Lovebirds of 2013

December 20, 2013 21 Comments

Unbeknownst to the lovely ladies of Silver Petticoat, one of their posts gave me an idea for one of my own, so I ran with it. Last
week, they put together their top 30 favorite couples and since the end of the year gives us all an excuse to look back, reminisce and remember favorite things about the year. While we’re reflecting on all the ways we’ve grown or the joys of life, there is no harm in also recalling what we loved most about favorite television fandoms (aka some favorite “Lovebirds of 2013”). I mean, let’s admit it, we’ve all gotten caught up in some sort of fictional pairing, right? (Come on, you can totally admit it.)

Whoever thinks that keeping a couple at arm’s length for years in a will-they-or-won’t-they scenario is seriously wrong. There are multiple shows that finally put their leading couples together romantically in this last year. While there is still conflict and tension, it works out beautifully and the series have never (seriously…) been better. 

Here are some of my favorite pairings…    


  • Annie Walker and Auggie Anderson, Covert Affairs – I’m still not sure how I feel about this couple romantically. They
    are so good together as friends and haves a special connection, still last I saw them, I couldn’t tamp down the tiny smile that resulted from seeing them begin a romance… only what are those uncertain rumors I read about season five all about!? 
  • Bing and Jane, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries 
  • Bones (Temperance Brennan) and Seeley Booth, Bones – Another couple I adore.
  • Castle (Richard Castle) and Kate Beckett, Castle ­– what more needs to be said about this couple except for… finally!
  • Danny and Linda Reagan, Blue Bloods – this is one that may slip under everyone’s notice because it’s not a “sweeping” kind of romance in the way of some of the other couples on this list. Good marriages are hard to find on TV but the showrunners of Blue Bloods do it up right. Danny and Linda have their disagreements and troubles, but above it all, both are devoted to each other and it’s inspiring.  
  • Darcy and Lizzie, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries – seriously, how could I not put this couple on the list? I mean, I know technically they weren’t on a proper television show… yet, here they are.
  • Dot and Hugh, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries –  these two are SO cute together.
  • Dr. Turner and Sister Bernedette, Call the Midwife –  cannot express how much I enjoyed the turn of events that resulted in this pairing. Can we say, aww...
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  • Jack Robinson and Phryne Fisher, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries –  Love these two. Not sure if they’ll get together or not, but a girl can hope.
  • Oliver Queen and Felicity, Arrow – last I saw these two together, it was all-too-obvious that Felicity was crushing royally
    on Oliver… but I couldn’t make up my mind as to whether or not he was developing feelings for her. There’s no question he cares about her, however I didn’t know if Oliver’s protectiveness was more out of loyalty to keeping his friends safe or something more. Either way, these two together would be magic – I already adore Felicity and with the right woman, Oliver would finally be a
    well-rounded character.  
  • Matthew and Mary Crawely, Downton Abbey – Matthew and Mary. ‘Nuff said.
  • Paige Collins and Evan R. Lawson, Royal Pains – anyone who doesn’t think these two are made-for-each-other are just wrong. I am sorry. They’re too cute together and if ever writers break them up, I will be one unhappy girl.  
  • Peter and Elizabeth Burke, White Collar – again, here’s a couple that like the Reagan’s may slip “under the radar,” yet theirs
    is another shining example of a grounded marriage. She’s insanely supportive of Peter, helping him to see things he may sometimes be blinded to, which is a nice switch-up.  
  • Steve McGarrett and Catherine Rawlings, Hawaii Five-0 – I may be taking a “risk” putting this couple on my list because I feel like I’m the only person who likes them together but… Cat is good for Steve. She’s independent and rarely demands anything from Steve (him on the other hand… well, we all know about the many times he’s asked Cat to use her Navy resources), which is the kind of girl his character needs.
  • Vincent Keller and Catherine Chandler, Beauty & the Beast – oh, yes, I couldn’t resist adding another back-and-forth, will-they-or-won’t-they couple. What can I say? It’s all in the romance.

What about you, friends? I’d love to know who you root for or don’t. Who are your “Lovebirds of 2013,” and anything else you’d like to chat up. ?

