TV couples are normally a barometer for our own relationships and our favourite duos can sometimes make it tough to be single in 2017. But for every amazing small screen duo there are dozens more that make us happy to be still swiping right on Tinder. Check out our worst toxic TV couples…
1.Ross Geller and Rachel Green (Friends)
It might seem like a controversial choice but when you really think about Ross and Rachel’s relationship, would their 10-year on/off love affair really be something you would choose? The cheating, jealously and the fact that Ross is an annoying douchebag all add up to a romance that no sane person would want. And don’t even get me started on the ‘on a break defence’.
2.Don and Betty Draper (Mad Men)
A classic example of a pair their looks perfect on the outside but it rotten behind the scenes. While this pair looked amazing together (has there ever been a more beautiful couple?). Don’s inability to keep it in his pants and Betty’s air for the dramatics made this duo a toxic combination.
3.Carrie and Big (Sex and the City)
In the real-world, massive commitment-phobe Mr Big would never have had a change of heart and would have kept on stringing Carrie along. Not only did he claim to not wanna get married and then swiftly got hitched to someone else, he also repeatedly made Carrie feel like she wasn’t worthy (and that’s coming from a person who thinks Carrie is one of the most self-centred characters of all time).
4.Cersei and Jamie Lannister (Game of Thrones)
One word – incest. These siblings and their bizarre relationship is great example where keeping it in the family is really not a great idea. *shudder*
5.Gavin and Stacey (Gavin and Stacey)
While this couple might seem like a sweet couple at first, their co-dependency gets a little grating after a while. Not only do they skank out their pals when it suits them their issues seem to take over everyone’s lives. And then there’s that moment that Stacey admits she has been trying to get preggers without Gavin knowing – not cool luv, not cool.
6.Ted Mosby and Robin Scherbatsky (How I Met Your Mother)
I am biased here because Ted is without doubt the most annoying man I have ever watched on TV. But this couple, who get together despite having completely different life goals, is one we all know and one we all want to avoid being.
7.Mickey and Gus (Love)
Everyone has either been in a relationship like this, or knows someone who has. In the real world this one-night stand would have crashed and burned after the first bonk. With Mickey’s addictions and Gus’ inability to grow a pair this dysfunctional duo will never make it work. It does, however, make us happy to be flying solo.
8.Walter and Skyler (Breaking Bad)
A perfect example of a relationship where you have both outgrown each other, or changed so much from where you started that you can never come back. Fair enough, not many of us change from a teacher to a meth dealer, but you get my drift.
9.Noah and Alison (The Affair)
Not many relationships flourish if they start from the result of an affair. The jealously, lies and
collateral damage usually put an end to that. This couple is a great example of how the grass isn’t
always greener when you leave one partner for another.
10.Elena and Stefan/Damon (The Vampire Diaries)
If there was ever a sentence that you wouldn’t want to say to a new partner, it would surely be ‘your
brother did it better’. But over the course of the TV show Elena went back and forth between the
brothers so often I am surprised she didn’t get names confused. Best to steer clear of siblings when
it comes to dating.
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