NOT IN THE SCRIPT Launch Party and Favorite TV Couples

Not in the Script coverToday is Amy Finnegan’s Book Birthday! Her novel, NOT IN THE SCRIPT, is now available everywhere! We will be celebrating all week at EMU’s Debuts and we are delighted that you are here celebrating with us 🙂

I’ve read Amy’s book and I loved it! One reason I loved it is because I found Emma Taylor and Jake Elliott realistic and appealing as a couple. And isn’t “realistic and appealing” what makes a couple special? Especially a TV couple that we’re going to watch week after week! Isn’t “realistic and appealing” what keeps us watching? What TV couples keep or kept you watching a series? That is the question for the EMUs today. And that is the question for you!

After you read about the couples that keep/kept EMUs watching, we would like for you to join us by voting in a poll. There are way too many “favorite” couples to list so I’m keeping the poll limited to the ones that the EMUs chose. If none of them suit your fancy, mention a couple when you comment. And don’t forget to comment because if you comment on any post this week, you will have a chance to win a copy of NOT IN THE SCRIPT along with some awesome swag!

EMUs Favorite TV Couples

Lindsey Lane

booth and bones

I gotta go with Bones & Booth…aka Dr. Temperance Brennan and Seeley Booth of BONES. I love the Sherlockian, literal mind of Brennan in contrast to the instinctual and emotional Booth. I love that they are playing against gender and the angsty period of ‘should we be a couple?’ didn’t go on and on. Speaking of Sherlock, I love the new BBC version with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. But that’s not really television, is it?

Megan Morrison

Leslie and benI adore Leslie Knope and Ben Wyatt from Parks and Recreation. I love that they really love each other – they’re into each other, they’re geeks together, they laugh at each other’s jokes, and they admire each other.  Each of them has put the other ahead of their own career, too.  But my favorite thing about their relationship is that it’s never cynical. Their love is never threatened by the usual plot twists that threaten TV relationships. Leslie and Ben are just too solid for that kind of drama.

Rebecca VanSlyke

rebecca couples1) Penny and Leonard from “The Big Bang Theory.” A great case for opposites not only attracting but strengthening each other. I like to think that my husband and I do this for each other. Usually. When we’re not baffled by how the other one thinks.
2) Paul and Jaime Buchman from “Mad About You.” I swear NBC owes us some BIG money for bugging our apartment early in our marriage. We had some of the same conversations, disagreements, and situations that they did. They were two very different personalities, but they stuck together because they were, you know, mad about each other.
3) Cliff and Clair Huxtable from “The Cosby Show.” They were hilariously funny, but not at the expense of the other person. They had a great sense of humor, but they always treated each other and their kids with respect.

Tara Dairman

tara couplesFavorite TV couples…oh, this is a tough one. I’m tempted to go with Ross & Rachel from “Friends”–THE couple of my teenage TV-watching years–or Starbuck and Apollo from “Battlestar Galactica,” who had pretty much the best tension (though maybe the least functional relationship!) in all of space and time. But if I just have to choose one, I think I have to pick Cam and Mitchell from “Modern Family.” They provide plenty of hilarity, shrieking, and hysterics…but also know how to pull together when they need to for the good of their family. And for me, comedy + closeness seems like the perfect formula for a great TV couple.

Christine Hayes

chris couples
I loved rooting for Jim and Pam from The Office to get together. They were both just so nice! Pam gained confidence with every season and really figured out who she was and what she wanted out of life. Jim had such a good heart and a wicked sense of humor–he reminded me of my own sweetie in many ways. I felt every twist and turn in their relationship keenly, because they felt like real people to me.

Mylisa Larsen

mylisa couples
My favorite TV couple is actually a movie couple—Carl and Ellie from Pixar’s Up. It’s a great opposites attract kind of romance where the whole is so much greater than either of the parts would have been alone. Plus, I have a deep affection for couples who figure out how to make love work in the long game. The story of that romance only takes up five or ten minutes of that movie but the rest of the movie would be nothing without it.

Laurie Ann Thompson

laurie couples

I was going to go with Castle and Beckett on CASTLE, but I’m sure someone has already beaten me to that punch. I mean, we’re writers. We gotta love CASTLE, right? (No one beat you, Laurie, so you get Castle and Beckett along with Chuck and Sarah!) So, another one of my all-time favorite TV couples has to be Chuck Bartowski and Sarah Walker on the long-running series CHUCK. I love how fundamentally different they were and how that made them perfect for each other. And, of course, there’s a chance that I may just be partial to geeky yet good-hearted guys. 😉

Donna Bowman Brattan

donna couple

It’s about to be very obvious that I don’t watch much television and I am woefully ill-prepared to conjure pop-culture characters. Maybe because, in my house, the cat and I are the only females. And Mittens limits her screen time to cat videos on YouTube. I do catch Big Bang Theory sometimes and I kinda giggle at the pairing of Sheldon and Amy because they are both socially awkward in hilarious ways. But my first thought about TV couples was a blast to my childhood. I loved watching The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman. Mostly, they were separate shows, of course, but I remember looking forward to any episodes when they crossed into each other’s television world. Steve What’s-his-name (aka Lee Majors) was a major hunk who could bend cities in half while he eyeballed straight through Mt. Everest. And Jamie What’s-her-name (Lindsey Wagner) was beautiful, strong, sweet, and she could hear a seahorse burp on the moon. Or so it seemed. Imagine the genetic lottery their children would inherit! Oh, oh, what if the children of the bionic couple (let’s pretend their bionicness was genetic) married Sheldon and Amy and had their own TV show. Ha! Now THAT would be a show I’d watch.

Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

Jenn couples

Three couples immediately come to mind:
1) Luke and Lorelai from “Gilmore Girls.” I mean, he built her an ice skating rink, for Pete’s sake!!
2) Cliff and Claire Huxtable from “The Cosby Show”. The affection they showed each other felt so genuine, and they made each other laugh even when they were exasperated with one another. Maybe especially when they were exasperated with one another.
3) Coach and Tami Taylor from “Friday Night Lights.” The Taylors had such respect for each other, through all their ups and downs. Both were good people, and they worked so well together as a team.
Penny Parker Klostermannchris couples
I know Chris already picked them, but I didn’t know that when I chose them. So, I’m going with Jim and Pam from “The Office”, too. (Chris, we should hang out and watch TV!)  The reason they’re my favorite couple is that it was so sweet that Jim hung in there even though Pam was engaged to another guy And we all knew Jim and Pam belonged together way before they got together. Also, I loved the office-romance aspect and how they handled it. For me, they added a bit of “normal” in the most dysfunctional office EVER! They did it with a sense of humor and, to me, that’s a necessary element for “couple success” on or off the screen.Thanks for hanging around. And just for fun, vote for your favorite couple!

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15 responses to “NOT IN THE SCRIPT Launch Party and Favorite TV Couples

  1. tamaraellissmith

    I’m embarrassed to say that I don’t know half of these couples because I don’t watch half of these shows (and didn’t even know one or two) but they are going on my list! Awesome post and awesome book…

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  2. What a fun post! I’m surprised at how many couples I don’t know. I thought I watched a lot of TV over the years, but apparently I’m missing some good stuff!

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  3. This is a tough one, because Paul and Jamie have pretty much the same sense of humor and same kind of bond as a couple (taken to the nth degree, of course) as my husband and I do, but Castle is Nathan Filion who is, like, the perfect man, sooooo… I voted for Paul and Jamie. Penny and Leonard are up there too. Adorable. But you guys forgot Monica and Chandler! Could you BE any more forgetful? 😀

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  4. This was so much fun to read – we are a bunch of romantics, it seems! Happy book birthday to you and your debut romance, Amy! If we were talking books, Jake and Emma would be on this list for sure. ❤

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  5. Lindsey Lane

    Ooooh I forgot about Coach and Tami. Oh and Cam and Mitchell…And…I think we covered the best couples. Great post. And yes, next time let’s do book couples cuz Jake and Emma would be right up there.

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  6. What a great post. I agree with Lindsey, book couples would be fun.

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  7. I really enjoyed Kristin Rae’s WISH YOU WERE ITALIAN, and this one sounds fun, too. I’ll definitely check it out!

    As for TV couples, my favorite, hands down, is Sydney Bristow and Michael Vaughn. Jennifer Garner and Michael Vartan had a ton of on-screen chemistry, and I loved the characters they played, too.

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  8. Happy launch, Amy!!! ❤
    Favorite TV couple: Archer and Lana from "Archer."
    Favorite movie couple: Charles and Erik from X-Men: First Class

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  9. This was such fun, guys! And, Amy, big congrats on your book birthday.

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  10. I have a soft spot for Monica and Chandler from FRIENDS.

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  11. Jenn Bertman and I are totally in sync on favorite couples. But let’s not forget Lucy and Ricky right? Congratulations, Amy. Can’t wait to read the book!

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  12. Mike Jung

    I’m fond of couples from TV shows that unfairly canceled after one or two years of greatness, so: Jaye and Eric from WONDERFALLS; Steven and Lizzie from UNDECLARED: Lindsay and Nick from FREAKS AND GEEKS; Angela and Jordan from MY SO-CALLED LIFE; Peter Dragon and Wendy Ward from ACTION; Zoe and Wash from FIREFLY; Andy and Jenny from ANDY BARKER, P.I. And CONGRATULATIONS AMY!!

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  13. Congrats on the book birthday, Amy! Looking forward to reading it!

    Speaking of unfairly and prematurely canceled shows, one of my all-time favorite shows was Pushing Daisies, with favorite couple, Ned (aka the Piemaker) and his ladylove, Chuck. I LOVE that show!

    I’d also have to echo Mike and say I’m a HUGE fan of MSCL’s Angela & Jordan–perfect teen angst, though I always felt so bad for poor Brian Krakow.

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