By: Shaina Semaña
“The ship is sailing!” is a phrase you’ll often hear whatever fandom you belong to. It means that two fictional characters are finally in a romantic relationship after you’ve been “shipping” or wanting them to get together for a long time. Because admit it or not, one of the main reasons people watch TV shows is because of that particular couple or “ship” that makes them feel all giddy inside.
Today, with hundreds of TV shows each with their own massive fandoms, there’s probably going to be a lot of debate on which ship is the perfect pair or OTP (one true pairing). We at SEA Wave do not ascribe to this notion of a one and only undisputed OTP, but we do have our go-to pairings when we want to see what it’s like to feel that crazy little thing we call love, or at least a TV approximation of it. So here are our High Five favorite TV couples that will make you believe in love.
Jake and Amy (Brooklyn Nine Nine)
Their Love Story: The classic the-more-you-hate-the-more-love situation, Brooklyn Nine Nine’s Jake Peralta and Amy Santiago are polar opposites—Amy is your by-the-book do-gooder and Jake, of course, is the carefree prankster. They are often partnered with each other and have a very competitive relationship. But like most epic love stories, over time they form an unlikely bond—ultimately falling in love, getting in a relationship and eventually getting married and starting a family.
Why We Love Them: You know what they say about boys teasing girls as a way of showing their love? That’s basically Jake to Amy because we all know that Jake is basically a five-year-old trapped in a grown man’s body and, well, he really had the biggest crush on his partner since day one. Teasing and pranks are his love language. Their chemistry is undeniable and their dynamic as partner detectives is a fun and effective combination.
Nick and Jess (New Girl)
Their Love Story: As his best friend Schimdt once said, Nick fell for Jess, the new girl, the moment she stepped into the loft, and all New Girl fans can attest to that. The chemistry between Nick and Jess is undeniable right from episode one. It only took two seasons for the series’ main couple to get together, but not even a whole season to remain together, forcing them to be exes who live in the same house. This results in a shift in their dynamic, trying to be normal around each other even if they dated other people, which ends with both of them realizing they are, after all, still in love with each other. They end up together at the end of the series—giving Nick-Jess shippers the ending that they deserve.
Why We Love Them: The best thing about Nick and Jess is not just their love story, it’s their friendship. Many of the couples in this list follow the classic friends-to-lovers trope, but what makes Nick and Jess different is that their friendship weighs heavier than their romance before they even got together, and even more so after they break up in the middle of the series. Despite not working out as a couple at first, they remained friends and have supported each other as they try to figure out their careers and lives, sincerely being each other’s go-to person with no ulterior motives. Which only proves that friendship is still the best and strongest foundation of any relationship.
Chandler and Monica (Friends)
Their Love Story: Okay, Ross and Rachel is arguably the couple that people root for in Friends, but Chandler and Monica sure deserve to be recognized as well. This is the ship that no one saw coming. The series started with Monica and Chandler having their own separate love lives and character arcs but then, one fateful night in London, a one-night stand caused the Mondler ship to sail, and we won’t have it any other way. It started as a casual no-strings-attached relationship, but they don’t know that we know they know that they’re a match made in heaven!
Why We Love Them: Monica and Chandler, through the course of their relationship, have grown individually. With Monica excelling in her career as a chef and Chandler leaving the corporate job he despised to pursue a career as a copywriter—all these happened with the two of them supporting each other along the way. Even with huge challenges in their relationship, they have shown that being together in love is the best way to move forward. While Ross and Rachel’s will-they-won’t-they arc provided excitement to the audience, Mondler gave Friends fans comfort and security. They did have some downs in their relationship but they were the series’ couple who proved that happy relationships do exist even with a few bumps along the way.
Meredith and Derek (Grey’s Anatomy)
Their Love Story: With the always-bustling Seattle Grace Hospital as their backdrop, Meredith and Derek’s love story is just as eventful as their professional lives as surgeons. From ex-wife, to co-workers, to re-marriage and even parenthood—the two have gone through it all and survived, loving each other after everything that happened.
Why We Love Them: To call Meredith and Derek’s love story dramatic is an understatement. In fact, their always-complicated status is probably one of the reasons why Grey’s Anatomy fans love them so much. How else can you make a will-they-won’t-they couple be more exciting than putting them in the middle of emergency room drama? But what really put our surgeon power couple in this list is their chemistry, which is so undeniable that they themselves can’t get enough of each other. So it won’t be much of a surprise for them to fight for each other, ‘til death do they part—literally.
Lily and Marshall (How I Met Your Mother)
Their Love Story: Unlike most TV couples, Lily and Marshall were introduced in How I Met Your Mother as a couple right from episode one, and remains a long-term couple until the end of the series. They brought contrast in a show about looking for love and failed relationships. They’re often described as the best couple, not just within the series, but even among other TV series. Definitely an OTP contender if there ever was one.
Why We Love Them: Lily and Marshall are actual relationship goals but they’re far from perfect. They’re not like those textbook-couples who seem to get their life and relationship together all the time, but they show a relationship that’s real—with occasional bickering and misunderstandings—but even so, it’s a relationship most people would want to have. In fact, multiple times in the series, the main protagonist Ted admitted to wanting to have a relationship similar to those of his friends Lily and Marshall. They complement each other and finish each other’s sentences—literally. They’re a testament that soulmates are not always about fate and destiny, sometimes it’s just about making things work even if things don’t go as planned.
Couples and relationships are the backbone of most TV series so don’t be ashamed to show your love for the ship that gives you relationship goals! Did your OTP make it the list? If not, share your OTP with us in the comments section below!