Together, At Last: Here's How Long It Took 'Will They, Won't They' TV Couples to Hook Up
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Together, At Last: Here’s How Long It Took ‘Will They, Won’t They’ TV Couples to Hook Up

By Nadia Chaudhury | Seriously Random Lists | April 8, 2014 | Comments ()


I took a look at how long it took our favorite television couples to hook-up, whether through a kiss, full-on make-out session, or just some good ol’ lovin’.

Six Feet Under
Nate & Brenda

Sex: Season 1, Episode 1, “Pilot”

The Wonder Years
Kevin & Winnie

Kiss: Season 1, Episode 1, “Pilot”
Dating: Season 3, Episode 17, “Night Out”

Rachel & Finn

Kiss: Season 1, Episode 2, “Showmance”
Dating: Between Season 1, Episode 13, “Sectionals” and 14, “Hell-O”

How I Met Your Mother
Ted & Robin

Kiss: Season 1, Episode 2, “Purple Giraffe”
Date: Season 1, Episode 22, “Come On” (season finale)

Dave & Lisa

Dating: Season 1, Episode 2, “Inappropriate”

True Blood
Sookie & Bill

Kiss: Season 1, Episode 2, “The First Taste”
Sex: Season 1, Episode 6, “Cold Ground”

Felicity & Noel

Kiss: Season 1, Episode 4, “Boggled”

Gossip Girl
Serena & Dan

Kiss: Season 1, Episode 5, “Dare Devil”
Sex: Season 1, Episode 11, “Roman Holiday”

The O.C.
Seth & Summer

Kiss: Season 1, Episode 6, “The Girlfriend”
Sex: Season 1, Episode 19, “The Heartbreak”

Sex and the City
Carrie & Big

Sex: Season 1, Episode 6, “Secret Sex”

Buffy, the Vampire Slayer
Buffy & Angel

Kiss: Season 1, Episode 7, “Angel”
Sex: Season 2, Episode 13, “Surprise”

Gossip Girl
Blair & Chuck

Sex: Season 1, Episode 7, “Victor Victrola”

Friday Night Lights
Matt & Julie

Kiss: Season 1, Episode 9, “Mr. Sandman”
Sex: Season 3, Episode 10, “The Giving Tree”

The O.C.
Ryan & Marissa

Kiss: Season 1, Episode 9, “The Heights”

Dawson’s Creek
Joey & Dawson

Dating: Season 1, Episode 13, “Decisions”

JD & Elliot

Dating: Season 1, Episode 14, “My Drug Buddy”

The Good Wife
Will & Alicia

Kiss: Season 1, Episode 17, “Heart”
Sex: Season 2, Episode 23, “Closing Arguments” (season finale)

The Nanny
Fran & Maxwell

Kiss: Season 1, Episode 18, “Sunday in the Park with Fran”
Engaged: Season 5, Episode 15, “The Engagement”

Felicity & Ben

Kiss: Season 1, Episode 20, “Felicity Was Here” (season finale)

Sam & Diane

Kiss: Season 1, Episode 22, “Showdown, Part 2” (season finale)

Jeff & Britta

Sex: Season 1, Episode 23, “Modern Warfare” (season finale)

Sports Night
Casey & Dana

Kiss: Season 2, Episode 1, “Special Powers”

Ross & Rachel

Kiss: Season 2, Episode 14, “The One With The Prom Video”
Sex: Season 2, Episode 15, “The One Where Ross and Rachel…You Know”

The Mindy Project
Mindy & Danny

Kiss: Season 2, Episode 14, “The Desert”

Raising Hope
Jimmy & Sabrina

Dating: Season 2, Episode 14, “Jimmy’s Fake Girlfriend”

Maddie & David

Kiss: Season 2, Episode 15, “Witness for the Execution”
Sex: Season 3, Episode 14, “I Am Curious…Maddie”

New Girl
Nick & Jess

Kiss: Season 2, Episode 15, “Cooler”

The Office
Jim & Pam

Kiss: Season 2, Episode 22, “Casino Night” (season finale)
Dating: Sometime in between Season 3, Episode 25, “The Job” (season finale) and Season 4, Episode 1, “Fun Run”

Parks and Recreation
April & Andy

Kiss: Season 2, Episode 24, “Freddy Spaghetti” (season finale)
Dating: Season 3, Episode 7, “Harvest Festival”

