telly’s 14 greatest couples

Valentines Day

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, I’ve taken a look back through some of my favourite TV programmes and picked out fourteen of the greatest telly couples!

Vote for your favourite telly couple below…

Ross & RachelFriends


Ross and Rachel (David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston) from Friends, are for me the ultimate TV couple. It’s a classic love story…

Ever since ninth grade, Ross has had a crush on Rachel. He meets Carol, gets married, gets divorced (Carol becomes a lesbian). Rachel comes back into Ross’ life and the feelings he has for her come rushing back.

At the end of Season One, Rachel learns that Ross has always loved her, and in Season Two rushes to the airport to greet Ross back from China, but he’s with Julie. Forced to choose between Rachel and Julie, Ross picks Rachel and the couple get together.

A year later, the couple (famously) go on “a break” before breaking up for good. I say good, over the next eight seasons Ross and Rachel’s relationship is on one minute, off the next, then back on, then off, then back on, then… (You get the picture).

In that time; there’s an eighteen-page letter (front AND back), Rachel’s name is said at the alter instead of Emily’s, a drunk Vegas wedding, a divorce/annulment, a night of passion which leads to Rachel getting pregnant by Ross, a birth (Emma), and of course THAT final moment.

After 10 seasons we were finally given the happy ending we all so wanted for Ross and Rachel in “The Last One”. When Rachel sets off to the airport (she’s moving to Paris for work), Ross regrets letting her go and chases after her along with Phoebe. He catches up with her, tells her he loves her but she still gets on the plane.

Back in his apartment, Ross receives a message from Rachel telling him that she too loves him and that she wants to get off the plane. Unable to hear the message properly Ross is left wondering as to whether or not she got off the plane… Cue Rachel standing in the doorway telling Ross “I got off the plane.”

Oh I do love a happy ending.

Monica & ChandlerFriends


Friends was all about relationships (and friendships, obviously) so it’s no surprise that there’s another Friends relationship in this list. This time, it’s Monica and Chandler, played by Courtney Cox and Matthew Perry.

Up until the end of Season 4 they were just friends, but when the two of them find themselves bored in London (Ross is getting married to Emily), they have “meaningless sex”.

Meaningless sex that is, that lead to the couple getting together, getting married and trying for a baby. After a year of trying and not succeeding, they are told that they are unlikely to be able to conceive children on their own.

There is a happy ending though as in Season 10, a pregnant woman in Ohio, Erica, agrees to let Monica and Chandler adopt her unborn baby. What she didn’t know, was that she was actually pregnant with twins. The doctors did try and tell her but to Erica, the phrase “two heartbeats” meant hers and the baby’s.

At the end of the series Monica and Chandler move out of the apartment as they prepare for a life in Westchester with their adopted twins, Jack (named after Monica’s father) and Erica (named after the baby’s mother).

Gavin & Stacey | Gavin & Stacey


One of my favourite sitcoms of all time is Gavin & Stacey, the love story about 28 year-old Gavin (Mathew Horne) from Billericay in Essex and 23 year-old Stacey (Joanna Page) from Barry in Wales.

Having spoken on the phone for months, they agree to meet up in London and go on a double-date. Gavin brings his best friend Smithy (James Corden) and Stacey brings her best friend Nessa (Ruth Jones). The night ends back at the hotel where both couples sleep with each other, Gavin and Stacey in the bedroom and Smithy and Nessa in the bathroom… classy!

The long-distance thing works well for Gavin and Stacey and it’s not long before they get engaged and by the end of the first series, they’re married! Back from their honeymoon, series two begins with the couple living together in Billericay, but when Stacey gets homesick she moves back to Barry and removes her wedding ring!

Thankfully though, before the series over they get back together and in the Christmas Special, Gavin announces he’s moving to Barry for work and to be with Stacey. As he begins work in Wales they try for a baby and finally in the last episode of series three, Stacey learns that she’s pregnant!

There’s ALWAYS talk about the possibility of Gavin & Stacey returning… whether it will or not is anyone’s guess (they’re all pretty busy) but it sure would be good to find out what sort of parents Gavin and Stacey turn out to be!

Marge & HomerThe Simpsons


When it comes to animation, there’s only one couple worth talking about… Marge and Homer Simpson. They got married when Marge fell pregnant with Bart because they felt they had to but actually if ever there was a couple suited to marriage, it’s these two.

27 seasons later (and counting) the two of them are still very much together, despite rumours last year that after 27 seasons, the couple were to legally separate.

Thankfully the rumours were put to bed when Marge and Homer, parents to Bart, Lisa and little Maggie, released a short video assuring fans that this simply wasn’t true. Phew!

