There is good news and bad news in TV couple land. But let's start with the former. Here are the best TV couples of 2014:
1. Poussey Washington and Taystee Jefferson, Orange Is the New Black
Relationship status: They kissed once, and it was a pity kiss from Taystee. :(
Why they're the best: Taystee got herself thrown back in jail just to be with Poussey! And Poussey stood up to the crazy, scary Vee on Taystee's behalf. That is real love. And they always have each other's backs, except when Taystee was a bitch to Poussey under Vee's orders. But mostly, they're just better together. —Emily Orley
2. Claire and Frank Underwood, House of Cards
Relationship status: Married for a long time and the ultimate power couple (though they seem to have an open relationship, as they've had a threesome with their security guard and each had affairs as well).
Why they're the best: Despite all his terribleness, "Francis," as Claire refers to him, is actually really protective of his wife, particularly when the man who sexually assaulted her showed up at their dinner table. And Claire, in all her cutthroat-ness, is beyond supportive of her husband and is willing to go to pretty much any length to help advance his career. —E.O.
3. Sarah Manning and Cal Morrison, Orphan Black
Relationship status: Dated years ago and had a child together (unbeknownst to Cal!) and are currently back together... for now.
Why they're the best: They're kind of just sexy as hell, to be honest. Cal is a programmer/lumberjack and Sarah's a nutcase, EXCEPT when she's with Cal. It's like they should always be around each other, I guess. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ —Erin LaRosa
4. Detective Rust Cohle and his six-pack of beer, True Detective
Relationship status: Hooking up on the regular, and borderline "official."
Why they're the best: Rust won't talk to anyone until he gets his six-pack, and that six-pack wouldn't have it any other way. <3 —E.LR.
5. Topanga and Cory Matthews, Girl Meets World
Relationship status: Together since junior high, and now married with two children.
Why they're the best: CORY AND TOPANGA TOGETHER FOREVER! Need I say more? No, no I need not. But in case you missed the '90s and have never heard of a little show called Boy Meets World, Cory and Topanga met in the sandbox around age 3. And decades later (and on a new spinoff Girl Meets World), they're still a duo and as quirky as ever. —E.O.
6. Virginia Johnson and Bill Masters, Masters of Sex
Relationship status: Currently having an affair (FOR MEDICAL PURPOSES), and pretty much boning all over the damn place. (But mostly in a hotel.)
Why they're the best: Even though this relationship is inherently NOT GOOD because Bill is borderline verbally abusive and cheating on his wife, these two need each other. Bill and Virginia wouldn't be able to function, quite literally, without one another, as we learned this season. —E.LR.
7. Connor Walsh and Oliver Hampton, How to Get Away With Murder
Relationship status: Dated for a few fleeting months, but are currently splitsville. :(
Why they're the best: Even though Connor originally hooked up with Oliver to get information (TERRIBLE, I KNOW), he opened up more to him than anyone else. It was the first time Connor allowed himself to be vulnerable with someone else, and they were actually super cute together. RIP Coliver. —E.LR.
8. Elizabeth Faulkner McCord and Henry McCord, Madam Secretary
Relationship status: Married for many years.
Why they're the best: Elizabeth holds a really high-powered job (she's the U.S. Secretary of State) and Henry isn't intimidated by that fact AT ALL. At one point, it seemed like he was having an affair, but he wasn't — he was just spying for the NSA. And he's extremely supportive of Elizabeth, as is she of him. Also, they're really adorable. — E.O.
9. Glenn Rhee and Maggie Greene, The Walking Dead
10. Kristina and Adam Braverman, Parenthood
Relationship status: Married for years, will be together forever.
Why they're the best: This isn't a ranking post but, if it was, Adam and Kristina would be No. 1. They are, by far, the best couple on television. They have a healthy, stable, and insanely supportive marriage. And through their fair share of hard times — mainly finding out their middle child has Asperger's, Kristina's battle with breast cancer, and an unplanned pregnancy — they've only become closer. If you didn't cry when Adam got their middle child Max to show up at the school he and Kristina opened together, you're lying. —E.O.
11. Jane Villanueva and Rafael Solano, Jane the Virgin
Relationship status: In what is surely now every woman's worst nightmare, Jane was accidentally inseminated with Rafael's sperm and is now carrying his unborn child. They've also started dating, which is somehow super cute. Plus, they have "the spark."
Why they're the best: Jane has made wild Rafael calm down and Rafael has been a constant source of encouragement for Jane whenever she feels overwhelmed (which is a lot, because she's a pregnant virgin, just realized she doesn't love her fiancé, and has recently met her long lost father who happens to be a famous telenovela star.) —E.O.
12. Mindy Lahiri and Danny Castellano, The Mindy Project
Relationship status: They're dating, and Mindy is ready for a ring.
