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The Greatest TV Shows About Star-Crossed Lovers And Other Doomed Relationships

Updated October 5, 2020 663 votes 36 voters45 items

List RulesVote up the best scripted shows with the central themes of star-crossed lovers, one-sided relationships, and unreciprocated romance.

Sure romance is great but have you tried getting completely wrapped up in a story about unrequited love? Whether the lovers are star-crossed, their relationship is forbidden, or their ship never sails no matter how clearly it was destined to be, unrequited love adds delicious complexity to any romantic storyline.

Whether their lives just seem to never align even when their hearts do (Normal People), there is a character cultivating a passionately one-sided relationship (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), or if it just won't work because: magic (Buffy), unrequited love can be the thing that keeps us watching. Will they or won't they? And will we be actually kind of disappointed if they do? Luckily, some star-crossed romance series, like Once Upon A Time, have enough character pairings and things that get in the way of those pairings to keep our hearts going and our faves pining.

Their relationship may be star-crossed but let your vote aim true and vote up your favorite shows about unrequited love.

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    Normal People is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Star-Crossed Lovers And Other Doomed Relationships
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    Normal People

    Daisy Edgar-Jones, Paul Mescal

    Premiered2020

    Normal People (Hulu, BBC, 2020) is a television drama series based on the novel of the same... more on Wikipedia

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    Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Star-Crossed Lovers And Other Doomed Relationships
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    Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

    Rachel Bloom, Vincent Rodriguez III

    Premiered2015

    Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW, 2015) is an American romantic musical comedy-drama television... more on Wikipedia

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Star-Crossed Lovers And Other Doomed Relationships
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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan

    Premiered1997

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The WB, 1997) is an American supernatural drama television series... more on Wikipedia

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    Carnival Row is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Star-Crossed Lovers And Other Doomed Relationships
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    Carnival Row

    Orlando Bloom, Cara Delevingne

    Premiered2019

    Carnival Row (Amazon Video, 2019) is an American neo-noir fantasy web television series... more on Wikipedia

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    Chuck is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Star-Crossed Lovers And Other Doomed Relationships
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    Chuck

    Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski

    Premiered2007

    Chuck (NBC, 2007) is an American action-comedy/spy-drama television series created by Josh... more on Wikipedia
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    Star-Crossed is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Star-Crossed Lovers And Other Doomed Relationships
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    Star-Crossed

    Aimee Teegarden, Matt Lanter
    Star-Crossed is an American science fiction romantic drama television series created by... more on Wikipedia
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    Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Star-Crossed Lovers And Other Doomed Relationships
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    Once Upon a Time

    Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison

    Premiered2011

    Once Upon a Time is an American fairy tale drama series that premiered on October 23, 2011, on... more on Wikipedia

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    True Blood is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Star-Crossed Lovers And Other Doomed Relationships
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    True Blood

    Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer

    Premiered2008

    True Blood (HBO, 2008) is an American fantasy horror drama television series created by Alan... more on Wikipedia

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    Dracula is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Star-Crossed Lovers And Other Doomed Relationships
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    Dracula

    Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jessica De Gouw

    Premiered2013

    Dracula is a British-American horror drama television series that premiered on NBC on October... more on Wikipedia
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    Moonlight is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Star-Crossed Lovers And Other Doomed Relationships
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    Moonlight

    Alex O'Loughlin, Sophia Myles

    Premiered2007

    Moonlight is an American paranormal romance television drama created by Ron Koslow and Trevor... more on Wikipedia

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    Just Good Friends is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Star-Crossed Lovers And Other Doomed Relationships
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    Just Good Friends

    Paul Nicholas, Jan Francis

    Premiered1983

    Just Good Friends is a British sitcom written by John Sullivan. It starred Paul Nicholas and... more on Wikipedia

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    Still Star-Crossed is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Star-Crossed Lovers And Other Doomed Relationships
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    Still Star-Crossed

    Lashana Lynch, Sterling Sulieman
    Still Star-Crossed (ABC, 2017) is a period drama television series produced by Shonda Rhimes'... more on Wikipedia
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    Ally McBeal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Star-Crossed Lovers And Other Doomed Relationships
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    Ally McBeal

    Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann

    Premiered1997

    Ally McBeal is an American legal comedy-drama television series, originally aired on Fox from... more on Wikipedia

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    Pushing Daisies is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Star-Crossed Lovers And Other Doomed Relationships
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    Pushing Daisies

    Lee Pace, Anna Friel

    Premiered2007

    Pushing Daisies (ABC, 2007) is an American fantasy comedy-drama television series created by... more on Wikipedia

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    The Ex List is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Star-Crossed Lovers And Other Doomed Relationships
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    The Ex List

    Elizabeth Reaser, Rachel Boston

    Premiered2008

    The Ex List is an American comedy-drama television series based on the Israeli series The... more on Wikipedia
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    Witches of East End is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Star-Crossed Lovers And Other Doomed Relationships
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    Witches of East End

    Julia Ormond, Jenna Dewan Tatum

    Premiered2013

    Witches of East End (Lifetime, 2013) is an American supernatural drama series developed by... more on Wikipedia
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    Cloak & Dagger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Star-Crossed Lovers And Other Doomed Relationships
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    Cloak & Dagger

    Olivia Holt, Aubrey Joseph

    Premiered2018

    Cloak & Dagger (Freeform, 2018) is an American cable television series created by Joe Pokaski,... more on Wikipedia

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    Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Star-Crossed Lovers And Other Doomed Relationships
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    Pretty Little Liars

    Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson

    Premiered2010

    Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family, 2010) is an American teen drama mystery–thriller television... more on Wikipedia

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    You Me Her is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Star-Crossed Lovers And Other Doomed Relationships
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    You Me Her

    Greg Poehler, Rachel Blanchard

    Premiered2016

    You Me Her (HBO Canada, 2016) is an American-Canadian comedy-drama television series. The... more on Wikipedia

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    Angel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Star-Crossed Lovers And Other Doomed Relationships
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    Angel

    David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter

    Premiered1999

    Angel (The WB, 1999) is an American supernatural television series created by Joss Whedon and... more on Wikipedia

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    Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Star-Crossed Lovers And Other Doomed Relationships
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    Lucifer

    Tom Ellis, Lauren German

    Premiered2015

    Lucifer (Fox, 2016) is an American fantasy police procedural comedy-drama television series... more on Wikipedia

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    Lost Girl is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Star-Crossed Lovers And Other Doomed Relationships
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    Lost Girl

    Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Ried

    Premiered2010

    Lost Girl is a Canadian supernatural drama television series that premiered on Showcase on... more on Wikipedia
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    Farscape is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Star-Crossed Lovers And Other Doomed Relationships
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    Farscape

    Ben Browder, Claudia Black

    Premiered1999

    Farscape is an Australian/American science fiction television series, produced originally for... more on Wikipedia

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    Smallville is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Star-Crossed Lovers And Other Doomed Relationships
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    Smallville

    Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum

    Premiered2001

    Smallville is an American television series developed by writer-producers Alfred Gough and... more on Wikipedia

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    Merlin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Star-Crossed Lovers And Other Doomed Relationships
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    Merlin

    Colin Morgan, Angel Coulby

    Premiered2008

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