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The Best Current TV Couples 

Lisa Waugh
Updated October 13, 2018 56.8k votes 6.3k voters 37.5k views 31 items

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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Phil Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
Phil Safkow added Modern Family
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Detective Jake Peralta ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
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Glenn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
voting closed at #4 The Walking Dead
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Daryl Dixon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
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Mitchell Pritchett is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
ram_arky added Modern Family
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Rafael is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
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Kensi Blye is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
miskolc added NCIS: Los Angeles
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Clarke Griffin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
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Dre Johnson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
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Magnus Bane and Alec Lig... is listed (or ranked) 10 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) 11 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
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Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmo... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
Samantha Schiff added Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

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Elizabeth McCord is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
Madam Secretary
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Jack Thornton and Elizab... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
Jack Thornton and Elizabeth Thatcher When Calls the Heart
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Mike Wheeler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
ziyad6917 added Stranger Things
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Erin Lindsay is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
miskolc added Chicago P.D.
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Peter Griffin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
CheckinaCoulibaly added Family Guy
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Waverly Earp and Nicole ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
Waverly Earp and Nicole Haught Wynonna Earp
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Rebecca Bunch and Greg S... is listed (or ranked) 19 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) 20 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
Cookie Lyon and Lucious Lyon Empire
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Oliver Queen and Felicit... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
cityofeverythingeverything added Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak Arrow
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Callie Torres is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
nehasinhamusic added Grey's Anatomy
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Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
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Patsy and Delia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
mercedesr added Patsy and Delia Call the Midwife
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Gabriela Dawson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current TV Couples
MarkLuscombe added Chicago Fire