There are many things we love about TV. The storylines, the cinematography or the character development, the list is endless. One of the things that can really make a show is having a couple to ship. Everyone has their favourites, but it’s always icing on the cake when they aren’t problematic. One thing we can say is that a lot of toxic traits have been romanticised in pop culture (check out our post where we elaborate on some.) Some classic fan loved couples have definitely not aged well. Some examples are Ross and Rachel from Friends (he was so toxic and immature) or Aria and Ezra from Pretty Little Liars (can we please stop with the teacher/student romances?!) or even Carrie and Mr Big from Sex and the City. He left her at the altar?! C’mon! With those in mind, we wanted to highlight some positive examples. So, here are 4 fictional healthy couples, because they do exist!
Honestly, one of my personal favourite couples from TV today. You can tell they truly are best friends and that friendship provides the solid foundation to their partnership. They both support each other, they’re big on honest communication (you know we love that!) and they’re able to find compromises when they’re faced with a problem. They don’t always agree, but it’s wonderful to see a show that tackles that in a realistic and healthy way because they truly respect each other. Plus, it’s always beautiful to see black love!
Both Ben and Leslie were supportive of each other’s
dreams, they each had their quirks and niché interests,
but those differences don’t divide them.
Who among us didn’t cry when they got married? Leslie Knope is the purest soul and I want the best for her, even if she isn’t a real person. Both Ben and Leslie were supportive of each other’s dreams, they each had their quirks and niché interests, but those differences don’t divide them. If anything, it makes them closer. They championed each other to be the best versions of themselves and personally, I loved seeing how Ben handled being a rock for Leslie when she faced some of her lowest points and was building herself back up. Truly one of the best fictional healthy couples from TV. If you want to see how potential partners feel about relationships, check out CLiKD!
Firstly, the two of them just understand each other. I love how, to Kevin, Captain Holt is the most hilarious person, but everyone else is mystified by it. Though they both come across as stoic, they truly have one of the best romances. They have fun together (the hula hooping class they took, amazing!) Then there’s how Kevin is introduced to the show which really shows how much he truly loves his husband. Kevin being worried about Holt’s new police co-workers because Holt has experienced discrimination from past co-workers before and him trying to find ways to prevent that from happening again made for a truly touching episode. They always have each other’s backs!
We literally get to see Chidi bring out Eleanor’s
compassionate side and in that, she defines her own morals
and starts to expect more from herself.
The amount of times I’ve re-watched The Good Place at this point is bordering on obsession. Cannot stress this enough. I. Love. This. Show. One of the reasons is for Eleanor and Chidi. We literally get to see Chidi bring out Eleanor’s compassionate side and in that, she defines her own morals and starts to expect more from herself. On the flip side, we get to see the high strung Chidi become more mellow and trust himself more, because Eleanor helps him realise he needs to stop living in his own head and letting the negative thoughts take hold. The two of them continually grow throughout the series. They see the good and the bad in each other and accept it, making their love truly unconditional. Plus, they work very well together (to literally save humanity, no less!) One of the best fictional healthy couples out there!
So, there you have it! 4 fictional healthy couples, because they do exist and we need to talk about them more. It’s so important to be able to see what healthy relationship looks like, with more people who look like us because representation matters!