All-Time Favorite Couples Pt. 5

20 02 2009

Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four

1. Kelly and Dylan (Beverly Hills, 90210)

This couple probably sparks the most debate among fans because there is a whole slew of people that believe Kelly belongs with Brandon and Dylan belongs with Brenda.  I am NOT one of those people.  In fact, I believe Kelly and Dylan are…dare I say it…SOULMATES (Dylan even said that himself!). While the way their relationship started was less than ideal, in some ways it had a solid foundation: childhood experiences, growing friendship, common family problems, etc.  Kelly and Dylan understood each other in a way that no other person was able to for either of them.  And while I obviously enjoyed Kelly’s season 5 relationship with Brandon, I was overjoyed when Dylan had visions of he and Kelly together in an earlier life.  After a multi-year break, it was hard not getting sucked back in during season 9 when Dylan returned to town and longed to be with Kelly, just as she had longed to be with him in season 3.  The end of season 10, when they finally re-committed to each other in the series finale, was a logical progression and the best ending I could have asked for.  (The new 90210 technically ruined that but I like to pretend that that doesn’t exist!)  Major Kelly-Dylan moments mark some of my favorite episodes, the ones I consistently TiVo and rewatch.  There’s no couple that’s ever meant more to me and I doubt there ever will be.

Kelly and Dylan Trailer

A Tribute to Kelly and Dylan (Seasons 9 & 10)


In my first post in this series, I hinted that there’s a pattern among all my all-time favorite couples.  It’s hard to sum it up in just one word without an explanation so I will try to give both themes and reasons.  First, the common words and phrases: unrequited love, the underdog, star-crossed lovers, destiny, etc.  All these couples had something stopping them from being together at first, namely one-half of them was in another relationship.  This new love, then, was forbidden-like.  We all know what it’s like to want someone you can’t have and so it’s hard not to be drawn to stories like that.  In the case of 90210 and Dawson’s Creek, I have to admit that I didn’t initially watch those series from the beginning so I didn’t have the chance to fall directly in love with Brenda/Dylan and Dawson/Joey as original viewers did.  I think if Kelly/Dylan and Pacey/Joey was the first relationship they saw, they’d be a lot more accepting.

What’s also is interesting is the order I put these favorite couples in.  While Kelly and Dylan ALWAYS top my list as my all-time favorite couple, pairs 2, 3 and 4 (Brelly, Joey and Pacey, Leyton) are very interchangeable depending on my mood, what episodes I’ve recently watched, etc.  As I did the video researche for Joey and Pacey, I sat for a while thinking if they should really go in the number 2 spot.  And I wondered if I was shortchanging Leyton by putting them at number 3.  Or was I just feeling especially connected to them right now because they’re still on the air in new episodes and they were the “last” (aka, most recent) couple I fell in love with? It sounds kind of lame to say those couples all tie for my number two position so I had to number it somehow.  But in reality they are all my favorite, standing out above and beyond the dozens of other couples on these shows.

I’ve thought about doing a favorite quotes series but then I realized most of them–if not all–have been included in the clips used in this series.  My favorite quotes, of course, often come from my favorite couples and their “best” moments.  But if you want to know more about these couples and need specifics, check out my love triangles series, which gives a lot of the key episodes and key scenes for these couples.

Okay, enough with all this gooey love stuff.  Next week, expect some tragedy!

All-Time Favorite Couples Pt. 4

19 02 2009

Part One, Part Two, Part Three

2. Kelly and Brandon (Beverly Hills, 90210)

Brandon and Kelly had chemistry right from the get-go in season one.  For one reason or another, this wasn’t fully explored until the latter-half of season 4.  Despite the various challenges they faced during their relationship, it was probably the most healthy, stable, normal and rational one either ever had.  Part of the reason I think this relationship failed in the end is because Kelly and Brandon were ultimately the same person.  Of course it didn’t start out that way when the show began, but their characters grew to be exactly the same, just in different genders.  They were too similar for their own good.  Now this doesn’t mean it wasn’t great when they were together.  As I said before, in their times apart (Kelly wanting him, Brandon wanting her, etc.) I wanted nothing more than for them to get back together. But while their strong friendship is what helped their relationship succeed, that same best friendship almost limited the passion (even if it did sometimes increase the fun and the romance).  Still, if I said I didn’t love every second of it, I’d be lying!

