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    26 TV Relationships That Were So Compelling, People Kept Watching The Show Just For Them

    David and Patrick's Creek!

    We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which TV couples were so good, they were the reason they kept watching the show. Here are some of their responses:

    Warning: Spoilers ahead!

    1. Patrick and David from Schitt's Creek:

    Patrick tells David he's spent most of his life not knowing what feeling right feels like, but that David makes him feel right
    Pop / CBC

    "The show was great on its own, but their relationship was definitely the biggest reason I kept watching. They were so cute and perfect for each other — I couldn't help rooting for them till the end."

    ranjanipshankar

    2. Haley and Nathan from One Tree Hill:

    Nathan and Haley renew their wedding vows in Season 3, Nathan says their love will never waver
    The WB

    "They were the only reason I watched One Tree Hill to the end. The show went downhill after Season 6, but their storyline carried all the good that was left."

    vsoldf

    3. Felicity and Oliver from Arrow:

    Oliver kisses Felicity and says, "Don't ask me to say that I don't love you"
    The CW

    "Honestly, the show wouldn't have lasted without Olicity. They were perfect for each other. I'm still bitter about how things ended, but at least they're in a paradise dimension where they can be happy together forever."

    mysarahtahir

    4. Brienne and Jaime from Game of Thrones:

    Jaime and Brienne hook up
    HBO

    "I pined for their scenes together. Even before anything romantic happened between them, their chemistry was just that good. I know a lot of people were iffy when they actually hooked up, but their 'Will they or won't they?' vibe propelled me through the show."

    rachmucha

    5. Schmidt and Cece from New Girl:

    Cece: "I actually feel like I want something that lasts and I want it with you"
    Fox

    "Even though they started off messy, I couldn’t help but root for them. I cried when they finally got married."

    Aly Lee

    6. Santana and Brittany from Glee:

    Santana tells Brittany she loves her and wants to be with her
    Fox

    "For me as a young queer girl, Santana and Brittany's relationship was incredibly important. Watching them grow into one of the most successful couples on the show and eventually get married was truly an amazing experience."

    MoorleHS

    7. Ian and Mickey from Shameless:

    Ian and Mickey share one last kiss at the border
    Showtime

    "Their relationship was so real and raw — my eyes lit up every single time they appeared onscreen. I could barely get through the seasons when Mickey was gone, and they’re the only reason I finished the show. They’ll always remain my absolute favorite TV couple."

    Daniella

    8. Ben and Leslie from Parks and Recreation:

    Ben proposes to Leslie
    NBC

    "I loved everything about that pairing. Everyone deserves a relationship like theirs."

    pinkjadeybug

    9. Carla and Samuel from Elite:

    Carla: "You played me and you won," Samuel: "I lost you," Carla: "You never had me"
    Netflix

    "Their chemistry was totally amazing."

    vanshikachoudhary

    10. Josie and Hope from Legacies:

    Josie says she doesn't want Hope to get hurt; Hope says she's not going to leave her behind
    The CW

    Suggested by: Katherine

    "Honestly, at this point I’m continuing to watch Legacies for the relationships — specifically, I love Hope and Josie. The two of them have such great chemistry, and every scene Danielle Rose Russell and Kaylee Bryant have together is so good. I don’t know if Hope and Josie will ever finally get together, but god, I hope so.”

    Nora Dominick

    11. Magnus and Alec from Shadowhunters:

    Magnus and Alec wedding
    Freeform

    "I've watched a lot of shows with queer couples, but I don't think any of them were as beautifully and realistically portrayed as Malec. The slow burn, the chemistry, the buildup -— everything about them was out of this world."

    raiyanmashhureen

    12. Rory and Logan from Gilmore Girls:

    Logan: "Fine I'll do it, I'll be your boyfriend," Rory: "You can't be my boyfriend!"
    The WB

    "Admit it: We all lived for the Life and Death Brigade shenanigans, the antics of school life at an Ivy League, and the drama of the even snootier Huntzberger family. From their slow burn to becoming real partners and supporting each other in later seasons, they were the reason I tuned in so long."

