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12 TV Couples I Cannot Wait To Ship The Sh*t Out Of This Year

By Joanna Robinson | Seriously Random Lists | August 15, 2013 | Comments ()


We’re only a few short weeks from the end of the summer TV doldrums. As Dustin pointed out, a whole slew of new and returning dramas are just around the corner. And, seriously, it’s about damn time. Because this has been the summer of the Bleak Crime Drama, and I’m tired of having nothing to ship except a Box Of Kleenex and My Face.*

And for all of you who roll your eyes at the concept of shipping, go ahead and bugger off to another post. There’s nothing wrong with a mixing in a little yearn with your televisual enjoyment. So brace yourself for 2013/2014, people. Things are about to get mighty yearnsome.

Schmidt and Cee Cee — “New Girl”: Now that the main duo of this adorable cast are all locked up in each other (for now), it’s Schmidt who got the classic will they/won’t they cliffhanger this year. During the finale I was very much Team Maybe Not The Hottest Girl In The Room But Very Cool Seeming Elizabeth but having just rewatched Season 1, I think I have to go back to being on Team Hottest Girl In The Room Who Is Also Quite Cool Cee Cee. But it’s a tough one, maybe one of the tougher triangles I’ve seen in awhile. Returns September 17th.

Amber and Ryan — “Parenthood”: These kids struggled through some believable and not at all overwrought melodrama last year. My investment in these two is really a testament to how much I adore Mae Whitman because while I was never a fan of Matt Lauria on “Friday Night Lights,” I was all-in with this couple from the start. And Lauria was gangbusters as an ex-soldier grappling with some PTSD. I wouldn’t mind if Amber and her fella got married and had, like, a million babies. Returns September 26th.

Cosima and Delphine — “Orphan Black”: We are way way way too far away from new “Orphan Black,” but I think we can all agree that not only do we need Cosima to overcome whatever mysterious clone disease she’s come down with, but we also need to see a lot more Hot French Scientist snuggles. Return TBA.

Luther and Alice — “Luther”: This one, however, is so close I can almost taste it. The Luther/Alice Morgan pairing is, of course, one of those deeply dysfunctional ships that you feel a little twisted about rooting for. But you have to admit that while Series 2 of “Luther” was fantastic, the absence of Alice was keenly felt. The ad campaign around Series 3 is “She’s Back.” About damn time. Returns September 3rd.

Melinda and Phil — “Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.”: I recorded a sort of long, rambling podcast last night about Joss Whedon that touched upon the nature of shipping. And I mean, there is no better shipbuilder than Joss Whedon. Just looking at the comely cast of this new show, the possibilities are endless. But my money’s on these two. I could be way off the mark. Anyway, the good news for all of us is that while this is a Whedon Joint, it’s helmed by The Slightly Lesser Whedon And His Preternaturally Talented Wife, so it’s possible any ship we cling to might not end in death. Probably. I mean they can’t kill Coulson AGAIN. Probably. Premieres September 24th.
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Daya and That Puppy Dog Guard — “Orange Is The New Black” I don’t know how Daya’s story is going to end, I haven’t read the book. Is Daya even in the book? Anyway, this situation seems impossible, no? What I do know is that I want to watch her and that Puppy Dog exchange doodles and brutally sweet vulnerabilities forever. Return TBA.

William and Virginia — “Masters Of Sex”: I do, however, know how this story ends given that it’s, you know, based on history. And while I’m not rooting for the dissolution of a marriage to bring these two together, I do know that Lizzy Caplan is downright irresistible and Michael Sheen ain’t so shabby himself. I’ll be excited to watch them bangsily flirt their way through the sexual revolution. Premieres September 29th.

Adam and Hannah — “Girls”: Haters to the left, I’m one of the few who enjoyed the ending of Season 2 and think these two deeply deeply dysfunctional people are capable of making each other better. Or safer. Or something. Return TBA.

Fitz and Liv — “Scandal” Okay, another couple I probably shouldn’t be behind. Especially given the way History’s Most Handsome POTUS behaved at the end of last season. But I can’t help it. The pull between these two is violently unavoidable. So go for it, kids. Wreck everyone who gets in your way. Tear the nation apart. I’m rooting for you. Returns on my birthday, October 3rd.

