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Top Five Worst TV Romances

By Kelly West And Katey Rich
2008-09-24 21:36:34

Ok, I’ll admit I have a tendency to get caught up in TV romances. If the chemistry is there and the acting and writing is good, there’s nothing like seeing two great characters get together. Even those dragged out on-again-off-agains can be fun to watch when done right. But let’s face it; not all TV relationships are great. In fact, Katey and I came up with a handful of ones that were downright terrible.

Some relationships are doomed for failure. Take Andy and Angela in The Office. I don’t think the writers ever intended for us to fall head over heels for these two. And given the way the last season ended (with Angela and Dwight getting busy in the almost-deserted office shortly after Angela accepted Andy’s marriage proposal), I’m guessing that it’s only a matter of time before things fall apart for Andangela (yeah, that’s the best I could come up with). Anyway, looking back at some of our favorite shows, we came up with our five least favorite romances. These are the ones that weren’t supposed to be humorous side-plots. The ones we thought the writers really wanted us to buy into and instead, made us cringe everytime they were on screen together. Without further introduction, here they are:

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LOST: The Sci-Fi 25 Greatest

11. LOST (2004-Present)
Created by J.J. Abrams
and Damon Lindelof

A mysterious island that’s home to a shape-shifting smoke monster, a weird science project tasked with saving the world, and a secret society of sinister ”Others” who can’t make babies ? yes, Lost certainly has its fair share of sci-fi stuff. And yet, like the best examples of the genre, this unfolding saga about plane-crash survivors trapped in a tropical twilight zone doesn’t wallow in its genre elements, but uses them to embellish an exploration of identity, community, and reality itself. Coyly sublimating everything from Jules Verne and H.G. Wells to Star Trek and Star Wars, Lost aspires to be an important entertainment for a pop-soaked, soul-searching age. Now, at the risk of missing the point, how about some damn answers?!

POP CULTURE LEGACY Building on pioneers The X-Files and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lost helped to usher in a new era of serialized storytelling and showed Hollywood how cult-pop TV can be leveraged into cashcow franchises. Heroes, say hello to Daddy.

THE BEST BIT The Emmy-winning first season, with its perfect pilot and getting- to-know-you character flashbacks, is an object lesson in capturing the imagination.

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