We don't know about you guys, but we've seen enough stolen glances, cheesy smiles, and flirty exchanges to know undeniable chemistry when we see it. It's why we ship our favorite TV couples so passionately and why our hearts explode when they actually get their happily ever after. But one of the downsides of being so deeply invested in these couples is seeing them go through their rough patches. It's beyond nerve-wracking when the relationship becomes strained, whether it's by someone's hurtful actions or by circumstances beyond their control. But when that couple eventually gives up and decides to call it quits, it sometimes feels like the end of the TV show as we know it.
We've all experienced this at some point, and honestly, it's almost as devastating as going through a break up in our own lives. (Not to be dramatic...) But on a brighter note, we do take comfort in the fact that some of these couples ended up together in the end... Then again, some of them did not...
They were so cute together, but like Romeo and Juliet, their relationship didn't even stand a chance. Buffy was a human vampire slayer and Angel was a vampire who was literally centuries older than her. There was *also* the issue that if they slept together, Angel would lose his soul through a "moment of pure happiness." We've seen how much damage that can do. Hint: the demon who possesses him tries to murder all of her friends.
These lovebirds were clearly meant to be, so we can't blame them for trying to make things work. So when Angel left Buffy on season three (just before her prom, no less!) it was pretty devastating.
Considering that Jess was (arguably) Rory's worst boyfriend, we kind of saw this one coming. He left tiwce without telling her goodbye, he never took her to her prom, and he didn't show up to her graduation. But for some reason, he thought it would be okay to keep calling her from payphones without saying a word (talk about creepy). Rory finally decided to move on when he called her on the day of her graduation, saying that she refused to pine after him and that she was moving on. It really broke our hearts to see how much this hurt Rory, but a small part of us also thought, "good riddance."
To be fair, it was Luke who pushed Lorelai away after he learned about his daughter. We get that he was overwhelmed at the time, but still, he definitely could've handled things better. After Luke refused to elope with Lorelai the first time, she slept with Christopher. But what we found even more frustrating was the fact that Luke finally agreed to elope the morning after Lorelai hooked up with her ex. After Luke learned his fiancee and Christopher did the deed literal hours after he refused her offer to elope, he and Lorelai not only split, but their friendship was over, too. Lorelai even got married toto Chris! But thank goodness it was shortlived: they divorced and Lorelai was able to get back with Luke just in time.
In their break-up scene, they said that they loved each other more than they loved anyone, but then they admitted they were too incompatible and better off as friends. It felt like that break up came out of nowhere, and the fact that they chose to split over one random argument about their future made us raise an eyebrow. Still, even as they went back and forth trying to figure out what their relationship had become, we saw clearly what they hadn't yet realized: that they're soul mates. Though they tried to move on to other people, it was only a matter of time before these two found their way back to each other.
After putting up with Sheldon's annoying habits and his tendency to simply ignore her for a while, Amy decided she finally had enough. At the end of season eight, she expressed that she needed a break because being his girlfriend was so challenging. Sheldon didn't say much (for once), but the stunned look on his face pretty much said it all. And what tugged at our heartstrings was the fact that he was holding on to a ring at the time, meaning he originally planned on proposing. As of now, the two are happily married (whew!), but that breakup scene was still pretty intense.
After David Wallace learned that Michael and Holly were dating, he transferred Holly back to her old branch in Nashua, New Hampshire (because he has no heart) (also a branch manager dating the HR rep provided a few ~complications~). Though they initially planned to work with the long distance, Holly decided that their relationship could never survive it even though the two were essentially made for one another. So she sadly broke things off, even though Michael begged her to try to make it work. When we saw this all go down on the episode "Employee Transfer," it felt like Michael missed his chance at true love. But, thank goodness, Holly came back and they eventually got married. They're so quirky, no one else could compare!
Well, this was one breakup we definitely didn't see coming. Varchie suddenly came to an end when Archie called Veronica from a payphone and decided to call it quits. As for why, it's all because her father, Hiram, has a vendetta against him. So in order to protect his loved ones, he thought it would be best to let go of Veronica and skip town. The scene ruined us so much, but that's not even the end of it.