Robyn and Kalinda — “The Good Wife”: What, I’m supposed to be rooting for Will and Alicia? I am, I am. Relax.
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But that’s the long game, and I’m a little fatigued on it for the moment. And yes, I know, Kalinda has a new love interest and I’m supposed to be rooting for her. And given the cuteness of that pizza-eating scene last year they’re probably trying to sell me on Carey and Robyn. But f*ck it, I don’t care. I ship Kalinda and everything. Kalinda and Baseball Bats. Kalinda and Boots. Kalinda and Her Intrepid Investigator Notebook. Returns September 29th.

Danny and Mindy — “The Mindy Project”: Maybe my favorite comedy ship in a post-Ben & Leslie/post-Nick & Jes world. Did you know that they filmed a kiss during the finale last year? No I don’t know why, probably to mess with The Feeble Minds Of Tumblr. Anyway, with apologies to the lovely Anders Holm, I can’t wait for these two to be back on my screen sparking and sparring. Returns September 17th.

Kathy Bates And The Business End Of A Sledghammer — “American Horror Story: Coven”: This is pure speculation. I don’t have any insider info. But I do know that the immensely talented Bates will be playing a character loosely based on a real life serial slave killer. Serial. Slave. Killer. So I imagine we’ll all be rooting for her demise. Things are about to get delightfully weird again. Returns October 9th.

*And, fine, okay, Don and Sloan.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • cgthegeek

    I was shipping Icabod Crane and that Black Girl Cop from Sleepy Hollow since the trailer debuted.

  • Gary Dolan

    Luther and Alice are wonderful, I'm all in for them.

  • Kate at June

    She's only in the last episode of series 3, though. And TBH it felt really forced.

  • JCRegister

    I still don't understand what "shipping" means.

  • Kate at June

    It came from the X-files.

    Long ago, when the X-Files was still in the middle of being a fantastic show and before the two leads gradually left, the fans, or x-PHILES, were divided.

    There were those that did not want any romance between the two leads on screen. They were called "no-romos." (yeah.)

    Then there were those that wanted Mulder and Scully to be in a canon romantic relationship with one another. They were called "relation-shippers."

    Over time, this phrase was shortened to "shippers," and the idea was taken over by fans of all other tv series. When you want two characters to become romantically involved, you "ship" them. They are your "ships."

    Here endeth the lesson. (and now the word ship looks weird to me.)

  • Steve Ward

    Fair warning, America - Alice is in exactly one of the new episodes of Luther. So she's not so much "back" as she is actually four weeks further away than you might expect. I hope this news has allowed you to adequately prepare for this fact as much as it has no doubt ruined your day.

  • Batesian

    I'm shipping Schmidt and Elizabeth only because that'll leave Cee Cee available -- which means I have a shot!

    *I don't have a shot. Not even close.

  • lisamtj

    No Carol and Daryl? It may not be official, but I know we all want it bad enough.

  • Artemis

    It took me several minutes to figure out who the header picture was. Holy photoshop, Batman. Tony Goldwyn is not a boy-bander from the early 90s. And someone should tell whoever approved that photo spread that the world is actually pretty excited that there's a black woman helming a popular drama, they don't need to use their Casper setting on pictures of Kerry Washington.

    Also, I think it's pretty clear why they filmed a Mindy/Danny kiss -- if you had the power to script yourself kissing Chris Messina, wouldn't you do it? You go get some, Mindy.

  • DominaNefret

    Can I say Allison and Fe, even though Fe is totally gay?
    I want them to do everything together always and be BFFs and have their own spinoff show.

  • DominaNefret

    I like Daya and Bennet individually, but there relationship creeps me the hell out. I cannot get behind it. I like Bennet on his own, but not in that situation.
    For fuck's sake, it was said straight up in one of the episodes. It isn't actually possible for a female prisoner to consent to a sexual or romantic relationship with a prison guard, the power dynamics involved make it always rape. It means that the prisoner is always a victim. If it is rape for her to have consensual sex with Pornstache, it is rape for her to have consensual sex with Bennet.
    I have no idea if Daya is a real character, or if this happened in real life, but if it didn't and is a construct of the show in order to add some romance, that bothers the shit out of me. Every time I see them interact I get skeeved out, and I can't actually view Bennet as the sweet, innocent, relatable, naive, lovable character he is being made out to be. A person would have to be naive to the point of being dumb to not understand how immoral getting into that kind of relationship is.

