17 on-Screen Couples That Would Never Work in the Real World ...


So, I get way too invested in movie and television couples.

I'm not proud of the fact, but it happens.

It happens with books, too, but for the purposes of this post, we're gonna focus on TV and movie couples because … well, because I want to and I'm writing this, so there.3

Back to my odd behavior, though, as much as I love shipping certain couples, even I have to admit that many of the cutest, steamiest, or sexiest couples wouldn't work in the real world.


Not one single chance.

Check out my opinions, then tell me yours!

1. Dean and Rory, Gilmore Girls

Dean and Rory, Gilmore Girls

Rory and Dean were adorable – the perfect high school couple.

Except for the fact that they had absolutely nothing in common.

They tried, and I think they were good for each other – the first time – but this wasn't meant to last and couldn't have in real life, either.2

Opposites may attract, but you have to share something, you know?

2. Josh and Cher, Clueless

Josh and Cher, Clueless

I will forever ship Josh and Cher, but I don't … I know they're not really related.

Even in canon, they're not even step-related anymore, technically, but still.

Squick factor.

3. Ben and Alison, Knocked up

Ben and Alison, Knocked up

These types of situations can absolutely occur, but I don't buy an Alison type ever staying with a Ben type – not unless they both changed for the other.

4. House and Dr. Cuddy, House

House and Dr. Cuddy, House

There are seventy-seven thousand reasons House and Cuddy could never work.

Their flirtation was hot and (some) fans were happy to see House happy, but the odds are good that they'd split in a real-life romance, too.

5. Johnny and Baby, Dirty Dancing

Johnny and Baby, Dirty Dancing

Baby is a BABY, okay?

Johnny was dreamy when I was nine, but I don't want to see this IRL now.



Rachel and Ross, Friends
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