Entertainment

The Most Memorable Ex-Girlfriends In TV History  

Ranker TV
336 votes 66 voters 17 items

List Rules Vote up the most memorable ex-girlfriends, regardless of which show they're from.

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.

Be sure to vote up the greatest ex-girlfriend characters in TV history to see which ladies we loved the most!

Janice Hosenstein is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Memorable Ex-Girlfriends In TV History
Photo: Friends/Warner Bros. Television
1 38 VOTES

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

More Janice Hosenstein

#9 of 68 on The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked #3 of 16 on Rank All of the Girlfriends from "Friends" featuring The Best Janice Episodes of 'Friends'

Is She The Most Memorable?
see more on Janice Hosenstein
Robin Scherbatsky is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Memorable Ex-Girlfriends In TV History
Photo: How I Met Your Mother/20th Television
2 24 VOTES

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

More Robin Scherbatsky

#58 of 313 on The Funniest Female TV Characters #29 of 36 on The 36 Best TV Wedding Dresses in the History of Television #46 of 159 on The Greatest Fictional Singers #14 of 46 on The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History

Is She The Most Memorable?
see more on Robin Scherbatsky
Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Memorable Ex-Girlfriends In TV History
Photo: Cheer/CBS Television Distribution
3 19 VOTES

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

More Diane Chambers

#84 of 1113 on The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time #32 of 313 on The Funniest Female TV Characters #3 of 126 on The Best TV Characters of the '80s #41 of 145 on The Greatest Female TV Role Models

Is She The Most Memorable?
see more on Diane Chambers
Winnie Cooper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Memorable Ex-Girlfriends In TV History
Photo: The Wonder Years/Disney-ABC Domestic Television
4 21 VOTES

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

More Winnie Cooper

#45 of 104 on The Greatest Geeks in TV History #11 of 67 on The Greatest TV Neighbors #27 of 127 on The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV #18 of 74 on The Greatest Geeky Girls on TV

Is She The Most Memorable?
see more on Winnie Cooper