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12 TV Couples So Perfect We Wish They Were Together In Real Life

Adam Scott and Lizzy Caplan as Henry and Casey kissing in Party Down GIF(via)

Happy birthday to Lizzy Caplan, who played one half of one of my favorite TV couples of all time: Henry and Casey from Party DownThose two helped me remember what love was, y’know? (Someone who will not only accept, but appreciate your razor-sharp sarcasm.)

I’m sure she’s also an awesome human in real life, too, but since I don’t know her there, I’m left to form our mental friendship purely based on how adorable her relationship with Adam Scott was. It was just so unlike anything else I’d seen on TV, and so completely suited to them and their dysfunctions, that I couldn’t help falling in love with it and wanting it to exist in real life.

That’s right! Even though these people have their own entanglements going on (Adam is married, and Lizzy dated Matthew Perry for six years before splitting up in 2012, weirdly enough), I think they should drop all that and give me the romantic fulfillment that they teased me with on television!

You hear that, everybody? Here are the couples I want to happen in real life, so get on it! (It’s also a sometimes-embarrassing look at the TV shows I watch and have watched, so please be kind to my tastes and suggest additions, if the mood strikes you!)

1. April and Andy, Parks and Recreation

April spitting gum into Andy's mouth in Parks and Recreation GIF(via)

I think it’s really easy for a show to write off relationships between young people as being impulsive and dumb, but to their credit, the Parks and Rec writers have never let those things get in the way of a really perfect match between characters played by Aubrey Plaza and Chris Pratt. They aren’t the most traditional couple on TV, but they’re one of the most believable.

2. Matthew and Mary, Downton Abbey

Michelle Dockery and Dan Stevens as Mary and Matthew Crawley kissing in Downton Abbey(via)

Still not over this. Still haven’t forgiven Dan Stevens for walking away from Downton Abbey and leaving Michelle Dockery all alone. Because how are they ever gonna find a relationship to match that one? It was a truly respectful partnership, of the type that’s already rare enough on television, but especially in a period piece.

3. Marshall and Lily, How I Met Your Mother

Lily and Marshall from HIMYM GIF(via)

You know what really puts me at ease while watching a show? A couple that we don’t have to worry about breaking up. Marshall and Lily have already accepted each other just as they are, and that’s a glorious thing…that Alyson Hannigan and Jason Segel have hopefully been able to find in their own lives, with their own partners. (Which are sadly separate.)

4. Michael and Holly, The Office

Michael Scott and Holly Flax dancing GIF from The Office(via)

I know everyone was probably expecting Jim and Pam, but I didn’t like what the show was doing with their relationship by the end of it. And how long it took them to get into it! My god you guys, just communicate with each other! This will-they-won’t-they stuff is exhausting. Michael Scott and Holly Flax, on the other hand, played by Steve Carell and Amy Ryan, never made any secret of how much they enjoyed each other’s company, and once they were both single at the same time, they jumped into things with both feet and never looked back.

5. Carrie and Aiden, Sex and the City

Terrible movie that should not have existed, but the only GIF I could find.

Terrible movie that should not have existed, but the only GIF I could find.

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Again, I bet you were expecting one of the couples that actually stayed together, but I loved these two. Well, mostly just Aiden, and probably part of that was how much I disliked Mr. Big, but I always thought Sarah Jessica Parker and John Corbett were disturbingly cute together. Ah well. If they can’t even survive the show, there’s no way they could survive real life. Sigh.

6. Benson and Stabler, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit

Benson and Stabler GIF(via)

GIRL LEMME STOP YOU FOR A SECOND BECAUSE YES I KNOW THEY’RE NOT TOGETHER. And I honestly don’t even want them to be, in a romantic way. But there’s just such excellent chemistry between Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni that I can’t stomach the fact that they aren’t on SVU together anymore.

7. CJ and Danny, The West Wing

CJ Cregg and Danny Concannon in West Wing(via)

This one is kind of a throwback (thus no GIF), but I’m watching The West Wing all the way through for the first time right now and CJ Cregg and Danny Concannon are the absolute best, so you’ll have to excuse my enthusiasm. It’s one of the few instances where the female in the relationship has a higher status, career-wise than the male — and more importantly — that he respects and appreciates her for it. Kudos to Timothy Busfield and (my forever-love) Allison Janney.

8. Phoebe and Mike, Friends

Paul Rudd and Lisa Kudrow as Mike and Phoebe in Friends GIF(via)

If you thought I was seriously gonna put Ross and Rachel or Chandler and Monica on here, you’re out of your mind. They’re fun to watch, sure, but only because they’re tumultuous characters who can’t get their shit together either as a couple or as individuals. But Phoebe and Mike were so perfectly and quirkily matched that it even showed up in their wedding vows, when Mike said one of the reasons he loved Phoebe was because she was ‘so wonderfully weird’, a line that still legitimately makes me tear up. I’m also just obsessed with Paul Rudd and Lisa Kudrow though, so who knows.

