Ahead of our August Teen special, we’ve compiled another list. You might like it.
One of the biggest joys in being a fan of teen TV is shipping your favourite characters. Delighting in the will they won’t they/he likes her/she doesn’t like him/underdog storyline until the tantalising moment of climax when fantasy actually becomes canon.
There’s almost nothing like it.
So, without further ado, here are our top picks for teen TV couple.
6.Julia and Griffin (Party of 5)
Taking it WAY back here. Party of 5 featured plenty of couples, but none so enduring as straight A student Julia and mechanic Griffin. Griffin was the brother of Jill – Baileys season 1 girlfriend who died of a cocaine overdose. Besides the fact that Neve Campbell and Jeremy London looked adorable together, the main reason we loved stoic Griffin and his motorbikes and inability to express any emotion at all, is that he wasn’t Justin.
Justin was undoubtedly the smuggest, douchiest boyfriend on Party of 5 (including the abusive Ned). Things may not have ended well for Julia and Griffin, but their wedding was one of the best things to happen to happen on television in 1997. Fun fact, Griffin was originally played by James Marsden who went off to make the (underrated) Disturbing Behaviour.
5. Tim and Lyla (Friday Night Lights)
Let’s set aside the fact that we all hated Lyla for a couple of minutes, and focus on the fact that Lyla was the one that turned Tim into a proper, dateable person.
Sure, Lyla was his recently crippled best friends long term girlfriend, but somehow we were always on Tim’s side. Also, the Jason/Lyla/Tim love triangle is second only to the Dawson/Joey/Pacey love triangle in TeenTVLand.
4. Veronica and Logan (Veronica Mars)
Which is probably the entire reason the movie got made, and Veronica ditched her high flying legal career before it really started. So we could see L and V together again, but in a better, happier, less anger issues, more Navy uniforms kind of a way. (Side note, did you know that Jason Dohring is joining The Originals this season?)
3. Buffy and Angel (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
I know that it became terribly unfashionable to like Angel as soon as post season 4 Spike was on the scene, but guys, lets face it. There’s only one OTP in Buffy and it’s her and Angel. Sure, Willow and Oz were cute,
Willow and Zara were annoying/adorable and Xander and Cordelia made the other one slightly less punchable, but Buffy and Angel?
No-one that came afterwards ever lived up to Angel for Buffy, and he could definitely do a lot better than Cordelia. And also, that bit when they’ve broken up and she gets the class protector award at the prom and he shows up to dance with her anyway.
2. Seth and Summer (The OC)
Seth Cohen admittedly looks a little played out these days, but you’re looking through a 2015 Adam Brody lens. Remember 2003? Before Ryan had got his shit together and Death Cab were ruined forever? Seth Cohen was everything – for the first time we were rooting for the spoilt upper-middle-class-underdog and we were okay with it.
Clearly Anna would’ve been Seth’s perfect girlfriend, but there was no story in that. Where are the ups and downs that make good television if you just ‘get’ the other person?
Seth and Summer were a ridiculous couple based on little more than childhood crushes and relentless tenacity. And that’s exactly why we loved them. From Seth’s slightly stalkerish behaviour, through Summers ‘Crunchy genius’ phase. And really, when your only other competition comes from Marissa, well…
1. Jordan and Angela (My So Called Life)
If this were a prom, Jordan and Angela would voted King & Queen by a country mile.
Part of the brilliance of this show was that it only lasted one perfect season so didn’t get the chance to become dull or irritating. It’s a perfect time grab of 90s life.
There had never been a show like my-so-called-life and there had definitely never been a boy like Jordan Catalano on TV before.
An entire generation of bookish girls swooned over his cuticles, his ability to lean well, songs he was actually writing about cars and not girls, and his reading difficulties – wishing maybe they could be the ones to tutor him – instead of Brian (Brain) Krakow.
Jordan was so hot that even Patty took to him, and I don’t think any of us have ever gotten over wanting to be Angela Chase.
Jordan and Angela are the first and most perfect of all Teen TV couples. Definitely our OTP. (Although it would’ve been interesting to see what happened in season 2 with Brangela)
It feels wrong to not mention a few couples that almost made it to the list – Rory and Jess, Seth and Ryan, Joey and Pacey, Daria and Trent (well, almost) – we loved you all, but there just wasn’t space.
We realise that this is a pretty subjective matter for many, so if you disagree with any of these or feel we’ve missed anyone crucial, please let us know in the comments.