Not long after his split from Veronica, Archie went and kissed another girl (Laurie). Even Camila Mendes, who plays Veronica, was shocked about it. She said: "To be honest, when I read that [in the script] I was a little shaken by it. I'm like, 'OK, that was pretty fast, Archie! Way to go. Way to break my heart and move on.'" EXACTLY.
Before they got married and started their happily-ever-after, Cory and Topanga went through a tough split (and we're not talking about their first mutual break up as young teens). Remember how Cory kissed another girl when he was on vacation during season five? Well, Topanga eventually found out and she was so hurt that she decided to break things off, even after Cory explained that he couldn't live without her. Cory and Topanga's romance was such a foundational part of the show and we didn't know how Boy Meets World could go on without it. But, after a short time apart, they both realized that they were meant for each other, and the revival show Girl Meets World just proves that even more.
They had almost nothing in common and their relationship was unfortunately strained on a few occasions, but even despite that, they had great chemistry and they loved each other deeply. They may not have been the most likable characters, but seeing them together was captivating.
When Preston suddenly left Cristina at the altar on their wedding day, we didn't even know what to do with ourselves. After all they'd been through together, he suddenly decided to ditch because Cristina briefly freaked out over her vows? Seems fishy. To make matters even worse, Cristina went over to his place and discovered that he was already gone. The entire scene just broke us. Behind the scenes, of course, there was a bit of drama between showrunner Shonda Rhimes and Preston's actor Isaiah Washington, so that explains his unexpected departure.
As Callie once perfectly put it, Meredith and McDreamy were "living proof that love exists." Yes, it sucked that Derek was cheating on his wife when his romance with Mer started, but no matter how hard they tried to deny or avoid it, he and Meredith just couldn't resist each other for long. Their chemistry was so strong that it was hard to not root for them. So when Derek wound up choosing Addison, his wife who cheated on him with his BFF, over Meredith, we were crushed. It didn't help that Meredith was left to deal with it on her own as the hospital staff gossiped about her being the dirty mistress constantly.
Fortunately, this didn't mean that they would be over for good. Derek and his wife finally came to terms with the fact that their marriage was over, which allowed McDreamy to marry his true soul mate, Meredith. Let's just not talk about what happens next.
We felt so bad for Michael when Jane abruptly ended their engagement, but somehow, it just didn't compare to the pain we saw in Jane's eyes after Rafael, the guy she left him for, coldly rejected her. After reconnecting with his mother and learning why she abandoned him, Rafael sank into a sea of despair and pushed Jane away. To add insult to injury, he also insisted that they break up for good because of their differences and he claimed that he didn't love her anymore. Talk about harsh. However, after Jane eventually moved on from Michael's unfortunate "death," the two got back together. Here's hoping it'll last this time...
Some fans say that Peyton and Lucas are the ones who were meant to be, but we beg to differ. Just the thought of Lucas's declarations of love and the way he called Brooke "pretty girl" still makes our hearts melt. So you could imagine how disappointed we felt when B. Davis broke things off because Lucas clearly still had feelings for P. Sawyer. We could understand why she did it (after all, he did have an affair with Peyton, which lead to their first split). But still, it didn't make their final breakup easier to handle.
The first time they split, it was because Carrie admitted to cheating on Aidan with Big. Understandably, it was too much for Aidan to deal with, so he chose to break things off. But after they made up and broke up the second time, it was even more painful than the first. After their engagement, Carrie wouldn't even wear the ring on her finger (she wore it on a necklace instead). And when Aidan tried to convince her to elope, she confessed that she wasn't thrilled about the idea of getting married at all. Instead, she wanted their relationship to stay as it was, but this wasn't enough for Aidan, so he said his final farewell. So, so sad.