George & Mildred Man About The House & George & Mildred


As someone who grew up watching a lot of seventies sitcoms, there’s one that stood out more than any other, and that’s George & Mildred.

First seen in 1973 in Man About The House, when George and Mildred were sub-letting the flat upstairs, they later appeared in 1976 appeared in their own spin-off George & Mildred which saw the couple move to 46 Peacock Crescent in Hampton Wick, an upmarket housing estate.

George was played by Brian Murphy, and Mildred by Yootha Joyce and their arrival in Hampton Wick annoys neighbour Jeffrey Fourmile who is also an estate agent, and is worried that the Ropers presence in the area will bring down property prices.

After being asked to babysit the Fourmile’s son Tristram, Mildred has her mind set on her and George adopting a child. When they find they find out they can’t, they get a Yorkshire Terrier instead, called Truffles.

Throughout the five series, the couple have their fair of arguments, with Mildred never really happy with the way she is treated by George, but somehow they are meant to be together and actually care a lot for one another, even if they don’t always show it!

Sadly George & Mildred never reached a sixth series as Yootha Joyce passed away suddenly in August 1980.

Tim & Dawn The Office


It took 14 episodes, but after two series of The Office and two Christmas specials, Tim and Dawn, played by Martin Freeman and Lucy Davis FINALLY got together in one of the best moments in sitcom history ever.

For two series we’d seen the couple flirt and share a cheeky smooch, but it never really amounted to anything. Dawn was engaged to her childhood sweetheart Lee and at the end of the second series they moved to America, so as far as Tim was concerned, that was it. He’d missed his chance.

But then came the two-part Christmas special. Three years on, Dawn is living in Florida with Lee, but she isn’t happy, so when the documentary crew offer to pay for them to return to Slough, they both say yes.

Reunited with Tim, the two return to their mischievous flirty ways and as she leaves with Lee, she opens Tim’s secret santa present and realises that he’s the right guy for her, not Lee, so she returns to the office and that’s when THAT kiss happens.

We unfortunately don’t get to see their relationship blossom as that was the last ever episode of The Office, but I’d like to think that they’re still together today and may even have a mini Tim or mini Dawn.

Sharon & RobCatastrophe


When Catastrophe launched at the start of 2015, it didn’t take long for the British (and indeed American) public, to fall in love with accidental couple Sharon and Rob, played by Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney.

After meeting in a bar, American Businessman Rob and Irish school teacher Sharon sleep together, and one day Rob out of the blue receives a phone call from “London Sex” (that’s how she’s saved in his phone) with news that will change his life forever. She’s pregnant… and he’s that father!

Whilst you might think Rob’s initial reaction would be to run away, he in fact does the opposite and chooses to fly back to the UK to be with Sharon and it’s not long before the couple are married and expecting their first child together. Fast-forward to series two and they now have two children, a house and a dog.

At the heart of it all, Catastrophe is a romantic comedy, but Sharon and Rob manage to perfectly avoid the cliches you’d usually find in rom-com couples or indeed any couple on TV. They’re real, and it’s for that reason that people have been able to relate to the couple and I really hope there’s a series three in the pipeline!

Karl & SusanNeighbours


Whether you’ve ever seen Neighbours or not, I’m 99% sure that you would have heard of Karl and Susan Kennedy, played by Alan Fletcher and Jackie Woodburne.

The childhood sweethearts first arrived in Ramsay Street in 1994 with their three children Mal, Libby and Billy. Karl became the local GP (that’s right, Dr Karl Kennedy) and Susan worked as a teacher at Erinsborough High School.

They’ve had their fair share of ups and downs; Karl cheated on Susan twice, the couple separated, divorced, reunited, re-married, re-divorced, re-married and thankfully they have remained married ever since. Sometimes people are meant to be together and that’s very much the case for Karl and Susan. I don’t think the world is ready for another Karl and Susan break-up.

Jack & Vera | Coronation Street


From one popular soap couple to another… Jack and Vera Duckworth, played by Bill Tarmey and Liz Dawn. Vera first appeared in Coronation Street in 1974 and Jack in 1979, but it was 1983 when the couple moved onto the street and became regular fixtures in the Manchester-based soap.

If there’s one thing the couple loved doing more than anything, it was arguing but deep down it was clear that they cared for one another. They also cared for the residents of Weatherfield, becoming surrogate parents to Tyrone, who was much more of a son to the couple than real son Terry ever was.

In 2007, the couple celebrated their Golden wedding anniversary and planned to move to Blackpool, however devastating scenes in 2008 saw Jack walk in on his wife Vera dead in her armchair. Then in 2010, after attending his 74th birthday party, Jack passed away peacefully in the same armchair his late wife died in.

