Fav TV Couples: Top 10 Failed Couples, Part 2 - Featured

The O.C. - Ryan and Marissa

Do the constant make-ups and break-ups of Dan and Serena on Gossip Girl drive you insane? Well, Ryan and Marissa of The O.C. were the original Serena and Dan...and they made Dan's and Serena's problems seem like chopped liver. There was the resurfacing of Ryan's ex-girlfriend Theresa who became pregnant with his (possible) baby, Marissa's bout with lesbianism, the attempted rape of Marissa by Ryan's brother Trey and Marissa's eventual shooting of said brother (cue the Imogen Heap)...and if that wasn't enough to keep the two apart, there's that whole "Marissa's tragic death" thing.


Grey's Anatomy - Christina and Burke

It's too bad that all of the various issues between actor Isaiah Washington and the cast/producers of Grey's occurred (see here) or perhaps the Christina/Burke relationship would not have to appear on this failed list. The two were seemingly perfect for one another and the relationship survived its fair share of issues, including Christina's miscarriage a hospital scandal involving Christina's coverup of Burke's post-shooting hand troubles. However, the nail in the coffin for this relationship was Burke's running out on the two's wedding, packing up and leaving town, never to be seen or heard from again. Seasons later, Christina's character is still troubled by this relationship's failure.


Desperate Housewives - Susan and Mike

Bet you all didn't see this relationship's failure coming, did you? After all, we waited 3 seasons for Susan Mayer and Mike Delfino to finally end up happily ever after (and married)! However, at the end of the show's 4th season, the show takes a 5-year leap into the future and we are shown shocking footage of Susan coming home to a man that isn't Mike! Now in it's 5th season, Susan and Mike are divorced, their marriage not surviving a car accident that resulted in the death of a mother and her daughter. The two have both begun dating others, and continue to share custody of their son.


Friends (1994) - Rachel and Joey

We all knew that the coupling of Rachel and Joey on Friends was doomed before it even started; after all Ross and Rachel were the perfect couple. Some people disliked this story arc that developed in the later seasons of Friends, where Joey seemingly out of nowhere realized he was in love with Rachel. I think I was one of those people (at the time). However, thinking back, perhaps it wasn't entirely unrealistic that platonic friends of a friend clique might realize they have feelings for one another. It might not have worked out, but at least they gave it a shot!


The Big Bang Theory - Penny and Leonard

You might argue that this couple isn't failed so much as it remains in progress, but I'm kind of hoping that it remains in the "Fail" column. If you recall, the two have had a few almost moments - but things always go awry before anything serious develops. Personally, I think the show has been thriving without a Leonard/Penny romance - the two don't quite seem right for one another and the show works better with Penny merely as a friend to Leonard and a member of the gang. Not every sitcom couple has to end up together like Ross and Rachel!


Can you think of any other memorable failed couples? Share 'em!

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Feb 16, 2009 6:45PM EST

I can't think of a memorable failed couple right now, but I gotta say you've got it right on for Rachel and Joey!
I didn't use to follow the series since its first season so I wouldn't know the fans' frustration about the Ross/Rachel on-and-off relationship (though I am a solid 'shipper now). And when I watched Friends, it was a full series marathon of 10 years worth of episodes condensed into one week. So, for me, the Joey/Rachel thing did make sense and I didn't hate it as much as some fans probable did when it happened. If Ross weren't around, I wouldn't mind Joey being with Rach at all.

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Feb 16, 2009 8:55PM EST

i think there was west and claire from heroes. there were together in season 2 and then come season three he has ceased to exist.then there is lincoln and veronica in prison break.nd ofcourse ted nd robin in how i met ur mother.

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Feb 17, 2009 8:20AM EST

Ally & Larry on "Ally McBeal" !!!

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Feb 17, 2009 2:50PM EST

Veronica and Logan on Veronica Mars <3

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Feb 17, 2009 10:13PM EST

I would like to see Leonard with Penny. It would give hope to the nerds of the world lol

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Feb 18, 2009 1:55PM EST

Dude. You guys are forgetting Lana Lang and Clark Kent! there was such a hype for them in the first 3 seasons, but at season 8, that couple failed miserably. Clark can never go near Lana, unless he wants to die!

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Feb 18, 2009 3:49PM EST

Dawson n Joey Epic Fail -

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Nov 12, 2015 5:26PM EST

Totally agree with nes0!! Logan and Veronica were perfect for each other yet it went wrong so many times and they ended up apart..............though here's hoping they give it another shot in the hopefully being made film!!!Also willow and oz fron buffy, cutest couple ever, til he became a werewolf she kissed xander, they got back together until he was attracted to a girl werewolf and nearly ate willow.......he leaves to figure out how to stop himself changing, goes through lots of hardship and returns only to find out willow is now batting for the other team with tara and the only thing that makes him transform is now Willow.......completely doomed.Not to mention Angel and buffy,Michael Scott and Jan(the office), wesley and Fred(Angel), J.D and Elliot though they are givin it another go, kyle and wendy (south park) lol :D

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Feb 24, 2009 9:09PM EST

I would put Robin and Ted from "How I Met Your Mother" on there too just because at first we all thought it was love at first sight, she was the mother. And turns out, they weren't meant to be at all.
I would also like to add Lorelai and Christopher from Gilmore Girls. Even though I was a fan of Luke and Lorelai, there were a lot of people hoping the old high school sweet hearts would work it out, especially when they went ahead and got married.

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Feb 25, 2009 4:29PM EST

Lucas and Brooke in One Tree Hill!!

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Feb 25, 2009 7:32PM EST

i totally agree with you animalcrackers12!!! lucas and brooke were the best tv couple of their time. here's to still hoping they get back together!!
also, i was rooting for joey and rachel in the end. i honestly thought they made a much better couple than ross and rachel!!

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Feb 26, 2009 10:30PM EST

Clark Kent and Lana Lang from Smallville!!!epic couple (even though im totally a clois fan!)

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Feb 27, 2009 12:41AM EST

They should have included Betty and Gio from Ugly Betty.

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Mar 10, 2009 4:45PM EDT

Lucas and Brooke on One Tree Hill!!!

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Mar 11, 2009 9:27AM EDT

How could you forget the tragic BUffy and Angel. No other couple compares.

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Mar 22, 2009 6:32PM EDT

Anya and Xander from Buffy!!! Sabrina and Josh from Sabrina The Teenage Witch! Meadow and Finn. from The Sopranos! Oz and Willow from Buffy The Vampire Slayer! Buffy and Angel!!!!! Tony and Dr. Melfi even if Tony thought he loved her for like on episode!

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May 11, 2009 3:17PM EDT

Yes you are missing a prime fail: Clana! They were the fans favorite couple or sometimes couple for multiple seasons and then she changed and the writers started to recognize the true superman storyline. But their chemistry was undeniable and some of their love scenes were epic

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May 11, 2009 3:19PM EDT

or if it's just any couple that didn't work out, how about all three of Rory's boys: Logan, Jess, & Dean.

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