Small-screen romance: the 10 best TV couples of all time
After surveying 300 single Aussies, we have the answer - in fact, we've uncovered the 10 best TV couples of all time. From will-they/won’t-they pairings, to on-again/off-again matches, to rock-solid romances, these relationships are officially the nation's #couplegoals.
Australia's top 10 best TV couples
10. Scott and Charlene (Neighbours)
This list just wouldn’t be complete without mention of the 80s most iconic Aussie TV couple. You guessed it, Neighbours’ notorious Scott Robinson (Jason Donovan) and Charlene Mitchell (Kylie Minogue) were arguably the supercouple of the decade. After getting off to a bumpy start (the couple’s respective families were locked in one of those oh-so gripping soap feuds), Scott and Charlene ended up getting wedded in Episode 523. Not only did Scott’s dashing mullet and Charlene’s glamorous dress capture the nation, the episode also clocked 2million viewers, making it one of the highest rating soap opera episodes in Aussie history.
Yes, you might’ve expected the pair to register higher up the list, but still, we love them to bits. Here’s that infamous clip of them tying the knot.
9. Shane and Angel (Home and Away)
For those of you who remember the golden age of the small screen, AKA 90s television, Home and Away’s Shane (Dieter Brummer) and Angel Parrish (Melissa George) will likely ring a bell. A permanent fixture in Summer Bay throughout the mid-90s, the ill-fated duo caused shockwaves at the time with their teenage marriage. After a doe-eyed encounter at a Frente! concert, the couple were smitten. Sadly they were never far from drama; after Angel endured a series of accidents including a seaplane crash, Shane met an impromptu end after contracting septicaemia from a cut on his hand.
Aside from the doom and gloom, here’s a clip of the couple looking for their first home...
8. Mitch and Cam (Modern Family)
ABC's award-winning Modern Family shows there are many, many ways to be a strong couple - you just have to find the lid that fits your pot. Gay couple Mitchell (Jesse Tyler-Ferguson) and Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) have found that connection, and in the process become one of the best couples on TV. Sure, they don't always see eye-to-eye, but they support each other when it counts, they're great dads, and they love each other warts and all. If you want to watch a real TV romance, this is a great place to start.
In this Season 5 clip, Mitch and Cam are - finally - tying the knot. They've been through a lot to get here, but in this scene they can just relax and love each other. If you feel yourself getting misty-eyed when they take the dance floor, know you're not alone!
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7. Sam and Diane (Cheers)
A lot of the couples in this top 10 have one huge thing in common, and that's the delicious tension of a will-they/won't-they, on-again/off-again romance. Sam Malone (Ted Danson) and Diane Chambers (Shelley Long) are a particularly interesting example of this. Over 5 seasons (and a special finale episode), Sam and Diane captivated viewers with their opposites-attract love, but here's the kicker - they could never quite make it work. The unusual thing is that this didn't put people off: despite their romance ending with a broken engagement, they were still voted the third-best TV couple of all time.
Here, their crackling chemistry is on full display as both Sam and Diane try to get the other to admit to having feelings. The only question is: who will crack first?
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6. Will and Grace (Will and Grace)
Will and Grace stole Aussie hearts with their sitcom about two best friends, Will (Eric McCormack) and Grace (Debra Messing), living together in New York. Will, a gay lawyer, and Grace, a straight interior decorator, hit the mark navigating the challenges of early adulthood together. Alongside sidekicks, Jack and Karen, the best friends stand together through thick and thin. This platonic pair won their place as the embodiment of friendship - the foundation of every romantic relationship. During its original run of 8 years, Will and Grace became a mainstay of weekly viewing, won 16 Emmy's and became America's highest-rated sitcom. It has been lauded as grounding breaking, being one of the most successful TV series with a gay leading character and bringing LGBT culture to mainstream media. The great news for fans is that show made a come back as of 2017, and these beloved best friends are back on our screens!
Here, Will comes to say goodbye to Grace before she goes to Bali for 8 months with her husband Leo. Their comfortable familiarity makes us all grateful for our best friend!
5. Mel and Ben (Packed to the Rafters)
Seven Network’s sitcom Packed to the Rafters was a popular programme when it aired between 2008 and 2013, perhaps because its family orientated plot was something a lot of Aussie viewers could identify with. Favourites Mel (Zoe Ventoura) and Ben (Hugh Sheridan) were central to the show, and their relationship had wonderful charm that was both passionate and accessible at the same time. Sadly, like many soaps, the good times had to come to an end. In this case, Mel was written out of the show by way of a car accident.