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  • Juju at Tales of December 20, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    I LOVE this list. Especially that sexy pic of Bones and Booth.

    • Rissi December 20, 2013 at 8:32 PM

      I had a different pic up of Bones and Booth at first… but I couldn't resist using this one! It's just perfect for this couple – I love them together bunches. :)

      Thanks for stopping by, Juju.

  • Silver Petticoat December 20, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    I don't watch some of these but I have to say I LOVE many of them but especially Jack and Miss Fisher! Great list and I really liked your montage of pictures.

    • Rissi December 21, 2013 at 7:01 PM

      Cannot wait to see what comes next for Jack and Miss Fisher; I've a feeling theirs will be a romance that doesn't get resolved until the very end… if even then! :)

      Thanks for dropping by – and for the idea. It was so fun.

  • Ella December 21, 2013 at 5:06 AM

    I love many on this list!

    I would add Aiden and Emily (Revenge)……and Jackson/April and Alex/Jo from Grey's Anatomy…….and Charming/Show and Emma and either Hook or Neal from OUAT….

    And for the record, I like Steve and Catherine together. =D

    • Rissi December 21, 2013 at 7:05 PM

      Yay! Aren't they all fun. :)

      I haven't decided who I like Emily with. From what I read of Aiden this season, I'm not so sure about him… is he still good? Aw, yes, I adore Charming and Snow together, too. They're so sweet. Again, I'm conflicted about Emma… I think I like her with Hook best, however he can be a rascal and that means we never know whose side he's really on. ;)

      *HIGH FIVE*

      Steve and Catherine are adorable together and I think it's funny how she always has matters in hand by the time he gets there.

  • Charity December 21, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    I loved Mary and Matthew for the whole six minutes they were happy. :P

    Strangely (maybe because I'm only watching like… four shows? three?) none of my shippy couples have wound up together this year…

    • Rissi December 21, 2013 at 7:09 PM

      LOL, that's about the truth, Charity. ;)

      Ugh. That's such a cliché in all of these shows. Castle and Beckett took five years to finally admit to their feelings and last I saw of them, there was uncertainty. Like, really! (Of course, they are still together but still…. ;D)

    • Charity December 24, 2013 at 5:12 AM

      I had to wait five seasons for my favorite characters to wind up a couple on Smallville — and then the writers turned around and destroyed it. It took three seasons for my favorite duo to wind up together on The Vampire Diaries — and now the writers are destroying it. It took four seasons for my favorite duo to wind up a couple on BSG and… well, they died together at least.

      Are you seeing a pattern? It ain't a good one! I almost think I ought to not ship anyone anymore, that way everyone will get a happy ending, instead of the television gods collaborating to make my shipper heart miserable. :D

    • Rissi December 24, 2013 at 5:10 PM

      Oh, no! That is a depressing pattern. I adore all of these couples together but in the back of my mind, I feel like writer's will destroy them. Castle and Beckett have always been attracted to each other so I totally buy them as a couple however, then there is Annie and Auggie. They had such a strong, honest, sweet friendship and now… well, I'm just not sure about them romantically linked. I mean, of course I am caught up in it but I'm "worried" that writer's will ruin what was good. I think fans or showrunners assume that to put a couple together, it can't "work" long term because then there is no longer that back-and-forth sexual tension… I say, whatever! It's worked with Bones/Booth, and certainly other shows can follow suit.

      You may have something there. But… it's just so hard when we know when two people ought to be together. Here's hoping these writer's get a bran. ;)

    • Charity December 24, 2013 at 5:53 PM

      The Smallville ship was the hardest to take, because the writers spent five seasons building a trust relationship between two characters and then demolished it by having one participant act completely out of character. It really hacked me off — I'm still mad about it. The TVD duo isn't as bad of a blow since I kind of hate Elena. BSG… was bittersweet — an older couple, one dying of cancer, the other choosing not to live without her. Doesn't mean I don't cry buckets of tears in the finale, tho!

      Sexual tension is fun. I do feel at times that once they give in, it becomes less interesting. As my aunt said, she quit watching Dr. Quinn when the leading lady married Scully, since all the romantic tension went out the window. Heh.

