Let me just clarify this here. I would have loved to go international here, really I would’ve, but then most of the couples would have been either US-american or Thai…and no other countries, so that wouldn’t be fair. Since I already wrote a post about chemistry in Thai series, I’m gonna write about US-American shows now.
What do I mean with “intense”? I mean those couples that keep you on your seat, that make you believe in true love (even if they are just actors playing their roles), those couples that have insane chemistry, but also those couples that are together even if they know they are not good for each other. I love couples that have this intense connection to each other where you know, even if they tried they could not stay away. I mean those couples.
So some side criteria here:
- I have watched the show the couple appears in, regularly or at least more than half of it
- I do not differentiate between same gender couples or male-female couples
- There has to be some kind of romantic connection, I’m not counting pairings that never got together but are amazing
- and I think…well, that is pretty much it, I guess.
Note: This is heavily opinion-based. So it’s my opinion. If you think I should add someone, just comment down below and I will see what I can do ^.^ – ALSO NOTE that you may be surprised by some choices but maybe read my reasons why.
!NOTE: SPOILERS AHEAD!
14 – Rory Gilmore & Logan Huntzberger (Gilmore Girls)
This is one example of a couple that wasn’t good for each other. At least in the beginning. For me the end game was always Rory and Logan. Why? Because Rory/Dean was a highschool romance, Jess and Rory were like soulmates and matched each other but Rory and Logan, while in the beginning not great for each other, managed to reach something where they made each other better and greater. Logan started being more than a playboy and a rebel against his father after being together with Rory and Rory started being more than the shy girl from Chilton. They both had great character development and had to experience so many hiccups and challenges in their relationship but they managed, they changed, they learned together. I think the chemistry between the characters is really nice to watch, especially because the first time I saw Logan I did not think they would end up together. Their relationship was developed throughout the storyline and they started out as friends and not right away as love interests. Also I just love the episode where Logan goes to Lorelai to get back Rory even if he didn’t know whether Lorelai would actually help him.
I just think this is one of those couples that had some troubles but in the end they always came back to each other.
13 – Emma Swan & Killian Jones (Once Upon A Time)
Soooo many people said I had to include them…well, I love this couple, I do, but I watched Once Upon A Time as a marathon the first time I watched it and when you do it like that it feels a little rushed. But still, they do have quite some intensity in their relationship. Not only is Hook a bad guy in the beginning but he and Emma are really on opposite sites. Compared to the couple before though, they have some things in common right from the beginning. The thing that makes Emma and Killian so intense is the fact that they’d go to the end of the world for each other. They would do anything to save each other – seen in many episodes and even some story archs.
12 – Blair Waldorf & Chuck Bass (Gossip Girl)
This couple is just strange. They are horrible for each other while at the same time being great for each other. Blair is Queen B and knows how to get what she wants and Chuck is just the same. The couple knows how to get what the want and how to make others do things for them. They know how to play the game in the Upper East Side (I think that was it, right?) and while they had so many troubles and challenges to overcome throughout the whole series, they did it and they got together. For me this couple is definitely a power couple with great chemistry.
11 – Klaus Mikaelson & Caroline Forbes (The Originals)
While some other couples on this list got here by chemistry alone, this couple got on this list per intensity and chemistry. Chemistry between characters nowadays is usually build over time. Klaus and Caroline…well, the first moment they actually talked to each other (since in the beginning Klaus was the villain in The Vampire Diaries, so there wasn’t much talking and only threatening and so on) viewers could feel the chemistry and intensity between the characters. I don’t actually know if the shows producers really wanted to get them together but I would believe it if it was a spur of the moment thing, where they saw the intensity and decided to make a fling of it. There is a reason why viewers of The Originals want Caroline to appear in The Originals. This couple could be so much more if they just had the time for it.
10 – Clarke Griffin & Bellamy Blake (The 100)
There are some couples on this list, where the characters were not supposed to end up with each other. This couple here is kind of the opposite. Everyone who read the books (which I did not by the way), knows Bellamy and Clarke are the end game. Still the producers decided to develop the relationship between the characters and not just throw them together. A decision I love. Currently, I’m like wishing for them to finally get together and become a couple but I’m thankful that they weren’t together from the beginning. The three seasons so far build up the intensity between the pairing and I just cannot wait for the first sparks to fly and the first real kiss, because judging from the writing behind the show ’til now, the first kiss has to be epic. Maybe even just because we had to wait so long for it. Bellamy and Clarke also just balance each other out in the right way, as well as keep each other in check. They are definitely a power couple to lead the 100!
Just one comment here, pleaseeee get them together in season 4. I really! cannot wait any longer. Take the moment and make it official after teasing us such a long time.
9 – Oliver Queen & Felicity Smoak (Arrow)
This couple is on many people’s lists, mainly because these two characters were not actually supposed to be with each other. The chemistry though was just too good not to go this way. The thing is, I don’t actually think anyone knows where the chemistry between the characters/actors is coming from. They are very different people, they would do anything for their friends, but still they are very different people. They have different ways to think and different reactions but still they found their way to each other and to support each other.
Why they are so good together, I will never know but they are and I hope now it’s gonna be definite between them and the overall love drama for Oliver and Felicity will get some time to smooth over and not have to challenge another obstacle so soon.
