20 Best TV Couples of All Time
From Lucy and Ricky to "Moonlighting's" David and Maddie, we've highlighted 20 TV couples who've had the sexiest, zaniest and most romantic chemistry to ever grace the small screen.
Best TV Couples of All TIme
Maddie Hayes and David Addison ("Moonlighting")
When ex-model Maddie Hayes (Cybill Shepherd) loses most of her money in a bad investment, all she has left is a rundown detective agency run by the irascible P.I. David Addison (Bruce Willis). He convinces her to come in as the new boss rather than sell it, and the two begin to work together. A match made in heaven — or hell, depending on how you look at it. Shepherd and Willis totally nail it.
Jonathan and Jennifer Hart ("Hart to Hart")
As the Harts, Robert Wagner and Stephanie Powers have just the right chemistry, the Nick and Nora Charles of television. They are a fun-loving, filthy rich couple who like to solve crimes in between jet-setting all over the world.
Mac and Sally McMillian ("McMillian & Wife")
San Francisco attorney Stewart "Mac" McMillan (Rock Hudson) is named Commissioner of the San Francisco Police Department, and along with his sharp-witted, but somewhat kooky, wife Sally (Susan Saint James), Mac manages to solve some of the city's most baffling crimes. A favorite of the classic Sunday night mysteries.
Mike and Carol Brady ("The Brady Bunch")
Robert Reed and Florence Henderson brought as much spark to the wholesome Brady couple as was possibly allowed on TV in the 1960s. Kudos for making us believe Mike and Carol would stay together so long with all those kids.
Lucy and Ricky Ricardo ("I Love Lucy")
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz are definitely one of the most indelible TV couples of all time. One wonders why Ricky didn't strangle Lucy for all her screw-ups, but that's what made them so lovable.
Sam Malone and Diane Chambers ("Cheers")
The completely mismatched Sam (Ted Danson) and Diane (Shelley Long) probably never had a chance in hell of staying together — she is prim and proper, he is a former baseball star-turned-bar owner — but it is sure fun watching them try to make it work. Danson and Long have never been better than when they are bickering as Sam and Diane.
Roseanne and Dan Conner ("Roseanne")
Roseanne (Roseanne Barr) and her stalwart hubby Dan (John Goodman) showed us a real blue-collar marriage, full of ups and downs but lots of love.
Rachel Green and Ross Geller ("Friends")
Never did we want two people to get together more than Ross (David Schwimmer) and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston). He's loved her since they were in high school, and she finally realizes, after many misfires, that he is her soul mate.
Cliff and Claire Huxtable ("The Cosby Show")
Claire (Phylicia Rashad) and Cliff (Bill Cosby) represent one of the hippest married TV couples of all time, juggling successful careers with raising their five kids. And eating Jello pudding... just kidding.
Will Truman and Grace Adler ("Will & Grace")
They aren't an official couple per se, but Will (Eric McCormack) and Grace (Debra Messing) are still roommates... and soul mates. They definitely go down in the annals of best TV couples.
Buffy and Angel ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer")
Before Edward and Bella, there was Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Angel (David Boreanaz). Buffy is a sworn vampire hunter, but she can't kill the one vampire who has ever understood her. At least he tries to be a good vampire.
Homer and Marge Simpson ("The Simpsons")
One wonders how Marge puts up with her selfish, idiotic husband, but he's her Homey, and their love has endured the many trials and tribulations Homer has brought to their life.
Bob and Emily Hartley ("The Bob Newhart Show")
Psychologist Bob (Bob Newhart) wouldn't be the same without his grounded wife, Emily (Suzanne Pleshette) to keep him — and their sometimes crazy life — in line.
Morticia and Gomez Addams ("The Addams Family")
When Gomez (John Astin) woos his beloved wife Morticia (Carolyn Jones), he begins by reciting French, kissing her hand, then her wrist, then up her arm to her neck. For a gothic 1960s family, that's pretty racy. Go Gomez!
Joey and Pacey ("Dawson's Creek")
Sure, Joey (Katie Holmes) grew up loving her best friend and neighbor Dawson (James van der Beek), but once she got a little taste of the wacky Pacey (Joshua Jackson), that was all she wrote.
Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly ("The Office")
From flirting to romancing to marriage and babies, Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) have taken the art of the office romance to new levels.
Paul and Jamie Buchman ("Mad About You")
Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt showed some of the best chemistry on TV ever as the Buchmans, two New Yorkers trying to have a normal, happy marriage. They are, after all, mad about each other.
Rob and Laura Petrie ("The Dick Van Dyke Show")
As another classic TV couple, Laura (Mary Tyler Moore) knows just the right thing to say to calm her neurotic husband Rob (Dick Van Dyke) down — except when it's his turn to calm her down. "Oh, Rob!"
Sawyer and Juliet ("Lost")
There were many couplings on the twisty "Lost," but none of them held as much resonance as the love story between Sawyer (Josh Holloway) and Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell), who found each other under some very unusual circumstances.
Carrie Bradshaw and Mr. Big ("Sex and the City")
Carrie's (Sarah Jessica Parker)on-again, off-again romance with Big (Chris Noth) has given her a lot of grief through the years but also much joy. And through it all, they knew in their hearts they were destined to be together.