Ranking TV's High School Couples: Who We Loved and Who We Loved to Hate

You might have liked your fictional high school dramas to play out in a world of beautiful people, in even more beautiful clothes. Or, maybe you wanted some fangs and fur in the mix. Or, perhaps a laugh track, because adolescence is hard and sometimes it needs a few jokes. Whatever high school show you can spend a whole weekend marathoning, the glue that held it together was the young love, the two 20-somethings playing 15-year-olds who gazed deeply into each other's eyes and said everything you wanted that guy in your bio class to say to you.

But some couples were more toxic than beloved. Starting with the couples you hoped would meet a timely end every week, to the pairs you know will be celebrating their 50th anniversary someday, here are the TV couples who, at the very least, made high school seem a lot more interesting.
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Xander and Cordelia (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
There can be endearingly mismatched couples, but even high school romance should be based on a little more than a desire to make out between classes (ok, maybe not that much more). The real problem with the Xander (Nicholas Brendon)-Cordelia (Charisma Carpenter) pairing was how committed Cordelia was (she was even willing to date sea-creature Xander) while Xander was very much into Willow (Alyson Hannigan).
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Blair and Chuck (Gossip Girl)
Remember that time Chuck (Ed Westwick) tried to assault Dan's (Penn Badgley) little sister? Or Serena (Blake Lively)? Or was just generally a creepy creeper? Well the fans do, even if poor, fashionable Blair (Leighton Meester) does not. While Serena and Dan's final on-screen moment seemed inevitable, if a bit forced, Blair and Chuck's happy ending seemed like the fever dream of a troubled fan fiction writer.
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Joey and Dawson (Dawson's Creek)
It might have been Dawson's (James Van Der Beek) creek, but Joey (Katie Holmes) was never going to be his girl. I mean, could she really spend her life with a man with such an ugly crying face? Plus, jealousy is never an attractive quality.
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Veronica and Duncan (Veronica Mars)
The blandest couple of all, it was completely unbelievable that bad ass detective Mars (Kristen Bell) would ever be with someone as painfully boring as Duncan (Teddy Dunn). The fact that the writers had to come up with such an elaborate plan to break up the couple proves they didn't ask for any fan input, but at least they got the least exciting Duncan Kane to another country, where we'd never have to see him brood again.
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Elena and Stefan (The Vampire Diaries)
A great fandom divide if there ever was one, being team Stefan (Paul Wesley) over team Damon (Ian Somerhalder) probably means you favor first love above all else (or you still hold Damon's malicious killing sprees against him). Although the bond of Stelena is strong, and while they're no longer a romantic couple, their friendship does seem unbreakable.
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Caroline and Tyler (The Vampire Diaries)
Caroline (Candice Accola) and Tyler (Michael Trevino) were probably the best matched couple of the series. Unlike their fellow supernatural beings they were super psyched about their powers (and always ready to use them for magically steamy sex) and their bravery was met with a healthy desire to party. If only there wasn't that ancient unkillable vampire in the mix, they'd probably still be together.
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Rory and Dean (Gilmore Girls)
Rory (Alexis Bledel) and Dean (Jared Padalecki) were a cute starter couple. He thought she was dreamy, she thought he was dreamy, he liked her mom and made her custom jewelry. But in the end, Rory could never be with a guy who didn't want to have long, romantic discussions about great Russian literature. You can hold my books, but you can't hold up your end of the conversation (is how she should have ended things).
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Marissa and Ryan (The OC)
A fraught teen relationship if there ever was one, marred by break-ups and actual bloodshed, Marissa (Mischa Barton) and Ryan (Ben McKenzie) still had an obvious, powerful connection. Their Hide and Seek moment might seem ridiculous now, but you know you totally cried during their post-car crash exchange.
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Rory and Jess (Gilmore Girls)
The adorably bookish couple complemented each other well, but any pairing not blessed by the elder Lorelei (Lauren Graham) was never going to work. Still, I like to think that some crowd-sourced reunion might finally give fans the greatest gift of all, a double wedding, featuring Lorelei and Luke (Scott Patterson) followed by Rory and Jess (Milo Ventimiglia). The cake will be book and inn themed.
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Dan and Serena (Gossip Girl)
This one is all about putting mixed emotions on the scale. Sweet early courtship against post-high school backstabbing, all nearly canceled out by a completely illogical reveal, then saved by the most understated wedding ever seen on the Upper East Side.
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Joey and Pacey (Dawson's Creek)
We should have known all along that two teens with ambiguously gendered names were meant to be. For all the tension caused by the love triangle, they were always going to be the corners that stayed linked (that's a geometry metaphor for you, and you're welcome).
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Willow and Oz (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Post Sunnydale High, it was all about Tara (Amber Benson), but while Willow and her friends were mere high schoolers, there wasn't a cuter couple than the witch and her werewolf. Oz's (Seth Green) tendency towards quiet introspection was only matched by his obvious love for her (the Pez dispenser!) Any relationship built on an attraction sparked when the girl was in a massive hooded winter coat is going to be golden.
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Shawn and Angela (Boy Meets World)
A perfect Boy Meets World couple, Angela (Trina McGee) was the first girl impressive enough to get the man of 1,000 pick-up lines to commit. And who could forget the magic purse, which included a book of poetry, convincing Shawn (Rider Strong) he had truly met the girl of his dreams (still waiting for their Girl Meets World reunion).
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Seth and Summer (The OC)
The story of Seth (Adam Brody) and Summer (Rachel Bilson) could have easily been reduced to a beauty and the geek relationship, but with the development of Summer's character, it became an example of mutual admiration with the added bonus of a childhood crush back story. Plus, that prom moment was completely adorable.
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Veronica and Logan (Veronica Mars)
I will admit, I wasn't team Logan (Jason Dohring) for most of the show's run (team Piz, not Duncan, I'm not that far gone) but when Mr. Echolls showed up on the big screen looking rather dashing, I finally understood why fans thought he was worthy of Veronica. The boy is troubled, but their chemistry is fantastic.
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Topanga and Cory (Boy Meets World)
There aren't many absolutes in the world of televised romance, but if you weren't cheering for Mr. and Mrs. Topanga Lawrence, you have a cold, black heart. Unless of course, you were team Cory-Shawn, but alas, that slash wasn't meant to be. Yes, Topanga (Danielle Fishel) and Cory (Ben Savage) had a definite Ron-Hermione vibe, but brilliant and goofy-sweet can make for a great pairing.

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