True Blood
Sookie & Eric

Kiss: Season 3, Episode 10, “I Smell a Rat”
Sex: Season 4, Episode 6, “I Wish I Was the Moon”

Parks and Recreation
Leslie & Ben

Kiss: Season 3, Episode 14, “Road Trip”

Dawson’s Creek
Joey & Pacey

Kiss: Season 3, Episode 17, “Cinderella Story”
Date: Season 3, Episode 20, “Stolen Kisses”

Buffy, the Vampire Slayer
Buffy & Spike

First Spell Kiss: Season 4, Episode 9, “Something Blue”
First For-Real Kiss: Season 6, Episode 7, “Once More With Feeling”
Sex: Season 6, Episode 9, “Smashed”

Gilmore Girls
Luke & Lorelai

Kiss: Season 4, Episode 22 “Raincoats and Recipes” (season finale)

House & Cuddy

Kiss: Season 5, Episode 6, “Joy”
Dating: Season 5, Episode 22, “Help Me” (season finale)

Brennan & Booth

Kiss: Season 5, Episode 16, “The Parts in the Sum of the Whole” (in a flashback)
Sex: Season 6, Episode 22, “The Hole in the Heart,” (season finale)

The West Wing
Josh & Donna

Kiss: Season 7, Episode 13, “The Cold”
Sex: Season 7, Episode 16, “Election Day Part 1”

Niles & Daphne

Kiss: Season 7, Episode 24, “Something Borrowed, Someone Blue” (season finale)

That photo of Matt and Julie’s first kiss is currently Nadia Chaudhury’s desktop wallpaper.

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  • Marla

    What about Tony and Ziva on NCIS?

  • Jezzer

    You forgot an entry on the Buffy and Spike category:

    Horrible Attempted Rape the Fangirls Try to Pretend Never Happened, Seriously, FUCK Spike: Season 6, Episode 19, "Seeing Red"

  • BWeaves

    Does 6 feet under even count? They hooked up before the opening credits for the pilot. OK, maybe I exaggerate, but it was definitely the first 2 minutes of the show.

  • ed newman

    Very extensive list. Well done. I imagine the list of will they or won't they couples who didn't hook up would be a much shorter list. Perhaps the list should be renamed "When will they hook up?" couples instead.

  • Sofia

    Ross and Rachel kiss before the prom video episode; the picture of them kissing was the ending of season 2 - episode 7 (then Ross makes a list, Rachel is upset, she goes out with Russ and they don't get together until the prom video episode).

  • babykangarootribbiani

    first off, i want to say that you have excellant taste in television, the only thing to make it better is if you watched Teen Wolf (you should watch Teen Wolf! Oh how I wished someone who wrote for pajiba watched Teen Wolf). and i don't want to be "that guy" (or girl) but Ross and Rachel's first kiss was actually in season 1, episode 5 when Rachel kissed Ross after she stood up for herself at the laundromat. and the big kiss at the coffeehouse was from season 2 episode 7 "the one where ross finds out" where rachel called ross drunk and told him she was over him and this made him confused because he didn;t know she liked him and he showed up at the coffeehouse and they had a fight and then kissed. they did kiss in the prom video episode, but only after he made her upset when she found he made a list comparing her and julie. and the only reason i remember all that is i have a better relationship with my tv than most humans, so getting those details means you have a life :)

  • lmtj

    I absolutely agree about Teen Wolf. It is a really good program that loses points in most ppl's eyes because it's on MTV and the word "Teen" in the title, but it is not at all like the rest of that crap on MTV. I gave it a shot from the very beginning and it has really grown into something I don't think a lot of original viewers expected. Love, love, love Stiles!!

  • Naye

    I've been trying and trying and trying to convince people to watch Teen Wolf. Every season has gotten exponentially better. It isn't the best written show ever but you definitely become attached to the characters. My co-worker watches the CW for goodness sake. If you can watch Anything on that terrible network you can get through Teen Wolf. I was also Styles and Lydia but since she is never going to fully appreciate him then I'm all for Styles and badass Malia.

    I also enjoy Awkward. for the extreme cattiness.

