Some TV couples make us swoon, but others just don’t make sense at all. These couples prove that literally any two people can come together when it comes to television – and most of them shouldn’t have happened at all if we’re being honest. Here are some of television’s weirdest and most mismatched couples.
Rachel and Joey, Friends
This unlikely couple seemed to have come completely out of left field for pretty much everyone. After all, everyone was rooting for Rachel and Ross to get together.
But Joey started flirting with Rachel a little bit here and finally, after an innocent mistake where Rachel thought Joey was proposing to him — and she surprisingly accepted — the duo wound up together. Even though they tried earnestly to get this relationship to work, they both struggled with the idea of being romantic partners and eventually decided to be just (you guessed it) friends.
Dan and Blair, Gossip Girl
Nobody could have ever anticipated that Dan and Blair would have ever gotten together, and perhaps the most surprised person was Dan. After all, he had once described her as “everything I hate about the Upper East Side.”
This duo started out as complete strangers — after all, Dan was just your regular guy, while Blair was a socialite — but eventually met and became enemies. The spark was there, though, because they finally started dating. It was a short-lived fling, though, and eventually ended in them being enemies once more.
Sayid and Shannon, Lost
Of all of the flings on TV, this one was probably one of the most tumultuous and emotionally harrowing. This pairing started out with Shannon asking Sayid to help her put an end to Locke, whom she thought had a hand in her brother’s demise.
Sayid refused, and also stopped her from committing her nefarious plans. Nevertheless, Sayid planned a romantic evening for them, and they wound up having a brief relationship. All good things must come to an end, alas, and their fling was ended when a case of mistaken identity led to Shannon’s untimely end.
Cersei and Jaime, Game of Thrones
In Westeros, pretty much anything goes, and Cersei and Jaime Lannister were no different. This unlikely pairing raised a few eyebrows, but as Cersei stated to Eddard Stark, “We belong together.”
Despite ignoring the taboos about their relationship, their efforts to stay together were largely in vain. Cersei eventually started to regard Jaime as weak when he refused to indulge her devious schemes to rise to power, and she slowly started to despise him. Where love once bloomed between this couple, eventually hate and indifference grew.
Alan and Lyndsey, Two and a Half Men
It is pretty unclear why Lyndsey dates Alan in the first place. Alan is pretty much a failure at everything he does, and spends his life mooching off his brother and anyone he can. Lindsey can obviously do much better than him.
But she dates him nonetheless, and sticks with him even after he accidentally burns her house down, and on her birthday – “thoughtfully” gives her some jewelry that he stole from his ex-wife, Judith.
George and Izzie, Grey’s Anatomy
Izzie and George (may he rest in peace) made sense as friends, but never as a couple. Izzie paid her student loans by modeling for Bethany Whisper – which is presumably Grey’s Anatomy version of Victoria’s Secret – and George was the nerdy doctor who was dubbed 007 for killing a patient on his first surgery.
Many of the viewers cringed when the two got together, and subsequently found out that when they’re sober, they actually have no chemistry.
Liz and Dennis, 30 Rock
Liz Lemon is a talented writer, who has an executive position at one of the major television networks. She’s a real catch. So we still ask ourselves why she ever dated Dennis Duffy, the last Beeper salesman in New York.
This unimpressive man is pretty much a leech who feeds off her life, and doesn’t make up for it by being a good boyfriend either. And yes, he is giving her a noogie in that picture.
Elaine and Puddy, Seinfeld
Elaine Benes is an intelligent, and mostly classy woman. So her attraction to David Puddy – an auto mechanic who’s not exactly the sharpest tool in the box – is pretty curious.
Elaine finds herself dumping Puddy for hilarious reasons (like painting his entire face for a Devils game), and repeatedly getting back together with him for even funnier reasons, like when she needs help moving a bureau. In the end, when Elaine goes to prison, she tells Puddy not to wait for her, to which he casually replies, “Alright.”
Booth and Hannah, Bones
Anyone who followed Bones closely would have admitted that they would have never suspected Booth and Hannah to get together. Booth was supposed to be with Brennan, but after Brennan rejected him by saying they’d never work out, he started to develop feelings for Hannah.
The relationship between Booth and the journalist was fiery and short-lived. Booth eventually asked Hannah to marry him, but alas, she wasn’t “the marrying type” and let him down gently. Booth didn’t take it that well, and the end of their relationship led to some emotional scars for him.
Andy and Angela, The Office
When it comes to relationships, Andy and Angela could not have been any more different from one another. Angela came across as cold and curt, but Andy was more of the bumbling clueless type.
