My top ten this week centers on pop culture couples I’ve enjoyed.
- The Taylors on Friday Night Lights. The initial hook of the show was about football in a small town. But what kept me hooked for five seasons was the characters and the relationships. And the centerpiece of that was Coach Eric Taylor and Tami Taylor. They had their ups, their downs and everything in between. And it always felt authentic. If you haven’t checked out Friday Night Lights yet, please add it to your “to be watched” list.
- Buffy and Angel on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. While many fans hold up season three as the pinnacle of Buffy greatness, this fan prefers season two. At the center of that was the relationship of Buffy and Angel. Over the course of 22 episodes, the two get together, consummate the relationship, and then have it all go to hell, ending with Buffy having to sacrifice Angel to save the world. I love season two and the roller coaster ride that is Buffy and Angel that year.
- Sheridan and Delenn on Babylon Five. One of the best sci-fi romances out there. If you haven’t watched Babylon Five, consider it a must-see.
- Bill Adama and Laura Roslin on Battlestar Galactica. Another sci-fi show that gets the romance angle right. The slow burn between Adama and Roslin is just part of what makes this one of the best shows ever made.
- Sam and Diane on Cheers. Cheers is a master’s course on how to do comedy — and how to do a romantic comedy. I’ve been visiting the series again and I’m pleased with how well it all holds up, especially Sam and Diane.
- Lois and Clark on Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. The first season is a screwball comedy delight and season three when Lois figures out that Clark Kent equals Superman has some high points. The series really jumped the shark when they had the five-part wedding storyline that ended with the characters not married and Lois suffering amnesia and falling in love with her therapist (but I’m not still bitter…noooooo, not at all!) But even when the series got completely off the rails, the chemistry of Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher made this show.
- Hildy and Walter from His Girl Friday. The perfect screwball comedy, this one is a joy to watch. I love the chemistry between the two divorced reporters and how we know from the first scene they share that they’re going to get back together. If you haven’t seen it, consider this one the second add to your watch list recommendation from this list.
- Posey and John from Bless Her Heart by Sally Kilpatrick. Hard to pick just one couple from Sally Kilpatrick’s romance novels, but this one was the most recent and freshest in my memory. Part of it may be that Posey and John are both flawed characters with unique pasts but can still fall in love. It’s not a smooth road and the ending doesn’t wrap it all up with a nice bow. It leaves our lovers in a place that feels authentic and that there’s potential for a great future together.
- Rory and Amy Pond from Doctor Who. Notice that I don’t put Rose and the Doctor here. I won’t spend eighteen hundred words going into why I didn’t care for their “romance.” Instead, I prefer Amy and Rory from the (superior) Moffat-era of the show. While it’s not perfect and the two have their ups and downs, I couldn’t help but enjoy their relationship.