Published: Thursday February 13, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Thursday February 13, 2014 MYT 7:09:27 AM

Love is on the air

Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) and Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik) in 'The Big Bang Theory'.

Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) and Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik) in 'The Big Bang Theory'.

We celebrate the love of our favourite TV couples this Valentine’s Day.

WHEN it comes to witnessing fictional love, there is nothing sweeter than seeing two well-liked characters come together on our favourite TV series.

Rachel and Ross in Friends danced around their relationship for 10 seasons, and for all those seasons fans dilligently watched the ups and downs of these two people as they try to either admit or deny their feelings for each other. Perhaps, what makes watching these people fall in love so interesting is simply that, on the telly, like in real life, we are sucker for happy endings.

So to commemorate the ultimate Day of Love tomorrow, we look at 10 of the loveliest couples on television presently. – Mumtaj Begum

Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) and Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik) in The Big Bang Theory

Who would’ve thought that geekier-than-geek Sheldon would even have a girlfriend. Well, definitely not his friends – Leonard (Johnny Galecki), Howard (Simon Helberg), Raj (Kunal Nayyar) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco). His girl, Amy Farrah Fowler, is an expert in her field of neurobiology just like Sheldon is in his, theoretical physics. While there will never be any coitus (surely?) between these two geniuses, there will be some spanking – never mind that only one of them gets the satisfaction.

Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) in Castle

It was the case of a mischievous writer with a tendency to break every rule and a by-the-book New York City cop. What is there not to love, especially with Fillion lending his natural charm to Castle. Hence, it was only a matter of time before the unresolved sexual tension got resolved (in Season Five, Episode One, to be exact). Since then, the single-and-happy Castle went down on his knees to propose to Beckett, at a playground (should we read more into the playground bit?)

Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley) and Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) in The Vampire Diaries

Their love is one that is as old as time, literally. It was more than a century ago when Stefan fell for a girl who could pass off as Elena’s twin sister. She was Katherine, a vampire who turned Stefan and his brother, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) into vampires. To have fall for Katherine’s doppelganger – Elena – years later, it must mean she is Stefan’s soul mate. Well, never mind Damon has the hots for Elena too. Oops.

Lily Aldrin (Alyson Hannigan) and Marshall Eriksen (Jason Segel) in How I Met Your Mother

This is the couple their friends want to emulate, they have the kind of love Robin, Barney and Ted wish they had. Maybe not the part which they practise many rituals or want to do everything together (breathing space, yo!). But it’s nice to know that the idea of an ideal couple like this is possible.

Phil (Ty Burrell) and Claire Dunphy (Julie Bowen) in Modern Family

It’s true every couple in this sitcom complements each other, but Phil and Claire get a special mention because they complete each other in just how different they approach just about anything. Their daughters and son have figured out how to play the parents against each other, but in the end, Phil and Claire always form a united front (thanks to Phil giving in and taking Claire’s side).

Marge and Homer Simpson in The Simpsons

Let’s just admit it: Marge is a saint for putting up with Homer. Then again, Homer always comes through in the end for his wife and children (but not before making tonnes of horrible decisions first). Their marriage has lasted through so many trials and tribulations, which are just too many to mention. No, really. Homer bungles up on a weekly basis.

Dr Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) in Bones

Their first meeting didn’t start out very well. But their attraction was apparent every time one of them begins a new relationship. Who knew jealousy could be so entertaining? Over the seasons, they fake-played a couple convincingly, but a true romance never materialised. Not until a tragedy in the form of Booth’s brain tumour (Season Four) happened. This led to a passionate kiss (Season Five), doing the deed (Season Six), having a baby (Season Seven) and, finally, walking down the aisle (Season Nine).

Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) and Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan) in The Walking Dead

It is next to impossible to find, or even hang on to, love in a zombie apocalypse. Survival is priority, after all. But in the midst of all the awful things happening around them, Glenn and Maggie prove that love is truly stronger than anything else. It was quite romantic when Glenn broke off a zombie’s finger for an antique ring, which he used to propose to Maggie. Zombies are useful that way, sometimes.

Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee Calvert (Bree Turner) in Grimm

Monroe and Rosalee come from two different types of “wesen” (mythological creatures that exists with the rest of humanity). Monroe is Blutbad and Rosalee is Fuchsbau (one has the features of a canine and the other has facial characteristics of a cat), and yet their romance is cute that you just want to root for them or maybe just pet them.

Nikita (Maggie Q) and Michael (Shane West) in Nikita

Too busy serving the higher purpose of getting justice, these two assassins never put a name to their mutual feelings. Nonetheless, it is there – especially when one is staring down the barrel of the other one’s gun (literally and metaphorically). Naturally, when these two start working together for the same side, they always fight the baddies in perfect rhythm.

Tags / Keywords: Entertainment, favourite TV couples, Castle, Vampire Diaries, How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, The Simpsons, Bones, The Walking Dead, Grimm, Nikita

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