TV characters The Best Current TV Couples  

Lisa Waugh
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List Rules Couples from shows on TV or streaming that are either in season or expected to return.

This current television couples list includes romantic pairs who are currently together and totally the best. The best current TV couples of 2017 spark our imagination, make the work week shorter, and keep fans tuning in to see what they're up to next. 

The best couples on TV also give us something to believe in while watching someone else go through all of the ups and downs of a relationship. TV writers like to build tension, pulling two characters slowly. It’s maddening but when it pays off, it can be very gratifying. A series allows relationships to develop, and encounter obstacles. On TV, you can date your co-worker, break up their current relationship, and turn up like a bad penny at the worst possible time. Some couples, like Booth and Brennan on Bones, seem unsinkable, but then you never know what’s brewing in a writer’s room.  

Do you enjoy a slow burn between couples or a quick romance with lots of on again, off again? Are love triangles intriguing. Do you like to see current couples from TV last over seasons, or run their course and then move on? Maybe a little bit of both? What’s the secret ingredient to good chemistry between the best couples on television now? Bitter, sweet, overcoming demons, fighting against an outside threat?  

It’s difficult to predict how a TV couple will rate with viewers. Move too quickly and viewers may not invest in the fictional lovebirds. Making characters wait too long is an exercise in frustration. Casting, acting, direction, but mostly writing, can either elevate a couple with the fandom, or doom it from the beginning. TV relationships are as fragile as real ones, it seems.  

Who are you rooting for among TV’s best current couples? Ichabod and Abbie? Penny and Leonard? Jake and Olivia? Is it time for Carol and Daryl to shine? Or will Mindy and Danny take the crown? Upvote your favorites and see who reigns the love kingdom. Have any other current TV couples you want to add? Please do!

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Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
Emma Swan and Killian Jones Once Upon a Time

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Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
Carlo Ruocco added Daenerys Targaryen and Khal Drogo Game of Thrones

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Leonard Hofstadter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
Alaina Hillman added Leonard Hofstadter and Penny The Big Bang Theory

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Klaus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current TV Couples

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Daryl Dixon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current TV Couples

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Phil Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
Phil Safkow added Phil and Claire Dunphy Modern Family

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Glenn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
Glenn Rhee and Maggie Greene The Walking Dead

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Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
Lolalocke8 added Daenerys Targaryan and Jon Snow Game of Thrones

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Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood Shadowhunters

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Iris West Allen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current TV Couples

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Jack Thornton and Elizabeth Th... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
Jack Thornton and Elizabeth Thatcher When Calls the Heart

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Clarke Walters is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current TV Couples

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Kensi Blye is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
miskolc added Kensi Blye and Martin Deeks NCIS: Los Angeles

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Peter Griffin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
CheckinaCoulibaly added Peter and Lois Griffin Family Guy

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Callie Torres is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
nehasinhamusic added Callie Torres and Arizona Robbins Grey's Anatomy

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Mitchell Pritchett is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
ram_arky added Mitchell Pritchett and Cameron Tucker Modern Family

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Elizabeth McCord is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
Elizabeth and Henry McCord Madam Secretary

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Gabriela Dawson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
MarkLuscombe added Matt Casey and Gabriela Dawson Chicago Fire

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Dre Johnson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current TV Couples

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Waverly Earp and Nicole Haught is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
Waverly Earp and Nicole Haught Wynonna Earp

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Erin Lindsay is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
miskolc added Erin Lindsey and Jay Halstead Chicago P.D.

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Rafael is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current TV Couples

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Jane Villanueva is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
Dylan86 added Jane Villanueva and Michael Cordero Jane the Virgin

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Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current TV Couples

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Phil Miller is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
Phil Miller and Carol Pilbasian The Last Man on Earth

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Elizabeth Jennings is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current TV Couples

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Detective Jake Peralta is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current TV Couples

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Patsy and Delia is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
mercedesr added Patsy and Delia Call the Midwife

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Rebecca Bunch and Greg Serrano is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
Rebecca Bunch and Greg Serrano Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

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Cookie Lyon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current TV Couples

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Connor Walsh and Oliver Hampto... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
Connor Walsh and Oliver Hampton How to Get Away with Murder

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Rick Grimes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
poppyhentral added Rick Grimes and Michonne The Walking Dead

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Olivia Pope is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
astaldera added Olivia Pope and Jake Ballard Scandal

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President Fitzgerald Grant is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
laura-poole-ruffner added Olivia Pope & Fitzgerald Grant Scandal

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Laurel Castillo and Frank Delf... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
OscarBuzz added Laurel Castillo and Frank Delfino How to Get Away with Murder

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Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current TV Couples

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Asher Millstone and Connor Wal... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
Asher Millstone and Connor Walsh How to Get Away with Murder

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Jimmy McGill is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
Jimmy McGill and Kim Wexler Better Call Saul

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Ilana Wexler is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current TV Couples