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TV couplings: He/she is so wrong for you!!


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Worf was so wrong for Dax on DS9.
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Penny and Leonard. That would never happen in real life.
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I always hated Danny and Mindy on “The Mindy Project”. He was such a dud.
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Deb and Raymond on 'Everyone Loves Raymond'. She was going to end up married to a big fat mommy-obsessed baby and have his family from hell barging in her house every day. What was she thinking? There were plenty of warning signs.
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Ross and Rachel. I've developed the theory that the producers misdirected us on Ross and Rachel for years so they could sneak in the Monica/Chandler relationship while we weren't looking.

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Deb and Raymond on 'Everyone Loves Raymond'. She was going to end up married to a big fat mommy-obsessed baby and have his family from hell barging in her house every day. What was she thinking? There were plenty of warning signs.
Indeed, a lot of those warnings came directly from Ray, when Deb wanted them to buy the house across the street from Ray's parents.
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The only thing "right" abut Maddie and David on Moonlighting is that by pairing up they saved two other people from bad relationships.

Same with Joel and Maggie on Northern Exposure. It was just too forced.

Mulder and Scully aren't so much wrong for each other as "inevitable". They don't know anyone outside of each other.
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Alice and Ralph. Why would a beautiful woman like her stay married to that fat. lazy slob who threatens her with violence at every turn?
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Penny and Leonard. That would never happen in real life.
Same for Roger and Jessica Rabbit.
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Worf was so wrong for Dax on DS9.
I thought that Julian and Ezri felt forced.
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Joey and Rachel on "Friends". Whose brilliant idea was it to pair those two?
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Joey and Rachel on "Friends". Whose brilliant idea was it to pair those two?
There was a reason for that one and I don't remember what it was. Was it during a time when there was no one else they could logically pair off maybe? I'm certain I've heard just about everyone involved in the show in any way say that nothing about it felt like a good idea. The whole thing was uncomfortable for everyone.
Obviously, the logical choice would have been Joey and Phoebe, but I think they didn't want to ruin such an 'innocent' relationship.

How about Jackie (from Roseanne) and most of the guys she goes out with?
Ryan and Kelly? Probably one of my favorite clips from the show and a perfect example of their relationship.
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Old 01-03-2020, 07:15 AM
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Joey and Rachel on "Friends". Whose brilliant idea was it to pair those two?
Egad, those are among the episodes that I never watch when they come on.

Robin and Ted / Robin and Barney on How I Met Your Mother. I've not seen Cobie Smulders in anything else so maybe she was just miscast, but she appears passionless and devoid of chemistry with anyone (on that show anyway.

Samantha and Darren. What a complete twat he was (both versions). Samantha was smart, cool and gorgeous and she was a WITCH! Settling for a mortal is one thing but a douche like Derwood? I always wished Aunt Clara would turn him into a chimp permanently.
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Old 01-03-2020, 07:30 AM
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Robin and Ted / Robin and Barney on How I Met Your Mother. I've not seen Cobie Smulders in anything else so maybe she was just miscast, but she appears passionless and devoid of chemistry with anyone (on that show anyway.
To be fair, that was kinda the point of her character. The way she was raised has taught her to always keep her guard up, way, way up and she's never liked all that sappy romantic stuff (except the blue french horn, I guess). Couple her being pretty emotionless with her tending to be somewhat hung up on Ted and/or Barney and it doesn't leave a lot of space for another romantic partner.
IOW, IMO, that was Robin, not Cobie.

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Samantha and Darren. What a complete twat he was (both versions). Samantha was smart, cool and gorgeous and she was a WITCH! Settling for a mortal is one thing but a douche like Derwood? I always wished Aunt Clara would turn him into a chimp permanently.
Born in 1980, so I'm not sure if people looked at their relationship then the same way we do now. (Asking, not suggesting). If you took any sitcom now where the husband regularly forbid his wife from doing something that defines who she is as a person, the audience would have an issue with it if it wasn't resolved somehow.
I guess we could fanwank it by saying that even though he forbid her to use magic, she did it behind his back nearly every chance she got and that was the premise of the show.
It would almost be like if Chandler forbid Monica to neurotically clean everything so she quit her regular job to become a house cleaner and had to hide that from him.
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Jeannie, she was just too hot for Major Anthony Nelson.
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Penny and Leonard. That would never happen in real life.
Well. . . except it did kinda. The actors were a couple in real life for a while.
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After the show ended Barbara Eden said she never wanted her character and Nelson to get married, since essentially they were two different entities. (Larry Hagan was opposed because he knew that marriages between lead characters was a short-term ratings boast that soon killed the show.)
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Well. . . except it did kinda. The actors were a couple in real life for a while.
That was the actors not the characters
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Handsome astronaut and Air Force officer not good enough?


Samantha was definitely too hot for that dipshit Darren (either of them).

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After the show ended Barbara Eden said she never wanted her character and Nelson to get married, since essentially they were two different entities. (Larry Hagan was opposed because he knew that marriages between lead characters was a short-term ratings boast that soon killed the show.)
Oh the married couple on Hazel was a far worse mismatch.
Speaking of sixties TV, the most doomed one was gonna be Patty and Richard on the "Patty Duke Show". The actors were ten years apart in real life, and the difference is even more obvious onscreen. They were more plausible as father/daughter than boyfriend/girlfriend. They regularly ditched each other for dates and nights out, with Richard even dating cousin Cathy in one episode. And in most episodes, Patty tries to hook up with any cute guy she sees (even with her French teacher). Her dad should have called the vice squad on him, not let him in their house.
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Alice and Ralph. Why would a beautiful woman like her stay married to that fat. lazy slob who threatens her with violence at every turn?
Well, similarly, Carrie and Doug on 'King of Queens' - not that he was threatening, but he was such a manipulative dumb ass...she's always surprised and irritated when he does something stupid. Every other show, she shrieks 'I can't BELIEVE you did ________(fill in the blank). Really?

