17 TV Breakups That Were So Cringey They Were Hard To Watch, And 18 That Were Surprisingly Mature

    "Yes, Serena. It IS you."

    When TV couples break up, it can be a bit hard to watch. Maybe you loved those characters together...or maybe the breakup itself is super cringeworthy.

    The hope is that both characters can communicate their feelings in a mature way...but this doesn't always happen.

    So, as TV relationship-obsessed nerds, we decided to go through some of the best and worst TV breakups of all time. Here are 18 breakups that were mature as heck, and 17 that literally made us want to cover our eyes.


    1. Mature: Troy and Britta from Community (Season 4, Episode 11, "Basic Human Anatomy")

    Troy tells Britta ""I'm sorry. I think I proved today that I'm not ready for this. I wanted it to work. I did. I care about you so much, and I love being around you. I just think I'm better as your friend... because that I know I can be good at"

    2. Not so mature: Kat and Ethan on Euphoria (Season 2, Episode 6, "A Thousand Little Trees of Blood")

    Kat tells Ethan she's been thinking about their relationship, then says she has a terminal brain disorder and might have to leave school. Ethan accuses her of lying and she says the fact that he thinks that means there's a problem in the relationship

    3. Mature: Ted and his wife on Ted Lasso (Season 1, Episode 5, "Tan Lines")

    Ted says he wouldn't change a single thing about their relationship, and that he'd do anything to make her happy with him, but he can't, so Michelle doesn't have to try anymore — Michelle consoles him that he's not quitting, he's just letting her go

    4. Not so mature: Chidi and Simone on The Good Place (Season 3, Episode 6, "The Ballad of Donkey Doug")

    Chidi says they need to break up and simone asks why — he says it's complicated, but it's happening, then says "ya dumped!" she angrily says "okay" and leaves as chidi realizes what he's done and asks her to come back

    5. Mature: Skye and Clay on 13 Reasons Why (Season 2, Episode 8, "The Little Girl")

    Clay tells Skye she's going to forget him and she says she could never, and she can let him go and still love him — then they both say they'll miss each other

    6. Not so mature: Nate and Serena on Gossip Girl (Season 3, Episode 22: "Last Tango, Then Paris")

    Nate: "I find it in my heart to forgive you for kissing another guy and you're gonna break up with me?" Serena says it's just a break and starts to say "It's not you it's-" Nate says, "It's not you it's me? Yes Serena, it IS you"

    7. Mature: Max and Sophie on Ginny & Georgia (Season 1, Episode 9: "Feelings Are Hard"):

    Sophie says she doesn't want to hurt Max and that she's a great girlfriend but just doesn't see it working when she goes to college and that it just doesn't feel like it would "if you really knew," they hug

    8. Not so mature: Miles and Tristan on Degrassi: The Next Generation (Season 14, Episode 10: "Hero vs. Villain")

    Tristan: "Tell me I'm wrong, tell me you don't have feelings for Maya," Miles just stares blankly, Tristan calls him a terrible person who "uses and abuses people" and that he's going to wake up one day and realize he has nobody

    9. Mature: Alexis and Ted on Schitt's Creek (Season 6, Episode 8, "The Presidential Suite"):

    Alexis says she can't move with Ted, and he says he wouldn't let her anyways, since she's building something special and he's proud of her. They both say they love and are grateful to each other

    10. Not so mature: Ross and Rachel on Friends (Season 3, Episode 15, "The One Where Ross and Rachel Take a Break"):

    Ross says he's tired of having a relationship with Rachel's answering machine and then asks if this is about Mark. Rachel says she can't keep having this fight

    11. Mature: Brooke and Lucas on One Tree Hill (Season 4, Episode 1, "The Same Deep Water as You"):

    Brooke says it's not about Peyton, and she will always love Lucas but they go days without a meaningful conversation and she used to miss him when that happened, but it never seemed like he missed her, so she stopped missing him

    12. Not so mature: Cece and Schmidt on New Girl (Season 1, Episode 24, "See Ya"):

    Cece realizes Schmidt went through her phone, and says it's not okay and this relationship is about trust. Schmidt asks how he's supposed to trust her when she slept with him

    13. Mature: Scott and Allison on Teen Wolf (Season 2, Episode 12, "Master Plan"):

    Scott says it's okay that Allison is breaking up with him since he knows they'll be together one day, and Allison tells him she can't ask him to wait for her, and that there's no such thing as fate, but Scott says  there's no such thing as werewolves

    14. Not so mature: Bonnie and Jeremy on The Vampire Diaries (Season 3, Episode 7: "Ghost World"):

    Jeremy says he owes Bonnie an explanation, but Bonnie won't let him explain. She says Matt let go of his sister before Jeremy let go of Anna, then says Jeremy shouldn't make her listen to him explain himself. Jeremy apologizes, but Bonnie tells him to go

    15. Mature: Dre and Bow from Black-ish (Season 4, Episode 21, "Blue Valentime"):

    Bow says they should take a break, and Dre agrees. As he leaves, he asks how they got there, and Bow says she doesn't know

    16. Not so mature: Miranda and Steve on And Just Like That... (Season 1, Episode 8, "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered"):

    Miranda giddily calls Carrie and tells her she told Steve and that she's so happy and relieved and on the way to the airport to surprise Che: "Oh my god, I'm in a rom-com!"

