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16 Unexpected TV Couples No One Predicted

Updated November 3, 2017 34.4k votes 5.9k voters 162.5k views16 items

List RulesVote up the romances that were both surprising and satisfying.

TV romance is, generally speaking, pretty predictable. It feels like you can tell from episode 1 that Character A will eventually hook up with Character B and, after a few seasons of will-they-won’t-they shenanigans, they’ll live happily ever after. Think Carrie and Big from Sex and The City, Ross and Rachel from Friends, Booth and Brennan from Bones. Fans ship them, get frustrated with their "we can’t be together right now" nonsense, and breathe easily when the show wraps up and the couple sails off into the sunset. That’s why it can be incredibly refreshing to be taken by surprise when an unlikely TV romance pops up out of nowhere.

Unexpected TV couples can go two ways. The two characters could work incredibly well together and become one of the best couples on TV. Or, they fall apart in just a few episodes, because they're just too weird and mismatched to work. Either way, all these couples have a thing in common – no one saw them coming. At least not from episode 1 of the shows.

Here are the most surprising TV couples in recent history, regardless of whether they had fans giggling with joy or scratching their heads in confusion.

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    It’s hard to remember a time when Chandler and Monica aren’t a couple. But this pairing basically comes out of nowhere. One episode of the show even features Monica joking that she could never date Chandler. Moreover, the two hook up in London, at Ross and Emily’s wedding. So while viewers are eager to see if Rachel stops the wedding, this fresh romance catches them totally by surprise. Could it be any more unexpected?

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    Who would think that Little Grey and Sloan would become such a beloved couple in the Grey’s Anatomy universe? Especially since their relationship comes seemingly out of the blue. Lexie asks Mark to teach her about medical stuff. He resists, because she’s Meredith’s little sister and too young for him. But by then end of the episode, Lexie goes up to his hotel room, takes off her clothes, and says “Teach me.”  

    And then there's the whole tragic ending. We’re not crying, you’re crying.

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    Andy and April's relationship is so obviously #goals. But at first, goofy man-child Andy and the perpetually sarcastic April feel like a weird pairing. She has a crush on him, and he's oblivious.

    Then, they start dating – and get married within a month, which feels like a recipe for disaster. But it's not. Their love story ends up being an integral part of what makes Parks and Recreation so heartwarming.

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    While Bones occasionally gives fans a glimpse into Cam’s romantic life, it never really commits to the idea of having her in a serious relationship – until Season 8. That's when viewers unexpectedly find out she’s dating Arastoo Vaziri, one of Brennan's squinterns.

    The relationship is surprising because it has basically no build-up. Also, it seems out of character for Cam to date someone who works for her. But love conquers all. Although these two have their fair share of hardship, they get their happily ever after.

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