid eyes on each other. Although to an extent, I’d say this is different because the two of them didn’t grow up together — there’re a lot more at risk when people actually grow up together. That said, Ned the Pie Maker and Charlotte “Chuck” Charles are the epitome of adorable. You must really love someone if you’re willing to go forever without ever touching, and in every way they could, they made it work.
Before we begin discussing their sweet love story can we just take a moment to acknowledge that of all the shows that have been cancelled too soon, Pushing Daisies is the one that hurt the most. I will never understand how this show wasn’t deeply loved.
25 Love Stories 17/25
Jay Halstead and Erin Lindsay (Chicago P.D.)
If there’s one thing that differentiates Jay Halstead and Erin Lindsay from a lot of couples on this is list, it’s their partnership. For Halstead and Lindsay, it’s all about unwavering backup and adoration. A true partner, in their case, is everything: the force that’s always behind them, the anchor that holds them and the guiding light which ceaselessly inspires them to be the best versions of themselves. Even if they hadn’t gotten together, there’s no partnership quite like theirs. Chicago P.D. is anything but series focused on love; however, the romance they’ve set up through Halstead and Lindsay is undoubtedly one of the strongest bonds on television right now. It’s hard not to root for them – believe me, I’ve tried. Through their distinctive and selfless partnership we’re shown a duo that protect each other with a steadfast devotion even when there aren’t guns in their faces. It’s in the ways they look to each other when it appears chaos is about to detonate or in the way they know something’s off even before it’s said out loud. It’s in the way they know exactly how the other will react to the given situation in front of them. In doing so, they’re illuminating an even greater mission — a resilient desire to always make certain their partner is in a happy, healthy place. It’s easy to be together because it’s easy to protect one another, to love, fight, and defend side by side. And the level of intimacy they’ve reached is benevolently stemmed from the deferential friendship they’ve been fortifying since day one. Halstead and Lindsay’s love story gorgeously tells a tale of fearless partners taking on life as one — together or apart, their unbreakable promise to always have each other’s backs extends far beyond their accountabilities as detectives.
25 Love Stories 16/25
Luke Danes and Lorelai Gilmore (Gilmore Girls)
As Brooklyn Nine Nine’s Rosa Diaz once said “I just want Lorelai to be happy!” While Gilmore Girls has done the best job of showcasing the incomparable bond between mother and daughter, it’s also done wonderful work with the foreseen relationship between Luke Danes and Lorelai Gilmore. We may all have different teams when it comes to Rory’s relationship, but we almost feel certain that the majority of viewers shipped Luke and Lorelai like FedEx (what did we even call it back then?) When they first made an appearance on screen together, you just knew you wanted them together. It’d happen someday and it’d be beautiful because it was meant to be from the very start. Let’s be real, who doesn’t want to have a diner they go to everyday with a good looking “friend” who owns the place? And who doesn’t want to fall in love with the particular friend that’s always been there to offer a helping hand, coffee, and love. Luke and Lorelai are like coffee and bagels — a perfect combination that makes everything better. And that’s exactly what they did, they made each other and the situations they were in better.