  • babykangarootribbiani

    my people!! yes i completely agree teen wolf is such a smartly written show between that and awkward mtv actually portrays teenagers better than anyone else on tv (which is completely ironic given all their other shows) but people refuse to watch teen wolf because it;s on mtv and they think it's just a brainless show about werewolves when it's anything but. and i;m looking forward to seeing more of malia in the next season, i think her and stiles would be good together :)

  • Naye

    Seriously, Tamara-isms would kill on this site. I can't believe they haven't discovered it. It's the only thing high school related that I can watch and not be all pissed about what highschool was or wasn't for me. And Teen Wolf always always leaves you wanting more, makes you crave the mythology behind the writing.Some of the acting is spotty but the characters that come through carry the shows heart anyway. And the music is always spot on.

  • AvaLehra

    Maddie and David were the first TV couple I shipped with all my heart as a kid. I was 14 or 15 when that aired, and I thought that scene was the end all, be all.

  • This. Watching this gif brings back all the desperate hormonal angsty crushes of my teenage years and David Addison is definitely top of the list! Do bees bee? Why yes David, they certainly do.

  • AvaLehra

    "You smell like a wine cellar!"
    "More like a wine buyer..."

  • kinoumenthe

    They broke everything in da house !
    I was obsessed with Moonlighting around that age too.

  • Ingrid Today

    Do people still care/like Sookie and Bill? I'm just curious. Personally, I think Sookie is an obnoxious child who constantly needs to be saved and Bill is a boring monotone -slightly- controlling dick who y'know did assault Sookie.

    Sookie and Erik is slightly more interesting because Eric is there and sometimes she doesn't talk or in any way express her opinions or is *yet* again being threatened or held captive.

  • Lucie

    Whoa whoa, Ross & Rachel started dating in "The One With the Prom Video." They kissed before that in "The One Where Ross Finds Out," and then Ross made the pro/con list in the next episode.

  • tjedison

    No Mulder & Scully?

  • F'mal DeHyde

    Some of those look incredibly awkward.

    I wish Aimee Teegarden would go back to being blonde, she was so beautiful in FNL.

  • Dumily

    We all remember exactly where we were for Weapons of Class Destruction? We don't need LoVe on the list? That's why this blatant omission is acceptable?

  • kinoumenthe

    This one is notable for it's length… It's not just the kiss, it's the start of that scene when she's exiting the room to when she's leaving in her car.

  • Ruby Guggenheim

    THANK YOU. The whole time I was reading this, I was thinking "c'mon, season one episode 18, where is it?!"

  • Guest

    RE: House & Cuddy - Worst couple ever.

    Great to see the Raising Hope call out.

    Jaye and Eric / Wonderfalls - Love Sick Ass - Season 1 Episode 8.

    First Date - Safety Canary Season 1 Episode 9.

    Official Hook Up, although we will never know - Caged Bird Season 1 Episode 13.

  • Dumily

    Huddy sucked.

  • LL

    Rory + Tristan
    Rory + Jess
    Angela + Jordan Catalano

    Felicity + Noel will forever be the best and most f-ed "will they won't they" storyline. Those writers really knew how to string us along in the greatest way possible.

  • Michelle

    Siiiiiigh. JOEY + PACEY 4EVA

  • Brian Hawkes

    Not to also be, "that guy" or "that gay" but not one same-sex moment? Guess I'll have to google search myself to sleep tonight

  • Sirilicious

    I think that is mostly because it's about either 2 leads hooking up or longtime regulars. Most gay hookups i know in TV, don't match those criteria. Sadly. But there definitely should have been some L Word or Queer as Folk on this list.

  • Ingrid Today

    A part of it maybe that gay couples are usually either established as couples or generally don't have romantic storylines (or they are halfassed or rushed).
    Sure there's the L Word, but, towards the in the characters were so self-centered, petty, terrible, or simply unwatchable that I wouldn't say I was rooting or cared if any of them succeeded in anything.

  • cruzzercruz

    Here comes that guy.

    "Modern Warfare" isn't the finale of Community season one, it's two episodes after, "Pascal's Triangle Revisited," when he also kisses Annie, introducing the second "will they or won't they" couple on the show.

  • denesteak

    i'm rewatching the series now, and that jumped out at me too. The season finale was when Britta and the hot professor decided to both publicly profess their love for Jeff and he ran out and kissed Annie.

  • cruzzercruz

    Honestly, as much as I try not to be a douche, I was stoked during that episode. I can easily project a lot of myself onto Jeff and when he had not both, but all three girls in one episode, I cheered. Everyone wants to be THAT awesome with women.

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