Some of our favorite TV 'ships have loved to keep us waiting. The palpable chemistry that we can sense from the get-go can take multiple seasons to have any kind of pay off and at times, it can be excruciating. There are so many TV couples that keep us wanting more, always coming close but never quite getting there. These will-they-or-won't-they couples on TV can be rage-inducing and cute AF, all at the same time. But we're so over just screaming at the TV waiting for them to lock lips. Finally, we get these long-awaited TV kisses that we've been so desperately waiting for!
Not every long-awaited kiss has been ideal. Some are awkward, and some are demure and adorable. But they all had one big thing in common: they were highly anticipated. From the long nights spent GIF-ing moments between TV couples and writing a fanfic about their first kiss, fans are always pumped to see their fave couple finally get ~romantic~. These couples sure made us wait a while, but the wait was totally worth it!
Right from the get-go it was clear these two were meant to be. Ben (Adam Scott) and Leslie (Amy Poehler) are both adorable, career-oriented nerds who were destined to fall in love. But their love story didn't start very smoothly. Ben is a city auditor-turned-city employee, meaning a relationship between Leslie and him was off-limits. But this forbidden relationship was too strong to ignore. On a road trip, love blooms (despite Leslie playing banjo music to stave off the romance!) and the two share one of the most long-awaited TV kisses in sitcom history. Here is a lesson: you can't fight true love!
From the start, The Good Wife presented a love triangle with only one possible option. Alicia's (Julianna Margulies) marriage is on the rocks after her husband ends up in jail due to a political sex scandal. After years as a stay-at-home mom, she returns to the legal workforce. Oh, and her boss is her former law school love! The tension is evident and Will was already miles better than Alicia's scummy husband. Fans were hoping she'd find someone better than her bad hubby — and she did! So when Alicia and Will (Josh Charles) finally kiss one late night at the office, it's so fulfilling. Unfortunately, things weren't very simple from there on out. For a moment, though, Alicia's wonky relationship drama faded away into a perfect kiss.
These two are perpetually annoyed at each other from the very first episode which is a big sign that they'll obviously fall in love one day. Two people hating each other is pretty much the biggest indicator of sexual tension. For two and a half seasons, the two dance around the fact that they are falling for each other until a pretend kiss turns into something real. When the two are trying to distract a guard, Castle (Nathan Fillion) pulls Beckett (Stana Katic) in for a kiss. Sure, this isn't one of those long-awaited TV kisses bred out of pure desire, but it definitely isn't emotionless! Once they stop their diversion tactic, Beckett decides she wants a little more and pulls Castle back in.
The love story between Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Bill (Stephen Moyer) may have started the series, but it was the forbidden tension between Sookie and Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) that kept us hooked. Sookie acts tough and unphased by Eric, but her sexy Eric dreams tell a different story. Eric, for his part, becomes obsessed with Sookie from the moment he meets her. When Eric thinks he's about to meet his "true death," he decides he's not going out without laying one on Sookie, making for one of the steamiest long-awaited kisses on TV. Poor Bill, he never stood a chance against this stud.
Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) never has a hard time getting women. He's smart, confident, and handsome as hell. Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) for sure notices all of that upon first meeting! The tech goddess and the millionaire playboy first meet while she's working at Oliver's family company and it's clear that she's smitten with him. The two grow closer when she finds out her boss's secret identity, leaving fans desperate for two to finally get together. After confessing his love to Felicity in a ploy to defeat a villain at the end of season two, Oliver starts considering his true feelings. By the third season premiere, Oliver's trying to set her free for her own good but can't help planting a kiss on her in the process. From there, the two have ups and downs, but eventually find their happy ending.
Most of the long-awaited TV kisses on TV come from a pair of coworkers with sexual tension quietly building throughout the series. Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) work together for the FBI on "X-file" cases, ones that are unsolved and likely have to do with the paranormal. All that scary, crazy stuff is bound to draw two people together! But these two really kept us waiting. It isn't until the seventh season of the show that, amid Y2K craziness (remember that?!), these two finally give in to their feelings. Seven long years of sexual tension quietly hanging out in the background finally comes to fruition!
Whether you're Team Angel (David Boreanaz) or Team Spike (James Marsters) it was hard to deny the chemistry Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) had with the blonder baddie. Even the most ardent Team Angel shippers were pretty okay with these two finally locking lips as Buffy enters a new part of her life. We're not going to count the kissing in "Something Blue," since the two were under a spell, meaning it wasn't until the sixth season of the show that these two finally hooked up. The sexual tension between these two is actually insane. It is super hot when they finally give in to each other, even if it isn't smooth sailing from there on out!
No one has ever pined for a woman longer than Niles (David Hyde Pierce) pined for Daphne (Jane Leeves) on Frasier. When the show begins, Niles is married and still can't seem to help himself from falling for his brother's English live-in housekeeper. His love for her only intensifies as he gets divorced and interacts with his crush almost every single day. Fans could tell that these two would be totally adorable together but we had to wait seven seasons for some payoff! *Sigh* This is one of those long-awaited TV kisses that really made fans wait for it. But it was totally worth the long build-up — after they finally got together, they lived happily ever after.
