Watching television is much like reading a good book; in order to keep us coming back for more, a few elements must fall into place like a great story and relatable and lovable characters.
What’s better than falling in love with a great character? Why falling in love with a great duo, of course.
Television programs have produced wonderful power couples over the years, some even going back decades. A perfect example of a happy husband and wife team working together from the start of a series to the end is Hart to Hart’s Jonathan and Jennifer Hart.
But not every couple on television experiences the same success as the Harts. Actually, many TV partnerships begin as “just friends” before ever turning romantic. Historically, the programs with platonic relationships actually last longer, or at least they do when the TV characters start out as just friends.
Of course, that’s not to say we don’t appreciate a bit of a cat and mouse game when it comes to alluding to the possibility of romance between friends. But each and every time the characters find happiness with one another, the show tends to end.
Moonlighting – David and Maddie
Moonlighting never quite recovered once David and Maddie gave in to their romantic feelings. The series attempted to go back to the way things were, but it was too late.
House – House and Cuddy
We could all see it coming, and it made for some great television…but were we really shocked when House drove a car through Cuddy’s house ending their tumultuous relationship? Doesn’t it say enough that the only picture we could find of the duo appearing happy was in the fantasized skit, “Get Happy?”
Chuck – Chuck and Sarah
Chuck always seemed to struggle with the ratings bug, but luckily the fans and Subway saved the show more than once. Last season, we witnessed Chuck and Sarah finally marry and begin their lives together, just in time for the network to announce that this season, a shortened season at that, would be its last.
Alias – Vaughn and Sydney
Vaughn and Sydney might just be one of the best cat & mouse relationships on television…ever. It seemed like every single time Vaughn and Sydney might be happy, some major obstacle smacked the two in the face (sometimes literally… remember the car wreck?).
Like the many attempts before, the television gods are trying their hand at newly developed relationships between characters who at first were just friends. What will the future hold for a few of our favorite TV duos now venturing down a romantic path?
Bones – Booth and Brennan
We’re seven seasons in and Booth and Brennan are finally together and having a baby. Will the relationship survive the two’s differences (financial, spiritual, etc), or is their future doomed?
Burn Notice – Michael and Fiona
Michael has finally admitted his feelings for Fiona and she has moved in, but now the man responsible for Michael’s burn notice is blackmailing them. How will Michael manage his way out of this one?
Psych – Shawn and Juliet
While Psych doesn’t focus on the romantic relationship between Shawn and Juliet, we still wonder how it will affect their ability to work together… Plus, don’t we really want to see more?
Fringe – Peter and Olivia
Okay, so we keep bouncing from one universe to another where sometimes Peter and Olivia are together and other times they’re not. Perhaps this is because the show’s creators fear their future if indeed Peter and Olivia appear content?
Which past or present TV power couple do you love? Do you feel that once the relationship turns romantic, the show is doomed to fail? What are your thoughts on the current relationship/television show status of Bones, Burn Notice, Psych, and Fringe? Will these shows make it or will history repeat itself? I’d love to hear from you!