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Overlooked But Not Forgotten: 50 of the Best Secondary TV Couples

Lancelot and Guinevere in the BBC's TV Series Merlin; Overlooked But Not Forgotten: 50 of the Best Secondary TV Couples
Lancelot and Guinevere in the BBC’s TV Series Merlin.

Sometimes it’s not easy being the second choice. When it comes to TV relationships, it’s usually the main couples who are front and center. And it’s hard not to root for them! You know, Booth and Brennan, Luke and Lorelai, the whole Sawyer/Jack/Kate/Juliet quadrangle, etc…

But there are other TV couples on popular shows that usually take the back seat to their more popular counterparts. So while they may not be the MAIN romantic relationship of the series (at least not in the eyes of the majority of the audience), they deserve just as much attention and appreciation for being what they are: Great TV Couples….even if they are sometimes overlooked. While some of these pairings play the role of a beta couple working as a foil to the main love couple, (therefore getting together quicker than the main pairing), others just don’t get as much attention as they deserve and it’s about time they did.

So without further ado, here are fifty of the best secondary TV couples:

# 50 Kaylee and Simon from Firefly

Photo: FOX

# 49 Chummy and Peter from Call the Midwife

Photo: BBC

#48 Jo and Zane from Eureka

Photo: SYFY

#47 Adam and Kono from Hawaii Five-O

#46 Felix and Izzie from Road to Avonlea

Photo: Sullivan Entertainment

#45 Charlie and Claire from Lost

Photo: ABC

#44 Doggett and Reyes from The X-Files

Photo: FOX

#43 Sister Bernadette and Dr. Turner from Call the Midwife

Photo: BBC

#42 Lane and Dave from Gilmore Girls

Photo: WB

#41 Anya and Xander from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Photo: FOX

#40 Fred and Gunn AND Fred and Wesley from Angel

Photo: FOX

#39 Minnie and Alfie from Lark Rise to Candleford

Photo: BBC

#38 Cary and Kalinda from The Good Wife

Photo: CBS

#37 Fred and Stacy from Drop Dead Diva

Photo: USA

#36 Taylor and Matt Dowd from Eli Stone

Photo: ABC

#35 Ellie and Devon (aka Captain Awesome) from Chuck

Photo: NBC

#34 Monroe and Rosalee from Grimm

Photo: NBC

#33 Lavon and Annabeth from Hart of Dixie

Photo: CW

#32 Tosh and Owen from Torchwood

Photo: BBC

#31 Nina and George from Being Human

Photo: BBC

#30 Anna and Bates from Downton Abbey

Photo: ITV

#29 (TIE) Alex and Owen/Alex and Sean from Nikita

Photo: CW
Photo: CW

#28 Victor and Sierra from Dollhouse

Photo: FOX

#27 CC and Niles from The Nanny

Photo: CBS

#26 Jenny and Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Photo: FOX

#25 Gaius Baltar and Caprica Six from Battlestar Galactica

Photo: SYFY

#24 Zoe and Wash from Firefly

Photo: FOX

#23 Sookie and Jackson from Gilmore Girls

Photo: WB

#22 Jess and Becker from Primeval

Photo: BBC

#21 Emily and Matt from Primeval

Photo: BBC

#20 Slater and Jessie from Saved by the Bell

Photo: NBC

#19 Kenzi and Hale from Lost Girl

Photo: Syfy

#18 (TIE) Willow and Tara/Willow and Oz from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Photo: FOX

Photo: FOX

#17 Isabel and Alex from Roswell

Photo: WB

#16 Angela and Hodgins from Bones

Photo: FOX

#15 Desmond and Penny from Lost

Photo: ABC

#14 Adama and Roslin from Battlestar Galactica

Photo: Syfy

#13 Helo and Athena from Battlestar Galactica

Photo: Syfy

#12 Prue and Andy from Charmed

Photo: WB

#11 Sun and Jin from Lost

Photo: ABC

#10 Meghan and Sean from Felicity

Photo: WB

#9 Dot and Hugh from Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

Photo: ABC

#8 Lancelot and Guinevere from Merlin

Lancelot and Guinevere in the BBC’s TV Series Merlin.

#7 Olivia and Jasper from Road to Avonlea

Photo: Sullivan Entertainment

#6 Michael and Maria from Roswell

Photo: WB

#5 Doyle and Cordelia from Angel

Photo: FOX

#4 Dean and Jo from Supernatural

Dean and Jo
Photo: CW

#3 Sybil and Branson from Downton Abbey

Photo: ITV

#2 Shannon and Sayid from Lost

Photo: ABC

#1 (TIE) Chloe and Davis/Chloe and Oliver from Smallville

Photo: CW
Photo: CW

Did I leave off any of your favorite secondary couples from the list? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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By on January 22nd, 2014

About Amber Topping

Amber works as a blogger/writer full-time and fell in love with stories and imagination at an early age. She loved doing Shirley Temple impersonations and creating plays with her siblings. Amber did cheerleading, dance, wrote stories, and ultimately discovered her passion for writing and video editing. She has a Humanities and Film Degree from BYU, co-created The Silver Petticoat Review, contributed as a writer to various magazines, and has an MS in Publishing from Pace University, where she wrote her thesis on transmedia, Jane Austen, and the romance genre. Her ultimate dreams are to publish books, write and produce movies, travel around the world, and form a creative village of talented storytellers trying to change the world through art.

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6 thoughts on “Overlooked But Not Forgotten: 50 of the Best Secondary TV Couples”

  1. Oh, you had me at no 50 … there were some great couples in Firefly and I’m glad to see Kaylee and Simon and Zoe and Wash made your list 🙂
    I always liked Michael and Sara from Prison Break too.

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    • There definitely were in Firefly. It was a great show. I liked Sara and Michael on Prison Break too. I guess I just don’t see them as secondary or overlooked. They were huge when that show was on and the main couple. But yeah, they were great.

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  2. Great choices. Only…Dean and Jo were never a couple. They never actually got together. I love their story, and the bittersweet to it, the almost of it, but unless I’m forgetting something, the most they ever shared was a regretful kiss after she was already dead. I just don’t think I could count them. I’d go for Dean and Lisa though. 🙂

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    • Thank you! I use the term couple loosely. If there’s at least one-sided romantic feelings involved it can count as a TV couple in my book. Just because Scully and Mulder weren’t together till season 7, it didn’t mean that beforehand they weren’t a “TV Couple.” So no fanon here, but also not always literally being official as a couple. Many great TV couples never get together even though we’re obviously supposed to root for them to be together. Were Doyle and Cordelia ever a couple? No. But we were supposed to root for them and then he died before they could become anything. Same with Jo. Dean and Jo were a romantic pair on the show, even if it remained unfulfilled between the two of them! So I guess I defend my choice. 🙂 And yeah, to each their own but I was never a fan of Dean and Lisa! Thanks for your thoughts.

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  3. … I loved Lancelot and Guinevere, they had such chemistry (which I, particularly, never saw between Arthur & Gwen). And -I- will interpret it as Merthur shipping, because that’s how my boat floats.

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