Not all relationships are destined to work out, as I’m sure you’ve noticed in your personal lives. I know I have. Even with the best intentions and the greatest people, sometimes there’s just no chemistry. Or maybe there even is chemistry, but the two people are just not supposed to be together and everyone knows it.
Well as it turns out, that happens in TV shows too. Sometimes a writers room gets their heart set on a relationship (pun intended) and they’re gonna push it through, no matter how many signs there are that they shouldn’t. You’d think that the more brains there are working on something, the more likely it is to be a smart idea, but that isn’t always how it works out. And that especially true with romantic plot lines, as you’ll see from this list of 10 Couples That Got Together And Ruined Their TV Shows.
1. Jim and Pam, The Office
The original gangsters of show-ruining. The whole point of The Office (after the absurd, unbelievable brilliance of Steve Carell as Michael Scott), was that the timing was never right for Jim and Pam. And then it…was. And there was nothing to do but get them married and give them kids and make them boring. It was a true tragedy.
2. Nick and Jess, New Girl
Why can’t anyone just be friends anymore? Sure, the first kiss between these two was exciting and surprising, but that only means the only way they can go from there is down. Making them hook up destroyed one of the most fun aspects of the show, which was their pseudo-flirty banter. UGH I HATE LOVE.
3. Robin and Ted, HIMYM
When I mentioned this couple during the making of this list, multiple people in my office said, “Ugh, Ted and anyone.” And it’s true, Josh Radnor does have a remarkable ability to make me dislike a character just by him liking them. Magic.
4. Ross and Rachel, Friends
Trust me, neither one of those two characters was more annoyed than I was by the phrase, “We were on a break.” I DON’T CARE. The will-they-won’t-they stuff only worked for like a season, and then I was over it. We know you’re gonna get back together eventually, so just quit jerking us around by being immature idiots and just make something happen. Jeez.
5. Mary and Matthew, Downton Abbey
Okay hear me out, because I don’t blame the show for this one at all, I blame Dan Stevens, and he knows it. There was absolutely nothing wrong with this relationship, and I was happily prepared to watch it for the rest of my life, but NO. And I blame it partially on them getting together at all, because if he’d just gone away without ever getting tangled up with Mary and my emotions, I would have cared a lot less.
6. Izzie and George, Grey’s Anatomy
Okay I never watched this one, so I need some backup here, but I’m told that these two were just completely infeasible. Absolutely no chemistry — they were best friends, and there was no reason whatsoever that they should’ve been together. Like everyone from the actors to the characters to the writers to the audience was like ‘um no they are working too hard, please stop it’. Not worth derailing a show for, methinks.
7. Aria and Mr. Fitz, Pretty Little Liars
Again, this is a show I don’t watch, but…heeeee’s a teacher, right? And she’s a student? Yeah, just wanted to check on that. Let’s not do that in a place where younger kids can see it, yeah?
8. Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick, KUWTK
Yes, I know this isn’t technically a scripted show – don’t you think that I know that?? – but Kourtney and Scott are the worst. THE WORST. Someone should find a way to write him off the show so I don’t have to lie awake at night anymore thinking of poor Mason and Penelope learning how to start brawls in Vegas clubs.
9. Andy and Ann, Parks and Rec
Please never go back and watch the earlier episodes of this show, because it will give you nothing but a greasy scornful feeling in your stomach about both Andy and Ann. They both ended up being great on their own in future endeavors, but they really put a bad taste in my mouth in those early episodes. Glad I kept watching on spec and that they started being written like actual humans.
10. Olivia and Fitz, Scandal
And finally, these two…I don’t even know how to talk about them. He is THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. Every moment he’s spending with Olivia is distracting him from all manner of things including running the country, being in a marriage, parenting his children, and not being a complete and utter idiot. PULL IT TOGETHER, BOTH OF YOU. This will never work, it can never work, please stop trying to pretend like it works.