Andy eventually won Angela over by stealing an ice sculpture, but despite repeated attempts to plan the rest of their lives together, Angela couldn’t hide her feelings for Dwight. This couple’s relationship finally came to a screeching halt when Phyllis gave away Angela’s secret fling with Dwight, and the two wound up breaking up due to it.
Selina and Andrew Meyer, Veep
Just because Selina Meyer is the Veep, or the President of the United States, doesn’t mean she can’t date. And while she’s dated pretty interesting characters (we’re looking at you, Ray the personal trainer), the one who really takes the cake is her ex-husband, Andrew Meyer.
Selina can’t help her attraction to Andrew, who engages in unsavory business ventures, and constantly betrays Selina’s trust. And if all that weren’t enough, he didn’t even vote for Selina in the election.
Chuck and Sarah, Chuck
When Sarah walks into the Buy More and approaches the Nerd Herd stand, Chuck is practically floored. Who can blame him, when she’s so gorgeous?
Chuck is the ultimate gaming-obsessed computer geek, but let’s admit it, he’s not so bad looking either. Throw in a little danger (and being forced to share a bed together on a mission), and the two finally became a thing, making geeks around the world cheer as Chuck got the girl of his dreams.
Ray and Debra, Everybody Loves Raymond
Ray and Debra are undoubtedly a good couple with a beautiful family. But the woman should get a medal for everything she has to deal with when it comes to Raymond.
He does nothing around the house except sit on the couch and watch TV, he repeatedly discloses every detail of their personal lives to his family, and almost never has the courage to take her side when his mother insults her (which happens in almost every episode). All in all, the woman is a saint.
Laura and Urkel, Family Matters
Let’s all agree that Steve Urkel is the poster boy for nerd. He might be a genius, but with his thick glasses and suspenders, he’s far from being suave. He’s obsessed with his neighbor, Laura, who doesn’t return his love at first.
When he creates his alter-ego Stefan Urquelle using his genes, Laura falls in love with the better-dressed and more graceful Stefan. Urkel then duplicates himself, creating separate versions of “Steve” and “Stefan”, who both propose marriage to Laura – but she ends up picking the nerdy Steve. So romantic!
Nancy and Jonathan, Stranger Things
Jonathan is the weird kid, introverted and antisocial, who lives with his single mother. Nancy is quite the opposite – a popular girl from a good home.
But when his little brother and her best friend go missing, investigating things together leads to a romance between the two. She could probably do better, considering he sort of stalked her (taking pictures of her when she was undressed), but there’s undoubtedly a strong connection between the two.
Eric and Donna, That ’70s Show
If there’s one thing that Eric is into more than his beautiful red-headed neighbor, Donna, it’s Star Wars. Not only is he a major nerd, but he often loses when playing basketball or wrestling with Donna.
But being a modern girl, she doesn’t mind that Eric is apparently weaker than she is, and the two commence in a romantic relationship. Even though Eric’s own friends keep hitting on Donna, she always stays true to Eric.
Tobias and Lindsay, Arrested Development
Tobias is a pretty weird guy, who left a successful career as a therapist to become a failed actor, and is also a “never-nude” (which is exactly what it sounds like).
It’s unsure if Tobias is even attracted to women, but it doesn’t really matter since the two have zero chemistry – Lindsay only married Tobias to spite her parents. But Lindsay is just as bad, seeing that she’s hugely self-involved, irresponsible with money, and a neglecting mother to their daughter. All in all, this dysfunctional couple probably deserve each other.
Xander and Cordelia, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Although she evolves into a mature grown woman who dedicates herself to helping others, Cordelia is first introduced to us as a rich, spoiled, stuck-up, popular high-school girl. She belittles Xander and his friends, considering them to be losers.
But the heart wants what it wants, and she still falls in love with the geeky Xander, despite peer pressure from her popular friends. Although they were worlds apart, their love-hate relationship was truly a fan-favorite on the show.
Barry and Lainey, The Goldbergs
Barry and Lainey are the cutest couple, but they’re also pretty mismatched. We mean, don’t tell Barry about this – but he’s actually a nerd. Among his hobbies are rapping, hanging out with his “gang” (G-T-P!), and calling himself Big Tasty.
Lainey is the beautiful, popular friend of Barry’s sister, Erica, who falls for the charms of this blissfully unaware geek. But as different as they are, their ’80s love story is both hilarious and sweet.
