Every human being is obsessed with it, even though not everyone wants to admit it. We all want to be loved, we all need to be loved. It’s the one word that is most overused, over-defined and over-exposed, yet we can’t seem to get enough of it.
Joy Division said “Love will tear us apart”, The Beatles said “All You Need Is Love”.
Both are wrong, and both are right.
In a week, you will get a peek of what women all over the world think about “love” and see their definition in this blog that I created specifically to voice the definitions of various women all over the world in many different subject matter.
But before it’s officially launched, I want to pay tribute to my favorite TV couples, who in their own way, have helped redefine love for me and us TV lovers.
Here they are:
One/ Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly, The Office.
If there were ever two TV characters that are truly meant to be, it’s these two. Their love story thankfully has a very happy ending, with a wedding in Niagara Falls and a baby on the way, but the beginning was definitely frustrating for us JAM (Jim and Pam) lovers. We wanted Jim and Pam to get together, but first there was Pam’s fiance Roy and then after they broke up, Jim started a relationship with Karen and our hope for Jim and Pam to finally be a couple seemed to die a slow and painful death. But then Pam walked on burning coal and confessed that she missed having Jim in her life – and the third season ended with Jim asking Pam out on a date, which made us (well, me) jump for joy and started doing the happy dance. And even though there were those skeptics who thought that they wouldn’t last (yes, I’m looking at you, RJ!), they eventually got engaged and married. Now that’s a TV happy ending indeed.
Two/ Chuck Bass and Blair Waldorf, Gossip Girl.
The Chuck and Blair coupling is one of those hook ups we never expected but when it happened, it sent us TV and Gossip Girl lovers into a frenzy. From the first time they got together in the back of Chuck’s limo (where Blair lost her virginity to him, I might add), we were sold on this unlikely but extremely juicy pairing: hook, line and sinker. And even though they did the whole I want you, I loathe you dance for two seasons, we knew they were perfect for each other. Chuck Bass may be a teenage lothario and Blair Waldorf may be a fabulously evil queen bee – but we know they are better together than apart. We wanted them to be together because we knew that no one is as perfect for Blair than Chuck and vice versa. Thankfully, the writers seemed to agree with us because Chuck finally said those three words, eight letters, three syllables: “I love you”. And now, they’re still awesome together: conquering Manhattan one evil scheme at a time.
Three/ Barney Stinson and Robin Scherbatsky, How I Met Your Mother.
Sure, Ted thought Robin was his soulmate at first, but after they tried a relationship and failed miserably, it was pretty apparent that Robin needed someone who could keep up with her, and that someone was so obviously Barney Stinson. Even though Barney started out as the womanizer in the show, we have quickly fallen in love with his antics and his zany one-liners. And we loved seeing his softer side that came out when he finally admitted to himself that he was in love with her. From that moment on, we knew they had to get together, it was just a matter of when and by the start of the fourth season, Robarney (or Barbin) was born. It was fun to see them as a couple, they’re not the conventional couple but it actually worked. And while Ted is still looking for “the mother”, Robin and Barney are still going strong and hopefully will remain that way.
Four/ Danny Messer and Lindsay Monroe, CSI: New York.
Okay, so CSI is not big on romance but the writers of the New York franchise tried something different when they paired these two together, and it actually worked. Their relationship started with friendly banters in the lab, with Danny giving Lindsay the nickname “Montana”, and it slowly bloomed to a romance when the two finally took off their lab coats and hooked up after a game of pool. Sure, they hit a bump on the road when Danny was distraught by the death of his neighbor kid and he cheated on Lindsay, but he was quick to realize his mistakes and begged Lindsay to take him back. She did, and not long after, she showed up to work with a baby bump. We have Anna Belknap, the actress playing Lindsay Monroe, for being pregnant in real life to thank because it sure kicked up this coupling to high gear, and they were finally married last season and now they’re raising their daughter Lucy together, stronger than ever.
Five/ Hoyt Fortenberry and Jessica Hamby, True Blood.
I know, they are sort of still broken up when season 2 of True Blood wraps, but I have faith in these two. If Hoyt can still go running back to his vampire girlfriend even after she tried to drain his mother (for good reason, I might add, Maxine Fortenberry is insufferable), I know he would be able to get past Jessica going all Aileen Wournos in a truck stop. As much as I love seeing the badass Jessica, I love these two together. Hoyt is just so sweet and lovely, and Jessica is a much better person… well, vampire, when she’s with him. You gotta root for a relationship that can make a bloodthirsty creature turn into a sweet, delicate little flower (with fangs). And besides, while Sookie is torn between two lovers and everyone is divided into Team Bill and Team Eric, we need these two to get it right and give us some hope that human and vampire can truly have a sane-enough, functional-enough relationship in Bon Temps.
And in the tradition of Sam and Diane and Ross and Rachel, there are couples we know should be together but for one reason or another are still very much apart. Here are my favorites (and hopefully they’ll get their act together and hook up soon enough):
One/ Finn Hudson and Rachel Barry, Glee.
Don’t stop believing. There’s hope for these two yet. Thanks Quinn for being knocked up by Puck.
Two/ Michael Westen and Fiona Glenanne, Burn Notice.
She may not like him getting back in the spy game, but something tells me they’ll work out the kinks soon enough.
Three/ Nancy and Andy Botwin, Weeds.
As much as I love Alanis Morrissette, I do hope she and Andy won’t get married to make way for these two former in-laws to finally get it right. Sorry, Esteban.
Four/ Shawn Spencer and Juliet O’Hara, Psych.
James Roday and Maggie Lawson are dating in real life, so I think their characters in Psych should follow suit. Sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it?
Five/ Chuck Bartowski and Sarah Walker, Chuck.
Now that Chuck knows Kung Fu and Sarah doesn’t have to protect him 24/7, I don’t see a reason why these two shouldn’t finally be a real couple.
Love, sweet love.
There’s a reason why TV is so obsessed with you.