The episode was watched by 11 million, and saw Vera return as a ghost as the couple danced their final dance together in a very moving scene.

Roy & Hayley Coronation Street


When Hayley Cropper died in 2014, I cried. The nation cried. Why? Because for the best part of 15 years we’d all invested in Roy and Hayley’s relationship.

Played by David Neilson and Julie Hesmondhalgh, Roy and Hayley first met in 1998 and when Hayley revealed to Roy that she was a pre-operative transsexual woman, he didn’t react well. Realising the error of his ways, Roy headed to Amsterdam where Hayley was undergoing sex reassignment surgery.

The couple married in 1999, but it wasn’t legally a wedding under UK law so Hayley changed her surname from Patterson to Cropper by Deedpoll anyway and in 2010, due to a change in UK law the couple married again and this time, legally became husband and wife.

In 2013, Hayley was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and after treatment failed, Hayley decided to end her own life on her terms, and passed away with Roy at her side in emotionally heartbreaking scenes on 20th January 2014.

Basil & SybilFawlty Towers


Fawlty Towers only ran for twelve episodes, but those episodes cemented the series as one of the best ever. At the heart of Fawlty Towers were husband and wife duo, Basil and Sybil (John Cleese and Prunella Scales), who together ran a hotel in Torquay.

As a rule, he’s rude to the guests, and she’s polite to them, but when it comes to their relationship, Sybil is far from polite.

For Basil, she’s his “little piranha fish” and is constantly barking at him, yelling “BASIL!” every two minutes because there’s a menu he hasn’t written yet, a painting he’s yet to hang or a guest he’s losing his temper at (that happens a lot).

Fawlty Towers will always go down in history as one of the best ever TV sitcoms as will the dynamic duo in charge, Basil and Sybil.

Ricky & BiancaEastEnders


Bianca screaming “Rickaaaaaaaay!” became one of EastEnders’ best-known catchphrases, and over the year’s viewers have loved watching Ricky and Bianca’s on-off relationship unfold!

Played by Sid Owen and Patsy Palmer, their relationship began in 1994 but wasn’t without its troubles. In 1995 Ricky had an affair with Bianca’s friend Natalie Price (Lucy Speed) and 17 million people tuned in to see Bianca discover her boyfriend was sleeping with her best mate.

Able to forgive, Bianca got back with Ricky and in 1997, 22 million people watched the couple marry. A year after their son Liam is born Bianca begins an affair with Dan Sullivan (Craig Fairbrass), her mother’s boyfriend. As a result the couple got a divorce and Bianca headed to Manchester with Liam whilst Ricky stayed behind in Walford.

In 2010 the couple re-married and on New Year’s Day 2012, the same day Ricky’s stepmother Pat Butcher (Pam St Clement) passed away from cancer, Bianca discovers the truth about Ricky’s affair with Mandy and the couple separate… again.

Ricky was last seen in 2012 and Bianca in 2014 and as things stand, they are no longer together, nor do they have any intentions to rekindle their marriage.

Den & Angie EastEnders


Angie and Den Watts are without doubt the original, and still most memorable, EastEnders couple.

Having married in 1968, fostered then adopted, Sharon (Letitia Dean), the couple appeared in the first ever episode of EastEnders and on Christmas Day in 1986, 30.15 million people tuned in to see Den serve Angie with divorce papers with the now classic line “Happy Christmas, Ange”. A moment that has gone down in EastEnders history and remains the highest rated episode of a soap in British television history!

Adam & Rachel Cold Feet

Television Cold Feet

And finally, with Cold Feet returning for a sixth series it’s only right that it should feature in a list of the best TV couples, and who better than Adam and Rachel?

Played by James Nesbitt and Helen Baxendale, the couple got together in the first episode and became a big part of Cold Feet’s success. They were the UK’s answer to Ross and Rachel and were adored by millions.

The couple had their fair share of ups and downs, they rented a house together in the first series before Rachel fell pregnant and moved to London unsure as to who the father is. When Rachel returns she reveals to Adam that she had an abortion, and it seems that their relationship is over for good.

When Adam is diagnosed with testicular cancer the couple reunite and try to start a family but  due to complications with Rachel’s abortion, Rachel is infertile. They decide to get married instead and their wedding was watched by over nine million people. As the couple prepare to adopt, Rachel falls pregnant and they’re are heartbroken when they discover that they can’t adopt AND have a newborn baby of their own.

Three months after the birth of their baby boy, Adam is made redundant and due to the death of their landlord the couple face eviction. With enough money to buy the house they’ve been renting for years, Rachel is tragically killed in a car accident on her way to the auction in a scene that was watched by 10.4 million people.

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