Top 10 TV Couples We Wish NEVER Dated
VOICE OVER: Phoebe de Jeu
WRITTEN BY: Garrett Alden
Had these characters never gotten together, their shows would have likely been better for it. For this list, we'll be looking at small screen couples whose relationship felt either detrimental or out of place for the characters and/or their shows. Given that some of these hookups come totally out of left field or deal with plot points, please note that there will be spoilers ahead. Our list includes “Glee,” “The Office,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “Friends,” “Supergirl,” and more! Join MsMojo as we count down our picks for the Top 10 TV Couples We Wish Had Never Dated.
Top 10 TV Couples We Wish Had Never Dated
Had these characters never gotten together, their shows would have likely been better for it. Welcome to MsMojo and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the top 10 TV couples we wish had never dated.
For this list, we’ll be looking at small screen couples whose relationship felt either detrimental or out of place for the characters and/or their shows. Given that some of these hookups come totally out of left field or deal with plot points, please note that there will be spoilers ahead.
#10: Brittany S.Pierce & Sam Evans
Like most high school shows, everyone dates everyone else on “Glee.” Still, we would have preferred it had these two remained the exception. Sure, there’s a touch of bitterness there; Brittany would’ve been better off with Santana during the time these two dated. But there’s also the fact that both Brittany and Sam previously dated Santana and that seems like a cardinal rule of dating that they just broke. Plus, the two of them just got super-weird together, like when they tried to get married through a non-existent Mayan church soon after they started dating. And we can’t be the only ones who think they kind of look like siblings, right?
#9: Tom Haverford & Ann Perkins
“Parks and Recreation” (2009-15)
Sometimes characters hook up unexpectedly and try to pretend it never happened afterwards. We wish that’s what had happened with these two. Ann and the self-centered Tom have almost nothing in common, and while this is clear even to them, they still attempt to make it work. Worse yet, they somehow wind up hooking up again after the first break up! Thankfully, their futile efforts don’t last that long, but we still found the whole interlude an absolute cringe fest and wish it had never happened. The only silver lining was them pretending to stay together the second time to spite their disbelieving friends and co-workers.
#8: Angel & Cordelia Chase
We’re using the term “dated” really loosely here. The vampire with a soul and his friend who has visions of those who need saving never really manage to get together – so we have to wonder why the writers established a romance between them at all. We get that they’re the male and female leads of the show, but their chemistry wasn’t especially good. Furthermore, it seemed almost as if the writers themselves were hesitant, throwing the would-be couple multiple roadblocks, including physical separation. Or how about when Cordelia was possessed and slept with Angel’s son? They only kissed for the first time right before Cordelia left. Just another tragic non-romance for Angel - one we wish had never started!
#7: Andy Bernard & Angela Martin
“The Office” (2005-13)
When Dwight and Angela got together, we were surprised at how well they worked together. But when Angela got with Andy we were just left scratching our heads in confusion, since they have little in common. Angela clearly only gets with Andy to make Dwight jealous and to punish him for killing her cat, while Andy just wants to be with someone… anyone. His surprise proposal and Angela cheating on him copiously with Dwight only adds to the awkwardness of the whole affair. Neither of them, nor the audience were getting what they wanted out of this relationship.
#6: Jackie Burkhart & Fez
“That ‘70s Show” (1998-2006)
We won’t deny that the smooth, if pervy, Fez and rich, snobby Jackie have plenty in common - what with their shared interests in dancing and fashion. But the possibility of them getting together seemed like a distant memory by the time the final season of “That ‘70s Show” came around. As it is, the two of them only seem to get together towards the end of the series’ run because Jackie had already been with Kelso and Hyde, who are the other two guys in the group other than Fez who were still around. Kelso made perfect sense, and Hyde was a remarkably great example of opposites attracting. Fez and Jackie? It just felt like a show that had run out of ideas.
#5: Blair Waldorf & Dan Humphrey
“Gossip Girl” (2007-12)
Given how much these two seemed to hate each other at first, it’s hard to believe, or remember, that they actually had a relationship. “Gossip Girl” is another “everybody dates everybody” show, but these two seemed especially ill advised. Their short-lived romance seemed to exist solely to create drama, as well as to delay both Blair and Dan from getting together with their inevitable significant others. We know Blair doesn’t believe in signs, but maybe she should’ve picked up on how doomed they were from the start based on the available evidence.
#4: Mon-El & Kara Danvers / Zor-El
Listen, while we can admit that these two have their cute moments together, but Mon-El is a polarizing character. The guy doesn’t make the best first, second, or third impressions, even if he can be charming. He’s emotionally manipulative towards Kara and otherwise mistreats her, which, even if he does improve over time, isn’t okay. Furthermore many feel his entire character arc detracted from the established cast, including Kara herself. Even after he’s left, Kara being hung up on the guy who wasn’t all that great for her brought the show down for some. Oh, and there’s the whole “his family owned slaves” thing.
#3: Emily Fields & Paige McCullers
“Pretty Little Liars” (2010-17)
Folks, if someone continuously toys with your feelings, tries to control you, betrays you, and almost drowns you, do NOT date that person! We would’ve thought this kind of thing is obvious, but Emily just can’t seem to see that being with Paige is a bad idea. Their rather rocky, on-off relationship did strike a chord with some viewers, particularly those who know what it’s like to hide their sexuality, but we can’t help but feel like Paige was a toxic and possessive partner who repeatedly proved that she was not right for Emily.
#2: Rachel Green & Joey Tribbiani
Rachel and Joey were two friends who’d always had a fun relationship, but them briefly getting together was something they (and everyone) else seemed to regret. Joey develops a crush on Rachel after she moves in with him, and she later seems to reciprocate, ultimately leading to them getting together. However, their first real date proves lukewarm, as neither can get past their friendship. Fans of the pairing were disappointed, while its detractors were also disappointed since so much time was spent on them only for it to go nowhere. Either way, in hindsight, most people wish that the time had been better spent.
Before we get to our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
Marnie Marie Michaels &Raymond ‘Ray’ Ploshansky
Belle & Rumpelstiltskin
“Once Upon a Time” (2011-18)
George O’Malley & Izzie Stevens
“Grey’s Anatomy” (2005-)
Ted Mosby & Zoey Pierson
“How I Met Your Mother” (2005-14)
Sara Sidle & Gil Grissom
“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2000-15)
#1: Jaime & Cersei Lannister
“Game of Thrones” (2011-19)
Although we commented in one of our previous entries that a couple looked like siblings, these two actually are brother and sister! Even if you set aside the obviously yucky nature of incest, there’s also the fact that they both bring out the worst in each other. Most terrible of all though is the fact that if these two had never been together, much of the conflicts that arise in the series would never have happened. That’s because their progenies’ parentage would never have come to light, which is what embroiled the whole continent in war. Also, their son Joffrey not existing would just be better for everyone, right?