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Here’s a thought, it’s better to be single than to be stuck in the friendzone. This statement is in no way an attempt to make fun of the noble Ser Jorah Mormont (Game of Thrones) or our loyal Central Perk barista Gunther (Friends).

I’m just saying that love is a complicated affair – and it’s that time of year again when those in a relationship bombard our timelines with huge romantic gestures that make single people roll their eyes, and get even more cynical about love and the whole idea of Valentine’s Day.

Haters gonna hate, so Happy Valentine’s to you all and to these onscreen couples who have given us relationship goals … because there’s nothing a little TV romance can’t fix.

1. McDreamy and Meredith Grey, Grey’s Anatomy

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You meet a guy in a bar, you take him home… you go to work on your first day, and he’s there. No, let’s do that again. You go to work on your first day, and he’s your boss. That pretty much explains how Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd aka McDreamy’s relationship on Grey’s Anatomy started.

Their relationship was dramatic and messy (in Season 1, he hid a whole wife from her!) in a way that only Shonda Rhimes can get away with, but they pulled through it all until Rhimes finally killed their romance in the most painful way possible.

But what’s that they say about love – it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. Catch Grey’s Anatomy S1-13 on Showmax. Watch now »

2. Sheldon and Amy, The Big Bang Theory

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“The Valentino Submergence” — Sheldon (Jim Parsons, right) and Amy (Mayim Bialik, left) host a live Valentine’s Day episode of Fun with Flag.

It started with an online dating site for these two lovebirds, or “Shamy” as Howard likes to call them. From there, we watched as this odd and hilarious love story developed from the friendzone (Amy really did try everything in the nerd book to win Sheldon’s clueless nerd heart) to awkward exchange of emails and unconventional hangouts to an even more awkward cohabitation experiment to finally, a wedding.

As someone said, Shamy is a match made in nerd heaven. I mean, for someone to put up with Sheldon Cooper’s condescending attitude, that’s true love right there. Catch The Big Bang Theory S1-9 on Showmax. Watch now »

3. Jake and Amy, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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Where do we even begin with these two adorable weirdos? They make fun of each other and are very competitive, even engaging in bets that comprise of the famous 99 Halloween Heist. And Jake Peralta is practically a man-child who would be so annoying were it not for that heart-warming Andy Samberg smile.

We watched from Season 1 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine as their competitive friendship developed into a romantic relationship, complete with their personal third wheel Charles Boyle. Catch Brooklyn Nine-Nine S1-5 on Showmax. Watch now »

4. Liza and Charles, Younger

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Or Liza and Josh… when they were still innocent and cute, and Younger hadn’t confused us all by showing us what a #TeamCharles romance looked like. From season to season, we waited as they teased us with a “will they, won’t they” romance between Charles and Liza. It finally happened – even after Charles had found out that Liza wasn’t actually 26 years old, and was, in fact, a 40-year-old divorced mum.

When we last saw them, they were holding hands for the first time in public. But in the world of Younger, perfect things tend to get complicated too fast. So how about that messy love triangle where Liza is unsure who to choose between Charles and Josh? I’m #TeamCharles alright, but even I have to admit that that kind of drama would be golden in Season 6.

Catch Younger S1-5 only on Showmax. Watch now »

5. Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen, Game of Thrones


I know, I know, but hear me out for a second. We may have discovered their blood connection in the last season of Game of Thrones (cough, maybe a little earlier than that) but in their defence, they are still clueless, unlike certain other couples on the show.

And let’s be honest, amid all the “winter is finally here” talk, the suicide mission beyond the wall, the ravens being overworked and Cersei Lannister being Cersei Lannister, we needed to catch a break with some romance. Sure, it’s a relationship that started rather awkwardly at Dragonstone with Daenerys’ mouthpiece (read Missandei) spewing out titles to welcome the delegation from Winterfell before bullying Jon Snow to bend a knee.

But look how their enmity towards the White Walkers and Cersei brought them closer…and now we can’t seem to forget how toned Jon Snow’s butt…err… body is. I shall escort myself out now. But first, catch Game of Thrones S1-7 on Showmax while you wait for Season 8 to drop on 14 April. Watch now »

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Jennifer Ochieng

I'm a Kenyan creative writer with eight years' experience in both the SEO and entertainment industries. I like writing stories about people I've met, but mostly about those I see on TV. Sometimes, when I'm melancholic, I write poetry as well. Visit author's website

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