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List Rules Television couples that never made much sense, whether currently together or already broken up

List of the most mismatched TV couples. These couples, whether they stayed together, are the ones that make viewers scratch their heads and say, “huh?” Included on this list of TV’s greatest odd couples are the ones that either make no sense or would probably never happen in real life.

 The reasons why a TV couple feels mismatched are numerous. Often, it’s a case of physical differences, which might be termed the ‘beauty and the beast’ couple. Other mismatched TV couples are made up of two people from different generations, financial backgrounds, or social standings. Sometimes it’s a combination, as in the case of Jay and Gloria from Modern Family. Of course, some mismatched TV romances aren’t comprised of partners different in looks or age, but in personality. For instance, he’s fiery tempered, she’s peaceful. Or, he is introspective, while she loves to socialize.

No matter the type of mismatching, in the case of TV couples, mismatched doesn’t necessarily mean incompatible. Many mismatched TV couples stay together, with the partners’ idiosyncrasies and differences providing balance. Others stay together for a while, only to find that their differences are unresolvable. Sometimes these scenarios are heartbreaking; other times, viewers are glad that the couple broke up.

Who do you think is the weirdest, most unlikely couple in TV history? This list contains the oddest couples on TV, from dramas to sitcoms to animated shows. Whether you love these pairings or hate them, you can’t deny they’re the ones that have made history as TV’s most ill-matched couples.
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1,306 673
Fez is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Mismatched TV Couples
That '70s Show

2
1,102 402
Michonne and Rick is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Mismatched TV Couples
Maria Pa added Michonne and Rick The walking dead

3
774 613
Jay Pritchett is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Mismatched TV Couples

4
1,005 712
Leonard Hofstadter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Mismatched TV Couples
The Big Bang Theory

5
667 566
Worf is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Mismatched TV Couples
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

6
876 975
Doug Heffernan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Mismatched TV Couples

7
536 247
Seven of Nine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Mismatched TV Couples
silvesta added Star Trek: Voyager

8
586 278
Tobias Fünke is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Mismatched TV Couples
Arrested Development

9
561 435
Harry Goldenblatt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Mismatched TV Couples

10
512 231
Willow Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Mismatched TV Couples
Gael added Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy the Animated Series

11
1,070 607
Barney Stinson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Mismatched TV Couples
VanessaHawelu added How I Met Your Mother

12
429 385
Darrin Stephens is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Mismatched TV Couples

13
639 535
Xander Harris is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Mismatched TV Couples
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

14
552 415
Richard Castle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Mismatched TV Couples

15
770 916
Ross Geller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Mismatched TV Couples

16
462 464
George Costanza is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Mismatched TV Couples

17
426 260
Diane Chambers and Sam Malone is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Mismatched TV Couples
phoebelouise added Diane Chambers and Sam Malone Cheers

18
470 369
Dharma Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Mismatched TV Couples

19
381 256
Drew Carey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Mismatched TV Couples
The Drew Carey Show

20
737 509
Seeley Booth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Mismatched TV Couples

21
341 318
Andy Bernard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Mismatched TV Couples
The Office: The Girl Next Door, The Office: Subtle Sexuality, The Office

22
647 576
Buffy Summers and Angel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Mismatched TV Couples
Buffy Summers and Angel

23
672 788
Midge and Bob Pinciotti is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Mismatched TV Couples
That '70s Show

24
683 537
Buffy Summers and Riley Finn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Mismatched TV Couples
Buffy Summers and Riley Finn

25
399 250
Dexter Morgan and Hannah Mckay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Mismatched TV Couples
Bowen added Dexter Morgan and Hannah Mckay