We all have our fave sitcom couples. The ones that are total #relationshipgoals and clearly meant to be together. But, if we're being real, some of our favorite couples are also wildly mismatched. In reality, very few sitcom couples would actually be able to sustain a life together. Differences are natural in a relationship, but some of these couples take "opposites attract" to a new level! As much as we want to turn to TV relationships as a guide to real-life love, looking at these unrealistic sitcom couples actually means romanticizing some not-so-great relationships!
The devil is definitely in the details with some of these pairings! While they look compatible from the outside, when you get into the nitty-gritty of their love affair things tend to fall apart. Fundamental incapabilities are abundant and the number of people who undergo complete life changes for their crappy relationship on TV is insane! It's not realistic, and it's not okay! Yes, sure, TV couples aren't "real," but they do have an influence in the world. Therefore they wholly deserve to be called out for the bafflingly unrealistic sitcom couples that have cropped up!
These two are famed as one of the most iconic "will-they-or-won't-they" couples of all time. Their constant bickering was clearly indicative of some serious sexual tension! But let's be real — it's always a red flag when your first kiss is during an explosive fight. Explosive fights aren't normal or romantic! When the two finally did get together, the initial Honeymoon Phase faded fast. It's not hard to see that the two have a different set of morals and ideas about the world. Plus, their constant arguing gets plenty annoying. While they stayed together for a big chunk of the show they also knew that they made no sense! This is one of the unrealistic sitcom couples that, in the end, conceded that they weren't meant to be. Fans still hail them as one of the best couples in the genre, though, and we don't get it!
Let's clarify one thing real quick: age truly can be "just a number" in a relationship. These two aren't unrealistic solely because of the massive age gap between them. They clearly do love each other and their generational differences don't seem to come between them. But, in order for an age gap like that to work, there need to be some actual similarities between two people. Jay (Ed O'Neill) and Gloria (Sofia Vergara) have nothing in common. Their parenting styles are different and they don't have very many of the same interests or hobbies. It isn't like she's an "old soul" or he's "young at heart." It's clear they grew up in different eras and that disconnect makes them one of the most unrealistic sitcom couples!
It's no big secret that everyone on Seinfeld is pretty selfish. George (Jason Alexander) may be the most selfish of them all and that makes him pretty much the worst at relationships. His on-and-off relationship with Susan (Heidi Swedberg) is ridiculous from the start. Why this smart woman would be interested in George, to begin with, we don't know. Once they got together, George went through the motions several times of just trying to get the hell out of the relationship. Picking his nose was just one of the things he did to get her to dump him instead of being an adult! They even almost got married because George was too chicken to say he wanted out. When she passed away from licking too many low-quality envelopes (Yep.) he got exactly what he wanted. We have to believe it's unrealistic for a man to act THIS cowardly in a relationship!
Rooting for Niles (David Hyde Pierce) and Daphne (Jane Leeves) to get together was easy. The adorable unrequited crush Niles had for his brother's housemaid was actually quite sweet for most of the series run. But, the two eventually got together and that's when it all went downhill. While fans rooted for this couple to get together for years, it was easy to see once they did that there was no chemistry. Zero. None. Zilch. They were more like brother and sister! Sure, the show wasn't going to admit that and forfeit all that time spent getting them together just to split them up. But in the end, these two didn't work as intended and became one of the most unrealistic sitcom couples of all time.
After Jackie (Mila Kunis) dates through most of the guys in the core friend group, she lands on the final one: Fez (Wilmer Valderrama). At the end of the series, their pairing is touted as two friends realizing what was in front of them all along. But they make no sense?! Jackie spends most of the series making fun of Fez or outright disregarding him. While, for his part, Fez will talk to any female that walks and talks. Before they got together, they were forming a true friendship. But shoehorning a romance in there ruined all of that. Despite the fact that they don't make any sense together, they also don't have any chemistry! Since these two got together at the end of the series, we don't see much of their relationship on screen. Yet, somehow, they still ended up being one of the most unrealistic sitcom couples of all time!
These two are presented as the perfect couple with perfect children living in the perfect suburban neighborhood. But, in reality, nothing is that perfect! This couple never argues and that just isn't realistic in any way. What couple doesn't even get into little tiffs?! They fit into their "roles" a little too perfectly, with June (Barbara Billingsley) being the ideal housewife and Ward (Hugh Beaumont) taking on the breadwinner role. Sure, it was a different time, but we can't imagine any relationship working so stereotypically! The most unrealistic sitcom couples are definitely the ones that seem way too perfect.
This pairing had so little chemistry that it took quite a while to catch on to the fact that they were dating! Hooking up with someone in your study group is a cute, romantic way to make a connection. But when two people start dating and you can't even remember them having a single memorable conversation in the past it may be a problem. Britta (Gillian Jacobs) and Troy (Donald Glover) date for well over a year without an ounce of PDA or a real indication that they're actually into each other! Who stays together that long while barely acting like they're a thing? In the end, they break up and it barely registers as an emotional moment.
These two aren't one of the most unrealistic sitcom couples of all time because they don't make sense together. That's a given. They're unrealistic because they tried to stay together despite fully known they are too different to work! At the start of their relationship, Ann (Rashida Jones) is already a reluctant participant in this whole thing. But she continues on trying to build a relationship with Tom (Aziz Ansari), even after numerous breakups and makeups. The two even drunkenly agree to move into together and when they regret it in the morning still go through with it because their friends bet them that they won't. Who does that?! No one in real life would waste that much time with someone they know for sure they won't be with forever. They especially wouldn't move in with their S/O on a bet!
