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Will they, won’t they? Dynamic TV duos with the best chemistry

Valentine’s Day might be pure fire for your love life, but you’ll still require a little extra heat to stave off that February cold. If you’re a Netflix-and-chill type of lover – and really, who can blame you – you might want to return your loving gaze to a few of the best dynamic duos in TV history.

Will they, won’t they? Dynamic TV duos with the best chemistry

Valentine’s Day might be pure fire for your love life, but you’ll still require a little extra heat to stave off that February cold. If you’re a Netflix-and-chill type of lover – and really, who can blame you – you might want to return your loving gaze to a few of the best couples in TV history who had the most lit chemistry ever. For some of these couples, that meant an intense sexual spark that sizzled up to a boil over several seasons, while for others it was intense will-they-won’t-they heat that almost fried our screens.

Loosen that collar – you’re about to get seriously hot for these ten blazing couples.

Mulder & Scully (The X-Files)


The tension between these two is evident, and electric, from the very first season. Making that fact all the more enjoyable is that they have no right to be – she’s a skeptic and he loves alien conspiracies. Yet somehow they share an indelible spark just leaping off the screen every time they’re together.

Hannibal Lecter & Will Graham (Hannibal)


Enough about how dysfunctional this will-they-won’t-they relationship between a cannibalistic killer and a criminal profiler actually is. Though dark, the strange passion between these two is so real that fans still excitedly share the ship name Hannigram all over social media.

Sam Malone & Diane Chambers (Cheers)


When it comes to on-screen chemistry, Ted Danson (The Good Place) and Shelley Long (The Money Pit) are the OGs of on-screen couplings. Their comebacks sear, and every shared loathsome-yet-loved-up look between the two is pure fire.

Veronica Mars & Logan Echolls (Veronica Mars)


As Logan (Jason Dohring) once put it, the relationship between himself and Veronica (Kristen Bell) is truly “epic” – “spanning years and continents. Lives ruined, bloodshed.” There’s hardly ever a balance with the two; they’re either madly in love or enemies with tortured passions. Either way, they were always thrilling to watch.

Sookie Stackhouse & Eric Northman (True Blood)


The charged sexual tension between Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) is built up over numerous seasons – basically TV foreplay. When they finally get together, it’s so hot it’s a miracle TV sets everywhere didn’t explode.

Alicia Florick & Will Gardner (The Good Wife)


Scored by a harrowing tragedy in a later season, the ups and downs of Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and Will (Josh Charles) kept audiences enraptured and ultimately devastated them. They’re at their peak when the two strive to keep their office relationship strictly professional and repeatedly fail at it. Oh, if that Lockhart and Gardner elevator could talk!

Jess Mariano & Rory Gilmore (Gilmore Girls)


PG-13 chemistry is still chemistry worth celebrating! Jess (Milo Ventimiglia) was only a main character for two seasons, but it’s just enough time to give good girl Rory (Alexis Bledel) a bad boy worth pining for. They’re only an actual couple for a hot minute, but arguably they’re more compelling in all the episodes they can’t figure out how to be together.

Mindy & Danny (The Mindy Project)


During the course of the show the two are everything from best friends to frenemies and even lovers. Their inability to make it work when they seem so well suited to each other is played out masterfully for audiences who continued to root for them right up until their happy ending.

Leslie Knope & Ben Wyatt (Parks and Recreation)


They may begin their relationship despising each other, but the romance that blossoms between the two is one of the sweetest and most passionate on TV. The relationship might be devoid of the sort of sexual connection of other couples on this list, but the adoration between Ben (Adam Scott) and Leslie (Amy Poehler) feels real.

Issa Dee & Lawrence Walker (Insecure)


Showing the couple falling in and out of love time and again, the troubled relationship between Issa (Issa Rae) and Lawrence (Jay Ellis) plays out with an exquisite rawness in the HBO Original Series comedy. Their struggle to make it work will be relatable to any Millennial wrestling with the complications of life and romance, and all the while their chemistry is undeniable.

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Amy Roberts is a freelance writer who occasionally moonlights as a hapless punk musician. She’s written about pop culture for websites like Bustle, i-D, and The Mary Sue, and is the co-creator of Clarissa Explains F*ck All. She likes watching horror movies with her cat and eating too much sugar.

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