Take a retrospective look back with us as we rank the most memorable ex-girlfriends in TV history. Relationships in television shows can end whenever the writers decide to move on from that particular story, but sometimes that doesn't mean the love interest goes away entirely.
Whether they're the girl next door, thorns in the protagonist's side, or even partners in crime, these ex-girlfriends have all left a lasting impression on their love interests - and us viewers. While some of the characters end a steamy romance never to be seen or heard from again, other characters had so much chemistry that they eventually got back together with their partners.
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Janice may be the prototypical ex-girlfriend on television. Within seconds of her debut on the show Friends, you can see why she and Chandler are no longer together. There's just something about Janice that drew men to her - even she and Ross had a brief relationship.
Appears In: Friends
Played By: Maggie Wheeler
The best ex-girlfriends are those you can stay friends with after the relationship ends. On How I Met Your Mother, Robin Scherbatsky pretty much is the poster child of this. Whether she was with Ted Mosby or Barney Stinson, she was always one of the guys and her friendships with both always came first.
Appears In: How I Met Your Mother
Played By: Cobie Smulders
Diane Chambers was one half of Sam and Diane on Cheers. They fought and dated so many times throughout the early run of the show that you just knew they would end up together...until they didn't. Diane moved away and Sam Malone moved on, but her presence was always felt. They finally got back together in the series finale and planned on getting married...until they didn't.
Appears In: Cheers
Played By: Shelley Long
Winnie Cooper was the quintessential first crush for not only Kevin Arnold on The Wonder Years but also for just about any and every kid while the show aired. Even though she and Kevin were always off and on romantically, the show never failed to present them as anything less than caring individuals who were each other's first love and clearly the love of each other's lives.
Appears In: The Wonder Years
Played By: Danica McKellar