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13 TV Breakups That Were So Healthy And Mature And 13 That Were Chaotic As Heck

"There's no such thing as fate."

Watching a TV breakup can feel like watching friends break up: It can feel cathartic, frustrating, or heartbreaking, depending on how it happens.

But some TV breakups are the picture of maturity, whereas others make you want to scream at your TV. Here are some of the best and worst TV breakups!


1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. Not so mature: Mutt and Alexis on Schitt's Creek (Season 2, Episode 6, "Moira vs. Town Council"):

Alexis says they need to make adjustments, like her talking less and him talking more. Mutt asks if she's willing to do that, and she asks if he is. Neither respond and they both look down

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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

14. 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

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

Logan says they can either take a "tough, but survivable amount of pain now" or stay together and deal with unbearable pain later" so he votes for the pain now

16. 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

17. 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"

18. 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

19. 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

20. 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

21. 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

22. Not so mature: Veronica and Archie on Riverdale (Season 3, Episode 6, "Chapter Forty-One: Manhunter"):

Archie tearfully says he saw his whole future with Veronica when they first met and Veronica responds, "Because we're endgame"

23. 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

24. 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

25. 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

26. 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!