In our quest to bring you the best TV content, sometimes we have to look... backwards. That's why we have Thursday TV Throwback, wherein each week our staff of pop culture enthusiasts will be tasked with bringing back some of the best television clips that have been forgotten by time, space and the general zeitgeist. This week, just in time for Valentine’s Day, we're remembering our favorite romantic TV moments of yore: A classic Simpson’s valentine; a super-sweet first kiss on Boy Meets World; a tear-jerking Friends scene. Read on for all our favorite lovey-dovey TV moments of the past!
Aly Semigran, The Simpsons: The all-time greatest Valentines episode in the history of television was when Ralph choo-choo-choosed Lisa Simpson to be his Valentine. Despite the fact that she broke his heart (riiiiiiiight here) when the two pals patched things up, they hit the swing set to the sweet sounds of "The Monster Mash." That's how young love should look.
Leanne Aguilera, Boy Meets World: Growing up I completely idolized Topanga (Danielle Fishel) — she was smart, eccentric, and never afraid to go after what she wanted. This kiss is perfect proof of that. Not only did Topanga take charge and snatch her first kiss from the lips of Mr. Matthews, she also taught Cory a ridiculously sweet lesson in the process. Always and forever my favorite TV couple.
Michael Arbeiter, Valentine’s Day: My favorite Valentine’s Day episode? It’d have to be the one where Tony Fanciosa’s character Val, family man and New York City publishing executive, gets paid a visit by an old army buddy who has a big surprise in store for the Farrow clan. But why are we compiling favorite episodes from a barely known 1964 sitcom that only lasted one season? … Oh, wait, did I misunderstand this?
Christian Blauvelt, Frasier: Everyone knows Frasier was a triumph of intellectual comedy on TV. In fact, you could argue that the 11-season hit raised the bar on what audiences expect out of a sitcom, paving the way for brainy humor on shows as diverse as Arrested Development, 30 Rock, and Community. But what people don’t recognize as much is how David Hyde Pierce—master of snappy quips and subtle wordplay—is also a genius at slapstick. In the episode “Three Valentines,” a triptych of vignettes about shattered Feb. 14 expectations, he wordlessly reveals his desperation to have the perfect Valentine’s Day date by obsessing over every last detail…and nearly burns down Frasier’s apartment in the process. Niles really blurs the line between being romantic and having an acute case of OCD.
Sydney Bucksbaum, Smallville: When Clark made the decision to finally reveal his secret identity as the last son of Krypton to Lana — and propose to her — it was a beautiful culmination of an epic, five-season-long love story between Clark and Lana. It could've been their happy ending, but their happiness was short-lived — after she accepted his proposal, Lana got in a car crash and died. When Clark turned back time he decided to save her life by not proposing. Instead they broke up, changing the course of events of the day. Clark's father ended up dying instead, and Lana began a relationship with Lex Luthor.
Abbey Stone, My So Called Life: Before Claire Danes was CLAIRE DANES she was Angela Chase. And before she had Hugh Dancy, she had Jordan Catalano (played by Jared Leto). Jordan and Angela's relationship wasn't perfect by any stretch of the imagination — often it was downright heartbreaking — but for me it was a window into teenage romance… and it was everything.
Shaunna Murphy, Buffy The Vampire Slayer: I was 12 when this episode aired (go ahead... age me) and this clearly was the most beautiful and romantic and horrible thing to happen since Jack couldn't fit on that door. First they had the most epic courtship of all time ever (for a 12-year-old), then he turned evil after they finally had sex (which was such an obvious metaphor for the disappointment of losing your virginity for a female/the awfulness of men, but I didn't know that back then), and then finally, FINALLY, after we got used to hating him, he turned from Angelus into Angel again once more and gave his love to Buffy... moments before she was forced to send him straight to hell. Guys, I can't. I just can't.
Kate Ward, Friends: Last weekend, I watched Beasts of Southern Wild and bawled like a baby. But still not as hard as I do every time I watch Monica propose to Chandler. As Janice would say: Oh… My… God!
What’s your favorite romantic moment of TV’s past? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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In our quest to bring you the best TV reading, sometimes we have to look... backwards. That's why we have Thursday TV Throwback, wherein each week our staff of pop culture enthusiasts will be tasked with bringing back some of the best television clips that have been forgotten by time, space and the general zeitgeist.
This week's theme: '90s Couples We Love!
Television isn't always the best barometer for realistic relationships — and in fact, it's often the exact opposite. And yet we look back on '90s television through such misty eyes, especially when it comes to our favorite made-for-TV relationships. There's the seminal favorite, Boy Meets World's Cory and Topanga. The steamy adult affair between ER's George Clooney and Julianna Margulies. Heck, even the animated love between Doug (of Doug, obvi) and Patti gets our vote. We love them, and they love... well, also them.