  • DominaNefret

    FRICK! Their.
    That's what happens when I type out an in-depth comment while watching Project Runway.

  • I'm shipping Fat Schmidt and anyone else. He's almost, almost as lovable as Nick.

  • Siege

    I adore Schmidt, and (about 2/3 of the way through season one--I got on the New Girl bus late) don't understand if I'm supposed to hate CeCe the way I do. She's so awful to him all the time and he--despite having some serious douche tendancies--is at the core so sweet.

  • Ginger


  • Michelle

    I was not a fan of Matt Lauria/Luke in season 4 of FNL, but man, when he was killing it in the second half of the fifth season? I was picking up what he was putting down.

    Yes to all of these that are on shows that I watch.

  • e jerry powell

    Olitz, but only if I get to have a three-way with them. I have been lusting after Tony Goldwyn since his Burr Connor days, and I also want to be there to help Olivia press her hair back if Fitz makes her take a shower with him again.

  • Tinkerville

    COSIMA! I swear if anything awful happens to that wonderful sciencey hot as hell lesbian delight, I will cry for days.

  • emmalita

    we'll share kleenex.

  • Ryan Ambrose

    Mads Mikkelsen (Dr. Lecter) and Gillian Anderson (Dr. Lecter's therapist), from Hannibal.

    Yeah, even though we all know how it will end it should still prove itself to be quite the pairing.

  • fauxhawk

    Do you think their hair would move if they did it? I'm not sure. I feel like they are having sex every time they meet, and it is pure and sterile.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    Is she even capable of facial expressions?

  • Julie M

    Bo and Tamsin should be on this list.

  • DominaNefret

    Godz, she is SUCH A BITCH, and not my type at all, but damn if I'm not totally confused-attracted to her and want this to happen so hard.
    I'm talking about Tamsin, of course.

  • Julie M

    I totally agree. An attraction I just can't explain.

  • mrsdalgliesh

    That photograph in the header has been photoshopped to such a degree that I thought Kerry was snuggling with Josh Malina. TG's wrinkles are a *good* thing, media. Stop the madness.

  • jennp421

    I thought it was the guy that plays Will Gardner on The Good Wife. That would certainly mix both shows up.

  • mrsdalgliesh

    Oh, crap, that's who I meant. I always mix up their names.

  • sjfromsj

    I am so against Daya and Puppydog it's ridiculous. I was SO MAD that they embraced during the explosion. Dude, her idea to save your job is to get caught having unprotected sex with another guy?! How is that acceptable in your world?! I really just hated Daya after that point because I was disappointed in her.

  • emmalita

    I don't think it was ok with him, and he was kind of a dick about it. Daya doesn't have a lot of options, and the people helping her navigate the situation, including Puppydog are not stellar choice makers.

  • Maguita NYC

    Uhmmm another teevee show I should be watching? or an episode i haven't gotten to yet...

  • emmalita

    An episode you haven't gotten to yet.

  • Maguita NYC


  • F'mal DeHyde

    And it put Porn Stache in such a comical situation, thinking he's madly in love with her. Delicious.

  • laylaness

    I'm shipping me and Deputy Leo.

  • $65530708

    Not these two?

    If this show follows the standard procedural / defective detective formula (See: Bones. Elementary being the exception) they'll be at by sweeps.

  • Maguita NYC

    Don & Sloan. Because I can't help myself: she makes him lovable, and he accepts her for her.

  • DominaNefret

    I hated Don with Maggie, I love him with Sloan.

  • Bert_McGurt

    I suppose it'll technically be NEXT year before it comes back, but Rachel and Tim (Justified) are definitely due to knock some boots.

  • $65530708

    I thought Tim was gay? Or was that just the Internet's collective wish?

  • Bert_McGurt

    He very well could be. Or bi. They've been (maybe deliberately) vague about Tim's sexuality as far as I recall. But if he IS gay then I change my ship to Tim and Vasquez.

