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

By Lyndsie

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. 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. Never. Not one single chance. Check out my opinions, then tell me yours!

1 Dean and Rory, Gilmore Girls

Dean and Rory, Gilmore GirlsRory 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. Opposites may attract, but you have to share something, you know?

2 Josh and Cher, Clueless

Josh and Cher, CluelessI 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 upThese 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, HouseThere 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 DancingBaby is a BABY, okay? Johnny was dreamy when I was nine, but I don't want to see this IRL now. No. Bad.

6 Rachel and Ross, Friends

Rachel and Ross, FriendsI said it. In the real world, all of Rachel's friends would be talking her out of this ish.

7 Yang and Burke, Grey's Anatomy

Yang and Burke, Grey's AnatomyI am currently rewatching Grey's for the fifth time. In a row. I feel compelled to say this. If this relationship was for real, I'd like to think Cristina would have someone to point out that her mentor is indeed cutting away pieces of her. You know who I ship Yang with? Ross.

8 Izzie and George, Grey's Anatomy

Izzie and George, Grey's AnatomyIZZIE IS THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD. Why wouldn't this work IRL? Because I cannot believe anyone in the real world would be so stupid as to FORCE someone to see drunk sex as a magical happily ever after. /rant. Sorry.

9 Romeo and Juliet, Romeo + Juliet

Romeo and Juliet, Romeo + JulietNot just because the two actors hated each other, either. IRL, I just honestly believe the whole relationship would blow up in text messages within a span of two days and Romeo'd be on to the next one.

10 Blaine and Dave, Glee

Blaine and Dave, GleeThis shouldn't have happened on-screen and I can't ever see it happening in the real world, either. Let's just forget this.

11 Jenna and Matty, Awkward

Jenna and Matty, AwkwardThis is a guilty pleasure, I love Awkward! I've always hated her relationship with Matty, though. All that sneaking around in the beginning, especially, put a bad taste in my mouth. I think that in a real world scenario, Jenna would know when to step.

12 Christian and Ana, Fifty Shades of Grey

Christian and Ana, Fifty Shades of GreyCould this possibly work IRL? Could it?

13 Olivia and Fitz, Scandal


14 Jim and Pam, the Office

Jim and Pam, the OfficeNot that I don't love these two, I just refuse to believe that any couple this adorkable could possibly exist IRL. It's a unicorn.

15 Jackie and Fez, That '70s Show

Jackie and Fez, That '70s ShowI know Jackie-in-real-life would recognize Fez as a perv. Right? She'd have to.

16 Seth and Jules, Superbad

Seth and Jules, SuperbadNot that they ended up together in the movie, really, but my girl Jules would call out those fuckboy antics IRL, I just know it.

17 Annie and Sam, Sleepless in Seattle

Annie and Sam, Sleepless in SeattleI hate myself for even writing this, but it's true. Especially today, would Annie ever trek across the country and back to meet a man she heard on the radio? All I can think of is the two of them texting and Sam calling her a fat slut when she says no to a dick pic.

And speaking of picks (kind of), who are yours? Any on-screen couples you know would never make it if they were real?

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