We live in a golden age of television—hundreds of channels with original programming and a whole lot of terrific characters. Of course, the writers love to develop romantic storylines, and we eat them up—provided the matchmaking works. Here is a list of some of the worst television couples of all time.
Buffy and Riley from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Perfectly matched couple abound on Buffy: Spike and Drusilla, Buffy and Angel, Willow and Oz. But the most forgettable pairing is Buffy and Riley. Who even remembers Riley? He might have been a fireman, but other than that, he’s easy to forget.
Meredith and Finn from Grey’s Anatomy
Grey’s Anatomy is renowned for a host of delightful couples, not the least of which is Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey), the couple that hooked us all on the show from the beginning. But during one of the “off” segments of their on-again, off-again relationship, Meredith got with Finn, who was a vet. And it was hard for anyone to care.
Carrie and Alexandr Petrovsky from Sex and the City
One of television’s most iconic relationships is the one between Carrie Bradshaw and Mr. Big from the beloved HBO series Sex and the City__. Anyone else she dated is pretty much forgettable. But the time with Alexandr, the famous artist, was particularly hard to watch, especially when it turned physically abusive. Not only was he someone we wanted to forget, but he was also lost in a sea of other more interesting relationships that Carrie, and the other ladies of the Sex and the City gang, engaged in.
Ross and Emily from Friends
Another one of TV’s most iconic relationships is Ross and Rachel from Friends. They were the big unanswered question that was finally addressed in the series finale. But one of the best moments of the series was when Ross was about to marry Emily — remember her? — and he said Rachel’s name instead. Whoops!
The Worst of All Time
Other honorable mentions from the video include Ryan and Sadie from The O.C.,_ Edie and Carlos from _Desperate Housewives, Lex and Lana from Smallville, _and Dan and Georgina from _Gossip Girl.
But the worst television couple of all time is from a show already mentioned here. There was no chemistry between these two, and the sexual tension felt oddly contrived and unbelievable in an otherwise very well-balanced ensemble cast. The storyline lasted over a couple of seasons and was completely unsatisfying during its culmination. Any guesses?
That’s right, Joey and Rachel from Friends. Ross and Rachel made perfect sense, and Joey was a likable, flirtatious guy who had a bunch of other relationships that were fun to explore. But when Joey fell in love with Rachel and spent a season keeping it to himself, we all kind of rolled our eyes. And then when Rachel finally went for it? Ew. Just, no. That didn’t work at all.