Published January 10, 2002
Whether we love them, hate them or love to hate them, television couples have provided us with some of our most memorable and beloved characters.
Here's FOXNews.com's list of the best and worst couples from the small screen.
Rob & Laura Petrie, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke: The show broke television ground as the first to show a real sexual spark between an on-air husband and wife. The Petrie's are universally considered the industry standard by which all other TV couples are measured.
Jamie & Paul Buchman, Mad About You, Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser: It was impossible to believe these two yuppies weren't a real-life New York duo.
Tim & Jill Taylor, Home Improvement, Tim Allen and Patricia Richardson. A TV reviewer once called the never-seen bedroom scenes of the Taylor's the best sex never seen on television, proof that a soccer mom could still be sexy.
Cliff & Clair Huxtable, The Cosby Show, Bill Cosby and Phylicia Rashad: Their oldest daughter was a stretch, but not the mad love between the good doctor and his lawyer wife.
Frank & Estelle Costanza, Seinfeld, Jerry Stiller and Estelle Harris: There's nothing wrong with a match made in hell as long as it is indeed, a match. Frank once declared that his retirement plans included "making love" to his wife, a promise he kept at least once in the back of a van in Central Park.
George & Louise Jefferson, The Jeffersons, Sherman Hemsley and Isabel Sanford: "Weezy" couldn't stop herself from being entertained by George's antics. How can you stay mad at someone who keeps you laughing?
Archie & Edith Bunker, All in the Family, Caroll O’Connor and Jean Stapleton: Devoted and scatter-brained, Edith always saw her husband in the best possible light. And though he was quick-tempered, Archie, in the end, appreciated his forgiving wife.
Herman & Lily Munster, The Munsters, Fred Gwynne and Yvonne De Carlo: Pairing a lovable but unattractive lug with an exotic, slender wife, The Munsters is one of the original Beauty and the Beast sitcoms. He was devoted to her; she saw the beauty beneath the blockhead.
Jerry Seinfeld and George Costanza, Seinfeld, Jerry Seinfeld and Jason Alexander: An odd-couple for the 1990s. No woman could ever replace Jerry or George as the other's primary life partner.
Thurston & Eunice "Lovey" Howell, Gilligan's Island, Jim Backus and Natalie Schafer: Any middle-aged married couple that could endure decades on a deserted island deserves special recognition. Talk about survivors!
Ross & Emily Geller, Friends, David Schwimmer and Helen Baxendale: That the mushy, gushy Ross would fall in love with this ice princess was not only an unbelievable plot point, but there was never any chemistry between them.
Ralph and Alice Kramden, The Honeymooners, Jackie Gleason and Audrey Meadows: The show is a classic, but threatening to "send her to the moon" is too much. In real life, Alice would have dumped this bully.
Elaine Benes & Everyone, Seinfeld, Julia Louise-Dreyfus: While the guys on Seinfeld attracted one leggy lovely after another, Elaine's revolving bedroom door featured a parade of losers.
Capt./Maj. Tony Nelson & Jeannie, I Dream of Jeannie, Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden: An almost naked, gorgeous woman grants his every wish while calling him "master" and still he wants to date other women? No way.
Mike Logan & Kate Montgomery, Ink, Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen: Considering the lack of chemistry that sunk this show after two seasons, it's amazing that the real-life couple is one of Hollywood's more successful off-camera unions.
Rhoda Morgenstern & Joe Gerard, Rhoda, Valerie Harper and David Groh: So bad together, they made history as television's first divorce.
Maxwell Smart & Agent 99, Get Smart, Don Adams and Barbara Feldon: The way "99" doted on Maxwell Smart with his bumbling ways was even more far-fetched than the idea of him being a secret agent.
Gabe & Julie Kotter, Welcome Back, Kotter, Gabe Kaplan and Marcia Strassman: With budding star John Travolta in the classroom, the teacher's marriage became a sorry subplot.
Al & Peg Bundy, Married... With Children, Ed O'Neill and Katey Sagal: Unlike other trashy couples in the television pantheon, the Bundys appeared to genuinely dislike each other.
Dick & Joanna Loudon, Newhart, Bob Newhart and Mary Frann: The strange paring only made sense in the finale, when Frann was revealed to be a dream and Bob awoke safely under the plaid sheets with his true sitcom soul mate, Suzanne Pleshette from The Bob Newhart Show.