17 “Cute” TV Relationships That Really Aren’t Cute At All

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Joel and Midge, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Joel and Midge Maisel


Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino has three entries on this list, which makes her the queen of problematic relationships. When The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel begins, Joel and Midge seem to have a picture-perfect relationship. AS the show progresses, though, we see the cracks, mostly as a result of Joel’s fragile masculinity.

He leaves Midge for his secretary, becoming the height of cliche in the process. When Midge finds a kinder, more open man to build a life with, she runs from him and back to Joel. It’s a destructive, dumpster fire of a decision that reminds us how destructive the relationship between them is.

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