    17. Mature: Vanya and Sissy on The Umbrella Academy (Season 2, Episode 10, "The End of Something"):

    Sissy thanks Vanya for helping her feel alive and hopeful and free, then says she's going to California and can't put her son in any more danger. Vanya tells her to go and have a wonderful life

    18. Not so mature: Damon and Elena on The Vampire Diaries (Season 5, Episode 16, "While You Were Sleeping"):

    Elena yells at Damon for putting her in a position where she has to defend him and bend her morals again, because she loves him, and Damon says she should stop loving him, but Elena says she can't

    19. Mature: Nick and Jess on New Girl (Season 3, Episode 20, "Mars Landing"):

    Nick and Jess say they miss when they were just friends and didn't have to change for each other, and Jess says maybe them loving each other is all they have in common

    20. Not so mature: Riley and Buffy on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Season 5, Episode 10, "Into the Woods"):

    Buffy tries to leave and says she won't take the blame for this. Riley grabs her and then asks her to hit him when she tries to get him to stop. She walks away and Riley tells her he's leaving unless she gives him a reason to stay

    21. Mature: Drew and Amy on Parenthood (Season 5, Episode 15, "Just Like at Home"):

    Drew reminds Amy he can call her for anything and they share a final kiss before he drops her off at her house and says goodbye

    22. Not so mature: Alex and Jo on Grey's Anatomy (Season 16, Episode 16, "Leave a Light On"):

    Alex leaves Jo a note saying he's in love with Izzie and has left to raise his children with her

    23. Mature: Logan and Veronica on Veronica Mars (Season 3, Episode 9, "Spit & Eggs"):

    24. Not so mature: Rory and Dean on Gilmore Girls (Season 1, Episode 16, "Star-Crossed Lovers and Other Strangers"):

    Rory doesn't say "I love you" back to Dean and he mockingly suggests she go home and discuss it with her mom over a pro-con list

    25. Mature: Samantha and Richard on Sex and the City (Season 5, Episode 3, "Luck Be an Old Lady"):

    Samantha realizes she can't trust Richard and breaks it off, "I love you Richard, but I love me more"

    26. Not so mature: Ted and Victoria on How I Met Your Mother (Season 1, Episode 18, "Nothing Good Happens After 2 A.M."):

    Ted says it's a moral gray area to not wait to sleep with Robin until after he break ups with Victoria, but he's in love with Robin so it's okay

    27. Mature: Lola and Miles on Degrassi: Next Class (Season 3, Episode 6, "#ThatFeelingWhen"):

    Lola persuades Miles not to quit the play because he still needs it, he says he doesn't trust anyone to replace her role, they agree to still work together

    28. Not so mature: Ander and Omar on Elite (Season 3, Episode 6, "Rebeca"):

    Ander lies to Omar and says he's cheating on him so that he can avoid confronting Omar over his actual cheating, Omar calls him a bastard and Ander turns away sobbing

    29. Mature: Santana and Brittany on Glee (Season 4, Episode 4, "The Break-Up"):

    Santana says she hasn't been a good girlfriend to Brittany and doesn't want them to be unhappy trying to make this long-distance relationship work

    30. Not so mature: Rory and Paul on Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (Episode 4, "Fall"):

    Paul texts Rory that they should break up due to their conflicting schedules, Lorelai says "who?" Rory says she can't believe how she treated him and that she sucks, Lorelai says she doesn't suck

    31. Mature: Ryan and Marissa on The O.C. (Season 1, Episode 27, "The Ties That Bind"):

    Marissa and Ryan slow dance at her mom's wedding, she tells him she understands why he has to leave but wishes he didn't have to

    32. Not so mature: Kelly and Ryan on The Office (Season 4, Episode 2, "Dunder Mifflin Infinity"):

    Ryan confronts Kelly for lying about being pregnant, she says she doesn't see what the big deal is

    33. Mature: Archie and Josie on Riverdale (Season 3, Episode 19, "Chapter Fifty-Four: Fear the Reaper"):

    Josie says Archie's life is in Riverdale and hers is somewhere else, they share a final kiss

    34. And finally, not so mature: Lucas and Peyton on One Tree Hill (Season 3, Episode 5, "I Forgot to Remember to Forget"):

    Lucas says he broke up with Peyton because she rejected his proposal, Brooke replies, "Are you stupid?"

    Are there any TV breakups you feel strongly about? Let us know in the comments!