Lost was never about the love stories, but this one always managed to tug at our heartstrings. Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick) has been trapped on the Island for years, unable to communicate with his true love Penny (Sonya Walger) or even let her know he's okay. We get glimpses into their past relationship and one of the teariest moments on the show is when Desmond finally gets to call her on the phone during season three. But nothing could prepare our tear ducts for their actual, physical reunion on the season four finale. When some of the Island survivors are finally rescued, it's Penny's boat that picks them up, bringing these two lovers face-to-face again. And lip-to-lip! Watching the passion in this smooch feels like the ultimate pay off for all that misery Des experienced on the island.
Sam (Ted Danson) and Diane (Shelley Long) were the OG will-they-won't-they sitcom couple. They set the bar for long-awaited TV kisses, basically. They spend plenty of time annoying each other around the bar and ragging on one another — so much that it just had to be true love. After a blow out fight leaves the two angry and running hot, they finally share a passionate kiss in the back office of the bar. They may not have made it for the long haul, but there's a reason these two are an iconic TV couple!
Their couple nickname is "LoVe" for a reason, y'all! Logan (Jason Dohring) is the popular bad-boy that makes Veronica's (Kristen Bell) life way too difficult. Despite the fact that he's a pompous jerk and dated Veronica's now-deceased BFF, she can't help but fall for him. While she's helping him with a case concerning his mother's disappearance, they grow closer than either of them expect and she learns he's more than just an arrogant d-bag! When Veronica gets herself into some trouble, it's Logan who comes to the rescue and their chemistry just boils over. Suddenly, a thank-you kiss turns into a full-fledged make-out session at a seedy motel and we were so there for it. These two never have an easy time together, but they do get a pretty perfect first kiss.
This is one of the most long-awaited kisses in TV history! Josh (Bradley Whitford) and Donna (Janel Moloney) were obviously meant to be right from the very first episode. They're flirty, work well together, and clearly care deeply for one another. Fans expect these two to get together fairly quickly but the wait was longer than anticipated. It took seven seasons before the two inevitably locked lips! After that, their relationship ebbed and flowed a bit. By the time the series ended, the two weren't 100% clear on what they were, but they unquestionably loved each other deeply.
Finally! Jonah (Ben Feldman) falls for Amy (America Ferrera) at first sight when he's hired at Cloud 9. One big snafu: she's married. Oops. A bit unhappily, but married nonetheless. The two flirt with each other for two seasons (total work-wife and work-husband situation!) until they're forced to confront their feelings at the hedging of a natural disaster! A tornado slams Cloud 9, leaving them all hiding and trying to survive. You know what that means. When they begin to think "what if we don't make it?", these two finally lock lips, putting into action the feelings they've been hiding for years. While it would be a lot longer until they acted further on their feelings, this made the wait slightly easier!
The burgeoning feelings between Joey (Katie Holmes) and Pacey (Joshua Jackson), two people who were barely friends when the show began, was confusing for everyone involved when they started becoming apparent. Up until that point, Pacey, Joey, Dawson, and all the viewers thought the Joey/Dawson coupling was endgame. But then Joey becomes stranded after breaking up with her older BF, and Pacey comes to help his friend out. At this point, a roadside argument turns into Pacey kissing Joey. There would still be some more will-they-won't-they for seasons to come, but that kiss turns into the superior love story of the show (don't @ me)!
The Vampire Diaries began as Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Stefan's (Paul Wesley) epic romance. But it was Stefan's brother, Damon (Ian Somerhalder), that caught the eye of fans and Elena alike. Elena resists any impulses to be with her boyfriend's brother, but Delena shippers latched onto these two early, and were just begging for them to fall in love. It wasn't until the third season when Stefan is away that Damon and Elena grow too close to deny their attraction any longer. They finally kiss, giving fans a first glimpse into a Damon-Elena love story and igniting one of the craziest supernatural love triangles of all time!
Jim (John Krasinski) was infatuated with Pam (Jenna Fischer) from the jump. But, she was in a relationship (engaged, no less!), so Jim didn't overstep his bounds. How long can you go without telling the person you love that you love them? On the season two finale, Jim just went for it, telling Pam about his feelings after years of friendship. That moment goes by a bit awkwardly, but when the two see each other again in the dark office, a steamy make-out session ensues. These two were clearly always meant to be, it just took a while to get there.
From the beginning of the series it's established that Luke (Scott Patterson) and Lorelai (Lauren Graham) are great friends. She frequents his diner daily for her caffeine fix and he's always there to give her the advice she needs but never wants to hear. It was pretty obvious these two should be together: the coffee supplier and the coffee addict. But they made us wait until the end of the fourth season for the two to finally kiss. Luke couldn't deny his feelings for her any longer and (with the help of some self-help tapes) finally musters up the courage to make a move. The night Lorelai's inn opens, he confesses his true feelings. With the order "will you just stand still?", Luke lays a kiss on her. This is one of those long-awaited TV kisses that totally paid off in the end!
It's crazy how many fateful smooches there have been in sitcom history, but we think Ross (David Schwimmer) and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) blow them all out of the water. Ross has been in love with Rachel since his teen years when she and his sister were BFF's. That crush translated to full-blown adult feelings when she walks back into his life just as his marriage is falling apart. It took a few years, some bad timing, and a big fight to get these two together. But when they finally get on the same wavelength, magic happens. Oh, and of course their first kiss is in the ever-present coffee shop!