8 – Snow White & Prince Charming (Once Upon A Time)
Admit it. There was a moment where you wished that you could be part of one of those fairy tale couples, always to be fated to be together, to go to the earth’s end for each other, to not be able to stay away from each other, to support each other whatever the challenge. I think everyone has wished to be part of that at least once in their life. Well, Snow White or Mary Margaret and Prince Charming or David are one of these couples. First off, the storyline is about them actually being a fairy tale couple but 6 seasons of OUAT proved that they are exactly that. Over the season the couple shows what true love means and what it means to be there for each other and do whatever needs to be done for each other.
Snow White and Prince Charming are definitely relationship goals (though maybe without soooo much drama)
7 – Meredith Grey & Derek Shepherd (Grey’s Anatomy)
If I ever made a list of the power couples on TV, this one would be number one. They started out as romantic interests right from the beginnning 0f the show but their actual relationship was developed over time. Grey’s Anatomy has a lot of life threatening drama and romantic drama but Meredith and Derek managed to get through it all…well, until season 11. But I never actually watched the episode where the bad things happened, only the drama before and afterwards, but I just could not stomach losing the power couple. Still, even I have to admit, that the best prove for them being a power couple and their chemistry and intensity is the fact that the show runners have not found a solution for Meredith’s love life after Derek. There were some chances, there was Riggs but that thing was nice and all, just not enough. Imo even the show runners realized that and found a nice way for him to exit the show.
After Derek left the show I was always a fan of Meredith getting together with someone that is already established on the show or is introduced as someone that is not mainly her love interest but gets a different storyline for the beginning. I guess it all depends on how many more seasons the channel is giving us. Recently though I rewatched a whole lot of GA and also the new season on TV and I saw something that made my heart jump, so I hope some of the producers see it too and think of bringing Meredith and that other person together somewhen in the future. But there is definitely a lot of pressure since it is going to be really hard to make people think of anyone else together with Meredith and not Derek. They were just too good.
6 – Ian Gallagher & Mickey Milkovich (Shameless)
Out of all the couples on this list this is the one where it really matches the saying “they are not good for each other”. Seriously Ian and Mickey have an intensity together, that just makes you watch them and not get away but at the same time they really weren’t good for each other. I think in the end even they realised that but everyone has to admit, that they were awesome together. The intensity between their interactions were just great. I still wish we would’ve seen more of them, even if that meant more drama too.
5 – Elena Gilbert & Damon Salvatore (The Vampire Diaries)
Another couple that the producers just had to make. Especially since the interactions between Elena and Damon had so much more intensity than hers and Stefan’s. In the beginning of TVD I would’ve never thought she’d end up with Damon especially since she was so great with Stefan but soon the chemistry between her and Damon took over and it was an unavoidable step to make them something like a couple. While they had drama and more to live through, the intensity between them never diminished but stayed the same from the beginning until the end.
4 – Alexander Lightwood & Magnus Bane (Shadowhunters)
I didn’t read all of the Shadowhunters books, I read some of them though. So after the movie was kind of a flop and they started producing a series I was very very suspicious how it was gonna turn out. Especially since Malec (their couple name, for everyone who doesn’t know) has a really big fanbase. The thing is though, the show is really good and the couple got even more fans after being portrayed on TV. I think Matthew Daddario and Harry Shum Jr. have an amazing chemistry and are great actors for portraying these characters so amazingly. Just watch their first kiss and you’ll know what intensity I’m talking about.
3 – Veronica Mars & Logan Echolls (Veronica Mars)
I watched these two years after Veronica Mars actually ended. I only heard about the show but was too young when it actually came out. So when I decided to watch it I was surprised about how much I liked the show. The show had their own respective female lead-playboy couple but they had a chemistry that seemed great but toxic at the same time. They were so different but at the same time you saw that they really liked each other. Even if they did not end up together in the show (watch the movie!!) every of their scenes showed some intensity that kept me glued to the screen and the show. I think this was one of the first really popular female lead – play boy couples out there.
2 – Richard Castle & Kate Beckett (Castle)
Compliments to Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic. Seriously, Castle has one of the couples with the most chemistry out there. Why I give even bigger compliments to the actors? Because everyone seems to know that the two of them didn’t actually like working together. There were some problems in the real world but still they managed to give us one of the most awesome couples on TV. That’s why they are on spot two. Not liking each other, not even as friends in real life and portraying such a power couple on TV…that’s pretty badass.
1 – Brian Kinney & Justin Taylor (Queer As Folk)
I had to think long who to include in this list but I did not have to think long who takes the number one spot. Brian and Justin…well, while many people may not know who they are and maybe not watch the show since it is quite intense and open. But let me just tell you, the intensity between these two is there right from the beginning. Brian, a playboy, who doesn’t care who he sleeps with and who seems to not fall in love ever and Justin, the young closeted boy who is still discovering this new world he landed in and falls head over heels for Brian. Over the whole course of the show you can see the intense attraction between the two of them. Even if they are not together, you can see they still love each other. It took five seasons for them to finally reach a stage where both could admit it, but that makes this couple so amazing. You always know they will end up together. I watched one season and I knew they were going to end up together. This is one of the couples where you just know because everything else is just not a possibility. This is what I call the most intense TV couple.
So you could say my list was very diverse, I think. But I stand by it and I thought about it quite a lot. If you have additional couples or wanna recommend others, just comment down below and I will look them up and see if I have to adjust the list ^.^