Valentine's Day can be tough for single people. While couples are out on the town, singles are often left alone Valentine’s night to keep themselves company in front of the TV. Luckily, there are so many terrible couples on TV to serve as a reminder that being single is not all that bad.
Below are seven TV couples that make fans feel a little better about being alone on Valentine’s Day. (Warning: This article does contain mild spoilers!)
1. Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd – “Grey’s Anatomy”
This "Grey's Anatomy" relationship warmed hearts years ago, but fans have since tired of the bickering and fighting between the two stubborn doctors. Lately, a bunch of newer and fresher relationships have taken center stage on “Grey’s” and fans have had enough of Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek (Patrick Dempsey). Singles can hold the couple up as the prototype of what happens when the spark dies in a long-term relationship. Dereck, just stay in D.C.!
2. Margaery Tyrell and Tommen Baratheon – “Game of Thrones”
What’s hotter than an arranged marriage -- am I right? Watching Margaery (Natalie Dormer) court Tommen (Dean Charles-Chapman) in “Game of Thrones” in what amounts wholly to a power grab is sure to rattle your sense of romance and “Prince Charming” fantasies. Add in the fact that Tommen (Dean Charles-Chapman) is only 12 and you have a pretty depressing relationship, even for the show’s low, incestuous standards.
3. Marnie Michaels and Desi – “Girls”
Sure, this one has not been a formal relationship, however, Marnie’s (Allison Williams) infatuation with the two-timing, pretentious guitar-playing Desi (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) is vomit inducing. Even now that the two seem to have made it official – only after Desi got dumped – fans are still totally over it.
4. Don Draper and Megan Draper – “Mad Men”
This promising marriage came to an unofficial end during last year's midseason finale. Don (Jon Hamm) once seemed so happy with his young wife (Jessica Pare), but it seems no one really changes on "Mad Men." The ad man was soon sleeping around and lying once again. His actions will make you wonder why anyone would ever put their faith in a relationship.
5. Piper Chapman and Alex Vause – “Orange is the New Black”
Piper (Taylor Schilling) and Alex’s (Laura Prepon) on-again, off-again relationship cost Piper her freedom and now, her marriage. Yet, after everything, Piper still pulled strings to get Alex back in Litchfield at the end of Season 2. The indecisiveness is infuriating and fans wish Piper would just make up her mind already. Staying single is much less exhausting.
6. Fiona Gallagher and Jimmy/Steve/Jack – “Shameless”
In whatever incarnation, fans are sick of Jimmy Lishman (Justin Chatwin). He may be back now in Season 5, but that does not mean we are not still tired of all his selfish behavior. Why does Fiona (Emmy Rosum) even bother at this point?
7. Alicia Florrick and Peter Florrick -- “The Good Wife”
This marriage only exists so Peter (Chris Noth) can save face while serving as Governor. Neither is faithful and Alicia (Julianna Margulies) does not even live with Peter anymore. Can you say romance?
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