Wednesday 21 March 2018

The Top Ten heart-breaking TV break-ups

'We were on a break'
'We were on a break'
The glamorous Mad Men couple
The O.C.'s quirky twosome
'Cheers' coolest couple
Carrie's true love?
The Dawson's Creek sweethearts
Reminds us of our childhood crushes
Brenda couldn't tame this notorious womaniser
Glee's cutest pairing
There was no happily ever after for these two medics

Sarah Jane Murphy

The demise of Springfield's most solid couple, Marge and Homer, lead to an outpouring of sadness from some of the show's staunchest fans.

The executive producer of The Simpsons, Al Green, revealed that the couple will split after Homer falls in love with a pharmacist, voiced by Lena Durham.

How could he do it to Marge?

As we recover from this heart breaking revelation, we look at other TV break ups that hit us hard.

Ross and Rachel

This Friends couple were on and off more than any other TV pairing ever, but each breakup made us just as sad as the last.

Prior to becoming a couple they were close friends, often confiding one another about their past relationships.

Agonisingly, we were made wait until the end of season two for them to finally get together. 

From then on their relationship was one of the show's main plot-lines.

After breaking up and making up numerous times over the years the final ever episode of Friends saw them reunited.

After a predictable 'race to the airport scene' they kissed passionately and got back together for good.

Don and Betty

Even though on Mad Men, Don was constantly cheating on his wife, Betty, with other women, their eventual divorce was still really sad.

In season two she confronted her husband for the first time about his adultery.

He denies it, and when she asks if he hates her, he insists that he loves her and doesn't want to "lose this".

Season three saw them go their separate ways.

Don called Betty and told her he will not fight her, and he wished her the best. She tells him he'll always be their children's father.

So amicable, so civilised yet so gut wrenchingly sad.

Summer and Seth

This quirky OC couple broke up more times than we can count, but at least they had a happy ending (and a wedding!)

Seth was the endearing, neurotic, comic-book-loving emo geek.

Yet he was unashamedly romantic and pined for Summer for a long time before they fell into each others arms.

The O.C.'s quirky twosome
The O.C.'s quirky twosome

Summer was one of the coolest, best dressed chicks at school, she was utterly unattainable.

Seth seemed like an unlikely beau for this Californian princess but true love prevailed and he got his girl.

Their break ups were fast and frequent but fans were thrilled when they tied the knot in the last ever episode.

Sam and Diane

During the first five seasons Sam and Diane both flirted with and condemned each other as total opposites, repeatedly consummating their relationship and breaking up.

When they were not together, Sam had affairs with many women and Diane has relationships with men fitting her upper-class aspirations.

'Cheers' coolest couple
'Cheers' coolest couple

Each of the first four season finales ends with a cliffhanger based on their relationship status.

In the series finale Sam and Diane are reunited, become engaged and break up again, realising that they are never meant to be together. Sob.

Carrie and Aidan

Manhattan furniture designer Aidan Shaw was Carrie's next serious boyfriend after the painful break-up with Big.

Aidan was the opposite of Big, as he was a laid-back, low-key nature lover who was patient, straightforward, and somewhat traditional in his relationship with Carrie.

Carrie, realising she cannot shake off her feelings for Big, told Aidan that she didn't want to be engaged to him anymore and broke our hearts in the process.

Carrie's true love?
Carrie's true love?

Pacey and Joey

Even a not-so-seasoned Casanova knew where this Dawson's Creek coupling was going from the get-go.

Fortunately for the longevity of their relationship, they were eventually able to find common ground as friends and put their bickering behind them.

Pacey and Joey saw each other at their best and worst and loved each other nonetheless.

But seeing Pacey breaking up with Joey before she left for college because he didn't think he was good enough for her was just awful.

Teenage girls everywhere cried in unison.

Winnie and Kevin

The unspoken relationship between Winnie and Kevin remained dormant for a long while.

Reminds us of our childhood crushes
Reminds us of our childhood crushes

Kevin and Winnie shared a kiss at the start of the 1969 summer vacation.

Around St. Valentine's Day 1970 Winnie and Kevin started dating each other much to fans delight.

This sickeningly sweet pairing reminded everyone of their first love.

Seeing them go their separate ways was cruel, The Wonder Years just wasn't the same after that.

Brenda and Dylan

The eventual breakup of Brenda and Dylan of Beverly Hills 90210 was really complicated, but him cheating on her with her BFF, Kelly, while she was abroad probably had something to do with it.

However Brenda soon realised that she wasn't over Dylan, and separated from her new man on good terms.

Though Brenda and Kelly's friendship was initially strained, they later reconciled, with Dylan being asked to choose between the two ladies - very awkward.

Brittany and Santana

At first, Brittany and Santana had a 'best-friends with benefits' arrangement

Brittany and Santana of Glee broke up for good right before Santana graduated from McKinley because Brittany wanted her to have the opportunity to be with a "real lesbian" in college.

But to our delight in Season six Santana asks Brittany to marry her and she agrees. Happy ending.

Cristina and Burke

This Grey's Anatomy couple seemed so happy together.

Their split, which was particularly nasty, cost the show a lot of viewers.

Cristina and Burke were at the church ready to be married.

Burke basically did the unthinkable and left her at the alter.

He then moved out of their apartment leaving her devastated. Ouch.

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