First up is, and my personal favourite, Monica (Courteney Cox) and Chandler (Matthew Perry) from legendary sitcom Friends (1994-2004). Although many will always declare Ross and Rachel the Friends couple, who I also love watching, there’s something about Monica and Chandler that seems slightly more stable than Ross and Rachel’s on/off relationship. I’m obviously referring to Ross and Rachel’s “we were on a break” phase. Were they or were they not? You decide. Instead, Monica and Chandler were the unexpected power couple in Friends, starting out as completely platonic friends for the first four seasons, watching each other go through the ups and downs of their failed relationships with Richard and Janice.
Writing a relationship between two existing characters is always a risky move
It isn’t until Ross’ wedding to Emily in London that Monica and Chandler sleep together in a shock twist for the series, developing into a secret relationship back in New York. Their attempt to keep their relationship a secret from the group results in one of the best and funniest episodes of the series, “The One Where Everybody Finds Out”, in which Phoebe and Rachel attempt to get Monica and Chandler to tell the truth. From there, Monica and Chandler have the longest romantic relationship of all the friends, tying the knot in season seven and adopting twins after pregnancy struggles in the final season. Writing a relationship between two existing characters is always a risky move, especially when the two have been nothing but friends for so long, which paid off in this case. Monica and Chandler make the audience forget they haven’t been together all along.
Probably one of the most frustrating but endearing romances in TV has got to be Jim and Pam from The Office (2005-2013). Portrayed by John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer, Jim and Pam are stuck in a will they/won’t they situation, with their obvious attraction caught by the camera crew, which is dragged out until the conclusion of season three. With Jim’s constant excuses to go to Pam’s reception desk to flirt with her, assumptions that they’re a couple are quashed in the first episode when the audience is introduced to Pam’s fiancée and childhood sweetheart Roy, who is the polar opposite of Jim (and Pam). It isn’t until the end of season two that Jim finally professes his love for Pam, only for her to turn him down to marry Roy. Realising her mistake too late, Pam must watch as Jim begins a relationship with Karen, who doesn’t take the hint that they still have feelings for each other. Finally becoming a couple in season four, Jim and Pam soon marry and have two children as they conclude the series by leaving Scranton so Jim can pursue his job promotion.
One of the more awkward TV couples is Sheldon and Amy from The Big Bang Theory (2007-2019). Starting (and ending) the series as a socially inept nerd whose only goal is to make a breakthrough in theoretical physics and win a Nobel Prize, Sheldon (Jim Parsons) doesn’t have time or interest in romance. Setting up an online dating profile as a joke, the gang soon find the female version of Sheldon in neuroscientist Amy (Mayim Bialik). After a brief break-up in season eight, Sheldon and Amy are reunited, proving his love for her by choosing her over Star Wars which, if you’ve ever watched The Big Bang Theory, will know is a big deal. Eventually marrying, Sheldon and Amy achieve their goal of winning a Nobel Prize for their achievement in science.
So, sit back and revisit these power couples’ most memorable moments this Valentine’s Day.