8 TV couples that make us less bitter about love

Valentine’s Day got you feeling a little salty and bitter about love, romance, relationships and everything in between? Wherever you are, there is always going to be that couple that seems to be throwing their relationship in your face. You know what I’m talking about — the incessant use of the word “babe” (or even sometimes “BABE!”), embracing each other in public and kissing as if they’re never going to see each other again. It can all be a bit much but rest assured there is some hope for us so we don’t completely vom all over the idea of love. I present to you my favorite TV couples who are #relationshipgoals. Disclaimer: I don’t do enough TV show watching, so this is from a small sample. Also, there are some spoilers. Proceed with caution.


Buffy and Spike (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) — I must admit, it was a bit difficult for me to choose between Angel and Spike, but when all's said and done, Team Spike forever. Even before anything happened between the two, Spike was the one Buffy went to and cried in front of after learning about her mom’s sickness. At the end of season five when Buffy dies and Spike sees her body, the utter despair on his face tugs at your heart and you can’t help but cry. After Buffy comes back to life, Spike reveals that he had counted every day since she had died. And the best part, Spike got his soul back so he could be with Buffy (which is no simple task for a vampire to get their soul back). It’s as if all the cuteness in the world just staked us in the heart.


Tara and Willow (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) — Okay, I know. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, again? It’s just such a good show that I couldn’t help but feature another couple. From the beginning, there was literally a spark between Tara and Willow (refer to season four when they’re escaping the Gentlemen and realize their magic is powerful when they work together). Tara and Willow’s love for each other is unconditional and even when they hit their rough patch, they still care for each other and that’s what love should be about. Their break up is devastating because their relationship and love is so genuine, but it only further demonstrates their compassion for each other. Though apart, Tara worries about Willow’s significant use of magic and wants to help her. Willow and Tara are powerful, strong women who also happen to be witches and are completely in love with each other. What’s not more to love about them?


Ross and Rachel (Friends) — Ahh, the source of the infamous “We were on a break!” I’m convinced the entire show revolves around these two as they maneuver around their feelings for each other that never really go away even when they’re not together. I’ve seen the episode where they first break up at least 20 times and I still get teary-eyed each time and hope for a different outcome (though at the end of the series all works out). Perhaps it’s slightly problematic that Rachel gave up the job opportunity of her dreams in Paris to stay in New York for Ross, but I like to think this is representative of the notion that love and relationships are about sacrifice on each person’s part.


Lily and Marshall (How I Met Your Mother) — Marshall and Lily are that super cute couple that toe the line between being obnoxious and adorable but fortunately throughout all the seasons of HIMYM, they never cross into the obnoxious side. They’re the type of couple that you would not mind third-wheeling with at all. Marshall and Lily’s dorky antics as a couple are never a dull moment and they bring out the best in each other. Plus, they had me from the very first episode at the whole having sex on the kitchen floor after Marshall proposed. Kitchen floor sex post-engagement? #Goals.


Leslie and Ben (Parks and Recreation) — Okay, so I just recently started watching Parks and Recreation and I haven’t finished the show (no where close, I’m currently skipping around episodes in season four) BUT from what I’ve seen, Leslie and Ben just make me go “awwww!” Season four is where we see their relationship advance especially when they go public with their relationship and Leslie faces the possibility of losing her job in the department. As a result, Ben resigns so Leslie can keep her job because he cares about her happiness first. Remember #3 on this list? Love = sacrifice.


Pam and Jim (The Office) — Everyone loves an office romance. Fortunately for us, we get to see this relationship blossom from office flirting marriage. Even before Pam and Jim started dating, they were already cute, especially when they teamed up to prank Dwight. Though the timing just never seemed to be right, the two had fans rooting for them because they were perfect and meant to be together. From Pam falling asleep on Jim’s shoulder in the first episode to when Jim first asked Pam on a date to him revealing when he bought the engagement ring to their beautiful wedding, we are hooked all the way along.


Claire and Frank (House of Cards) — Claire and Frank’s relationship isn’t one I’m personally striving for, but I can’t help but be in awe of their relationship to an extent. Their relationship is centered on power and they each do fucked up shit but damn are they a duo. They get what they want and they achieve this by working together. As a couple, they are the definition of boss ass bitch.


Jane and Michael (Jane the Virgin) — Like my dilemma with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I found it difficult choosing between the two men in Jane’s life. I know there is no such thing as perfect, but in the case of Jane and Michael, their relationship was pretty much perfect. Even when she gets accidentally artificially inseminated and chooses to keep the baby, Michael stands by her choice, which is important. Michael has always respected and supported Jane’s life choices, like waiting to have sex until marriage or pursuing her writing career or even when she calls off the engagement and begins to date Rafael. Sorry Rafael, but Jane and Michael have my approval.

Meghan is a pug enthusiast interested in social justice, environmental issues, Latin America and women’s rights (both here in the U.S. and around the world). When she’s not worrying about postgraduate plans, Meghan binge-watches Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Jane the Virgin. She’s still uncertain about the career path she will pursue after graduating, but would like to work in international development and public policy one day. Until then, she’ll keep watching videos of Doug the Pug while sipping whatever bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon is on sale.