  • Joe Grunenwald

    Kalinda and boots is the ship that keeps on shipping. And Carey and Robyn could be really good as long as Carey's not all douchey.

  • Berry

    No, no more Will and Alicia, please and thank you. But I could get behind Alicia and Kalinda.

    Ps. I roll my eyes at people who roll their eyes at shipping. So there.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    Lana & Archer... or Pam & Archer... oh wait.. when do we get a new season of Archer?

  • $65530708

    Not until 2014... Mutherfrakkers.

  • the_wakeful

    For a second I got really excited about a new season of Luther. "Another one already? That's crazy!", I thought. And then I realized you were talking about the American release of season 3 and I got sad.

  • Muhnah_Muhnah

    Oh yeah, the self-control it's taken me not to shout out all kinds of spoilers on facebook!

  • lowercase_ryan


    Dream team for the AGES!

  • I've become addicted to Scandal. And it's just NOT a good show--it's ridiculous plots and overwrought dialogue and I want to punch Huck in the face every time he shows up BUT that couple! MY GOD. I don't think I've ever seen such insane chemistry in a TV couple. They just light the screen on fire every time they're together, it's freakin' crazy. So, I'll keep watching it, even though it's a ridiculous show.

    Oh, and for Josh Malina. Whom I love.

    And I'll just end with yet another declaration of how much I despise the term 'shipping'.

  • This is the standard disclaimer I give everybody I know, before advising them to start watching Scandal, too. No, it's not a good show, but it totally doesn't matter!

    Josh Malina retweeted me and now I can die happy.

  • cgthegeek

    Scandal is just plain fun.

  • $32857398

    I watch Scandal for Cyrus and his carefully worded lines like: "oh, you're apolitical? Is your VAGINA apolitical?"

  • I'm in exactly the same boat...

  • lowercase_ryan

    OMFG Don't you dare ship Cosima and Delphine!!! GD I will fight you so hard! Delphine, the most annoyingly French French to evar French, who can't go two seconds without trying so hard to be French. "Do you know what the French do after a run?? WE SMOKE AND ACT FRENCH OUI??"

    Jesus I hate the shit out of that character.

  • Muhnah_Muhnah

    I will CUT YOU! I love Delphine. And Cosima. And the two of them together. I want to hang out with them, and talk science and drink and...well...if a threesome is suggested after too much wine, what can one do. She's not overly French! I haven't even seen her with a baguette!

  • emmalita

    The French! Ha! You should hear what the Irish do with a baguette: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • Uriah_Creep

    As a french-speaking Pajiban, I loved the boo-lingerie joke. Thanks.

  • emmalita

    Koko is the one who introduced me to that particular routine. So she deserves both our thanks. Boo-lingerie indeed.

  • Uriah_Creep

    Well, then, thank you Koko AND Emmalita.

  • emmalita

    Thank you for indulging my neurotic need to make sure I give credit appropriately.

  • koko temur

    you just make me so, so proud

  • emmalita

    You should be proud, introducing so many snarky, funny British and Irish men into my life.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Cosima deserves so much better. I will cut you right back.

  • Muhnah_Muhnah

    Well all I can say is: Pfft, sir, Pfft! Also thththpr! I just cut you...with my words...that aren't words.

  • Bea Pants

    Upvoted not because I particularly dislike Delphine but because that was some good quality hatin'.

  • Danar the Barbarian

    I don't watch the show and I have no idea who these people are, but you always gotta upvote some well-worded, from-the-guts hate. I mean, hate for characters, not for real people. More please! Your vitriol tickles me!

  • DarthCorleone

    *filing to the left*

  • Buellie413

    I can't believe you're not shipping Daya and Pornstache. HE JUST WANTS TO BE LOVED, JOANNA.

    Can I ship myself and Taystee? I want her to live next door to me so we can drink margaritas on my deck and discuss books and shit.

