We all want to be in a perfect relationship, but it’s hard in real life. That’s why we love to immerse ourselves in the star-crossed romances of television. We spend most of our viewing on the edge of our seats with the shocking question of ‘Will they or won’t they?’. We throw parties when our OTP finally gets together and lives happily ever after.
Though their relationships might not be real (or even realistic), they still mean a lot to us. They can give us hope, make us cry, or just leave us fascinated with their epic love stories, the impossibility of their romances giving us a little bit of jealousy and a lot of binge-worthy watching. If it can’t be yours in real life, why not watch it on TV?
In honor of all our happy dances and squeal fests, here are the 10 best TV couples of all time. If you’re single on Valentine’s Day, these couples will provide you with all of the romance you need.
1. Ezra & Aria, Pretty Little Liars
Ezra and Aria had complications when it came to their age difference, but once they put that pesky setback behind them, they were left with pure magic.
2. Damon & Elena, The Vampire Diaries
She wanted a love that consumed her. He wanted a reason to be better. These opposites did just that for each other, and while those days are long gone, no other couple hits us as hard in the feels as they do.
3. Cory & Topanga, Boy Meets World
After falling in love as children, Cory and Topanga grew up and took it all the way. It’s amazing to fall in love with your best friend.
4. Seth and Summer, The O.C.
Seth and Summer’s relationship was all sparring and bickering, but in the end, they turned the flirty spats into a happily ever after.
5. Luke and Lorelai, Gilmore Girls
There is no slower burn than the romance between Luke and Lorelai, but the delay was worth it. There is no cuter love than that of a woman and her main caffeine source.
6. Kurt and Blaine, Glee
Growing up, changing and marrying your first love? The perfect end to Kurt and Blaine’s story, whose married life is sure to involve a house, kids and plenty of adorable duets.
7. Lily and Marshall, How I Met Your Mother
Best friends and college sweethearts, Marshall and Lily show us all how to grow up with the love of your life and how not to lose the qualities that made them fall in love with you in the first place.
8. Nathan and Haley, One Tree Hill
Marriage in high school, baby in college, dreams that never die… No one embodies unconditional love like Nathan and Haley.
9. Stef and Lena, The Fosters
There’s nothing more romantic than finding the woman that you can be yourself with, and that’s exactly what Stef found with Lena.
10. Ross and Rachel, Friends
Rachel got off a plane and gave up her dream job in Paris for Ross. If that doesn’t say THE greatest relationship of all time then nothing does.