Romance is a key part of any sitcom. Since most comedy series revolve around quotidian life, they understandably include friendship, family, and, of course, romantic relationships. However, not all sitcoms create well-written relationships in their shows. In fact, a lot of sitcoms create toxic, laughable, or unnecessarily dramatic couples.
Still, there are some couples that are known to be incredibly well-written. The characters fall in love in an organic manner that doesn’t feel forced; they portray healthy dynamics, and the audience gets to see the development of their relationship. Because of this, the audience has completely fallen in love with these sitcom couples.
10 Janine and Gregory (Abbott Elementary)
Janine and Gregory are the protagonists of the recent sitcom Abbott Elementary. Both of them are teachers at the school, and it’s obvious they like each other, but because of several events, they haven’t become a couple yet. However, audiences are thoroughly enjoying the build-up as these two characters delve into the will-they-won’t-they dynamic.
Despite not being particularly liked by the other people in Abbott Elementary, Gregory and Janine are outcasts with very compatible personalities, which makes them one of the most relatable relationships on television. The audience loves to see their awkward yet adorable interactions, and hopefully, the series will give them a happy ending.
9 Syd and Elena (One Day at a Time)
Elena is the quirky teenage nerd of the Alvarez family. Throughout One Day at a Time, Elena comes out of the closet, afraid that her very Catholic grandma is going to reject her. However, Elena’s family loves her and supports her. Soon enough, Elena gets into a relationship with Syd, a non-binary character.
Elena and Syd are incredibly compatible, which constantly earns them the mockery of the rest of the family. They love everything geeky and are involved in feminist and political movements. The two of them often match their Halloween costumes, and they’re always pretty nerdy, such as when they go as the Doctor and the Tardis. Not only did One Day at a Time sensibly and accurately portray a modern LGBTQ+ relationship, but Elena and Syd are very likable together.
8 Monica and Chandler (Friends)
Despite Rachel and Ross being the most relevant couple in Friends, there’s no doubt that Monica and Chandler stole the show. Monica and Chandler start out as friends, then friends with benefits, and end up getting married and forming a family together. These characters love each other despite their issues, and the audience couldn’t love them more.
The best part of Monica and Chandler’s relationship is that viewers get to see it bloom throughout all the seasons of Friends. On top of that, the show followed all their most important milestones (formalizing the relationship, marriage, and deciding to have children) in a relatable and adorable way. Monica and Chandler are far from perfect, but they work to make each other better, which makes them one of the most realistic couples on TV.
7 Marshall and Lily (How I Met Your Mother)
While there are plenty of things that have aged poorly in How I Met Your Mother, Marshall and Lily aren’t one of them. How I Met Your Mother showed its audience that true love is based on work, loyalty, and consistency. Even though Marshall and Lily don’t always see eye to eye, these characters always find their way to each other.
While the other characters in How I Met Your Mother have self-sabotaging tendencies in their relationships, Marshall and Lily almost always choose the healthy path. They support each other throughout their career changes and struggles. Additionally, they are never threatened by the idea of being each other’s first loves (despite the other characters making fun of it).
6 Luke and Lorelai (Gilmore Girls)
At the beginning of Gilmore Girls, Luke is Lorelai’s friend who always tries for her to stop drinking too much coffee in his diner. However, throughout the season, the characters develop great chemistry that ends with them getting together at the end of the show.
While Lorelai had many boyfriends during the seven seasons of Gilmore Girls, Luke was always her best friend. The wholesome dynamic of friends to lovers is a fan favorite, and there’s no doubt that Luke and Lorelai always belonged together. They just had to figure it out at their own pace, just like people in real life.
5 Leslie and Ben (Parks & Rec)
While Leslie and Ben’s relationship starts on the wrong foot when Ben visits Pawnee to fire people in Leslie’s department, soon enough, they realize they have more in common than they initially thought. The two characters are passionate about their roles in the government and quickly bond over this.
Leslie and Ben develop a sweet friendship throughout the second season of Parks and Recreation that eventually becomes romantic. The couple stays together for most of the show, and the audience even gets to see them get married and have children. The good thing about this couple is that the writers didn’t add unnecessary drama to their storyline, but they also didn’t turn them into a joke, as they did with April and Andy.
4 David and Patrick (Schitt’s Creek)
One of the best LGBTQ+ couples in television, David and Patrick meet each other when David is trying to open his own store in Schitt’s Creek. Even though these characters are virtual opposites, it turns out that they perfectly balance each other. While David is more shallow and out-of-touch, Patrick is a more down-to-earth person who keeps David from flying away.
With this relationship, Schitt’s Creek perfectly portrayed a healthy gay couple. A lot of the time, gay couples on TV are stereotyped or written as comic relief, but this isn’t the case with David and Patrick, who are central to the plot of the sitcom and who embody a relatable and wholesome relationship.
3 Chidi and Eleanor (The Good Place)
Chidi and Eleanor are the main characters in The Good Place. They’re both a part of an experiment where the demon Michael makes both characters believe they’re in heaven. While Chidi thinks he’s exactly where he should be, as he spent most of his life dedicated to the studies of Ethics and Philosophy, Eleanor knows for certain she should be in “the bad place.” However, she convinces Chidi to teach her how to be a good person to keep the charade.
Even though the beginning of Chidi and Eleanor’s relationship is pretty stressful for both characters, they soon find an ally in each other. They discover they are indeed in “the bad place” and work together to create a better system that allows humanity to become better people, falling in love in the process. These characters show the audience that love isn’t always at first sight, but sometimes, people discover a soulmate in the most unlikely places.
2 Jake and Amy (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
One of the best enemies-to-friends-to-lovers relationships, Jake and Amy are two detectives who work at the NYPC. However, while Amy is a goody-two-shoes with respect to the rules of her job, Jake used to be lazy, impulsive, and irresponsible. This leads to the two characters not getting along until later in the series, when Amy realizes Jake actually takes his job seriously.
Jake and Amy are one of the healthiest couples on television. They understand each other’s boundaries and never get jealous. This sort of relationship is strange, as a lot of the time, sitcoms and TV shows rely on drama to keep the series running. However, Jake and Amy prove that these types of story arcs aren’t crucial to keeping a TV show alive.
1 Jim and Pam (The Office)
Jim and Pam are the most realistic and well-written relationship in any sitcom. They are both workers at Dunder Mifflin, and from the very beginning of The Office, it’s clear they like each other. However, Pam is engaged to Roy, and Jim doesn’t dare to make a move until they almost get married. This leads to Pam breaking off her engagement and Jim leaving for another state. Eventually, after Jim dates Karen, the two find a way to each other, becoming one of the most epic love stories on television.
While Jim and Pam take their time in figuring things out, once they do, they never leave each other’s side. Jim and Pam are a great portrayal of how people don’t always know what to do regarding romance, but The Office knew when to give them a timely happy ending without dragging the story.