I don’t know about everyone else, but after seeing several best TV Kisses Lists for Valentine’s Day last week, I couldn’t help but consider my own favorites (particularly when I found these lists desperately wanting). Best kisses are of course subjective. What may to one be the greatest kiss of all time, another finds especially putrid (there are a few I find disgusting that I shall not name here). Whatever the case, a kiss reveals emotion, angst, attraction, and lust, or intense feelings, but to make a great kiss, there has to be something special, something deeper, and something more…
In television, sometimes a couple takes forever to kiss, so when it FINALLY does take place, the show catches the audience with a wonderfully pleasant surprise (these can become the best moments too). In others, a kiss can be an emotional goodbye or even a tease between the characters. It can be a reunion, an end of the world scenario, or the result of years’ worth of pent-up tension. Most importantly, however, the kiss between the two characters needs to feel earned when it happens, and at the same time, bursting with intense chemistry. While this list is certainly not comprehensive, and I know I left out some big ones, here are 65 memorable ones from many of my own favorites to kisses that undoubtedly left a mark:
The Top 65 (in no particular order)
#1: Booth and Bones’ 100th Episode Kiss
#2: Seth and Summer from the O.C. Their Spiderman kiss!
#3: Arthur and Gwen from Merlin
Their first kiss was just so beautiful.
TIED For #3: Lancelot and Gwen from Merlin
A great kiss that should have promised many more to come.
#4: Felicity and Gus from Road to Avonlea
“Better than kissing my dog.” A perfect coming-of-age kiss.
#5: Freddie and Bel from The Hour
A well earned kiss right before its undeserved cancellation.
#6: Betty and Gio from Ugly Betty
I loved how he just grabbed her!
#7: Spike and Buffy from “Intervention” in Season 5
This was my favorite of their kisses because it wasn’t based on lust.
#8: Buffy and Angel’s first kiss in Season 1.
This was pure romance for me when it first aired.
#9: Rick and Kate from Castle
The moment everyone had been waiting for!
#10: Chloe and Clark from Smallville
The Vessel end of the world kiss was something I had been waiting on forever.
#11: Chloe and Davis from Smallville
This dream kiss has to be one of the hottest kisses ever. Such intense passion!
#12: Chuck and Blair from Gossip Girl
Another fabulous example of chemistry.
#13: Sarah and Chuck from Chuck
Nothing like a kiss when you’re about to die…
#14: Nick and Claudia from Primeval
This was a great moment: a kiss right before he tries to save Claudia’s life.
#15: Damon and Elena from The Vampire Diaries
These two have several fantastic kisses but I like this one because the moment was quiet and real.
#16: Will and Alicia from The Good Wife
The elevator kiss just sizzled.
#17: Dawson and Joey from Dawson’s Creek
Say what you will about later seasons, but when this first aired, I WANTED this kiss from the end of the first season.
#18: Joey and Pacey from Dawson’s Creek
Pacey takes action in a perfect moment from season 3!
#19: Vincent and Catherine from Beauty and the Beast
A wonderful rooftop kiss!
#20: Dean and Jo from Supernatural
A goodbye kiss before Jo died was definitely one of the most romantic and equally depressing moments on the show.
#21: Wade and Zoe from Hart of Dixie
I love this kiss more than the one that follows because it was so heartfelt.
AND Tied for #21: Zoe and George from Hart of Dixie
I swooned at this simple kiss after George declares he didn’t marry Lemon for her.
#22: Moray and Denise from The Paradise
Moray chooses love in the final seconds of the first season!
#23: The 9th Doctor and Rose from Doctor Who
A self-sacrificial kiss to save the woman he loves.
TIED for #23: The 10th Doctor and Rose from Doctor Who
The extended “Journey’s End” kiss.
#24: Doyle and Cordelia from Angel
A beautiful and tragic kiss right before Doyle sacrifices himself to save everyone’s lives and in the process gain redemption.
#25: Emma and Graham from Once Upon A Time
A kiss before he dies; my favorite kiss from the entire show.