It's great that the two wound up getting back together, but to be honest, there were moments when we thought that Summer deserved so much better. Seth was pretty self-centered and dishonest at times, but what we still can't get over is how he shut Summer down after her grand gesture and asked him if he still loved her. She went through the trouble of recreating his first declaration of love for her and still, he simply told her that he "didn't love her anymore" (because he didn't want to tell her the truth about not getting into Brown). We so badly wish that Summer didn't have to go through this heartache in the first place.
We're so happy that Chuck and Blair ultimately ended up together, but their relationship nearly crumbled when Chuck sold Blair to sleep with another guy in exchange for a hotel. It was beyond low, but even though Chuck was in the wrong and Blair's reaction was justifiable, their breakup scene got us way too emotional. We especially felt sorry for Blair, who explained that she didn't like who she became after being with him. The whole thing was just so heartbreaking — even though we definitely have to put aside our definitions of "toxic relationship" and "abusive boyfriend" in order to root for this couple.
You'd be surprised to know that Logan and Veronica once had a deep hatred for one another. But all that resentment began to fizzle out after the passing of Logan's mom, and before we knew it, they were sharing kisses and flirty one-liners instead of insults. Though their relationship went through a ton of ups and downs, their romance was fun and honestly one of the best parts of the show. But of course, this couldn't last for too long because Logan got way too overprotective (and he slept with someone else). So yeah, we get why Veronica moved on to Piz, but she and Logan really had something special.
This episode was just too intense and emotional to handle. Ross and Rachel, aka the star couple, got into a heated argument after Rachel learned about Ross's drunken one-night-stand with someone else. Were they on a break? Does being on a break make hooking up with someone else admissable? Two questions we may never get answered.
Though they had survived a lot of jealousy and bickering in the past, this turned out to be the straw that broke the camel's back. The fight eventually led to a devastating breakup. They eventually had a drunken marriage, a divorce, and a baby, all before they finally decided to get back together for good...
Technically, they did resolve their issues and they lived happily ever after, but the relationship went through quite a rough patch before they got to that point. During their engagement, Lily had a sudden change of heart which caused her to break it off and move all the way to San Francisco to pursue a career in art instead of her relationship. Poor Marshall spent months grieving over their sudden split and every viewer totally felt his pain. Plus, when his friends started to help him move on, it seemed like he and Lily were done for good. But not too long after she returned to New York, they got back together and went on with the wedding.
We've always had mixed feelings about Rumple, but his on-and-off romance with Belle was definitely a highlight throughout the series. It was pretty obvious from the start that Belle was way out of Rumple's league. But for a while, it seemed like he made a genuine effort to be the man that Belle deserved. They had the best chemistry and Belle had a knack for bringing out the good in him, so when they split and practically became enemies, it was just the worst. Thankfully, they reconciled and managed to get their happy ending.
This one hit us pretty hard because even before Damon entered the picture, we were rooting for Stelena. What they had back on seasons one and two was so rare and so perfect. But then Damon came in and pretty much snatched Elena out of Stefan's grasp. It certainly didn't help that Katherine, who looks exactly like Elena, returned to wreak havoc on Stefan's life.
Considering how things turned out, we can live with the fact that they both moved on and found happiness with other people. But when Elena finally admitted her feelings for Damon and broke up with Stefan for good, our hearts broke (especially for Stefan). Their relationship had already survived so much, so could you blame us for hoping that they could be together?
If you're wondering why the writers would ever break up such a precious couple, it turns out they never planned for it to happen this way. The main reason they wrote in the breakup and gave Winnie (Danica McKellar) less screen time was because the actress had gotten so much taller than Fred Savage. It was only after Fred had grown a few more inches when their characters reunited.
Seeing Winnie break the news to Kevin was almost too much to bear and it felt so real. But perhaps that had to do with the fact that Danica was also experiencing a real-life break-up. She once shared: "I remember breaking up with my boyfriend in real life, and then Winnie broke up with Kevin, like, a week later. I was really crying and all I had to do was think about what had just happened in my life."