    yougotterotter

    13. Emma and Hook from Once Upon a Time:

    Hook tells Emma she's his happy ending
    ABC

    "Their slow but steady romance was my favorite thing about the show."

    zoekohn101

    14. Hanna and Caleb from Pretty Little Liars:

    Caleb leaves for California but says he has one "very good reason to come back" and that's Hanna
    Freeform

    Suggested by: blacki_96

    "They had such amazing chemistry, and every scene they had together was interesting. They were so vulnerable with each other, and I feel like they grew as people together. Their scenes just held such emotional weight that the other ships didn't always have, and they actually felt like a real couple I could root for."

    Hannah Marder

    15. Piper and Alex from Orange Is the New Black:

    Piper and Alex leaning separated walls listening to each other
    Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection

    "Even though their relationship was toxic at times, the chemistry was off the charts, and I couldn’t help but be pulled in."

    alicebraz

    16. Grace and Rich from Skins:

    Grace to Rich: "Like I probably love you"
    E4

    "There's no way I would have watched past the first couple of episodes of their generation without them."

    oviewankanobi

    17. Clarke and Bellamy from The 100:

    Clarke hugs Bellamy
    The CW

    "I never stopped shipping Clexa, but given Lexa’s death, I eventually had to move forward. Bellamy and Clarke really kept me watching The 100. It was disappointing that the show never progressed their relationship — it genuinely would’ve been epic."

    KDales25

    18. Lydia and Stiles from Teen Wolf:

    Lydia: "I didn't say it back," Stiles: "You don't have to"
    MTV

    "They had such a great buildup. Them finally admitting their feelings for each other was the best part of Season 6."

    jrnation09

    19. Jonah and Amy from Superstore:

    Jonah and Amy reunite and kiss in finale
    NBC

    "They were both brilliant characters on their own and had beautiful chemistry together. Their slow burn was everything, and they were so sweet when they finally got together."

    Annabel!

    20. Castiel and Dean from Supernatural:

    Cas tells Dean he changed him, they say goodbye
    The CW

    "I said what I said!"

    cararogers84

    21. Amanita and Nomi from Sense8:

    Amanita and Nomi embracing and looking at each other
    Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection

    "I don't usually like sci-fi, but Nomi and Amanita's relationship kept me watching the show. They're still my favorite TV couple ever."

    dianas47be0f192

    22. Scott and Allison from Teen Wolf:

    Allison dies in Scott's arms and says she loves him
    MTV

    "They were the perfect depiction of first love and the main reason I got hooked on the show."

    oviewankanobi

    23. Lola and Miles from Degrassi: Next Class:

    Lola: "Did I mean anything to you?" Miles: "Yeah you were my Hope"
    Netflix

    Their relationship was the reason I kept watching Next Class, and it's what made Season 3 so phenomenal. It was by far the most compelling ship on Degrassi in years, and I really think the show would've lasted longer if the writers had explored their relationship further. They deserved so much better.

    24. Fitz and Simmons from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:

    Fitz gives Simmons the oxygen mask
    ABC

    "Whenever the the stakes got high and everything seemed like it was going to hell, their relationship stayed the emotional heart of the show and kept things grounded every time. Their chemistry was incredible."

    reaganw02

    25. Sophie and Max from Ginny & Georgia:

    Sophie tells Max there's no rush for them to do anything and that she's not going anywhere
    Netflix

    I love Ginny and Marcus as much as anyone, but my favorite couple on the show is actually Max and Sophie. Their story was so realistic and well written, and they had such natural chemistry together. They're probably my favorite W/W couple on TV.

    26. And finally, Jim and Pam from The Office:

    Jim finally asks Pam out on their first date
    NBC

    "Even after Michael left, their relationship kept the show going."

    Cheryl Zimberg

    Reminder that I, Kelly Martinez, do not necessarily endorse all of these submissions!!!

    Note: Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity. Not all submissions were from Community users.

    Got a favorite TV couple who didn't make this list? Tell us in the comments!

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