Today is Valentine's Day, and while the whole concept of a commercially fueled holiday may not quite be the basis for romance or your particular box of assorted chocolates, there's something to be said for having a plethora if pink and red hearts and chocolate shoved down your throat. So, in the spirit of this "holiday", whether you're single and hating the very idea of romance and all the glittery hearts and rose-holding teddy bears, or you're a hopeless romantic who just needs a lovey-dovey pick-me-up, we've made a list of some of the best TV and movie couples to renew your faith in love. And hey, if all else fails we've just given you a list of some shows and flicks to watch on a regular Friday, February 14 with your chocolate. (And no, Big and Carrie did not make this list. That's a toxic relationship, sorry to break it to you.)
Ross and Rachel, Friends
They dated, broke up, dated again, broke up again, got married in Vegas, got divorced, hooked up, had a kid and then fiiinally got back together for what we hope was the final time. Sure, they had a really rocky road along the way, but Ross and Rachel are proof that sometimes you're thrown 10 years worth of obstacles so you can finally get to the best part of the relationship. We're just hoping that in the decade that the show has been off the air, everyone has stopped arguing about whether or not they were in fact on a break (which they totally weren't, by the way).
Cory and Topanga, Boy Meets World
Okay, being childhood sweethearts that grow into adult loves may not quite be the norm anymore, but if you grew up watching Cory and Topanga's relationship progress, you were probably totally gunning for them and thought of them as a real-life couple. And now that a spin-off/sequel to Boy Meets World is in the near future, we couldn't be happier or more relieved to know that this couple is STILL TOGETHER (and looking better than ever, may we add?)! 21 years and counting, guys. While the new show Girl Meets World is going to be set around Cory and Topanga's daughter Riley's trials and tribulations of growing up, there's no doubt we'll be able to catch a glimpse of the adorableness that made us fall in love with this couple so many years ago.
Allie and Noah, The Notebook
I don't feel like I really need to explain why these two are so perfect (and no, I'm not just talking about the perfection of the human form that is Ryan Gosling), but even if you hate Nicholas Sparks and all the mushy stuff he produces, you just can't not cry during this movie. You can't. It's impossible. Because, well, sometimes a love is eternal and can endure anything thrown at it and I'm sure it's been proven in some medical journal that dying of a broken heart is a real thing and that while it is just a movie, sometimes the hope that you will find someone and be with them until your last breath gets you through the day. And if not, there's still always Ryan Gosling.
Ted and The Mother, How I Met Your Mother
This is a love story for the modern age of dating and finding "the one." If you've been keeping up with the current season of HIMYM, you know we've already seen The Mother and we're a mere few episodes away from when they actually meet one another. While The Mother has been a rather ambiguous figure until now, Ted hasn't and his search for (and loss of) love has been real, but it just goes to show that sometimes you need to date half of Manhattan (including your best friend who is now marrying your other best friend) in order to find the one for you. And the fact that they're still together decades later is just heartwarming in the era of hookups and breakups.
Theodore and Samantha, Her
Another love story for the digital age, Theodore falls in love with his artificially intelligent operating system, Samantha. While it's physically impossible for Theodore to be with Samantha, they connect on another level by just talking. Even though this is at bare bones a flick about a man who falls in love with his OS, it shows the messy side of relationships too: the jealousy, the distance, the inability to connect or communicate and how that affects the people involved. Sure, she's an operating system, but her ability to grow and evolve in the movie isn't unlike our own ability to grow in (or out of) a relationship and shows that sometimes people change and things end to make room for something better in the future.
Hazel and Augustus, The Fault in Our Stars (coming out this year)
Okay, so this movie hasn't technically come out yet (it hits theatres this June), but when it does I promise it will restore your faith in love in the way that only two teenagers facing death can. And then it will make you cry. A lot.