9. Alicia and Will, The Good Wife

Alicia and Will GIF from The Good Wife(via)

Have I mentioned recently that I don’t like Mr. Big, aka Chris Noth? I have to imagine that’s part of why I picked Alicia to be with a dead dude over him, but I also think I really liked Alicia Florrick and Will Gardner as a couple. It was fiery in an over forty, I-like-you-for-brain kind of way. Plus Julianna Margulies and Josh Charles are both absurdly attractive, so that doesn’t hurt one bit.

10. Joan and Roger, Mad Men

Joan Holloway and Roger Sterling GIF from Mad Men(via)

Okay, so the show really doesn’t want me to like them together, but I can’t help myself! I’m aware of the fact that Roger Sterling is a womanizer and that Joan has put herself in some questionable romantic situations in the past, but I really want it to happen. Maybe it’s because there’s no truly good relationship on Mad Men, but I feel like each of them mellows out the other in important ways. Someone please send an email to Christina Hendricks and John Slattery to see if they can sneak it into an upcoming script.

11. Ilana and Lincoln, Broad City

Ilana and Lincoln putting their faces into cake in Broad City GIF(via)

I almost put Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer on here instead, but they actually are best friends in real life, so I already got that wish! Instead I’m including Ilana and Lincoln, played by Hannibal Burress. It’s such a great representation of a relationship that’s not serious or official, but is still open and real and sexually liberated and great. They’re both so honest with each other about their wants and needs and feelings that it doesn’t matter to me whether or not they have the boyfriend-girlfriend label.

Ilana as Lincoln's legs dancing on Broad City GIF(via)

And one more for the road.

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  • Olivia Wilson

    I straight up refuse to watch newer episodes of SVU because Stabler isn’t there to banter with/support Benson. IT ISN’T THE SAME and no, I’m not crying, okay?!

    • parisc

      OMFG, yes! I’ll cry for the both of us.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      There’s just something in my eyes!!!

    • Valerie

      And he’s soooo hot. Just…All The Hot.

  • capoupascap

    Ah, you missed my favorites Brad and Jane from Happy Endings. Best couple ever.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Oh I never watched that show, but I saw them on other peoples’ lists! Makes me want to watch it!

  • parisc

    4-6 are spot on! Why the hell didn’t Stabler make ONE move after all those years?!!

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      On one hand I’m glad he didn’t, but on the other hand, how do you not make a move on Olivia Benson?

    • Valerie

      She is smoking hot. Even when she’s 75 she will still be smoking hot.

  • http://danica-joshifer.tumblr.com/ Danica

    I would say Jake and Amy but I’m totally obsessed with B99 right now that my opinion is probably biased.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I’ve never seen it! Who plays each of them?

    • http://danica-joshifer.tumblr.com/ Danica

      Andy Samberg and Melissa Fumero

  • Samantha Escobar

    Okay I agree with all of these EXCEPT NUMBER FOUR. Because I have a fat crush on Jason Segel and have for like a million years and I’m definitely one of those awful delusional weirdos who is only half-joking about asking him to prom.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      He would totes come to the Defy Prom, right?

  • CortCab

    Yes, CJ and Danny 4eva! I adore the West Wing.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Me tooooo!

  • Lily Savage

    Yes to all of these!! Especially Phoebe and Mike!

  • Valerie

    I swear I did like, rain dances to make Benson and Stabler get together. And Phoebe and Mike. I remember seeing that in my tender late teens and thinking “yes, that is what I want for myself one day”. And I got it. So thanks, Friends!

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      You did it, Friends!

  • Tori

    Ew to Benson and Stabler. That’s like some incestual action going on there.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Did you read what I said??

    • Tori

      Uh, yeah? You still said you shipped them IRL. Yuck.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      “GIRL LEMME STOP YOU FOR A SECOND BECAUSE YES I KNOW THEY’RE NOT TOGETHER. And I honestly don’t even want them to be, in a romantic way. But there’s just such excellent chemistry between Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni that I can’t stomach the fact that they aren’t on SVU together anymore.”

    • Tori

      “You hear that, everybody? Here are the couples I want to happen in real life, so get on it!” Ok?

    • Korine

      Takin it super duper serious!

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Woof.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      If that’s as far as you read, I can understand why you may have gotten confused.

  • Elizabeth Aspen

    And once again on one of these stupid listicles, no mention of Mulder and Scully, who happen to have been the greatest television couple ever, as evidenced by the fact that something like 15 years after the show went off the air, there are still hundreds of fanfic sites devoted to them AND I still have them in a framed picture on my piano.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I never watched X Files, so I am tragically ignorant of their love!

  • bub

    I agree abt julianna and josh… so much chemistry and they are good friends..I will never get over will dying :(

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I knowwww!

  • NotAubreyPlaza…Sadly

    I have a major soft-spot for April & Andy because my husband and I married young, and had to deal with the people who didn’t think it’d last. (2 kids & 8 years later, still going strong!)

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