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10 TV couples who didn't work

Posted April 24
Updated April 25

TVLAND — Nothing is more gratifying than two characters you’re dying to see together make it official. All the tension pays off, the romance stops being a question mark and the two lovers get into the daily ins and outs of coupledom.

But they don’t always actually work out that well. Maybe they’re too similar, maybe the chemistry only goes so far, maybe they’re just plain old gross together.

Though we may have rooted for them to get together, below is a list of TV’s worst pairings.

Blair Waldorf and Chuck Bass — “Gossip Girl”

Yeah you heard me. They use an abuse each other — repeatedly. They bring out a dark, manipulative and competitive nature in each other, and it’s horrible.

Rory Gilmore and Everyone — “Gilmore Girls”

The big debate with the reboot is “who is Rory going to end up with?” Hopefully nobody. She is boring, and needs to figure out how not to be defined by either her mother or a significant other.

Anna Stern and Seth Cohen — “The O.C.”

“Tell me, am I dating the female me?” Seth asks Ryan when he realizes his easy relationship with Anna might actually just be dull.

Kate Austen and James “Sawyer” Ford — “Lost”

He basically teased and flirted with her — an unflattered party — until they were kidnapped together and she had no other options. Cute.

Buffy Summers and William “the Bloody” Pratt aka Spike — “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”

Literally the only reason he didn’t bite her was because he physically couldn’t. So they took their aggression and hatred for each other and channeled it into a super weird relationship instead.

Quinn Fabray and Finn Hudson — “Glee”

Captain of the football team and head cheerleader - a match made in McKinley High Heaven, right? Wrong. She was withholding, he was wandering. Rhyming names aren’t everything.

Veronica Mars and Stosh “Piz” Piznarki — “Veronica Mars”

Let’s let his insane name slide, and acknowledge that for most normal humans Piz would be a great choice. But Veronica’s intensity never found its equal in the too-nice good guy.

Lindsay Weir and Nick Andopolis — “Freaks and Geeks”

Despite his enthusiasm for her, Lindsay was never interested in the Zeppelin-obsessed giant in her new friend group. One-sided relationships are sad.

Annie Blackburn and Dale Cooper — “Twin Peaks”

Agent Cooper, man of enthusiasm, open mindedness and a deep love of coffee, was ill-matched with the quiet, shy and kinda odd Annie. He should’ve been with a firecracker instead.

Joey Tribbiani and Rachel Greene — “Friends”

Eventually the hot/dumb ones had to give it a go, apparently. The Joey and Rachel episodes feel like a strange fever dream and poor Joey should’ve known not to get involved in the mess that was Ross ’n’ Rachel.

Amanda is a writer and pop culture fanatic who studied journalism at BYU. She has written for a candy store, a U.S. senator, an art museum, Entertainment Weekly magazine, a beauty company, local news and musicians. Find her on Twitter @amandataylor88

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