Our Favorite TV Couples of the 1990s

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A few weeks ago, we at TVOvermind decided to take a look back at some of our favorite television shows of the 80s and pick the five best TV couples of that decade. Since Valentine’s Day just ended, we wanted to look at a few other decades and pick who we thought were some of the cutest couples on TV during that time. We are going to celebrate the holiday all month long! This week we will be taking a look at the 90s. I grew up in the late 80s and early 90s, so it was fun looking back at television shows that were a part of my childhood. The cream of the crop for 90s’ couples includes teenage lovebirds who eventually head off to Vegas and get hitched, a working class husband and wife, and two couples from the TGIF lineup.

1. Zack Morris and Kelly Kapowski from Saved by the Bell

It would be a travesty is Zack Morris and Kelly Kapowski were not voted one of the best TV couples of the 1990s.  The two have recently made it into the news 22 years after the series ended its 4 year run on NBC.  Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Tiffani Thiessen reprised the characters from Saved by the Bell that made them famous on a skit on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Zack and Kelly were able to make it through many problems couples in high school face every day. Remember when Kelly fell for that college dude Jeff? Or how about when Zack fell head over heels for the new school nurse? The two broke up on and off during their four years at Bayside High, but managed to rekindle their romance in college.  They even ventured off to Las Vegas and tied the knot in front of their closest friends and Mr. Belding.

2. Chandler Bing and Monica Geller from Friends

People may think that Ross Geller and Rachel Green are one of the greatest TV couples of all time, but they do not hold a candle to the Bings. If Ross and Rachel were real people, I do not think that they would ever be together. Chandler and Monica as a couple just makes more sense.  The writers of Friends provided us a little bit of foreshadowing in season 1 when Chandler tells Monica that the two can get married if neither of them has found anyone else by the time they turn 40.  There was no need to find anyone else because 3 years later, the two would hook up at Ross’ ridiculous wedding to Emily and be together ever since. The two had to deal with many problems during their marriage including Chandler briefly relocated to Tulsa for work and the two not being able to conceive children.  It all turned out to be a happy ending for the Bings in the Friends series finale when Chandler and Monica welcomed twins into their lives from a young woman played by Anna Faris who was giving them up for adoption.

3. Jesse Katsopolis and Rebecca Donaldson from Full House

At first, Jesse Katsopolis and Rebecca Donaldson did not seem like a perfect match when they were first introduced during the second season of Full House. The chemistry between the two was so great that the character of Becky stuck around longer than the six episodes she was originally intended to appear.  The couple would eventually tie the knot and then soon after welcome twin boys into the world.  The two must really have bene in love if Becky agreed to move into the attic of Jesse’s brother in law’s home where three kids and a bad comedian were already taking up residence.  Then add the Katsopolis family and you have nine people living in one house.  Maybe we will get to see more of the happy couple in the Full House reboot that was announced in late 2014.

4. Carl and Harriette Winslow from Family Matters

When Family Matters first premiered in the late 80s, the focus of the show was on Carl and Harriette Winslow and their three children Eddie, Laura, and Judy. Halfway through season one a nerdy boy by the name of Steve Urkel was added to the cast and would later become the main character as audiences loved his clumsiness and how he lusted over Laura. Despite all of that, Carl and Harriette continued to be one of the cutest couples of the 1990s.  Carl was there to support Harriette when she was fired from The Chronicle not once, but twice.  She would end up finding a great job that would provide her a higher income than Carl was making on the police force. Harriette was always there for Carl to teach him a lesson when he would get out of line. This is something we would see countless times during Family Matters’ nine season run on ABC and CBS.

5. Dan and Roseanne Conner from Roseanne

If season 9 of Roseanne had not been a fantasy that Roseanne created in a book she was writing, then I do not think Dan and Roseanne would deserve to be on this list. That was the season that Dan was seeing another woman while he was away visiting his sick mother. However, since that was a made up story, Dan and Roseanne are the perfect couple to be on this list. The two stuck with another during the tough times, and boy was there a lot of those. Roseanne supported Dan to change careers and operate a motorcycle shop that would end up closing shortly after Dan took it over.  Dan was a strong supporter of Roseanne’s venture to open her own restaurant, which was able to bring a steady income to the Conner family. The couple even shared a love for Halloween and would have many memorable moments together as they would decorate them home to scare the neighborhood children.  They would also decorate their home for Christmas. One year they planned on having the tackiest looking house on Delaware street and succeeded.

Who is your favorite TV couple form the 90s? Let us know in the comments section below.

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