Rachel and Ross (Friends)
The quintessential will they/won’t they couple is unarguably Ross Gellar and Rachel Greene. At first, nobody would have guessed nerdy Ross could ever get with the vivacious and somewhat materialistic Rachel, but over the course of 10 seasons they went from friends to couple to husband and wife to separated parents, and finally ended up together again in the series finale.
Jim and Pam (The Office)
The sweetest office romance on television kept fans tuning in weekly to swoon over stolen glances and goofy smiles between the receptionist and salesman. After two seasons, viewers everywhere squealed with happiness when Jim and Pam finally shared their first kiss.
Blair and Chuck (Gossip Girl)
The king and queen of upper-east side teens, Blair and Chuck had fans clamoring for their rich-kid hookup since the show began. Unfortunately, they’re mutual penchant for psychological warfare got in the way of their love more than one time — and probably more than 20 times — but they always found their way back to one another.
Elliot and Olivia (Law and Order: SVU)
Fans have been clamoring for this pair of sex crimes detectives to get together for seasons and seasons. Although, since Christopher Meloni’s Elliot Stabler left the show, this pairing seems unlikely to ever reach its romantic fruition.
Luke and Lorelei (Gilmore Girls)
While fans will fight to this day over whom daughter Rory should’ve ended up with, everyone agrees that caffeine-addicted mother Lorelei Gilmore belonged with coffee-provider Luke Danes. Fans watched the pair bicker about their lives for years and years until they finally ended up with each other.
Jack and Kate (Lost)
Though they always faced problems on the island, Jake and Kate shared a bond that every “Lost” fan could plainly see. Even though they tried to start relationships with different people, Jack and Kate did find an ending together in the afterlife.
Carrie and Big (Sex and the City)
Throughout Carrie’s string of lovers throughout the series, Mr. Big was the on constant always there. Sadly, he couldn’t commit to the New York journalist, and she spent years trying to find a man who would. However, fans were relieved to find them married in the series’ first movie.
J.D. and Elliot (Scrubs)
Although they hooked up in the first season, it wouldn’t be until several seasons later that J.D. and Elliot actually entered a lasting relationship together. Although the comedy is known for portraying absurd and unrealistic moments, the love between these two doctors was always very real and grounded.
Joey and Dawson (Dawson's Creek)
The pinnacle of all ‘90s teen dramas offered fans a relationship to root for through a series of trials and tribulations. Hordes of fans tuned in for the finale to see if Joey would decide to be with titular Dawson or conflicted but comical Pacey.
Mulder and Scully (The X-Files)
Maybe it was the alien abductions and government conspiracies that got viewers to first tune in, but it was the undeniable chemistry between FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully that hooked a cult following. The couple frustratingly never defined their relationship until running away together in the series’ finale.
George Michael and Maeby (Arrested Development)
The always-awkward George Michael Bluth has a thing for his rebellious cousin Maeby. Fans both cringed and reveled in Michael Cera’s painfully awkward attempts to hook up with his cousin, until it was revealed Maeby’s mother was adopted. With the biological gross-out factor gone, viewers awaited the squeamish coupling.
Angela and Jordan (My So-Called Life)
For only a 19-episode run, Angela and Jordan’s relationship put its fans through the whole gambit of emotions. Angela begins by longing for the dreamboat Jordan, but realizes he’s a jerk when he wants to hide their relationship from his friends and breaks up with her when she refuses him sex. He sleeps with her best friend, but she forgives him after reading love letters addressed to her — but they weren’t even penned by him!
House and Cuddy (House)
Although the “Huddy” relationship divided fans, the years of frustration and tension between the doctor and Dean of Medicine undeniably foreshadowed a romance. Just like their professional relationship, House and Cuddy’s intimate involvement was complicated, and eventually ended due to House’s addiction struggles.
Donna and Josh (The West Wing)
As a White House aid, Donna Moss was meant to be only a minor character in the long-running political series, but her chemistry with boss Josh Lyman could not be downplayed. Seasons of flirtation and innuendo finally culminated in romance during the show’s final season.
Chuck and Sarah (Chuck)
What started out as a fake relationship to cover up their life as CIA agents, Chuck and Sarah’s chemistry was too undeniable to remain only a cover. After two flirtatious seasons, the pair finally became official in season 3.
Eric and Sookie (True Blood)
Though the telepathic bartender Sookie wasn’t meant for vampire Eric, he tricked her into drinking his blood and forged a bond with her. Fans rooted for the pair, and were glued to the screen as the couple sealed the deal in season 4.
Brennan and Booth (Bones)
“Bones” fans clung to the hopes of a Brennan-Booth pairing since the very beginning of the show. They finally breathed a sigh of relief in the season 6 finale when it was revealed Brennan was pregnant with Booth’s baby.
Fred and Daphne (Scooby Doo)
Ever notice how when the group had to split up, Fred always “randomly” put himself with Daphne? Yeah, so did every other viewer. While the cartoon mystery solvers’ relationship varies from explicitly stated to unmentioned depending on the episode or movie, fans immediately imagine the two as being together.