Given my “day” job, it’s no surprise I spend a lot of time thinking about heroes, heroines, and the chemistry that makes a couple work for a reader. To some degree, that’s a subjective call. If you like a tough, snarky heroine, you might not be too excited about the hero falling for a more shy, reserved woman. And as a writer, it’s easy to fall into the trap of my own preferences. I don’t want to write variations of the same couple over and again, so I’m hoping you can help me.

I’m curious to learn about why some couples work for you and others fail. For fun, let’s focus on TV couples for the purpose of this experiment, as most everyone has surely had a favorite or two over the years.

Sawyer & Juliet

Sawyer & Juliet

To get you thinking, here are some of mine:

Sawyer and Juliet (LOST)

Doug and Carol (ER)

Derek and Meredith (Grey’s Anatomy)

Ben and Felicity (Felicity)

As you can probably tell, I have a history of liking complex relationships and brooding men!

Ben & Felicity

Ben & Felicity

But what about you? Might you have included couples like Friends’ Ross and Rachel, Sex and the City’s Carrie and Big, or Jim and Pam (The Office)? Or maybe you enjoy the banter between Modern Family’s Mitch and Cam (I admit, these two are hilarious). Then there’s the real old school shows, like Cheers’ Sam and Diane?

Tell me, who are some of your favorite TV couples, and what did you love about them?