I would like to ask an apparently humongous favor: Will somebody please write a TV show in which a romantic couple gets together, is happy, and stays that way? Whatever happened to the phrase “and they lived happily ever after?” There’s a reason every fairy tale ends with that line. There’s a reason everybody’s heard it. It’s because it’s what everybody wants! Just take every romantic-comedy ever made. At the end, though it rarely says it verbatim, the couple in question always lives happily ever after. Harry and Sally, Sam and Joon, Shrek and Fiona, Ross and Rachel, Rose and The Doctor (granted, that was in a parallel universe with a spare Doctor that was half human, but the point still stands!). They all got together in the end, and that’s great. But do you know what I want to see? A happy couple getting through an episode’s worth of television hijinks together! I’ve only seen two examples of it in all of my many nights of television:
1. Monica and Chandler from Friends. We saw them be friends, then we saw them fall for each other, then we saw them get married, then we saw them have a happy marriage. It was fantastic. Romance without the damn drama! Ross and Rachel needed to shut up and stop being stupid.
2. Marshal and Lily from How I Met Your Mother. These two have spent the entire series either happily engaged or happily married. Frankly, I think Ted should jump off a cliff and shut up about how he doesn’t have a family because he has a perfectly nice family at McLarens. He’s boring and sappy and desperate and I hate him. I only watch that show for Lily and Marshal (and Barney. You know, cause he’s so awesome. Well, no. I take that back. I only watch that show for Barney anymore.)
Just for another example of bull shit drama romances: Luke and Lorelai from Gilmore Girls. What the hell? We spent all 7 or 8 (or whatever) seasons knowing good and well that they loved each other and wanted each other and would end up together and yet, for some stupid reason, they were only together for one season!! How depressing is that? And then, when the show gets cancelled, they just hop right back into each other’s mouths with almost no provocation? I’m pretty sure that’s cheating, and it’s most certainly unsatisfying.
So here’s the challenge, American media: WRITE A ROMANCE THAT ISN’T DRIPPING WITH DRAMA!!!! We could all use a little cheering up from time to time, and the romance genre is getting depressing. It could do with a boost.
Why can’t somebody just be happy for a change?
Shit, I lied. I’ve seen three examples of a couple staying together: 3. Fry and Leela from Futurama. I know their relationship is hardly a main plot point in most episodes and is rarely referred to otherwise, but still. It counts. Damn that show is awesome.