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Boy Meets World: Courtesy of Disney.
Gilmore Girls: The WB/Photofest.
The Mindy Project: Courtesy of Hulu.
We love to immerse ourselves in the stories of star-crossed lovers. We get a kick out of the will-they-or-won't-they teases of a good on-screen friendship tinged with sexual attraction. When it comes down to it, however, those tales aren't exactly the way we'd like our own romantic lives to progress. What a relief, then, that there are also a handful of couples on our favorite TV shows that demonstrate what healthy, uncursed relationships look like.
Some of these pairs fell in love in high school — or even earlier (Hi, Cory and Topanga!) — and as young viewers, we too thought there would be a chance of meeting our one and only before college. Others saw their longtime friendships blossom into something more (and okay, maybe Lorelai and Luke took too long to realize as much). There are the coworkers who turned the spark of rivalry into mutual respect and folks from different walks of life who find they have a lifetime of lessons to learn from each other. Lately, we've also been drawn to watching the longtime marrieds (Coach and Tami Taylor 4-ever!) who have taught us that when you have the right partner, all sorts of daunting challenges are surmountable.
As much as we like to be wrecked by fictional heartbreak once in a while, we're going to take a minute to honor the matches we wouldn't mind emulating in real life.
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Liv & Major, iZombie
Liv and Major were the golden couple — until Liv got turned into a zombie. Liv broke up with Major to save him from her Night of the Living Dead ways, but ultimately they just couldn't stay away from one another. Love conquers all, even a craving of brains.
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Phoebe & Mike, Friends
They may not get the attention of Ross and Rachel, but Phoebe and Mike's undeniable chemistry and complete understanding of one another is enviable. He really is her lobster!
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Hook & Emma, Once Upon A Time
Forget the Prince — it's the pirate who is the real romantic hero of this fairytale series. Emma and Hook both know what it's like to have difficulty trusting people, but when they're around one another, they simply melt.
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