Who's your favorite TV couple now? (Don't hurt us, Leslie and Ben!)


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We’re just hours away from tonight’s two-part, one-hour season finale of Parks and Recreation, and if you want a tease of what’s in store, cocreator Mike Schur gave EW’s Dan Snierson 10 of them. Naturally, the first hint is about Leslie (Amy Poehler) and Ben (Adam Scott) trying to hide their new relationship from everyone so they don’t get in trouble with boss Chris (Rob Lowe). I cannot tell you how invested I am in these two staying together. Somewhere along the line — maybe in front of the wildflower mural on the second floor? — they became my favorite TV couple. I think it’s because while Tina Fey’s Liz Lemon is the TV character I most relate to, I wish it were Leslie Knope. I love that even though she can be the punch line, her friends and colleagues all respect her as much as she respects herself. Even though there are elements of the ridiculous about her job (and her commitment to it), they recognize that she’s good at it and deep down value her loyalty to the community and to them. Remember when Ben told Andy (Chris Pratt) that he thought Leslie and he liked each other? That Andy’s first response was “You’ve chosen well” made me want to hug the show’s writers. There’s no question that Leslie is a catch. Knowing that Ben appreciates Leslie’s passion and wouldn’t want to change that which defines her, makes me want to hug him, too (and see her make out with him, on his face).

Of course, that’s why Chris having a rule about government coworkers dating is a brilliant and dangerous complication. If the hour ends with Leslie having to choose between her job and Ben, I will dream of popping out from behind a tree during Chris’ daily run, kneeing him square in the nuts and shoving a McDonald’s cheeseburger in his mouth as he doubles over. Pretty sure Ron Swanson would post my bail. (I’d love to see Ron go to bat for Leslie with Chris and tell him she deserves the happiness Chris’ rule strips her of. But are we likely to get another tender Ron moment so close to him recalling what he told Leslie five years ago when she was offered the job in Eagleton?)

Your turn. Who’s your favorite TV couple now? They can be an official or still in the will-they-won’t-they phase. Below, two scenes that should not influence you in any way.

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‘Parks and Recreation’ co-creator Mike Schur gives 10 hints about tonight’s season finale

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  • jesse

    Andy & April from Parks. So cute and sweet — and really funny.

    • deedee

      A&A bore me

      • gataroo

        they don’t bore me, I just don’t care about them together.

      • Absolutely disagree

        April’s bored/”i don’t care” attitude is annoying, in a teenager, it can be acceptable/understandable but in an adult, its just pathetic, she sounds stupid – and the best couples on tv are by far:

        1. Lois and Clark – Smallville
        2. Olivia and Peter – FRINGE
        3. Sam and Freddie – iCarly

      • what?

        boring? are we watching the same show?

      • Es

        Finally, someone agrees with me! I really despise April’s character. She’s such a debbie downer, even her voice. And the age diff still creeps me out. I wish new reformed Andy would get back with Ann. Ann’s all over the place now, making out with random patients. She needs some stability.

    • Chelsea

      They’re not my absolute favorite, but I love them together too!

    • CBS Cares

      Charlie Sheen and Chuck Lorre.

      • o rly


    • Michael

      I don’t get why Andy and April can be together but Leslie and Ben cannot… They all work for Chris, so shouldn’t they all be under his rules?

      • Mae

        I think it’s because Andy doesn’t supervise April and vice versa. Ben (I think?) oversees all of the departments.

    • Sarah

      I agree! I think the fact that the couple came about because of the actors chemistry make Andy/April even more loveable

      For me Ben and Leslie look way too far apart in age (even though I know they aren’t). I personally think they look awkward together

  • Jane

    Equally in love with Ben and Leslie and Andy and April. Can’t believe how much I’m in love with this show.

  • rob

    they ar4e a great couple. besides them i would add brittany and santana on glee. they arent officially a couple yet but close enough.


    It’s gotta be Palin and Newt. Hilarious!

    • kitty

      luv this comment

  • LOL

    Troy and Abed from Community.

    • Sarah El

      Yes x1000

    • kg

      Word. They’re more a duo than a couple, I realize, but totally enjoyable to watch together.

  • todd

    Phil and Claire on Modern Family or Cam and Mitchell on Mod Fam

  • Seth

    Jeff/Annie from Community. (Yeah, they’re not a couple, but they’re still my choice.)

    • Kendall

      I agree wholeheartedly.

    • Lowe

      I like Jeff and Annie too!

    • Shama

      Jeff and Annie…or as they are known by their fans Milord and Milady.

    • Beast

      Annie&Jeff are my choice for favorite tv couple, although Peter&Olivia from Fringe are a close second.

      • Lunna

        What you said.

    • Chelsea

      Same for me! I know they’re a non-couple at this point, but they’re still the (potential) pairing I love most on TV right now. They remind me of Han and Leia.

    • Tony

      Agreed, even though I don’t know the show could work with them together, but by far some of the best chemistry for a comedy in a while

    • Squints

      Count me in as a member of a Jeff/Annie fan club!

    • Junebug

      Me, too! Jannie forever!

    • Sad

      As long as I don’t think too hard about their age difference I love them too!

    • Liz

      Yeah, Jeff and Annie, even though the age difference makes them a bit “ewwww”. “He was horney, so he dropped him. Man is evil”. HOT.

    • BeachDollar

      I love them, too! (The age difference doesn’t bother me at all. 12-13 years isn’t that bad, and my parents have had a successful, happy marriage despite having a 15-year age difference.)

  • eco

    Are you kidding me?
    Castle & Beckett hands down.
    Because they’ll get there.

    • Stacy

      Agreed. No contest.

    • Nerwen Aldarion

      After Castle’s season finale? Oh yes they are awesome!

    • Sally

      Yes! Castle and Beckett are the best right now! It use to be Bones but the writers dragged out their relationship too long so Castle and Beckett for me!

    • JD

      Yes, Castle and Beckett!! They are halfway there already, given the closing scene of the season finale.

    • :)

      OMG I am so emotionally invested in them that it’s not even fair.

    • Ally

      Yes! Totally Agree! Also really love Leslie & Ben..too cute!

  • Loch Ness

    Ron Swanson and his ‘stache.

    • LOL

      Classic ^^^

  • Dr. Linus

    Phil and Claire from Modern Family. I just love their relationship and how they balance each other. They are so different but have some of the same odd interests.

  • Stacy

    Kurt & Blaine on Glee by a mile. But I do love Ben & Leslie too.

  • Captain

    Brooke and Lucas is probably my ultimate OTP however, out of the couples currently on television, I have to give it to Mark and Lexie on Grey’s.

  • Lee Harvey

    Chuck and Sarah from “Chuck.”

    • JennieO

      Second that!

    • Rev

      Absolutely Chuck & Sarah, even better now that they are married

    • R


    • Mandi

      Definitely chuck and Sarah!! Such a beautiful love story!!!!!!

  • Cathy

    Lily and Marshall!!

  • MissM

    Up until last week, I think I was only mildly interested in Leslie and Ben, but now I love them.

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