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No, It's Not Like Any Other Love: Television's Five Most Wonderfully Warped Odd Couples

By Cindy Davis | Seriously Random Lists | March 24, 2014 | Comments ()


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Yin and yang, peanut butter and jelly…you know the drill. We thrive on our differences, and our best relationships are the ones that alternate between antagonizing and love. Getting along all the time is boring, and constant bickering—exhausting. The perfect twist can be hard to find, but these delightfully twisted pairs could keep us watching all night long.

5. Shoshanna and Jessa, Girls

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Pairing chipper, sheltered, adorably naive (and at the outset, virginal) Shosh with her worldly, dry-humored, free love, drugged up, hippie chick cousin is one of Girls’ best moves. Their sharp contrast combined with Shosh’s admiration and drop-jawed reactions to Jessa’s antics provides endless amusement, and their complete misunderstanding of each others’ ways makes for delightful scenes any time they’re onscreen together.

4. Twelve and Clara, Doctor Who

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Though we’ve only seen a few moments of Clara Oswald and her new-faced Doctor, we’re already giddy at the thought of them together. Where Eleven and Clara were similarly minded, all chipper and quick-speak, with childlike wonder over everything they encountered, our introduction to Peter Capaldi’s Twelve quickly changed the tone. And it’s not just the age difference; there’s an immediate feeling of dark seriousness emanating from Twelve. Moffat has described the Twelfth Doctor as “trickier, madder and fiercer; less reliable” and frankly we can’t wait to see Clara adapt (or not) to the dark side.

3. Boyd and Raylan, Justified

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A career criminal antagonizing a lifetime lawman—sure, we’ve seen it before, but never like this. In Harlan county there are outlaws aplenty, most of them dumb as rocks or clever until they paint themselves into a corner (with Raylan there, slyly smiling as they fall into their own freshly-dug hole). Boyd wears a coat of a different color. Like Raylan, he thinks before he speaks. His loquaciousness perfectly offsets Raylan’s hesitation to use one more word than is absolutely necessary. With a lifetime friendship under their belts, Raylan is just as likely to need Boyd’s help as he is to be on the verge of cuffing Crowder and hauling him in, which makes for a delightfully watchable (over five seasons now), ever-changing relationship.

2. Arya and the Hound, Game of Thrones

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From the moment the Hound killed Ary’s friend Mycah, she despised Sandor Clegane…but fate keeps bringing them together. And though at times they each would’ve happily seen the other dead, there is something protective behind the Hound’s actions. Their amusing verbal exchanges have come to resemble stern father and sullen teen more than captor and hostage, and despite herself, Arya may have a developed a soft spot for her scruffy captor.

1. Hannibal and Will, Hannibal

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Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham: A Love Story? I don’t know who could have guessed Bryan Fuller’s despicable scheme, tricking us into adoring a psychopathic cannibal with a hole in his heart…one that can only be filled by the man he’s set up for his own crimes, and practically sentenced to death. Now forced to undo his own damage, Hannibal offers up other suspects to save the man for whom he’s developed a very strange appetite. The dance between Will and Hannibal—who knows what the other is up to at any given moment—makes these two master manipulators our favorites.


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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not


  • Hell, "Next time you're going to do something like that, tell me first" is just good fatherly advice in Westeros.

  • Slytherin Sister

    Edit: nevermind, this looks like it's for current shows.

  • LL

    The Hound + Sansa. I don't care what anyone says, they belong together.

  • Ryan Ambrose
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  • Caleb K

    Boyd and Raylan are amazing. Best main protagonist antagonist relationship on TV ever. Will and Hannibal are getting up there too. That show has no business being on NBC it's way to good for it.

  • Phil

    Thanks for The Smiths reference.

  • Manuel Granados

    Boyd and Raylan have been my favorite odd pair for 5 seasons now.
    I never thought he could do a better character than Shane, but Boyd is SOOOOO good.

  • TacoBellRey

    If Moffat ruins Capaldi as the Doctor then I'm done.

  • John W

    Jeff Winger & Dean Pelton?

  • Kristen Mc

    Rust Cohle and Marty Hart would be my personal favorite odd couple.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Tbf, they did dig coal together.

    sidenote: can't believe none of you have written Raylan/Boyd coal digging fanfic.

  • Guest

    Raylan and Boyd have both said they cut coal together to explain their insight in to each other. But I'm not sure if I would go so far as to call it a "lifelong friendship". I don't think either would like it, but neither would hesitate putting the other down if there was no other choice. They are great fun together, though, which is why keeping them apart is one of the many reasons season 5 is a mess. That and every character with Crowe as a last name.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I actually get the feeling that Raylan dislikes Boyd but that Boyd has a soft spot for Raylan.

  • maja

    brienne and jaime, for sure.

  • BWeaves

    GoT is chock full of wonderful odd couples.

    Jaime and Brienne.
    Tyrion and Bron.
    Tyrion and Sansa.
    Bran and Hodor.
    Dany and Khal Drogo.
    Dany and Jorah.
    Actually Dany and anyone.
    Arya and everyone.

  • freetickles

    The Hound and Sansa

    There are some other awesome ones coming (one in particular I can't wait to see), but I will avoid spoiling them here.

  • Legally Insignificant

    Podrick and Tyrion is one of my favorites. Also, I feel like The Hound is a better father to Arya than Ned was.

  • The_Ghost_of_Bo_Crowder

    You could have said it about Arya & Tywin in Season Two. Basically, pair Maisie Williams up with almost anyone = Gold.

  • Debra Kessing

    my favourite Arya friends are her murder friend, her dancing friend, & of course her doggy friend. I would love to see her & Gendry get together eventually - Robert did want his son to marry Ned's daughter after all :P
    I also love Tyrion & Bron, between them they get 99% of the funniest lines.
    I LOVE Raylan/Boyd & Hannibal/Will

  • cruzzercruz

    Hannawill is my favorite pairing. It's all panicked babbling and sly philosophizing and I dig it.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Please let Arya grow up to be an awesome Brienne-type warrior...Please let Arya grow up...please let Arya grow up....

  • lowercase_ryan

    have you read the books?

  • Legally Insignificant

    If GRRM is going to take his time writing the last two books, I feel like he should at least disspell one or two fan theories a month to galvanize the remaining theories.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    No.

  • lowercase_ryan

    then I shall say nothing.

  • George Tarleton

    Literally the only two characters whose deaths would legitimately devastate me. Take anyone else, but not them.

  • loo shag brolley

    I'm not usually one to cry Unfair when a character is killed, but if Martin kills off Arya, forget it. I'm out. Of all the characters, she's the one that needs to survive the most.

  • BlackRabbit

    Also Dolorous Edd.

  • John W

    I'm with you. If he kills her off it's time to start handing out the torches and pitchforks.

  • Aaron Schulz

    *Bleep* ive read all the books and i will tell you these are not spoiler related at all. *Bleeping-ish stuff*

    Edited because it could be taken as spoilers.

  • I edited.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Thank you for saving me from da spoilerz

  • Your whole comment is a spoiler comment, though.

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