  • IngridToday

    I am alone in seeing Daya and Bennet's shipping as terrible? The prison guide/prisoner power dynamic is fairly unhealthy and the fact that they *barely* know each other. The scene when he orders her around in the kitchen (he literally has total control over her and the other inmates), but, then a big scary thing happens with the oven and he pushes her out of the way, because love, I guess.
    I love the scene were Daya and her mom explain to Bennet the pornstache plan. It's like you can see him slowly realizing he's potentially sending himself to jail, at the least ruining someone else's life, for a woman -no girl- he barely fucking knows.

  • DominaNefret

    I ranted about how much that relationship skeeves me out further down.

  • AngelenoEwok

    Nope, I pretty much am horrified by it as well.

  • lowercase_ryan

    To live between Poussey and Taystee...where the three of you can just hang out at your house in the middle, for coffee in the morning and again for drinks in the afternoon...best neighborhood ever.

  • $32857398

    That can actually happen. Apparently the actresses went to school together and are BFFs.

  • AngelenoEwok

    Wait I'm packing my stuff right now.

  • adam

    white people get all the girls

  • JoannaRobinson

    Oh I dunno, Kalinda does alright.

  • adam

    i am not trying to pick on your article at all. i really like your work and i'm sorry for posting an obnoxious comment on your shit. but seeing schmidt and cece at the top of this list, not that it was supposed to be in any kind of order, just put me in a dark place. watching that show in season 2 was so frustrating, where they went from this mostly charming, mostly likable show and made it a safe place for old school orientalism (a kay cannon signature move, apparently -- see pitch perfect) and absolute cluelessness as to how to give winston ANYTHING to do.

    (and i understand no one is forcing me to watch, would-be repliers. there are already enough shows where poc tv-lovers have to excuse slight-to-overt racism/othering that i could get by without it, but it's a funny show most of the time and i want to see it get better. i'm just not looking forward to seeing the white guy win the whoever again.

  • Epic Johnson

    On this topic, one might take notice of the regularity with which Cary Agos keeps bedding most of the non-white women who appear on The Good Wife, if one were interested in writing about that sort of thing. It's been a rather noticeable trend, really.
    Not that one could blame anyone for wanting some Cary Agos in their lives, I suppose.

  • DominaNefret

    I'm not sure what I feel about this sentiment. Are white people only supposed to date white people, and people of color only supposed to date people of color? Or if there is a mix-raced relationship on tv is it supposed to be a minority male and a white female, not a white male and minority female?
    I'm not sure I understand why people seem to be more upset about mix-raced relationships on television than they are real life mix-raced relationships.

    And how much is variety in interracial relationships in pop-culture restricted by limited choice? How many working actresses are out there who are East Asian, Arab, American Indian, Aboriginal, etc.? Men as well?

    Is using Winston and The New Girl really a representative example of white characters getting the girls and minority characters not? Honest question.
    Turk certainly had more luck with women than J.D.
    I know I could come up with more examples if were with it enough to actually remember who is in what shows and dated who.

    I'm not passing judgment here at all, I really want to know people's thoughts. I'm always interested when I hear people discussing these sorts of race and pop culture issues from a perspective I wouldn't automatically think of, and make come off as a bit cynical to me before getting clarification.

  • DominaNefret

    Again, typing while watching Project Runway and not being as eloquent as I'd like; stupid Project Runway.

  • adam

    also really shit the bed with not closing the parentheses. jeez.

  • AngelenoEwok

    And use phrases like "shit the bed" when you do so.

  • AngelenoEwok

    You. Comment more.

  • JoannaRobinson

    Friend, the orientalism of Season 2 of "New Girl" is something I definitely want to take a second look at now that you've brought it up. And I think we all agree they don't know what the hell to do with Winston, despite that actor's stellar comedic timing. So I'm with you in part and I get your frustration at the larger cultural landscape.

  • adam

    "but luuuuther, you say in your whiny little bitch voice"

  • DominaNefret


  • adam

    really shit the bed with those quotation marks.

  • Buellie413

    Did you just call yourself a bitch? Beat me to it.

  • adam

    "i was gonna call you a bitch for wanting to see more variances on interracial couples in popular culture, but you beat me to it."

  • adam

    cool reply.

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    He very well could be. Or bi.
    They've been (maybe deliberately) vague about Tim's sexuality as far as I
    recall. But if he IS gay then I change my ship to Tim and Vasquez.

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