Looking for a quick splash of romantic nostalgia? Here's what our staff picked...
Kate Ward: Sam and Clarissa on Clarissa Explains It All
Okay, so they weren't really a couple. But every time Sam climbed the ladder to visit his best gal pal, the room was rife with sexual tension. And yes, I understand I might have to report myself to my neighbors for merely writing that sentence.
Matt Patches: DJ and Steve on Full House
DJ and Steve started dating young — maybe too young? — but they gave hope to all the middle schoolers of the world that perhaps they'd find love too. Then they broke up in the seventh season and crushed America's hearts. They were perfect together! Thankfully, the producers knew that, Steve eventually returning for the series finale to take DJ to prom. All was right in the world once again.
Kelsea Stahler: Felicity and Ben on Felicity
The great thing about Ben and Felicity (besides the fact that it brought Scott Speedman into our lives and made us all want to move to New York) was that some of the greatest beats in their four-year saga were moments that didn’t involve a rooftop kiss in the moonlight or running through the airport. Those things happened too, but it was moments like this one, in which all took was a signature Speedman look and a few choice words to give teenage-me (and let’s be honest, 2012-me) butterflies.
Michelle Lee: Angela and Jordan on My So-Called Life
Maybe part of me rooted for geeky Brian Krakow, but Angela Chase and Jordan Catalano were the perfect doomed high school couple. You just knew that Broody McBrooderton would eventually break her heart — and that then Claire Danes would break our hearts, and we'd love it. And cry into our flannel shirts.
Brian Moylan: Donna and Graduation on Beverly Hills, 90210
90210 had lots of great couples: Brenda and Dylan, Kelly and Brandon, Kelly and Dylan, Brandon and that girl who took drugs, Kelly and that guy who took drugs, Donna and David, Steve Sanders and his mirror, that girl from the Noxema commercial and Dylan. Oh so many great couples, but none was better than Donna Martin and Graduation. May they live happily together for eternity.
Abbey Stone: Lindsay and Nick on Freaks and Geeks
Lindsay and Nick's relationship might not have been perfect (heck, they couldn't even make it through one season), but it was moments like this that made sure you never stopped rooting for them. The tenderness and compassion they so clearly felt for one another is the stuff legendary romances are made of. And the true tragedy of it all is that Freaks and Geeks' untimely cancellation prevented these two crazy kids from realizing their true potential as a couple.
Aly Semigran: Doug and Carol on ER
Ross and Rachel were cute and all, but when it came to '90s TV romances, no one even came close to the smoldering Doug (George Clooney) and Carol (Julianna Margulies). Their chemistry was off the (medical) charts and when they reunite in her last episode, there wasn't a heart that stopped fluttering. (You should probably get that checked out, by the way.)
Marc Snetiker: Cory and Topanga on Boy Meets World
You can't talk about the beloved couples of '90s television without giving due attention to the pair that taught an entire generation about real love. Cory and Topanga's fairy tale relationship spanned seven hilarious and heartbreaking seasons and included marriage proposals, honeymoons and unfortunate middle names. But perhaps most remarkably, as they fell in love with each other, we fell in love with them.
Michael Arbeiter: Doug and Patti on Doug
In the history of American television, no tale of romance has been so sincere, so relatable, so heart-wrenchingly close to home as the unrequited love felt for Patricia Mayonnaise by classmate Douglas Yancy Funnie. Eleven-year-old Doug’s first day in the town of Bluffington brought him through a cataclysm of new experiences: deciphering the Honker Burger’s hieroglyphian menu, dealing with town bully Roger Klotz, facing off with the legendary Nematode. But nothing had as profound an effect on Doug as laying eyes on Patti for the first time. Throughout their time together, Doug endured heartbreak after heartbreak pining for Patti. He was humiliated in front of her at a horse riding field dream, passed up as lab partner in favor of new kid Fentruck, and famously frightened by the prospect of dancing with her at the box social. But in a testament to the unparalleled beauty of true love, Doug never lost the will to carry on. Even when he thought he had no chance with Patti, he upheld his love proudly. Even when he was plagued by a front-and-center zit, was caught red-handed composing a banjo ballad for his beloved, thrust full force into an incredibly awkward movie date — hell, even when he accidentally knocked her dead mom’s house down — Doug never gave up. He embraced his love for Patti, for there was nothing inside of him of which he was prouder. Doug Funnie was a talented artist, a skilled musician, a dedicated dog owner, and a steadfast friend. But above all, he was a lover. A lover of a girl named Patti Mayonnaise.
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