Marnie and Ray, Girls
Ray is a good guy, with a solid job as general manager of a coffee shop. But he doesn’t exactly seem like the perfect match for the gorgeous and ambitious Marnie – mostly because he gives off the vibes of an elderly man, constantly complaining about, well, everything.
The connection between the two mostly based on their mutual loneliness, and their relationship continuously suffers from Marnie’s lack of real interest in Ray, and her all-around selfishness. Eventually, this is what causes Ray to turn the tables and leave Marnie.
Larry and Cheryl, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Larry is not exactly a looker, and while he’s extremely rich, famous, and hilarious – he’s also completely lacking in tactfulness and social etiquette of any kind.
More often than not, speaking his mind causes a complete mess and generally pisses people off, so there’s no doubt that lovely young Cheryl could do a lot better. Although she eventually did leave him, the real reason behind it was Larry’s real-life divorce, which made him realize he needed to be divorced on the show as well.
Belle and Rumplestiltskin, Once Upon A Time
The couple might be based on Beauty and the Beast, but Rumple has done much terrible things than the cartoon version of the Beast.
The beautiful, delicate Belle keeps putting her trust in the crocodile-like man, only to be constantly disappointed when he turns to his dark side again and again. But she keeps believing in him, and eventually manages to turn the Dark One into a somewhat decent man, not before she passes away of old age.
Leonard and Penny – The Big Bang Theory
From the moment bubbly Penny moved in next door, Leonard was pining for her. He thought he would never have a shot with the blonde bombshell – as her former boyfriends looked the exact opposite of him – and we all cheered when he turned out to be wrong.
When they started dating, each of them put the other on a pedestal – Leonard thought he was too nerdy, while Penny thought she wasn’t smart enough for Leonard. But being out of each other’s leagues really makes them the perfect match.
Jay and Gloria, Modern Family
While his first marriage wasn’t very successful, Jay Pritchett’s second time around sure makes up for everything.
Even he isn’t sure how he got Gloria to be his wife – she’s a stunning young Colombian bombshell, and he’s old enough to be her father (but ages aside, Sofia Vergara is pretty much in a league of her own). And while he’s rich, Gloria isn’t in it for the money, but loves Jay for all that he is.
Joey and Dawson, Dawson’s Creek
There could have been something totally satisfying and even wholesome about Joey and Dawson winding up together. After all, they grew up together and were best friends for many years before they eventually started dating. However, Joey had been keeping her feelings from her friend a secret, and had refused to act on them for a very long time.
The fear of losing each other’s friendship almost kept this pair apart, but they finally admitted their mutual affection for one another. Of course, with so much emotional baggage between the two, their relationship was no walk in the park.
Ted and Robin, How I Met Your Mother
Seeing Ted and Robin slowly circling each other throughout this show was like an exercise in frustration. Ted had feelings for Robin right away, and had even told Barney that he was going to marry her one day.
This couple bounced back and forth on their relationship status — should they date? should they just be friends? — before finally settling on Ted making one final attempt to sweep Robin off her feet. While it took awhile before Ted and Robin finally admitted that they were meant for each other, seeing this unlikely pair get together was admittedly so satisfying to witness.
Lorelai and Jason, Gilmore Girls
When we look at all of the unlikely relationships on television, none make us go, “Ooof,” quite like this one does. Lorelai and Jason had met way back as teenagers at camp, but had of course drifted apart.
Then Jason decided to go into business with Lorelai’s father, the couple started a secret, five-month relationship. The pair was doomed from the start, though, because everyone knows you can’t mix business with pleasure. Jason wound up suing Lorelai’s dad, and Lorelai obviously sided with her father. Yikes — talk about an ugly breakup!
Jackie and Fez, That ’70s Show
Nobody could have ever anticipated Jackie and Fez getting together. After all, Jackie was all about appearances, and she thought Fez was below her. She was also stuck in an explosive relationship with Kelso, which meant that Fez was stuck in the friendzone with her.
As fate would have it, they started out as dance partners, then Fez kissed her and fell hard for the beautiful Jackie. The feelings were mutual, and in a relationship plot twist that surprised fans of this show, the couple did finally wind up staying together.
Sarah and Hank, Parenthood
Nobody could have seen this couple getting together. Not only was she Hank’s employee, they were also totally different personality types. Hank was in love with photography, and Sarah? Maybe not so much. Plus, everyone was thinking Sarah would wind up marrying Mark.
A kiss shared between this couple sealed their fate, though, and not even distance could keep them apart. Hank had tried to move to Minnesota to be with his daughter, but couldn’t bear the idea of being away from Sarah. In a happily-ever-after that was clearly meant to be, this couple finally did get married.
