10 TV Couples Who Are #RelationshipGoals

There are certain couples throughout television history that just stick with you. Not all for the same reasons, but because they are such adorable, formidable, or amazing couples. These 10 TV couples are ones that, in some way, embody relationship goals:

10. Meredith & Derek (Grey’s Anatomy)

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This is one of the most epic television love stories. Their love story is full of ups and downs and is incredibly confusing, but in the end they triumph over everything and end up together happily in love. They find each other through depression, almost death, relationships with other people, and intense trauma. They love each other more than anyone else and no matter how much they try to make it work with anybody else they always end up back together.

9. Veronica & Piz (Veronica Mars)

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I know, I know Veronica didn’t end up with Piz but she should have. He was kind, smart, went along with her crazy undercover investigation plans, and was always able to have intelligent conversations with her. She had a fun and exciting, yet stable relationship when she was with him.

8. Jim & Pam (The Office)

Jim and Pam! It took them sooooo long but they finally got together. God, their inside jokes were my life. I love how supportive Jim was of Pam’s dreams to do something different with her life and how he encouraged her. They made each other laugh constantly and were always in sync. They were basically kids at heart working together to pull pranks and have fun.

7. Peggy & Sousa (Agent Carter)

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Okayyyyy, so I know this one shouldn’t count because they’re not actually a couple in Agent Carter but I don’t care. They are obviously in love with each other and their relationship in general is simply adorkable. Sousa is pretty much the only guy in the entire office that treats Peggy with respect and knows that she can handle her shit, while also wanting to protect her because he cares about her. Peggy does the same for Sousa, understanding that aside from herself Sousa is probably the best agent in the SSRS. They have each other’s backs and will follow each other into crazy and dangerous situations to prove it.

6. Adam & Kristina (Parenthood)

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I mean, look at them dancing like nerds together.

This couple truly is something to look up to. They have two amazing children and stay married for something like 25 years throughout the series. They love each other so much and are always there to support each other’s crazy dreams, even if it means being tight financially or having to take on more responsibilities. They go through hell and back and never give up or stray, which is a huge accomplishment especially for TV couples. A big reason I loved Parenthood so much is because it felt like a great representation of a large modern-day family and didn’t fill its episodes with unnecessary drama. It is just real life problems and the drama that accompanies those.

5. Chandler & Monica (Friends)

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They’ve known each other for years and have been friends for almost a decade. Not only do the have a great friendship as the base for their relationship, but they accept each other for all their eccentricities. Chandler loves and accepts Monica’s intense need to clean everything to the point that it’s more sterile than a hospital. Monica also loves Chandler’s weird and awesome but sometimes off-kilter sense of humour (although she does make fun of him for it on occasion, in a loving way).

4. Ned & Chuck (Pushing Daisies)

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Guys, come on! He literally brought her back to life. You can’t get any more romantic than that. Yes, it’s crappy that they can’t touch but watching their relationship grow emotionally is so adorable. Plus, Ned makes the most delectable looking pies ever and owns his own pie shop! A successful, motivated man who can make baked goods? Yes please. Then there’s Chuck, who has lived her whole life through the fictional adventures in books. A girl after my own heart, Chuck (or Charlotte, which is her full name) made me believe that nerdy bookish girls can have awesome adventures and fall in love with a ridiculously attractive and kind man. Shhhhhh, I know it’s fictional and has no basis in reality but just let me have this.

3. Lily & Marshall (How I Met Your Mother)

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Lily and Marshall. Holy sweet moly they are a cute couple. When Marshall treats Lily like a princess on her birthday or how Lily supports Marshall’s dream of being an environmental lawyer even though he makes zero money. They’ve been together since university, which is a pretty big deal. They understand each other’s weird needs on a deep level. Plus, lily understand that it’s bacon and then sex, unless of course you can eat bacon during.

2. Rory & Amy (Doctor Who)

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Rorrrrraaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyy! I have all the feels with this couple. If you haven’t watched Doctor Who you have no idea what they went through as a couple. Rory literally waited thousands of years for Amy to come back and Amy grew old alone knowing that Rory would come back for her. They are dorky, hilarious, and insanely devoted to each other. Also, who wouldn’t want to have their life travelling around the universe and getting to go on all these incredible adventures together?

1. Brad & Jane (Happy Endings)

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The only way I can describe Brad and Jane is by quoting Penny, because they are “AMAHHHHHZING”. They are everything anyone should ever want. They are super epic weirdos and they are perfect for each other. They not only embrace each other’s weirdness but they do all their weird things together.I honestly just can’t even and must now show you a slew of Brad and Jane gifs so you can see their utter hilarity and amahhhziness.

Like the time they role played in the most hilarious way:

 

or the time Brad got pranked and had stripper glitter stuck all over him so Brad and Jane took advantage of that:
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or the fact that they matched each other’s party grunge vibes when they met and they’ve grown and succeeded together and are even more perfect for each other now:

 

Come on, even they know they’re relationship goals:brad-and-jane-dream-team

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Best Early 2000s Teen TV Shows

I subscribed to Shomi recently and it was both the best and worst decision of my summer. My list to watch on it now consists of probably over 30 television shows. Some of the shows I’ve been streaming on Shomi recently are some great early 2000s throwbacks, which had me reminiscing about some my favourite TV dramas in my early teens. These shows bring back all the feels of those angsty adolescent years. Please excuse the ridiculously cheesy TV trailers, as most early 2000s shows don’t have great previews available on YouTube.