    • Rissi December 24, 2013 at 6:22 PM

      I think I remember you talking about Smallville. It is worse when there is a good friendship – or trust – between the couple and you constantly feel the longing, love or get caught up in the romance. Honestly, I "get" why writer's tease so much but after a while… it's more wearying than exciting to watch the couple dance around each other. Or taunt them with a new beau. (I did giggle when Ioan a.k.a Horatio showed up on Castle and he flirted with Beckett. it was kinda' cute. ;D)

      …yes, it is fun. However if writer's are good they can keep the tension alive. I still love the scenes with Bones and Booth and of course, "Caskett." So, it can be done. You just have to be at the top of your game. I think for me, I like seeing the right couples together because I always want more for them than meaningless relationships.

  • Charity U December 24, 2013 at 3:09 AM

    Absolutely on Castle and Kate ( <3 ), Bing and Jane, Darcy and Lizzie, Matthew and Mary! As to Oliver and Felicity…LOVE. I'm only half way through Season 1, but Felicity is totally my favorite character. It helps that my cousin says we're remarkably similar, and as he has started pointing out every time I sound like her…well, I realized, we really do talk in a very similar manner. Which I find hilarious. We also have similar senses of humor. ;) I'm happy every time she's on-screen, can't wait for the next season!! Loved this list. :)

    • Rissi December 24, 2013 at 5:15 PM

      Aw, yes! I adore all four of these couples. So precious together.

      Oliver and Felicity… okay, so, you'll have to keep me up to date on what you think of them. I cannot decide if I think Oliver is falling for her or… he just has a strong sense of duty/protection towards her. She's definitely crushing on him, that I do know. Fun! That's cool that you resemble Felicity. I think she's a doll – I love how she rambles and her fun-loving personality. There's one line in the show when Oliver asks her where Dig is and she's says something like, "I asked him to leave. In my angry voice." …that line just made me laugh because it's so far from her – Felicity is anything but angry. ;)

      Thanks for reading.

    • Charity U December 24, 2013 at 6:13 PM

      Ha, yeah, the way she rambles – that's one thing Felicity and I have in common. xD But hey, it's fun, so. Her quotes are awesome and she always amuses me! I will indeed let you know what I think – I'm excited to see that relationship start. Always a joy to read your posts, Rissi!

    • Rissi December 24, 2013 at 6:33 PM

      It's rare that you feel like you "meet" someone in a book or show or whatever that you can totally relate too, so I think it's fun that you relate to Felicity. I can relate to Kayden from the McKenna clan though I don't think we're "exactly" alike by any means. Felicity has as whole litany of great, zany one-liners and the actress is awesome in the role. Hope you continue to enjoy the Arrow and Company adventures. ;)

      Thanks for being such a great support of Dreaming Under the Same Moon, Charity. I appreciate it very much! :)

    • A Girl. March 11, 2014 at 6:55 PM

      I haven't watched too many episodes of Arrow, but I told my baby brother (Arrow Addict) that Oliver and Felicity would be irresistibly adorable together. He chuckled. I don't particular fancy most of the broads with whom Oliver has had romanticals. In any event, I think I shall have myself a jolly good Arrow marathon over the next few weeks and I'll let you know my more fully informed opinion of this potential couple. :D

    • Rissi March 11, 2014 at 7:10 PM

      I've not seen season two, yet, Sarah though I adored season one! It was perfect… and I'm sure hoping that Felicity and Oliver wind up together – even if not until the end. I do agree with your description – "irresistibly adorable" matches them to a T. As for the other women in Oliver's life… that's my thought, too. I mean, I don't mind Laurel but whatever. Shows all too often put the hero back with their old flame.

      Yay! I'd love to be kept up to date – cannot wait to see season two this summer!

  • Alexandra January 2, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Can I just say YES on Dr. Turner and Sister Bernadette? The whole time I was like, THIS HAS TO HAPPEN THE SUSPENSE IS KILLING ME!!! Although I was dyyyyyying for a kiss to happen…so much tension! :D

    • Rissi January 2, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      I never suspected that in the first season but when it started developing in series two, I was SO rooting for these two. Expecting the worse, I figured writer's would crush their budding romance. SO happy they didn't. :) It was just… perfect.

      Thanks for visiting, Alexandra! :)

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