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Best romantic TV moments

Some of television's best romantic scenes

By Devyn SharelPublished about a year ago 5 min read
Best romantic TV moments
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Spoiler Alert: There may be some shows you haven't seen or waiting to finish, therefore there might be some spoilers involved. Please be advised.

I don't know about anyone else, but I love a good romantic subplot in television series. Despite the twists and turns that happen throughout the show, by the series' end the only thing people want to know is who ends up with who. Because let's face it, most of us are hopeless romantics. And even after Valentine's Day I still like to use the other 364 days to relive some of my favorite romantic TV moments that will continue to live rent-free in my head. So without further adieu, here's a list of some of my favorite heart-jerking moments in television history.

1. A Different World (1987-1993)

The Wedding Scene - Season 5, Episode 25

A Different World is perhaps one of the most iconic shows of the late 80s-early 90s. Not only is it a spin-off of The Cosby Show, but it also managed to create its own lane by being the first show to display life at an HBCU (Historically Black College or University). Despite all of its themes explored throughout the series, the most memorable scene throughout the series is the Wedding Scene in season 5. Dwyane still in love with Whitley, has to decide if he will be courageous enough to stop the love of his life from marrying someone else. Needless to say, he does indeed get the courage and makes the most romantic and emotional case for why she should marry him instead. Get your tissues ready, because if you haven't seen this scene, you'll surely need them.

2. Dawson's Creek (1998-2003)

Pacy and Joey's first kiss- Season 3, Episode 17

I think this goes without saying, but Pacey and Joey were the best couples in the whole series. Their love was pure, simple, romantic, and challenging (in the healthiest ways, for the most part, minus Prom night). I binged the show last year, and I couldn't wait for the tension to pour into their first kiss. And boy, was it worth it. Bonus points for the series finale ending in the way it was meant to.

3. All American (2019-Present)

Spencer and Olivia- Season 3, Episode 7

I'm not crying, you are! Seriously, if you're a huge fan of All American as much as I am then I hope you were rooting for Spencer and Olivia from day one. Season 3 has got to be my favorite (haven't yet watched season 5 as I'm waiting for it to hit Netflix. So pretty please, no spoilers) thus far, specifically because of the moment that Spencer reveals that he is indeed in love with Olivia (like we didn't see that coming). I re-watched this scene several times and still felt like the first time.

4. The Nanny (1993-1999)

The Proposal Scene- Season 5, Episode 15

Ah, The Nanny. A classic 90s sitcom that still makes me laugh 30 years after its premiere. Perhaps the most appealing and entertaining part of the show aside from Nile's bold humor is the slow-burn love story between Fran and Mr. Sheffield. We waited five seasons for Fran and Max to hook up, and I'm glad they did wait because I couldn't have imagined a better perfect, imperfect proposal. It's definitely one for the books.

5. Vampire Diaries (2009-2017)

Damon and Elena Kiss (Again)- Season 3, Episode 19

Many will never agree on who Elena should've ended up with at the end of Vampire Diaries (even though Nina Dobrev exited the show in season 6). But one thing's for sure, the chemistry between Elena and Damon is undeniably sexy and intense. Although they shared a kiss prior to season 3 ( which I hadn't remembered) the passionate, fiery kiss they shared in season 3, during the hotel stay always lives rent free in my mind and will undoubtedly stay there forever.

6. Martin (1992-1997)

The Proposal- Season 2, Episode 19

Martin may be known for its comedy, but the love story between Martin and Gina will always be just as iconic. At the end of season 2, Martin is prompted to marry Gina after she gets a job offer in another state. And after a poor excuse of a proposal and Gina leaving for her job, Martin finally man's up and asks his lady to marry him with a proper proposal. Get your tissues ready. This one is definitely for the books.

7. Bridgerton (2020-Present)

Simon and Daphne's Wedding Night- Season 1, Episode 5

The tension between Simon and Daphne is without a doubt one of the most intriguing things to witness in TV couples. Simon's declaration of love to Daphne on their wedding night is probably one of the most heartfelt speeches in TV history. Seriously, could these two get any sweeter? (Aside from their quirks and conflicts along the way).

8. Gossip Girl (2007-2012)

Dan and Blair- Season 5, Episode 17

Let's get this out of the way. I'm a Dair fan till the day I die. I don't think there's anything that will change my mind. I was a total shipper of Chair (that is before the toxicity unfolded between them). But Dair has to be by far the sweetest, least toxic relationship in the Gossip Girl series. Dan and Blair didn't get a fair chance to see their relationship through (no thanks to the writers who had to give in to the Chair shippers), but I will consider the series ending at their relationship. The end.

9. Baby Daddy (2012-2017)

Riley and Ben Love Story- Seasons 1-3

This is yet another series in which the writers got it wrong. Ben and Riley were the couples that should've been endgame. Despite the decline in the show's interest (at least for me) when Danny and Riley ended up together, I will always remember Ben and Riley and imagine them staying together in the end.

10. One Tree Hill (2003-2012)

Lucas and Peyton- Season 4, Episode 9

Let's face it. Lucas and Peyton were it from day one. Who knew it would take them four seasons to finally get these two kids together? And six seasons for them to get married! Despite the complicated circumstances around them, Luke and Peyton were meant to be. And what sweeter way for them to seal the deal than with Luke and the team winning the championship game? Ahh. To be young and in love.

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Devyn Sharel

Devyn Sharel is a fiction writer, poet & Film enthusiast. She enjoys writing fiction romance, drama and other genres that challenge her creative comfort zone.

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