With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s time for me to tackle another subject that I am for sure indisputably an expert on: love. Thus, without further ado, here are my top five sitcom couples that will stay together forever and everyone should aspire to be like — and one that I think really should have broken up from the start.
1. Eleanor and Chidi (The Good Place)
I could write soliloquies about the beauty that is the relationship between Eleanor and Chidi. Eleanor’s unearned confidence and Chidi’s tendency to overthink every possible decision makes them a perfect example of opposites attract. The Good Place does an excellent job portraying love that survives all obstacles — a great reminder to all those celebrating Valentine’s Day and thus earning them number one on the list of best sitcom couples.
2. Jess and Nick (New Girl)
Whoever said don’t date your friends/roommates clearly never saw New Girl. Every interaction between Jess and Nick as they go from strangers to roommates to friends to much more than friends is an absolute delight to see.
3. Leslie and Ben (Parks & Rec)
Workplace rules are meant to be broken and Leslie and Ben from Parks & Rec know that more than anyone else. When I say Leslie hates Ben when she first saw him, I mean it, but somehow, miracle of miracles that hatred turns to love.
4. Pam and Jim (The Office)
Always a classic, and while not #1 I would be remiss to not mention Pam and Jim from The Office. The two of them compliment each other so wonderfully it feels like everything is right in the world when they have their first date. Getting the chance to watch them raise their children together just makes them all the better.
5. Amy and Jake (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Last but not least, Amy and Jake from Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Another stellar example of why everyone should date their coworkers and not be afraid to embrace the seemingly incompatible. Jake’s goofiness and Amy’s seriousness compliment each other perfectly.
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Please Break Up: Rachel and Ross (Friends)
And now for my personal essay (paragraph) about why Rachel and Ross are the worst television relationship ever. I wish everyday that Rachel had stayed on that flight to Paris. Ross is manipulative, whiny, and falls into every “nice guy” trope there is. I don’t care who gets mad about it. Argue about if they were on a break or not all you’d like, but either way, they never should have gotten back together.