We’d Ship That: The 10 Best (and 5 Worst) TV Couples of 2012

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Best: Ben Wyatt and Leslie Knope ('Parks and Recreation')
Best: Ben Wyatt and Leslie Knope ('Parks and Recreation')
NBC
Where do we even begin? Leslie and Ben are so perfectly perfect together that our hearts often explode from happiness every time they’re in the same scene. Not only are they completely supportive of one another’s quirks and dreams, they brought all of America to tears in the sweetest surprise Halloween proposal. And of course we can’t forget Ben’s adorably epic engagement gift to Leslie. Two words: Joe Biden. Who else would pull a million strings to introduce their fiancé to her ultimate sexual
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Best: Adam Braverman and Kristina Braverman ('Parenthood')
Best: Adam Braverman and Kristina Braverman ('Parenthood')
NBC
Adam and Kristina have always been the model of a very real TV marriage, and that's only intensified now that Kristina is undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. Their connection has only gotten stronger throughout their struggle. Be honest: how hard did you cry when Kristina essentially told her husband about her diagnosis with a simple yet meaningful look? All the tears. 
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Best: Matthew Crawley and Lady Mary ('Downton Abbey')
Best: Matthew Crawley and Lady Mary ('Downton Abbey')
PBS
The once-or-twice-removed cousin duo may ring icky in 2012, but this is the turn of the century: titles and nobility are at stake, people! These two did the whole will-they-won't-they thing for two whole seasons before finally coming to their senses and doing what they were supposed to: fall in love in the Christmas snow and live happily ever after! Season 3 will see their relationship unfold at long last, and after all they've been through, don't they deserve the upper class equivalent of a whi
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Best: Prince Charming and Snow White ('Once Upon a Time')
Best: Prince Charming and Snow White ('Once Upon a Time')
ABC Television Network
No matter how many times you tell the fairytale, the valiant prince and the fairest of them all always end up happily ever after. They are kind, compassionate and together create the purest form of magic: true love. But what makes the duo even better is the fact that they are one seriously badass couple. When Snow is armed with a bow and arrow and Charming has his trusty sword, nothing — not even a memory erasing curse — can stop these two from finding each other and defeating evil.
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Best: Peter and Olivia ('Fringe')
Best: Peter and Olivia ('Fringe')
FOX
Though they've had some struggles of late (tsk tsk on that Observer tech, Peter) this couple has arguably gone through more than any other pairing on television — doppelgangers from alternate universes, one half of the couple being erased from history, the death of a child, etc. — and always come out on top. They're there for each other, they belong together, and we're keeping our fingers crossed for their ultimate happy ending. — Shaunna Murphy
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Best: Criss Chross and Liz Lemon ('30 Rock')
Best: Criss Chross and Liz Lemon ('30 Rock')
NBC
Liz Lemon deserves only the best, so the fact that she found Criss, her kind, fun-loving and adorable soul mate, it only makes us want to eat celebratory night cheese and high five a million angels. 
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Best: Robb Stark and Talisa Stark ('Game of Thrones')
Best: Robb Stark and Talisa Stark ('Game of Thrones')
HBO
Okay, so TECHNICALLY Robb was supposed to marry one of the less-than-appealing daughters of Walder Frey, but when he fell for the sexy, mysterious, and utterly selfless Talisa, we were all for it. It gave us a peek at warrior Robb's softer side, and their slow, intimate sex scene had all of us wishing we had a tent and some bearskin cloaks handy. That was HOT! —Shaunna Murphy
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Best: Leonard and Penny ('The Big Bang Theory')
Best: Leonard and Penny ('The Big Bang Theory')
CBS
She finally said it! After six years of on-again off-again romancing, Penny finally returned Leonard’s verbal affections with a quick yet heartfelt, “You know I love you,” and then all of the fandom erupted into cheers and tears. This beauty and the geek couple have been through their up’s (remember when Leonard brought her back a preserved snowflake from the North Pole?) and their down’s (that mid-coitus marriage proposal) but through it all they have always been the ones we root for. Fingers c
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Best: Glenn Rhee and Maggie Greene ('The Walking Dead')
Best: Glenn Rhee and Maggie Greene ('The Walking Dead')
AMC
After two seasons of dealing with the Rick-Shane-and "Dearly Departed" Lori triangle (not to mention the recent mess between Lori and The Governor), it's such a relief to have a sexy, badass warrior couple who will literally do anything for each other, something they proved when they were both tortured. Now, if only Daryl Dixon could only find himself a nice gal to settle down with... (::coughcough:: I'm available) — Shaunna Murphy
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Worst: Finn Walden and Dana Brody ('Homeland')
Worst: Finn Walden and Dana Brody ('Homeland')
Showtime
A bizarre, out-of-place, ultimately doomed teenage homicide plotline involving two B-characters is so Season 2 'Friday Night Lights'! As for you Finn, you couldn't even turn around and call the cops, buddy? To be fair, it's not like their parents have been the best role models. — Shaunna Murphy
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Worst: Dev and Karen ('Smash')
Worst: Dev and Karen ('Smash')
NBC
Ugh. That's the only word for it. Karen and Dev were the most obnaxioulsy awkwardly odd couple to have graced our musically inclined TV screens this year. Not only did they have zero chemistry, but their Bollywood number is still something that we’d pay an obscene amount of money to forget. Oh, did we mention that Dev cheated on Karen with her nemesis and then still had the nerve to propose to her? Didn’t he realize that she was in tech?!
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Worst: Stannis Baratheon and Melisandre ('Game of Thrones')
Worst: Stannis Baratheon and Melisandre ('Game of Thrones')
HBO
Okay, we get it, Stannis has a legitimate claim to the throne. But cheating on his wife with this weird fire magician lady, and using her to birth a shadow monster that ultimately (spoiler alert) kills his little brother, is a pretty lame move. Plus, it wouldn't kill you to smile every once in a while. —Shaunna Murphy
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Worst: Jack Porter and Amanda Clarke ('Revenge')
Worst: Jack Porter and Amanda Clarke ('Revenge')
ABC Television Network
We’ll admit, it was extremely difficult to chose between Amanda and Jack or Declan and Charlotte as the worst couple on 'Revenge', but our minds we’re made up the second she named that baby Carl. Everyone knows that Jack and Emily (aka the Real Amanda) are endgame so Fauxmanda just needs needs to leave our TV screens so 'Revenge' can get back to its Season 1 roots.
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Best and Worst: Nicholas Brody and Carrie Mathison ('Homeland')
Best and Worst: Nicholas Brody and Carrie Mathison ('Homeland')
Showtime
We feel as bi-polar as Carrie when it comes to this pairing. Yes, they have a deep emotional and sexual bond and she's the only one who truly accepts him for the tortured terrorist that he is. But he's still a terrorist, you know? And she's in the CIA, you know? Also, falling in love with someone you're surveilling is just plain creepy, and their relationship has been largely built on manipulation. It's a toss-up. — Shaunna Murphy

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