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Yes, No, or Maybe: TV's Most Complicated Couples

Updated on October 15, 2012

Just like those Middle School Notes

Everyone remembers what it was like to be in middle school and receive a note from the cute guy/girl in class. Your heart flooded with anticipation while you made the most complicated decision in your young life: yes, no, or maybe.

Now that we're all adults, not much as changed. Facebook even has a status for it, "It's Complicated." Isn't it always?

Television is no different, in fact television probably most accurately reflects the ambiguous status of most of our relationships. Characters easily hook up, break up, and talk without fail. Some do it better than others, while others are trying to put all of the pieces together.

So this hub are for those couples who drive us crazy by going crazy over each other.

Penny and Leonard

I have only recently discovered BBT or Big Bang Theory for those who don't know, but I have to say it's one of the most endearing shows I have seen. The chemistry between the entire cast is amazing and it only seems to get better.

They recently aired the one hundredth episode that answered the questions we'v all been dying to answer: Will Penny and Leonard get back together? Without revealing what happens, let's just say they take us through the scenarios that seem to play out between them for the past four and a half seasons.

From the first episode, we knew that Leonard was awestruck by Penny. Penny seemed charmed but only from a distance. As the seasons passed, there were those Ross/Rachel type moments where we thought something would happen but something always got in the way.

Usually what got in the way where their involvements with others more similar to them. Penny always went for jerks who liked to hook up but not go much further and somehow Leonard did the same with professional women in the sciences.

Yet after all the back and forth as well as the constant taunting from Wolowitz, Raj, and Sheldon they finally got together. It was not easy as they both had to fit into each other's worlds. Initially, we thought it would last but of course it didn't.

But as the old saying goes, it ain't over until it's over.

Barney and Robin

I will admit that when I found out that Barney and Robin got together initially, I only thought this was poised for disaster. As opposed to Marshall and Lily who are bound to be each other's lobsters, these two have a more scattered history.

Robin was thought to be Ted's woman in season one after persistent wooing and while they finally got together in season two, they broke up after realizing they were too different. And Barney, is well, Barney. He made no bones about being the top dog of all jerks to women and only wanted one thing, until he realized how he felt about Robin.

On paper, they seem too different to work but in reality, they are just alike enough to be together. Both have issues with commitment and don't understand the other three's push to be married with kids. So when they officially became a couple we were all happy until Barney discovered he was not as ready to settle down as he initially thought.

Robin dated her co-worker Don and gave up her dream job only to be dumped by Don so he could take her dream job. Robin set Barney up with another co-worker, Nora and it seemed to work until he lied about everything to her.

Barney got another chance with Nora and ruined it by cheating on her with Robin who is dating her therapist,, Kevin. A pregnancy scare almost drew them back together but after it was revealed she wasn't pregnant, she stayed with Kevin. And now well, let's just hope it's Robin about to marry Barney in the season seven finale and not some other girl.

Castle and Beckett

Castle is a great show for mystery buffs. It's almost old school in its approach. Richard Castle is a writer who wants to get the skinny on the real goings on in the police department while Kate Beckett is a detective struggling for approval from her colleagues and herself.

They both share one thing in common though, they are dutifully married to their job and the truth. And somewhere in between each other. Even though Castle lives with his mother and teenage daughter, his heart and his mind is always stuck at the precinct. Beckett is the same.

But something keeps getting in the way when everyone else around them obviously sees that their connection goes beyond the work. However it is their work and subsequent avoidance of other life issues that gets in the way. Yet at every turn, something brings them closer which for some reason they do not discuss.

Whether or not they get together, their relationship or lack thereof makes for good television.

Tony and Ziva

For a couple who went undercover as a married pair, they seem to have everything drawing them together as well as everything pulling them apart. After meeting under the duress of a former agent's death case, they have had one of the most dynamic fire and ice relationships in recent memory.

Tony is a classic loverboy who is willing to do anything to attract women but fears the reality of commitment. He is committed to his job which could possibly explain why the other parts of his life doesn't work as well.

Ziva is a former Massad agent who worked under her father and transferred to NCIS after the stress of the family business got to her as well as personally assassinating her own half-brother. The transition is not easy but over time she adjusts.

Ziva and Tony are very similar. They both are extremely devoted to being a quality agent but cannot connect the dots with their personal relationships. While they have supported each other in the past, Ziva's recent breakup has presented a clear window of opportunity for things to change. The question is, will they?


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    • Alecia Murphy profile image

      Alecia Murphy 6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      That's good to know.

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      well, in real life, raj just got married and howard's gonna have a baby...

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      Alecia Murphy 6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I don't know any of these couples so will have to watch out for them. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Alecia Murphy 6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I agree about Raj. Poor thing needs some kind of woman in his life. Especially now since Howard managed to get a fiancée.

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Alecia, I just keep hoping a woman comes along for poor Raj...

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      Alecia Murphy 6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Hi Victoria, I enjoy BBT very much as well. And I agree on Castle. NCIS is more of a show for crime buffs so I could go either way on that. Thanks for reading and stopping by.

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      Victoria Lynn 6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I only recently discovered the Big Bang theory. It is quite charming. And the same with Castle. I don't watch How I Met Your Mother much. And who are Tony and Ziva? Oh, that's NCIS, right? Interesting hub, Alecia. I enjoyed reading it until the end. Good job!

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      Alecia Murphy 6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Hey Cogerson, I definitely recommend Castle. It's almost a throwback to the great shows of yore like Rockford Files. It's more about the case than the glitz and glamour of the CGI. If you like comedy I would go with Big Bang Theory, it has a few layers to it. And the others are great but maybe a few years later.

      I wish I would have watched Breaking Bad because it sounds so awesome. Thanks for stopping by.

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      UltimateMovieRankings 6 years ago from Virginia

      I am using your hubs to figure out which tv show to watch next....I have gotten into the habit of watching shows years after the air...and catching up with DVD tv seasons...for example I am just about to finish Hereos season one....I finished Breaking Bad season 2, and I finished Fringe Season 3(it does make it hard to talk current affairs when I am just now watching I have been thinking about Castle now for awhile, that maybe it would be the next one to check out....the other three I have to admit I am not too aware of...but they sound interesting.

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      Alecia Murphy 6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Thanks PDXKaraokeGuy! I hope Penny and Leonard work it out. I got bamboozled with the 100th episode but I'm hoping they get together. And Sheldon and Amy is just too much!

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      u are so right about Big bang theory and even more right about Penny and Leonard. I find their relationship to be uber cute, as well as the relationship between Sheldon and Amy.