23 TV Couples Fans Loved, Despite Their Toxic History

“The best little dumpster fire.”

Recently, we asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about TV couples they loved despite the obvious red flags and toxic behavior they displayed toward each other.

And let’s just say their answers didn’t disappoint!


Maddy Perez and Nate Jacobs — Euphoria

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“Even though he is abusive and she lies and purposely does things that will upset him, they seem to have this chemistry that makes them kind of cute.”



Cameron Tucker and Mitchell Pritchett — Modern Family

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“They clearly have communication issues and are way too different from each other, but at the end of the day, it seems like they were made for each other!”



Jess Mariano and Rory Gilmore — Gilmore Girls

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“In the early seasons, he pressured her to have sex, which was not cool, but other than that, they shared so many cute moments together. You could easily pick up on their real-life chemistry.”



Maxine Shaw and Kyle Barker — Living Single


“They had such a love/hate relationship. They constantly baited and roasted each other, but it was definitely out of love.”



Ross Geller and Rachel Green — Friends

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“Everyone hates on Rachel for giving up her dream job in Paris to stay with Ross, but I can’t help but love them. The show teased at their on-again, off-again relationship for so long. They just worked well together — plus, it was best for Emma for them to stay together anyway.”



Cory Matthews and Topanga Lawrence — Boy Meets World

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“I’m a huge BMW fan don’t get me wrong, but Cory and Topanga are just kinda forced — not to mention, Cory is a toxic human being and Topanga is snotty. They were also just too young to be making such important life decisions regarding their relationship. They fought a lot, Cory was scared of Topanga, and Topanga controlled Cory all the time due to her ‘maturity.’ They were really problematic.”



Joe Goldberg and Love Quinn — You


“Their relationship is toxic for obvious reasons, but after we found out the twist at the end of last season, I realized that they were actually perfect for each other. Joe finally met his match with Love, because she’s literally just as crazy as he is. I really hope we get to see more of a Bonnie and Clyde dynamic between the two of them next season. Even though I know they probably won’t stay together, I’m really hoping they do.”



Addison Montgomery and Derek Shepherd — Grey’s Anatomy

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“They cheated on each other, they lied, he made her live in a trailer, and they made each other miserable the last few years of their marriage — but oh damn, what a good-looking, successful, and amazing couple they were. They were the ultimate power couple.”



Buffy Summers and Spike — Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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“SPUFFY! In Season 6, we can all attest that that relationship was UNHEALTHY, but MY GOD, the CHEMISTRY between them was just SO GOOD! By the end of Season 7, they really got their shit together and just had a really sweet relationship.”



Jade West and Beck Oliver — Victorious


“Even though Beck didn’t know how to communicate and Jade was incredibly jealous and projected her insecurities onto Beck, I was really bummed when they broke up.”



Mickey Milkovich and Ian Gallagher — Shameless


“Gallavich stan all the way! Yes, they fight. Yes, they have their issues (both separately and together), but they truly love each other. They’ve proven that they can, and will, overcome ANYTHING (i.e. prison, homophobes, Ian’s struggles with bipolar disorder, etc.). I love their private tender moments so much, and their wedding was so perfect and on brand for them!”



Ryan Howard and Kelly Kapoor — The Office


“Both are awful human beings and they encourage toxic behaviors in each other, but they were way funnier than Jim and Pam.”



Carla Rosón Caleruega and Samuel García Domínguez — Élite


“I hated them as a couple at first, because they seemed like such an odd pairing and they were really only using each other for their own gain; however, I found myself rooting for them in Season 3. I like how the writers teased us with their relationship.”



Chuck Bass and Blair Waldorf — Gossip Girl

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“Chuck and Blair will always be the greatest. They’re equally matched with their lifestyles and attitudes toward things like partying, sex, money, and power. Plus, they both had great character development from the first season to the last. And you can’t tell me the ‘Three words, eight letters, say it and I’m yours’ episode doesn’t make you root for them!”



Ryan Atwood and Marissa Cooper — The O.C.


“Marissa was such a mess and Ryan had a savior complex, but I couldn’t help but love their twist on the ‘girl next door’ love story.”



Piper Chapman and Alex Vause — Orange Is the New Black


“Piper just keeps messing up with Alex. Alex doesn’t really take anything seriously and is too controlling. They also carried around ‘rat energy,’ but every time I see them share their moments of rare happiness, I melt a little. The best little dumpster fire.”



Elena Gilbert and Damon Salvatore — The Vampire Diaries

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“They were so toxic and there were so many red flags, but you can’t not love them! The things they did to each other sucked sometimes, but you know they love each other deep down. Plus, who can resist Damon’s eyes?”



Robin Scherbatsky and Ted Mosby — How I Met Your Mother


“They somehow end up together, after both of them achieved what they couldn’t achieve together: kids, traveling, and jobs. They were slightly toxic, but the way their paths just kept crossing felt so reassuring. If something is meant to be, it will be.”



Adam Groff and Eric Effiong — Sex Education


“Adam was TERRIBLE to Eric for years. Then they began hanging out at night a couple times a week to talk and smash things. My brain wanted Eric to stay with Rahim. But fuck me, my heart shipped Adam and Eric so hard, despite them being a train wreck waiting to happen.”



Tate Langdon and Violet Harmom — American Horror Story: Murder House


“There’s no denying their relationship was incredibly toxic, although I tend to believe the house influenced parts of that. I think Tate’s true love for Violet was obvious, as well as her love for him. But overall, that does not excuse his behavior.”



Beth Boland and Rio — Good Girls

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“Their chemistry is off the charts! I know it’s super messed up, but I I’m still waiting to see what happens to them.”



Tristan Milligan and Miles Hollingsworth III — Degrassi: Next Class


“The scenes where Tristan shames Miles for being bisexual were really toxic, and Miles cheated on Tristan while he was recovering from the bus accident…but even after all of that, I couldn’t help but root for them.”



And lastly, Olivia Pope and Jake Ballard — Scandal


“Although they both had their issues, they also both wore their respective white hats at one point or another. Their chemistry was way better than Olivia and Fitz’s! I truly hoped they were endgame. Sigh.”


We received a ton of responses, so be prepared for another list! And if you didn’t see your favorite dysfunctional TV couple on the list, tell us about one you love in the comments below.

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