Why they're the best: It's really cute to watch them tease each other. Also, their kiss on the plane was pretty perfect. —E.O.
13. Rainbow and Dre Johnson, Black-ish
Relationship status: Married with four children.
Why they're the best: Dre can get a little worked up when an idea strikes. But Bow is always there to keep him grounded and/or tell him he's being an idiot. —E.O.
14. Anna and John Bates, Downton Abbey
Relationship status: Pretty happily married, and forever protective of each other.
Why they're the best: Anna fought like hell for Bates to get out of jail for a murder he didn't commit. And he protected her, well kind of... in his own way, after she was brutally raped. These two will never give up on one another! —E.O.
15. Daenerys Targaryen and Daario Naharis, Game of Thrones
Relationship status: Khaleesi is currently using Daario as her sex slave, and that is totally more than OK.
Why they're the best: It's really that Daario worships Khaleesi, and is more than happy to be there at her beck and call. #relationshipgoals — E.LR.
16. Molly Solverson and Gus Grimly, Fargo
Relationship status: Married with a bun in the oven, and happily spending nights at Molly's dad's diner.
Why they’re the best: They're just sweet, ya know? Kind of like a vanilla milkshake. They're genuinely good people who happened to find and believe in each other. But they'd be completely boring if people weren't being murdered around them all the time. —E.LR.
17. Mary, Queen of Scots and Francis II, Reign
18. Patrick Murray and Richie Donado, Looking
19. Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser and Jamie Fraser, Outlander
20. Hanna Marin and Caleb Rivers, Pretty Little Liars
21. Rebecca and Wes, How to Get Away With Murder
Relationship status: Officially a couple, and especially so since Wes totally helped Rebecca cover up a murder. SHE OWES HIM.
Why they're the worst: Rebecca is usually mean to Wes, and it took him saving her ass roughly a dozen times before she was finally like, "Oh, you're kinda the best, huh?" Plus, Wes loses any sense of rationality when he's around Rebecca, which doesn't bode well for his career and life, in general. —E.LR.
22. Stefan and Ivy, The Vampire Diaries
23. Sarah Pfefferman and Tammy Cashman, Transparent
24. Fiona Gallagher and Mike Pratt, Shameless
Relationship status: Officially over, even though Mike bailed Fiona out of jail...
Why they’re the worst: In a lot of ways, Mike is the best and most stable thing to happen to Fiona. And she ends up being extremely vulnerable in front of him when she admits her mistakes, and actually seems to be learning from them. But having to watch Fiona fuck up her life, and fuck over the nicest man to enter it, is just way too much. —E.LR.
25. Olivia Pope and Fitz Grant, Scandal
26. Katrina and Ichabod Crane, Sleepy Hollow
Relationship status: Married and working through some... issues.
Why they’re the worst: Katrina is boring. There, I said it. She's like a warm glass of milk you're forced to drink and then choke on halfway through. And Ichabod is a gentleman and a scholar who deserves more than a lying witch. (That's not a euphemism, she really is a liar and a witch.) —E.LR.
27. Eugene Porter and his mullet, The Walking Dead
28. Quinn Perkins and Charlie, Scandal
Relationship status: On and off, in between trying to kill one another.
Why they're the worst: Pretty much the same reasons that Quinn and Huck are the worst, without the face licking. Quinn really just needs to be on her own for a while. —E.O.
29. Callie Torres and Arizona Robbins, Grey's Anatomy
Relationship status: Recently separated. Let the underwear dance parties resume!
Why they're the worst: I know many, many people loved Calzona. I loved them at one point! But as the years went on, and they grew to just hate and resent one another (if I heard one more argument about "the leg"...), it was just too unbearable. They're both good people, but they're not good together. After countless breakups and makeups, I'm relieved it finally seems over for good. —E.O.
30. Cyrus Beene and the male prostitute Michael, Scandal
31. Piper Chapman and Alex Vause, Orange Is The New Black
32. Alana Bloom and Hannibal Lecter, Hannibal
33. Megan and Don Draper, Mad Men
34. Quinn Perkins and Huck Finn, Scandal
35. Alison Lockhart and Noah Solloway, The Affair
Relationship status: Hooked up for three months, called it off when he found out she was selling drugs, saw each other once and couldn't keep their hands off one another, and spent the day screwing in Noah's home while his wife and children were out. Noah just left his wife for Allison, but Allison isn't quite on the same page.
Why they're the worst: HELLO! They're both married! —E.O.
36. Sansa Stark and Lord Baelish, Game of Thrones
37. Polly Harper and Larry Bloom, Orange Is The New Black
Relationship status: Horrifyingly started dating while Polly was STILL married, and Larry's fiancé was STILL in prison.
Why they're the worst: You don't have an affair with your incarcerated wife's best friend who is married and just had a baby. YOU JUST DON'T! —E.O.