These two are a prime example of a couple that never would have gotten together outside of a TV show. Their transition from roommates to lovers has one big snag in it: roommates are the f*cking worst! No one wants to hook up with a roommate because they're too busy trying not to kill them for forgetting to run the dishwasher again. Even if you ignore how their relationship started, they're still a pretty lame couple. Once they're together they're boring and show-ruining. Plus, they have the slew of breakups and reconciliations that are never true-to-life. (Pro tip: if you break up, there's a reason for it. Don't get back with them!). This couple was just too "adorkable" to be convincingly real.
First and foremost, I find it unrealistic that any woman would ever date Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor). He's whiny, self-absorbed, and a horrible decision maker. So the fact that strong-willed, intelligent Robin (Cobie Smulders) dates him is so unrealistic. Robin is the definition of an independent woman so the fact that she would settle for parasitic Ted is out of the question. She fits in much better with her other love interest, Barney (Neil Patrick Harris), who allows her to be herself in all the ways Ted limits her. These two are on such different wavelengths we can barely believe that they're friends!
Lindsay (Portia de Rossi) initially got with Tobias (David Cross) to make her father mad. But after years of marriage and a daughter, it's impossible to understand why they stay together! They're as opposite as can be and barely like each other, let alone love each other. Since Tobias is a "Never Nude" (it's exactly how it sounds) their intimate moments are severely limited and we just can't believe anyone would stay in a sexless marriage with someone they hate for that long! Some unrealistic sitcom couples have redeeming aspects of their relationship, but not these two. They're fundamentally incompatible and just won't accept it!
The characters on The Big Bang Theory are such stereotypes that it's almost impossible to imagine these two would work together. She's the "dumb blonde" and he's the "socially awkward nerd" and there's not much more to either of them than those traits. In real life, it's totally possible for opposites to attract and find common ground. But here, it's completely unrealistic! Neither of these characters has any dimensions other than the archetypes they represent which makes their relationship seem even weirder. As far as unrealistic sitcom couples go, these two barely act like real people let alone a functioning couple!
Yes, they are the superior Friends couple. But, no, they do not make any damn sense! When these two spontaneously got together on the show it felt right. Yet, when you think about it there is no way these two would work long term. Monica (Courteney Cox) is a control freak who loves order. Chandler (Matthew Perry) is the complete opposite — a lackadaisical slacker who goes with the flow. Plus, when they get together, Chandler has no interest in marriage or kids whereas that's all Monica has ever wanted. To think that she would stay with him and hope he'd change his mind is assinine. The fact that he does change his mind is all TV magic. These two are a fan fave but, sorry to say, they're definitely one of the most unrealistic sitcom couples!
People often proclaim that they want a love like Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam's (Jenna Fischer), but do you really? This couple is actually severely dysfunctional and outside of TV, they would never be happy together. First off, the relationship starts off with Jim not being able to take "no" for an answer from Pam. Never a good sign when you feel so entitled to another person that you won't accept their wishes. Once the two actually do get together he frequently treats her poorly and makes big decisions without her input. She's not perfect either, and often dissuades Jim from his dreams and drags him down. They have their "cute" moments, but beyond that, they are completely incompatible and sometimes huge jerks to each other. How is that a realistic, adult relationship?!
Your fave couple from childhood is actually unrealistic AF, guys. Let's look at the facts. The person you ~love~ when you're a pre-teen is rarely the one you end up with. People change and evolve, and it's totally normal! Even if that kind of young love could be sustained, there is no way these two specific people would be the ones to go strong from 5th grade to adulthood. Cory (Ben Savage) is whiney, co-dependent, and often paranoid. Meanwhile, Topanga (Danielle Fishel) is an intellectual feminist queen who very clearly don't need no man. Their relationship is cute but when she compromises her dreams (and Yale!!!!) for Cory, that's when any bit of realism is lost. There is no way this level-headed girl would ditch her future for curly-headed Cory. Sorry, not buying it!
You know it, they know it, all their friends know it — these two would never work in the real world. Andy (Chris Pratt) and April (Aubrey Plaza) aren't just another case of "opposites attract." They're beyond opposite. There isn't enough sunshine and positivity in the world to make Andy able to deal with April's constant pessimism and overwhelming love of the sarcastic arts. In the same vein, there is no way someone as dark as April could deal with Andy for more than five minutes at a time. Not gonna lie, sometimes the most unrealistic sitcom couples are our faves! But just because we love them doesn't mean they actually make sense!
These two are, to some, the epitome of sitcom romance. But in reality, they're a damn mess and completely unrealistic. Their slow-burning relationship is cute at first, but once they come to fundamental disparities about what constitutes cheating, it is game over. From there, any normal relationship would end for good. Instead, these two insist on working it out time and time again even when it's clear they have very little in common. When they end up having a child together, their differences come up again in parenting but they constantly ignore the red flags. These two ending up together at the end of the series makes very little sense for a couple that didn't really formally date for most of the show. But, alas, ~true love~ isn't rooted in realism on TV!