Piper and Larry, Orange Is the New Black
There very few couples on TV that are quite as universally disliked — yet adored by fans — quite like Piper and Larry. Both have strong, selfish personalities, but somehow they managed to defy the odds and wind up together.
This couple wound up dating before Piper’s incarceration, and Larry was ultimately blindsided by discovering that Piper wasn’t who he thought she was. Sadly, this couple couldn’t figure out how to make it work, and Piper eventually wound up dating Alex while they were serving out their own sentences in prison.
Ross and Rachel, Friends
Ross and Rachel are undoubtedly one of the most beloved couples to ever grace our television screens. But it’s no secret that Ross, or “Monica’s geeky older brother”, always held a torch for the most popular girl in high-school.
While Ross still remains a geek as a grown-up, he eventually gets Rachel to notice him, and she realizes just how wonderful he is. The on-again-off-again couple made fans everywhere root for them – whether if they were, or weren’t, on a break.
Dan and Serena, Gossip Girl
Dan had a thing for it-girl Serena, but didn’t think the popular rich girl would go for a Brooklyn misfit. Apparently, Dan was just the kind of guy that Serena always wanted, and she ends up asking him on a date.
Even though they have a rocky relationship (and things get a little weird when their parents date each other as well), Dan and Serena end up together and are ultimately one of Gossip Girl’s favorite couples.
Cersei and King Robert, Game of Thrones
Cersei Lannister is definitely no angel (and by no angel we mean a full-on psychopath), but that doesn’t mean she deserved a husband like Robert Baratheon.
Yes, he was the king, and he might’ve been more handsome in his younger years – but that doesn’t make up for his tendencies to drink heavily, feast with gluttony, gamble, and neglect his gorgeous wife. On their wedding night, he even drunkenly mistakes Cersei to be Lyanna Stark. If that’s not enough to turn a woman’s affection to hatred, we don’t know what is.
Gina and Boyle, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
If anyone was surprised by Gina and Boyle getting together during this show, then we’d have to say that Gina was the most blindsided by it. She admitted early on that she didn’t find him attractive, but as they continued to work together in the precinct, this duo eventually started to get closer.
They started out as friends and a strong mutual respect for each other, but their clashing personalities proved to be a serious conflict between this pair. Despite this pair constantly butting heads, it didn’t change the fact that they still had a strong mutual chemistry.
Carrie and Aleksandr Petrovsky, SATC
Throughout SATC, Carrie Bradshaw tried and tried again to find true love. Ever the hopeless romantic, she fell in and out of relationships with various men in pursuit of blissful satisfaction.
Then she met Aleksandr, and Carrie was certain she had found her perfect match. She even tried to give up her New York lifestyle to live with this Russian artist in Paris, but despite trying to make herself fall in love with him, their age differences and incompatibilities eventually drove them apart.
Anna and Bates, Downton Abbey
Anna and Mr. Bates were probably the most unexpected couple of the series, but their love tale was one of the most romantic ones.
Anna is young, pretty, and intelligent, and Bates is older and disabled due to an injury, using a cane to walk. Even he was surprised when Anna took an interest in him, but she knew what she was doing – they turned out to be a great couple, who supported one another during difficult times.
Sam and Cindy, Freaks and Geeks
Sam was perhaps less socially inept than his friends, but he was still a geek. He spent a lot of time pining over pretty cheerleader Cindy, but it seemed like she was out of his league – she was popular and usually dated older students.
But when she finally took an interest in Sam and they started dating, he realized just how shallow and possessive she was, and concluded he’d rather be alone than be with a girl like that. As it turned out, he was actually out of her league.
Alan and Kandi, Two and a Half Men
Don’t get us wrong, we’re not saying that Alan is bad looking. But even if you count-out all his other flaws we mentioned earlier, that still doesn’t explain how he landed a girl like Kandi, whom we can only describe as “va-va-voom”.
Alan was so happy that he finally caught a lucky break, that he spent all his money on the twenty-two (and a half!) year old, and then spontaneously married her in Vegas. Of course, she later divorced him and left him with nothing, but that’s just Alan’s life.
Willow and Kennedy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
To be fair, Kennedy and Willow weren’t really meant to be together. Their personalities were far too different, but Kennedy caught Willow’s eye when she saved her from becoming transformed into a man.
They shared a kiss, but Willow found herself struggling to trust Kennedy, fearing that the slayer was only with her because of Willow’s powers. She broke up with Kennedy because of this, but the pair still couldn’t get enough of each other, eventually deciding to live together in Brazil.