Chelsea and Charlie on 'Two and a Half Men' - what, oh what, did she see in him? I was relieved when the wedding fell through.

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No way. Gotta be a Marine in his dress blues!
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Which is what I said.
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Deb and Raymond on 'Everyone Loves Raymond'. She was going to end up married to a big fat mommy-obsessed baby and have his family from hell barging in her house every day. What was she thinking? There were plenty of warning signs.
Well. . . he should never have married her in my opinion. She was an evil harpy that plagued his life. I kept wishing he would kill her frankly. That's should have been the finale!
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But he found her, so he got to keep her. Sometimes life ain't fair.
You got that right. Almost makes me want to become an actor.
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Same for Roger and Jessica Rabbit.
That made sense, while she is prettier by human standards; he's a huge movie star/comedian with his own movie series.
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That made sense, while she is prettier by human standards; he's a huge movie star/comedian with his own movie series.
And what Jessica said: "He makes me laugh."
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Well. . . he should never have married her in my opinion. She was an evil harpy that plagued his life. I kept wishing he would kill her frankly. That's should have been the finale!
ok. he was a real catch, she didn't appreciate him, sure....

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And what Jessica said: "He makes me laugh."
Hey, this actually works sometimes.
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Well, similarly, Carrie and Doug on 'King of Queens' - not that he was threatening, but he was such a manipulative dumb ass...she's always surprised and irritated when he does something stupid. Every other show, she shrieks 'I can't BELIEVE you did ________(fill in the blank). Really?
I don't find Doug similar to Ralph at all. Well, except for being a fat slob with a hot wife, that is. I never understood why Ralph threatening to beat his wife each and every week was laughed at and dismissed so readily. Maybe because when it was on during the 70's in re-runs I was a pre-teen with a beloved aunt whose husband beat on her frequently, I found Ralph a scary villain.
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Another doomed relationship: Gidget and Moondoggie from the "Gidget" TV series. We are supposed to buy that Moondoggie, a handsome guy going to Princeton is deeply in love with a girl who:
Is only 15(!)
Has only known him for two months
Is freely allowed to date any guy she wants
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I hate to break this to you Gidget, but you're his beard not his girlfriend.
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I don't find Doug similar to Ralph at all. Well, except for being a fat slob with a hot wife, that is. I never understood why Ralph threatening to beat his wife each and every week was laughed at and dismissed so readily. Maybe because when it was on during the 70's in re-runs I was a pre-teen with a beloved aunt whose husband beat on her frequently, I found Ralph a scary villain.
Watching that show through the lens of 2020 is certainly cringe worthy.

But I would argue, that at the time the show came out, it was rather progressive. Alice clearly wasn't afraid of Ralph. Her sharp wit and cynic retorts were proof of that.

And she was clearly the one calling the shots in that relationship. Even if by manipulative means.
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Alice and Ralph. Why would a beautiful woman like her stay married to that fat. lazy slob who threatens her with violence at every turn?
However, the original Alice, played by Pert Kelton in the skits on The Jackie Gleason Show that were spun off as the series, was quite the battle-axe herself. Ralph wasn't quite as fat, so they were a closer match, and both characters were much nastier. (Audrey Meadow took over the role because Kelton was blacklisted, even though she wasn't physically suitable for the role as originally conceived.)

Of course, Alice knew that Ralph's threats were completely empty and wasn't frightened of him in the least. She was a bit of a bitch herself, fat-shaming and belittling Ralph at every opportunity, even when he wasn't being a jerk.

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I stopped watching "Arrow" when they killed off Laurel in season 4, but I've since learned that Katie Cassidy didn't really leave the show () and have been rewatching it from the beginning over the past few months, and I'm right about where I left off now. And again, I really don't get Oliver/Felicity. I like both characters, but...
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Well. . . he should never have married her in my opinion. She was an evil harpy that plagued his life. I kept wishing he would kill her frankly. That's should have been the finale!
In what universe was Debra an evil harpy? Did you watch the same show as everyone else?
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Another doomed relationship: Gidget and Moondoggie from the "Gidget" TV series. We are supposed to buy that Moondoggie, a handsome guy going to Princeton is deeply in love with a girl who:
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I hate to break this to you Gidget, but you're his beard not his girlfriend.
Thatís probably why she wound up joining the convent.
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Watching that show through the lens of 2020 is certainly cringe worthy.

But I would argue, that at the time the show came out, it was rather progressive. Alice clearly wasn't afraid of Ralph. Her sharp wit and cynic retorts were proof of that.

And she was clearly the one calling the shots in that relationship. Even if by manipulative means.
Also, FWIW, Steve Allen got the hotter sister...
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In what universe was Debra an evil harpy?
This one.
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This one.
Could you give an example of her harpiness?
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Could you give an example of her harpiness?
Try this thread.
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It wasnít funny or worth watching, but there was a tv series called According to Jim which featured Jim Belushi as your generic joke telling fatso slob married to Courtney Thorne Smith, a fetching blonde woman. It made no sense.
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Buffy/Angel or Buffy/Spike. Why is it creepy for a 40-something year old to date a teenage girl, but once you break 200 it is fine?
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Same for Roger and Jessica Rabbit.
In the book Who Censored Roger Rabbit? on which the film was based (somewhat), Jessica's the girlfriend of a mobster who falls in love very suddenly with Roger and they marry. That lasts a year, then she goes back to the mobster.

SPOILER:

It turns out Roger unknowingly made a wish on a magic lamp, and the genie caused Jessica to fall in love with him. When the spell wore off, she went back to the mobster.


I like the movie much better.
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