As fans await Sheldon and Amy’s big night on The Big Bang Theory tonight, we’re taking a look at some of the most momentous trysts in TV history.
Love is not an exact science – and that definitely holds true for Big Bang Theory couple Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik). After enduring seasons of relationship ups and downs, the two (ahem, “Shamy” for those in the know) are finally back together, proving that even love’s biggest skeptics just can’t deny the laws of attraction.
The pair joins an esteemed group of TV’s most anticipated hookups – couples plagued by sexual tension, false starts, and moments that had us on the edge of our romantic seats. Here is a list of some of our favorite, most monumental TV trysts that were truly worth the wait!
Ross and Rachel
Not only was Friends one of the most beloved shows of the 1990s, the relationship between Ross Geller (David Schwimmer) and Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston) set the stage for one of the most anticipated hookups in TV history (perhaps most anticipated by Ross, who had harbored a crush on Rachel since the ninth grade.) After countless episodes of comforting each other through failed romances, the pair shared a proper kiss at Central Perk midway through season two. And that lip-lock made it official: not only did Friends make us all want to pack up and move to New York City, it made us all want to share a passionate kiss at a coffeehouse in the rain.
Jim and Pam
The Office brought us one of television’s most legendary (and messy and awkward) love affairs. When Jim Halpert (John Krasinksi) and Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer) first met at their workplace of Dunder Mifflin, Pam was engaged – but the flirty joking, exchanges, and pranks between the two seemed to reveal that their connection was much more than just cubicle camaraderie. Sure, they shared a drunken kiss early on, but it took all the way until the end of season three for Jim to ask Pam out. The couple had their share of challenges throughout the series – but with a proposal, a wedding, and two kids later, the rest is TV history.
Sam and Diane
There may have never been a more mismatched pairing than that of Sam Malone (Ted Danson) and Diane Chambers (Shelley Long) on Cheers. The womanizing baseball player-turned-bar owner and stuffy academic-turned-cocktail waitress traded insults and barbs for a full season until the sexual tension had reached, well, a fever pitch. A particularly epic blowout in the bar at the end of season one finally led to their first kiss – and the TV-viewing crowds went wild! While their relationship was rocky and didn’t last, we’ll always remember that smooch that had us cheering.
Tony and Angela
The moment Tony Micelli (Tony Danza) showed up at Angela Bower’s (Judith Light) door for the housekeeping job on Who’s the Boss?, we just knew that someday he’d sweep her off her feet. But sometimes love takes time – and that was certainly the case for Tony’s silly “Mr. Good Mop” to Angela’s uptight ad exec. While the whole series was punctuated with tender moments and playful banter between the two, it wasn’t until the end of the show’s run that the pair came clean and admitted their love for each other – and for viewers, it was a match made in domestic heaven.
Fran and Maxwell
Fran Fine (Fran Drescher) was once thrown “out on her fanny,” but she ultimately found love with employer Maxwell Sheffield (Charles Shaughnessy) as The Nanny. The Broadway-mogul Brit first blurted out his true feelings for Flushing-born Fran when they were on a downing airplane (which he promptly rescinded), but it wasn’t until season five that the two were officially dating. And the reason we knew it was true love? They went from calling each other their formal “Miss Fine and “Mr. Sheffield” to just “Fran” and “Maxwell”— and what followed was a whirlwind courtship, engagement, marriage, and twins. Now, THAT deserves a standing ovation!