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Love and fantasy have always been inextricably bound together and nothing makes the point as well as watching some of the impossible love stories that have played out over our TV screens throughout the years. How about the beautiful D.A. and the big city Bigfoot with a heart of gold? Been there. Or the fiancee-swapping 20-something roommates with a fabulous low-rent, uptown apartment? Done that. More than once.
But Valentine’s Day draws near and for millions of nervous partners wondering whether any outward sign of devotion (like a dozen roses, or even a diamond ring) can truly capture the innermost fantasy imagined by the mind, the love stories told on television are a good place to start. Because anything can happen. So sit down with your sweetie, put the flowers and chocolates aside, and follow some love stories that simply have to be true. After all, they were on television weren’t they?
Top 10 Most Romantic TV Shows On Fancast For Valentine’s Day:
10. Beverly Hills, 90210: It’s difficult enough for any teenager to move to another state and try to fit in at a new high school. Never mind that the school itself is in the most wealthy, influential and coveted zip code on the planet. Still, twins Brenda and Brandon Walsh (Shannen Doherty and Jason Priestley) try their best to make the most of the situation. When rich, handsome, and severely damaged classmate Dylan McKay (Luke Perry) appears like a guardian angel with broken wings in the first season, Brenda’s search for true love became a watercooler topic that has been gossipped over right through to the present. And Brenda is still looking for true love on the latest spin-off, 90210. Hope springs eternal.
9. 30 Rock: Everybody on The Girlie Show knows that their boss Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) is an incurable romantic. Although his days are occupied by his first love – world domination through corporate takeover and GE product integration – his nights are devoted to obsessively wooing his latest ladyfriend conquest. In the last year alone he has been chasing the likes of Edie Falco, Jennifer Aniston and Salma Hayek. And those are just the ladies who’ve made it to the screen. Whispers in the hallways have it on good authority that in the past, Jack has been romantically linked to Elizabeth Hurley, Katie Couric and Beyoncé. Now that’s pushing the brand.
8. The Addams Family: During the show’s two-year run (1964-66) it was clear that Gomez Addams (John Astin) was passionately in love with his wife Morticia (Carolyn Jones), often referring to her as “Cara Mia”. And the ardor was clearly returned. “Bubbele” never failed to respond anytime Tish spoke French, running kisses up and down the length of her arm and working himself up into a feeding frenzy of desire. That meant Morticia had to find more and more creative ways to introduce the language of love at least once an episode. And it worked every time.
7. Beauty And The Beast: Turning the classic fairy tale on its head, beautiful New York City D.A. Catherine (Linda Hamilton) and beastly, subway-dwelling nobleman Vincent (Ron Perlman) trade places by series’ end. Rather than being transformed by Catherine’s growing empathy, and eventual devotion, it’s Vincent’s inner beauty that rises through the ashes and teaches them both a lesson in immortal love: saving a total babe from certain death on a weekly basis will make even the hairiest guy irresistibly hot.
6. Friends: Finding love on the mean streets of the Upper West Side is hard enough, so having a bunch of close friends act as your surrogate family is a great source of comfort when you’re striving for happiness in the big city. Maybe that’s why so many of the hookups on the show amounted to nothing more than crossing the hallway and knocking on the neighbor’s door. In the end, the love story that started the show between Ross (David Schwimmer) and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) ended the saga. Just in time too. Another year, and the writers may have been forced to explore TV’s first incestuous love affair.
5. How I Met Your Mother: In the year 2030, Ted Mosby (played by Josh Radnor, but voiced by Bob Saget) sits down for a night of quality family time with the kids, when the inevitable question arises: Dad, how did you meet Mom? The resulting flashback/flash-forward plot device follows the winding course of the 25 year love affair that leads to the heartwarming result. Of course, we’ll have to wait another two decades ourselves to find out just who the lucky lady really is. But the smart money is on Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders) Ted’s on-again, off-again lover and ultimate friend with benefits. Valentine’s Day, 2030 will surely be one for the books.
4. Smallville: Before Superman flies over the skies of Metropolis, young Clark Kent (Tom Welling) is coming to grips with his alien heritage in the tiny Kansas hamlet where his space ship landed at the end of his long journey from Krypton to Earth. And like many a typical small town teenager, Clark is smitten by the beautiful, but sad, girl next door, Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk) and finds love for the first time. When Lana learns the truth about “the meteor” that killed her parents on the same day the Kents found Clark in a cornfield, her growing affection for him is damaged beyond repair. As the story goes, Clark moved from the openness of the little town back home to immerse himself in the anonymous streets of the big city to forget the anguish in his heart. It doesn’t work.
3. Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: When Clark Kent (Dean Cain) arrives in Metropolis in his 27th year on earth and is struck by the lightning bolt that is Lois Lane (Teri Hatcher) his second chance at true love teaches a very valuable, mortal lesson: women don’t care for lies, even if they come from the lips of the hottest guy in the galaxy. Lois holds on as long as she can, but even she eventually relents when she realizes the deception was for her own good. Proving once again that whether it’s under the golden yellow rays of Earth’s own sunshine, or beneath the molten red solar beams of Krypton, love is universal.
2. The Bachelor: For the latest season of this show, a new twist has been intoduced. Jason Mesnick is not your average gorgeous hunk on the prowl, and the bachelorettes must all consider that saying “Yes” means taking up a new life as not only wife, but also surrogate mother to Jason’s 3-year old son, Ty. And America knows Jason’s pain. After his divorce, he took a shot at The Bachelorette (a mixed up DeAnna Pappas), never expecting that he could know love again. The lesson learned? The heart can be broken over and over. When Jason proposed to DeAnna, she spurned him on national TV. Now, with his 3rd shot at true love evolving as we watch, Jason is the first to say that the heart is a muscle well worth keeping in shape.
1. The Love Boat: Love, exciting and new. Come Aboard. We’re expecting you. It’s the Love Boat! Each week Captain Merrill Stubing (Gavin MacLeod) and Cruise Director Julie McCoy (Lauren Tewes) welcome the guests aboard the Pacific Princess for a trip down the California coast and a journey into the resilience of the broken heart. No matter the barrier to love, a one week cruise to Mexico is the cure-all. Especially when bartender Isaac Washington (Ted Lange) worked his mixing magic. For series creator Aaron Spelling, the entire enterprise was a Valentine to his favorite Hollywood stars of yesteryear, many of whom were making their first (or last) TV appearance. Now that’s a timeless love story.
Happy Valentine’s Day from your friends at Fancast!