Love has always been tricky, and what makes perfect sense to some couples is almost always guaranteed to baffle others. When on TV, that's even more apparent, thanks to the popularity of the mismatched couple. It's a television classic, where two people, despite seemingly insurmountable differences, end up being the ones who live happily ever after (or at least until their show needs some ratings-boosting drama). Here's ten of TV's best mismatched couples.
9 Ray and Debra Barone, Everybody Loves Raymond
Everybody Loves Raymond's Ray and Debra Barone were one of the most popular couples on television, and like many sitcoms, used the two's opposing character traits for nine seasons worth of comedy and drama. Ray Romano played Ray, a slacking sportswriter who's inability to take anything seriously became almost pathological in later seasons, while Patricia Heaton played Debra, who was far more serious, detail orientated and proactive. According to Ray Romano, one of the reasons that Patricia Heaton got the part of Debra is because she was the only one willing to kiss him in the audition scenes. The show also played with the visual mismatch of Ray Romano's average-Joe looks and Patricia Heaton's movie-star beauty, in a classic visual gag.
8 Peter and Lois Griffin, in Family Guy
7 Zoe and Wash in Firefly
6 Homer and Marge Simpson, The Simpsons
5 Jim and Cheryl, According to Jim
4 Doug and Carrie Heffernan, King of Queens
3 Angela Martin and Dwight Schrute, The Office
2 Penny and Leonard, The Big Bang Theory
1 Gloria Delgado-Pritchett and Jay Pritchett, Modern Family
Modern Family came into being after Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan realized that the stories they were sharing about their families could be the basis of a TV show, and the ensemble dramedy has won a slew of awards, including a Golden Globe and a handful of Emmys. Actress Sofia Vergara has been consistently nominated for a golden globe for her role as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett. Gloria Delgado-Pritchett's the May in the May-December marriage between her and Jay Pritchett (played by Ed O'Neill), a relationship that's become one of the show's main draws. Where Gloria is passionate and impulsive, Jay is mild-mannered and sensible, leading to the two occasionally clashing. However, despite their differences (both in age and temperament), the two do love each other, and provide a loving home for Gloria's son Manny and their new baby Fulgencio Joseph.
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