The 8 Most Toxic Television Couples
Although TV is intended to be an escape from the problems of the world, in the case of on-screen relationships, couples are often miserable together, just like in real life! Television relationships are often unhealthy, with the pair sniping at each other and generally making each other’s lives miserable. Here are 10 examples of the most toxic couples in TV history.
Soulless Spike and Buffy on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”
The biggest problem here is Buffy’s choice to date a guy who literally has no soul. They tend to be pretty terrible at dating and considering there are so many available guys who do have souls, you’d expect a vampire slayer like Buffy to make safer choices… Not to mention the fact that before they became a couple, Spike had a sexbot created in her likeness in response to her coldly rejecting his romantic overtures. But in the end, he goes to hell to acquire a soul (because that’s how it works) and everything turns out fine between the two of them!
Miss Piggy and Kermit on “The Muppet Show”
There is a whole lot to unpack here. First, these are completely unrelated species of Muppet, which means they should not be attracted to each other anymore than a squirrel would fall in love with a hippopotamus. But beyond that, Miss Piggy was known to commit domestic assault…against a frog that also happens to be her boss, by the way. Their breakup in 2015 was a long time coming, that’s for sure!
Dean and Rory on “Gilmore Girls”
This is a textbook case of a relationship gone horribly wrong. The things that caused Dean to fall in love with Rory — her compassionate personality, her focus on academics, and her strong bond to her mom — turn into the things he hates about her. To make matters worse, he has super jealousy issues when she interacts with other dudes, even when it’s just related to schoolwork. When on their anniversary he tells her he loves her and she doesn’t respond in kind, he flies into a rage. None of this behavior is remotely good, people!
Sam and Ruby on “Supernatural”
Any relationship advice expert will tell you that if your significant other is manipulating you into drinking demon blood for the purposes of liberating Satan from the netherworld, get out as fast as you can! We can only assume Ruby’s intentions were good, but still. The good news, however, is that the actors who portrayed these characters — Genevieve Cortese and Jared Padalecki — fell in love in real life, got married, and have a bunch of (presumably) non-demonic children.
Lucy and Ricky on “I Love Lucy”
Let’s be honest about 1950s relationships: husbands routinely beat their wives for serving them mediocre coffee. So it’s not surprising that real-life couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were pretty combative (at least verbal) in the comedy “I Love Lucy.” There are scenes where he would literally threaten to drug her or even kill her! But don’t worry! It’s all for the lulz, folks!
Ross and Rachel on “Friends”
For whatever reason, Ross and Rachel were regarded as the TV darlings during the 90s and early 2000s. But if you examine their relationship, it was almost nothing but bad. Ross refuses to support Rachel’s career choices while she acts jealous and manipulative towards him. No matter how you slice it, there’s no way their marriage in the last episode leads to everlasting love.
Derek and Kate on “Teen Wolf”
Here is some pretty simple advice: if you’re a werewolf like Derek is, it probably isn’t a good idea to date a werewolf hunter on the account that she murders your kinfolk. That’s literally her purpose in life! So, of course, when they do become a couple, Kate kills off his entire family aside from an uncle. As if that isn’t a big slap in the face, she then manipulates him so that she can access the wealth in his now-dead family’s vault. We definitely cannot endorse this kind of relationship!
Harley and the Joker on “Batman: The Animated Series”
When the Joker treats his arch-nemesis Batman better than his own girlfriend, that’s probably a sign that Harley needs to find a new playing card suit to date, whether it’s a King, Queen, Jack, or even the number 5. Not only does the Joker constantly lower Harley’s self-esteem, he literally throws her off desks and even out windows. All the time, he admits he’s only dating her to get what he wants. At this point, we would beg her to date any other clown — even Ronald McDonald. And we typically would not encourage anybody to come within 10 feet of that guy.