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List Rules Couples you hoped would get together, past or current, from all genres. Yes, many already did (or didn't), but base your voting on how you felt over the course of the show.

List of the best will-they-or-won’t-they couples in TV history, current or past. These ‘will they or won’t they?’ couples have added romantic tension to the best television shows and given viewers a reason not to miss an episode -- after all, no one wants to say they missed the moment when a will-they-or-won’t-they TV couple finally did or didn’t. Sometimes frustrating, sometimes sweet, the best will-they-or-won’t-they couples viewers have enjoyed are on this list, from early television to currently-running series.

 The ‘will they or won’t they’ trope is nothing new to TV shows, and the list of problems that can keep seemingly destined-for-each-other couples apart is nearly endless. One half of the will-they-or-won’t-they couple might already have a boyfriend/girlfriend/wife/husband (think Pam and Jim) or the two may appear not to get along, even though viewers can sense the underlying romantic feelings. Other common problems for will-they-or-won’t-they TV couples are location, job or social position, or the unwillingness of one half to commit (think Carrie and Mr. Big).

 Sometimes a will-they-or-won’t-they couple causes problems for a TV series. If the biggest appeal of a show is whether a couple will get together, will viewers still tune in after they do? On the other hand, the ‘will they or won’t they?’ storyline can become too drawn out, leaving viewers irritated. Of course, will-they-or-won’t-they couples have also caused some of the most touching and most heartbreaking moments in television. The first kiss or a marriage proposal after a drawn out will-they-or-won’t-they storyline can even bring a tear to the eye.

 If you’ve lived every tension-filled moment with the best will-they-or-won’t-they TV couples in history, then you understand how powerful TV can be. Enjoy this list of the best will-they-or-won’t-they TV couples and vote your favorites up.
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Fry & Leela is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History
Fry & Leela Futurama

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J.D. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History

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Hyde & Jackie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History
Booksflavia added Hyde & Jackie That 70s Show

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Blair Waldorf is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History

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Richard Castle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History

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Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History

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Jim Halpert is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History
Jim Halpert & Pam Beesly The Office (U.S.)

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Sam Malone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History

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Lorelai Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History

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Fox Mulder is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History

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Dr. Gregory House is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History

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Niles Crane is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History

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Leonard Hofstader & Penny is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History
elimagen96 added Leonard Hofstader & Penny the big bang theory

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Lady Mary Crawley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History

22 TV Couples Who Got Together in Real Life

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Elliot Stabler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History
Elliot Stabler & Olivia Benson Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History
Buffy Summers & Spike Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Fran Fine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History

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Barney Stinson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History
Barney Stinson & Robin Scherbatsky How I Met Your Mother

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Madelyn 'Maddie' Hayes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History

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Carrie Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History
Carrie Bradshaw & Mr. Big Sex and the City

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Tony Micelli is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History
Tony Micelli & Angela Bower Who's the Boss?

The Best TV Shows Based on Movies

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Chuck Bartowski is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History

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Amy Farrah Fowler & Sheldon Co... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History
JimTadlock added Amy Farrah Fowler & Sheldon Cooper The Big Bang Theory

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Remington Steele is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History

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Jessica

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Jack Shephard is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History

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Anthony DiNozzo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History

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Joey Potter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History

Famous Long-Term Couples Who Never Married

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Temperance

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Rose Tyler & The Doctor is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History
emiko_hania added Rose Tyler & The Doctor Doctor Who

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Meredith Grey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History

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Shawn Spencer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History

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Kevin Arnold is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History
Kevin Arnold & Winnie Cooper The Wonder Years

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Maddie Hayes & David Addis... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History
Maddie Hayes & David Addison

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Sookie Stackhouse is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History

These Disney Princess Were Absolutely Terrible Role Models

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Monica Geller & Chandler B... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History
Kylee Hartman-Caballero added Monica Geller & Chandler Bing

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Joel Fleischman & Maggie O... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History
Joel Fleischman & Maggie O'Connell

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Joe Hackett & Helen Chappel is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History
RioDuran added Joe Hackett & Helen Chappel Wings (1990-1997)

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Ned Bigby and Suzie Crabgrass is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History
Ned and Suzie added Ned Bigby and Suzie Crabgrass Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide

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Veronica Mars and Logan Echoll... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History
thrice_charmed added Veronica Mars and Logan Echolls

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Dwight Schrute is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History
SederickTolliver added Dwight Schrute & Angela Martin

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Patrick Jane is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History
AlinaSzczepka added Patrick Jane and Teresa Lisbon

TV Husbands Whose Wives Should Have Divorced Them

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Melissa & Joey is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History
RioDuran added Melissa & Joey Melissa & Joey (2010-        )

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Remington Steele & Laura H... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History
Remington Steele & Laura Holt

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Alicia Florrick and Will Gardn... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History
ck123 added Alicia Florrick and Will Gardner

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Finn Hudson & Rachel Barry is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History
MadisonJeannineWallace added Finn Hudson & Rachel Barry Glee

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Ted Mosby & Robin Scherbatsky is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History
gamedemon24 added Ted Mosby & Robin Scherbatsky How I Met Your Mothe

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Olivia Dunham is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History

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April Ludgate is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History
TimeLady01 added April Ludgate and Andy Dwyer

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Rupert Giles is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History
Rupert Giles & Joyce Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer