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The 5 TV Couples Who Faced the Most Insurmountable Obstacles to Be Together

By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | July 26, 2012 | Comments ()


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Ned and Chuck -- Pushing Daisies: Ned has the magical ability to touch a dead person and bring him or her back to life. However, if he doesn't touch that person again within 60 seconds, someone else will die. Chuck died. He brought her back to life. He did not touch Chuck within 60 seconds, someone else died, and now if he EVER touches the love of his life again, she will die. To be together, they must navigate a relationship without ever touching.

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Penny and Desmond -- Lost -- I can't even begin to detail all the obstacles that Penny and Desmond overcame: She searched for an island that couldn't be found for years. They finally get together. Widmore wants Desmond dead. Ben wants Penny dead. Desmond gets shot. Then they flash sideways and they don't even know each other anymore, but somehow, they still end up back together. TRUE LOVE.

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The 10th Doctor and Rose -- Doctor Who: In short, in order for the 10th Doctor and Rose to be together, the Doctor had to split into two people, one of whom was no longer a time lord, then that non-Time Lord doctor had to go to go through a brief portal into another dimension to be with her while the Time Lord version turned into Matt Smith.

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Rory and Amy -- Doctor Who: Well, first, Rory gets erased from existence. Then, he returns as an Auton with Rory's memories. Then, he accidentally shoots Amy with a gun. Then, Amy is locked into the Pandorica, and Rory has to wait around for 2,000 years guarding the Pandorica in order to finally marry her. And if you thought getting together was difficult, having a child was even more problematic.

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Peter Bishop and Olivia Dunham -- Fringe: For a couple of seasons, Peter and Olivia work up to being together. Then when they finally get together, Olivia is kidnapped and trapped into an alternate dimension. Then, when she finally gets back to her dimension, she finds out that Peter has been sleeping with the version of her from the dimension she was trapped in. Then, when they finally get past the fact that Peter was sleeping with faux Olivia, Peter gets erased from the timeline. Then he comes back, somehow, and Olivia has no memory of him because he never existed, but then, somehow she regains her memories from a timeline that doesn't exist, allowing them once again to be together.

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  • ripleyy

    Olivia and Peter. I don't think I've ever invested that much emotion into two characters seemingly perfect for each other.

  • StillReallyHateDisqus

    Sam and Al in Quantum Leap.

  • Green_Eggs_and_Hamster

    You know, you are forgetting one of the toughest unrequited lovers. There family held them apart, but you know when they weren't looking, Greg and Marcia were totally getting it on.
    I've seen the stories all over the internet, and I know everything I read on the internet is true....

  • Rev. Brandy

    Penny and Desmond. My favorite part about "Lost."

  • honeychurch

    God, I hated Ten/Rose so much. Also, plot was totally lifted from Philip Pullman. Sniff.

  • winged chorus

    Maeby and George-Michael? Beautiful young love.

  • Alyson McManus

    Buffy and Angel or GET THE FUCK OUT

  • I_Sell_Books

    No Mulder and Scully? Really???

  • Rooks

    Alisha and Simon. Helloooh. He's, what, from another time/space-thing, saw her die twice, saw himself die at least once, and every guy she touches wants to "jizz on her tits" really urgently. There are obstacles, and then there are *obstacles*.

    Kahlan and Richard. A love story featuring the biggest, bluest balls this side of the Midlands. I mean, they fiddle and kiss and grope and things get really hot and sweaty - and then she as to pull away in order to keep his soul intact. And then there's an army of sexy women in really, really tight leather (not to mention them carrying torture devices that really look a lot like dildos) and several prophecies between them. Also, they *do* do it, twice, but never properly. That's harsh for a forcibly celibate relationship. And YET they manage.

    And also, Bo and Dyson. I'd call Lauren the queen of obstacles. And then there's the pain-thing and the energy-thing. But anyway. No one else has ever seen this show, so what the hell.

    And now that I'm thinking about it, Fantaghirò and Tarabas were-
    Oh, it's only TV couples? Nevermind then. But these two. Whoo. They faced stuff together. That mother-in-law alone... dude.

  • celery

    Oh Alisha and Simon. I just watched s2 ep4 yesterday and almost cried. (I'm a huge wimp.)

  • Three_nineteen

    You forgot the first time Rory died.

  • DominaNefret

    I think we might have to have a Rory rumpus, victor gets the spoils.

  • Green_Eggs_and_Hamster

    Wow, skipped out on Buffy and Angel? Sex brings about pure bliss and causes Angel to turn into an Evil monster. Seems pretty rough to me.

    Not that I think they had the most insurmountable or anything, As anyone should have been able to tell them, just get married. The whole bliss with sex thing will go right out the window quick, and they could live bitterly ever after like all the other married couples in the world.

    I am just surprised that a list like this here on Pajiba could exist without having Angel and the Buffster. Doesn't this violate Pajiba's TOS or something?

  • I dunno. Twenty years later, I'm still getting bliss. I don't know if you were speaking from experience, but if so, I'm dreadfully sorry.

  • Three_nineteen

    Well, they didn't end up together, so the obstacles were actually insurmountable.

  • Green_Eggs_and_Hamster

    Depends on if were counting Comicverse. **Spoilers I guess**

    I am not sure if they count as "together" at this point, but they did certainly hook up again and birthed a Universe I believe (even if they ended up aborting the poor unloved thing). I would call the relationship a work in progress (keeping in mind I have only read through the end of "season" 8 so my knowledge may be lacking).

  • Three_nineteen

    Yeah, I forgot about the comics. I kinda know what happens in them, and I'm glad Joss et al. likes writing them and other fans enjoy them, but for me they don't really count. I think some of the reason is that the actors are a big part of what I love about the characters and in the comics (or books, like Doctor Who) the actors don't get to make their contribution.

  • -sal

    Brother and Sister Mosby. Considering all that we've watched so far, and like 3 "years" of douchebaggery more to go, it's a miracle they even exist.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    I'd look smug in my wedding photo too if I married Rory. That guy's a keeper.

    I couldn't stand Penny, Desmond's desperate and frantic searching for her made me want to slap him ala Cher in "Moonstruck".

  • ZombieMrsSmith

    Does it ever bother anybody else that Olivia was with FBI agent John Scott at the beginning of Fringe? He proposes to her in the first episode, right before he got kilt ded. Those first episodes with Walter were all about her trying to connect with him to find out what he knew. And then he completely disappeared, never to be spoken of again.

    Anybody?

  • It bothers me more that, last we saw, he was still being kept "alive" somewhere in Massive Dynamics. Since his other show got canceled, they should revive him for the last (half) season, then watch Olivia try to explain either man to the other.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    As much as I love that show, they're so scattered that it's hard to keep track of any one plot point. They try something interesting, it doesn't seem to pan out and poof, it's gone.

  • MichaelEhrgott

    John Crighton and Aeryn Sun!!....you know, from Farscape

  • dsbs42

    Hell to the yes.

  • MichaelEhrgott

    The entire last 2 seasons were basically just obstacles to them getting together, especially the cliffhanger ending. (before the miniseries)

  • BWeaves

    The Doctor and River Song. There's nothing worse than living your relationship backwards in time from your lover, especially while locked up in a top security, intergalactic prison.

  • Stacey

    Jesus god, does Doctor Who sound like the nerdiest thing ever.

  • Are you lost?

  • MichaelEhrgott

    Lol. Bravo Lyssie!

  • DarthCorleone

    I thought Ned and Chuck played it way too dangerously for comfort with some of their near touching.

    Rory and Amy might receive an asterisk depending upon the nature of their exit in this upcoming season.

  • BiblioGlow

    Scully and Mulder!
    Ok, fine, that was like 20 years ago, but do you even know how many times those two were abducted by aliens/kidnapped by psychopaths/killed/fired/stung by bees/bloodsucked by tiny spiders/thrown through time holes/literally eaten piece by piece by sin eaters?

  • maureenc

    And the cancer! And Antarctica! And the giant fungus! And that time when they thought Mulder died but he was actually in a coma!

    Oh, and David Duchovny's refusing to sign on for more than half of Season 8 and leaving for Season 9, that was also a massive barrier to their relationship. And Chris Carter's "It's purely platonic" bullshit.

  • BiblioGlow

    Yeah, I think seasons 8 and 9 could be considered giant obstacles to their relationship. And the audience's relationship with the show, for that matter.

  • Lurkey Turkey

    Time travel and alternate realities suck for couples, clearly. It's going to be a sticky situation when my time machine is put out to the masses.

  • Jannymac

    Buffy and Angel!!

  • Lucas

    Tim and Dawn in The Office (UK). sure...it wasn't death or time travel or anything like that....but there was one giant knob of a fiancee plus the Atlantic Ocean plus three years plus they needed the kindness of a documentary crew and.... SHUT UP THEY WERE MEANT FOR EACH OTHER AND SOMETIMES OBSTACLES DON'T HAVE TO ACTUALLY BE HUGE TO SEEM HUGE AND THAT'S BASICALLY THE SAME DIFFERENCE TO THOSE INVOLVED!

    uh oops.....sorry about that....

  • alannaofdoom

    "Back for Good" starts playing and suddenly IT IS RAINING ON MY FACE.

  • funkyfacecat

    I meant to like that. Stupid touch screen phone.

  • Holly

    "and yeah, Dawn was that ray of sunshine for me" - CUE IN A MILLION TEARS.

  • BarbadoSlim

    since there's no delicate way to put it Im just gonna straight out say that Amy and Rory always seemed forced to me. Fact is he's too good for that ginger tramp.

  • Betsy

    I was with you until the second half of that comment. If Amy is just a tramp then Rory's just a clingy butt monkey, neither of which are accurate.

  • Clancys_Daddy

    That's OK she's more than good enough to send m way.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    At a certain point, it becomes a question of why Rory is into her when A) she was clearly not that into him, whatever that stupid retcon during "Let's Kill Hitler" said and B) she was flat out dying to bang an alien in a bowtie the night before their wedding. You can get past A on its own, and you can get past B on its own, maybe, but you cannot rationally get past both A *and* B.

    I therefore choose to believe Rory took advantage of the fact he wasn't technically Rory but Dildo Rory for 2000 years and hooked up with every single halfway attractive woman throughout history. I'm telling you, Rory got to Elizabeth I before Ten did.

  • Bryan

    And let's not forget her suggestion of snogging the Doctor... DURING her wedding. TWICE. Combined with how much she clearly took Rory for granted throughout season 5 (the first time we ever saw her say "I love you" was in the FINALE, fer cryin' out loud), he was WAY too good for her.

  • Tinkerville

    I really want to see the Dildo Rory spinoff series..

  • lowercase_ryan

    sometimes I just like the way you think.

  • Penny and Desmond! *sob* If "The Constant" doesn't make you cry, you're dead inside.

  • emmelemm

    When Lost was good, it was very very good. When it was bad, well... it just sucked.

  • Tinkerville

    Err, sorry to nitpick, but Chuck's parent didn't die when he brought her back to life. He accidentally killed her father years before when they were kids and he brought his mother back to life. His mother then touched him and she died permanently anyway. Talk about dark.. I'd love to see what goes on inside that head of Bryan Fuller's.

    Anywho, Rory should call me. Amy doesn't deserve that delightful, awkward, gladiator of a man. And now that you've posted a picture from Doomsday, I have to go cry for an hour. Thanks a LOT.

    Edit: Annnnd someone beat me to it. Apologies for the repeat. Yay for many a Pushing Daisies fan?

  • Melissa

    Hate to nitpick, but Ned brought back his mother, killing Chuck's dad. Chuck's reanimation killed the autopsy guy:)

    But yeah, hard luck on that relationship for sure.

  • pajiba

    My bad! It's been awhile. I remember a parent dying, but I forgot the circumstances. Research, Dustin. GOD.

  • Melissa

    As long as you are sufficiently shame-faced, the mocking can cease, I suppose :)

    http://youtu.be/14fLnrMO3Ro

  • Miss Adelon

    Em...I hang my head in shame for not being able to let this go. Ned killed the funeral house director. Not the autopsy guy. He lived on to be awesome :)

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