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The 11 TV Boyfriends We Still Want To Date

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Ahhhh, fictional boyfriends. Here at Crushable, our staff adds a new one to our list at least once a week. One guy who’s always somewhere near the top of our list? Adam Brody, AKA Seth Cohen on The OC. He introduced us to a different kind of heartthrob, a comic book geek who professes his love standing on coffee carts. Now Adam has moved on to queen bee Blair Waldorf, aka his fiancée Leighton Meester… and we’re working through that fact every single day.

In honor of our original boyfriend turning 35 today (and moving on from us), we’re taking a look back at some of our other fictional boyfriends.

1. Dean Forrester on Gilmore Girls

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As Dean on Gilmore Girls, Jared Padalecki made every other girl’s first boyfriend look like a loser. He was always a perfect gentleman, even when Rory left him for Jess. That is, until he got married to someone else and took Rory’s virginity anyways. Oops. Still got a crush on him! Jared has been starring as Sam Winchester on Supernatural now for 10 years and married to Genevieve Cortese, who played Kris on Wildfire.

2. Jess Mariano on Gilmore Girls

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Though we already loved Dean, the moment Milo Ventimiglia showed up as bad boy with a heart of gold Jess, we were immediately torn. Well, other people were torn. I jumped ship to Team Jess immediately. While he taunted the rest of Stars Hollow, he always did good deeds whenever it benefitted Rory. And she inspired him to write a novel! Since Gilmore Girls, Milo co-starred in the show Heroes with then-girlfriend Hayden Panetierre. He has also made appearances in That’s My Boy and Grown Ups 2.

3. Tim Riggins on Friday Night Lights

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Friday Night Lights spawned numerous fictional boyfriends such as Saracen, Street, Smash, Landry, even Coach himself, but no one commanded our attention like Tim Riggins. After the show ended, portrayer Taylor Kitsch has been building his body of work as a major action star. Unfortunately, most of these movies haven’t done too well at the box office: Battleship, John Carter, and Savages, to name a few. Hopefully, his upcoming movie, Lone Survivor, fares better.

4. Lucas Scott on One Tree Hill

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CMM is my OG fictional boyfriend. Prior to playing Lucas Scott on One Tree Hill, he made appearances as bad boys on Dawson’s Creek and Gilmore Girls. Tortured artist Lucas won us over, though, even if he switched girlfriends as often as his underwear. In real life, he wasn’t so charming, cheating on then-wife and co-star Sophia Bush. He spent 7 years engaged to Kenzie Dalton, with whom he cheated on Bush, but eventually ended it in early 2013. Look out for him in Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas. 

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  • CMJ

    Ugh, Dean.

    Team Jess all the way!

    • Ruby L

      Yes!!! Still sad they never ended up together for good.

  • carrie thompson

    But what about Logan Huntzberger? I always thought Logan was the best of Rory’s boyfriends (once he figured out that he actually wanted to date her, that is…).

    • Ruby L

      I did like Logan, but he had to mess things up a lot before he got it right.

  • Romylove

    Zac Efron also played young Simon Tam on Firefly!

    • Ruby L

      I haven’t seen Firefly, but everyone always recommends it! Yet another reason to give in.

    • http://maitribathbody.com/ Maitri

      Don’t think, just do.

  • OTH fan

    James Lafferty is my No 1-11!!!!

  • Hillary511

    I am SEVERELY disappointed that Harvey Kinkle from Sabrina the Teenage Witch is not on here.

    • Ruby L

      He was in consideration. Maybe I’ll have do a follow up with 90′s TV boyfriends.

  • http://maitribathbody.com/ Maitri

    Ugh Stefan Salvatore – he’s a douche. Plus I’ve heard that the actor is totally full of himself and douche in person also.

    • Ruby L

      I’m not sure about his real life reputation, but his characters has his sweet moments too!

  • DiorNotWar

    Hello, what about Ryan Atwood or Seth Cohen??

    • Ruby L

      Sweetie, Seth Cohen was the entire inspiration for this post. But Ryan Atwood would have been a great addition :)

    • DiorNotWar

      Lol my bad, that’s what I get for skimming the beginning (dumdum)

      I think every teenage girl/young woman/gay boy was in love with Seth Cohen. I mean, how could they not be

    • Ruby L

      It’s all good! And COMPLETELY agree. Even throughout his season 3 string of lies, I was still completely in love.

  • Tracy Evans

    Sorry Dan Humphrey sucked. He cheated on ALL his girlfriends including Blair. And he was literally the WORST guy ever to his ex girlfriends.. He treated every single one of them like garbage. I never understood why people liked Dair at all. They were so boring and Penn and Leighton, two wonderful individual actors, had anti-chemistry as a couple. She shined with Ed Westwick and Chace Crawford but she and Penn were like siblings. Watching them kiss made me so uncomfortable. But back to the guys, Chuck was easily the sexiest guy but I agree he had too many Daddy issues to treat Blair well until literally the last part of the series. .My choice of all the boys is Nate. He cheated on Blair in S1 but after that he was golden. He was the one that got treated poorly by girls. Dan was a complete turd to girls. Oh and Nate “gets along with all his ex girlfriends.” .

    I agree with all your other choices though – especially Jess and Seth Cohen! My teenage heart will always beat for Seth.

  • Cata

    Seth – YES
    Dean – No
    Jess – Yes
    Tim – Yes
    Lucas – Never watched
    Nathan – Never watched
    Troy – Never watched
    Jim – Yes
    Dan – Lord NOOOO UGH WHY???
    Caleb – YES
    Stefan – Good boyfriend but dull