Every Brelly Kissing Scene

The Top 80 Best Brandon/Kelly Moments (Part 10)

All-Time Favorite Couples Pt. 3

18 02 2009

Part One

Part Two

3. Joey and Pacey (Dawson’s Creek)

When the show began and even through its first two or so seasons, you never would’ve imagined Pacey and Joey paired up together.  Though Pacey once contemplated the idea (in an early season one episode), the idea of them together not only seemed unlikely but also just not…right.  But then season 3 comes along and everything changes: the characters, the storylines, the show.  The season marked a turning point for the series, and the turning point in who my preferred couple was.  As Pacey slowly fell for Joey, longed for her, ached for her, I did too.  I felt Pacey’s urge to be with her, his growing love and loneliness. For anyone who has ever experienced unrequited love–or impossible love–it was impossible not to be touched by the path this storyline took.  Though they broke up at the end of season 4, the bond was unbreakable, the memories unforgettable and the destiny sealed.  With the maturity that only time can bring, Joey and Pacey grew enough to be able to commit to each other once and for all.  While that realization in the series finale was a little rushed, it is satisfying to know that the show did end with them together and I can forever think of them that way.

My Top 20 Pacey & Joey Moments

My Top 20 “True Love” Moments–Pacey & Joey

All-Time Favorite Couples Pt. 2

17 02 2009

Part One

4. Lucas and Peyton (One Tree Hill)

One Tree Hill creator Mark Schwahn once said ,”From the pilot we designed a world where Lucas and Peyton are meant to be together.”  Though they have spent much of the series’ 6 seasons apart, I believe the show still managed to be true to that world.  Watching them build a friendship and harbor crushes, getting closer only to get pushed apart, kept the emotions of both the characters and the fans raw and passionate.  Us Leyton fans seemed to get what we wanted, finally, at the middle of season 4…only to be shocked when we saw–four years into the future–they were no longer together.  But their history–as friends, lovers and more–kept the relationship alive whether they were together or apart.  When they were, it was total bliss.  When they weren’t, I yearned for them to be together, much like Peyton herself did.  When Lucas asks Peyton to marry him (the second time) and they resume their romantic relationship, it is a culmination of what the writers and characters worked towards for so many years.  I cannot imagine an ending to the show where they are not together and hopefully I won’t have to.

Its All Coming Back To Me Now–Leyton

Top 10 Lucas and Peyton Moments

Lucas and Peyton’s Top Ten Moments

All-Time Favorite Couples

16 02 2009

As nears the end of its second month (time flies!), I figured it was time to get personal.  Like favorite couple-personal.

One of the biggest connections audiences have to teen dramas is the couple they root for.  Couples are at the core of all these shows, sparking devotion and debate.

To help us get to know each other better, this week I’ll be presenting my 5 personal all-time favorite couples.  If you look closely, you should be able to find a common theme among my choices that explains why I prefer these particular couples. Please share your thoughts–and your picks!–in the comments.

5.  Marissa Cooper and Ryan Atwood (The O.C.)

Part of the initial attraction to The O.C. was the dynamic between the spoiled pretty Marissa and the rough tough new boy Ryan.  The chemistry between these two characters from different worlds was powerful from the start.  Even after they got together, the course of love never did run smooth for Ryan and Marissa.  They broke up and got back together several times during the series, before any promise of a future was abruptly taken away when Marissa tragically died at the end of the third season.  Any argument that they are meant to be failed since they could never end up together.  Still, theirs was a love of passion and pain and I loved every minute of it.

Ryan and Marissa Season One

Ryan and Marissa Season Two

Season 3 Ryan & Marissa–RUN

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