7. Everwood

Kind of cheesy but also kind of great, Everwood is a slow moving small town family drama at its core. I love pretty much any show with small town vibes, so this was a done deal. The show is focused around the Brown family, but mainly Ephram Brown, after his mother dies and they move to the tiny mountain town of Everwood. It features  a young Emily Vancamp  from Revenge and Captain America and Chris Pratt from Parks and Rec and Jurassic Park before they both got really big.

6. Popular

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Oh, Popular. How you took hold of my teen heart. This show was my addiction when I was younger. Set in high school, the show is centred around two girls who hangout in completely opposite social circles and loathe each other but whose parents are getting married and are now being forced together. It’s all about the haves and the have-nots and is definitely a show where you root for the underdog to win the heart of the popular girl/boy.

5. Felicity

Felicity is a naive, slightly off-kilter series set around a girl with very little life experience heading to university. Felicity, the main character, follows (or more accurately, stalks) her high school crush to New York University and in the process ends up finding herself, her passion in life, and love. With felicity sending tapes to her old friend you get some great voice over narration that really brings in those late 90s vibes.

4. Dawson’s Creek

Dawson’s Creek is full of witty fast-paced dialogue and addictive teen angst. You may have to look beyond the fact that no teenager has ever talked like the characters do on this show, but it makes for great on-screen repartee. I also love that it’s set in a small seaside town where everybody knows everybody and thus creates even more drama.

3. One Tree Hill

One Tree Hill, an extremely entertaining but very melodramatic show. I still love it, despite its penchant for over the top conflict. The series follows two brothers, who would never ever call themselves that because one grew up with their father and the wealth that came with him and the other did not. The show is all about their relationship and the relationships of their families and high school friends.

2. Gilmore Girls

Ahhhhhhh. Gilmore Girls you sweet, beautiful, intelligent, smart ladies. This is one of my favourite shows ever. Although, i do have to admit that the sixth and seventh seasons are tough to truck through since everything seems to go awry for the Gilmores. Gilmore Girls is set in the teeny tiny town of Stars Hollow, legit one of the smallest towns I’ve seen on a TV show. The whole series is really focused on mother daughter relationships, and specifically focuses on Lorelai and her daughter Rory’s lives.

1. Veronica Mars

*Drumroll* aaaaaaaand one of my all-time favourite shows, Veronica Mars. I swear I have watched the entire series at least three times and continue to rewatch it every few years. Veronica is a badass sassy mothaf***ka. Sorry, I had to  say that because she is just so incredibly awesome. Veronica goes to Neptune High, a school where you really only fit into one of two groups: the ultra rich kids or invisibles who work for them. Veronica’s father is a private investigator and Veronica works with him to solve cases, while also working in secret to solve her best friend’s murder. Dark and witty, this show is one of the best teen shows ever created.

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If you have any TV shows that I’ve missed, comment below. I love any excuse to watch more TV 😉

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – Book Review

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I wept, then I swooned, and then I wept some more. I definitely should have believed the sign when I pulled this book off of the table labelled, ‘Curl up in a ball and cry’. I thought the book was well written, and showed an interesting and very controversial storyline of a quadriplegic.

This book, and the movie of it, have garnered quite a bit of negative media attention surrounding the portrayal of Will. Will is a quadriplegic for whom Lou  and consequently sets out on a mission to change his perspective on life, as he has decided to commit assisted suicide in six months time. Many reviews have criticized Me Before You for supposedly being ableist. I understand that this a tricky subject to address and believe that by no means is any one opinion completely correct, so I’m simply going to explain my personal opinion on this conflict.

Will’s character is described as being a successful businessman and adrenaline junkie. He gets hit by a car and subsequently becomes a quadriplegic, meaning in his case that he has basically no ability to move his arms and is completely unable to move anything below his belly button. His life before the accident seemed to consist of outdoor activities that most people would never even consider, due to how challenging and frightening they are. After the accident he has almost no opportunities to do any activities like this. He is unable to do the activities that bring him the most joy in life and sinks into a depression.

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I believe that for most people adjusting to the new reality of being a quadriplegic is incredibly difficult, but something they have to accept and learn to love. This does not, however, mean this is true for all people and maybe Will’s story is one where he is unable to move past his depression. In the face of losing control over a lot his choices, body, and limited activities (in his perspective he sees them as incredibly limiting) he does the one thing he truly feels will give him control and choice in his life and that is to end it.

There is also mention of Will having had pneumonia multiple times and the possibility of him having to be put on a ventilator if his pneumonia were bad enough. They also discuss the fact that his physical well being will only continue to decline and his health will worsen. Therefore, his current state will not get better at all.

Moyes pulls in multiple group discussions between Lou and quadriplegics and paraplegics trying to find ways to change Will’s view on life. The discussions bring in quadriplegics paraplegics who are incredibly fulfilled in their lives and see it as a new outlook on life; a few who side with Will and believe that it is his choice to live or not live how he would like, and who is Lou to decide that he must see his wheelchair as a blessing? I believe she brought in well-rounded ideas and didn’t ultimately force an ableist agenda, as so many believe.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. I liked that there was some mystery and a bit of a dark secret in Lou’s past that Will helps her move past. It didn’t take me very long to get into the flow of the book and I ended up reading it in only three days. I saw the look into Will’s life as insightful, eye-opening, sad, and surprising (because of his final decision). I enjoyed Lou’s character and loved her upbeat, witty, and quirky personality and I look forward to watching Emilia Clarke portray her.

Rating: 4/5

Similar Books: Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern, Christmas at Tiffany’s by Karen Swan, and Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern