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5 Secondary TV Show Couples Who Were More Interesting Than the Main Couple

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September 30, 2022

Most television shows have one main couple that threads throughout the entire show. Whether it's a will-they-won't-they relationship that slowly grows through the seasons or a wild one filled with constant swings from up to down and back again, it's always unforgettable. However, there are a few television shows where a secondary couple truly took the lead and stole our hearts away.

1. Chuck and Blair from Gossip Girl

How could anyone forget Chuck and Blair? Even though they were the secondary couple to Serena and Dan in the legendary Gossip Girl, it is undeniable that Chuck and Blair stole the show from the very beginning. Even though Blair was in a relationship with Nate, another main character in the show, at the time, the chemistry between Chuck and Blair was already undeniable.

They are the singular couple that everyone remembers, even those who haven't the show. Through the ups and downs in their relationship, they always manage to find their way back to each other.

Although Chuck and Blair are far from perfect people— they do some pretty terrible things throughout the show's long run— we simply can't ignore how perfect they are together. Even when they're scheming to ruin other people's lives, we can't help but root for their relationship. At the end of the day, Chuck and Blair are not only a powerful secondary couple but one of the most well-known fictional couples in television.

2. Nathan and Haley from One Tree Hill

One Tree Hill is another classic television show that everyone should watch, if not for any other reason than Nathan and Haley's relationship. Although the main relationship in the show is between two other characters, Peyton and Lucas, their ups and downs and often toxic behavior couldn't stand a chance against Nathan and Haley.

It starts out like any typical high school rom-com: the popular jock meets the quiet, studious girl, and they fall in love immediately. But it doesn't work out exactly like that. Yes, they do fall for each other almost immediately.

But then they get married before they're even out of high school, and everything changes. It's not rainbows and sunshine anymore, and the two of them go through many hardships throughout their relationship, but the most inspiring part is that they manage to stick together through thick and thin. For two people who got married before they were out of high school after only a few months of dating, the fact that they are the most stable couple in the entire show is amazing.

3. Seth and Summer from The O.C.

At this point, you can probably tell that I have a thing for the 2000s— I won't deny it. But I will say that The O.C. is a must-watch.

It has so many iconic scenes and famous lines, and the relationships are amazing. The show primarily focuses on the relationship between Ryan and Marissa, but I've always found Seth and Summer's relationship to be much more intriguing.

Although the two argued a lot of the time—Seth was pretty immature at the beginning of the show and Summer was a bit stuck-up, as well— there was always a ton of chemistry whenever they were together. Watching Summer slowly warm up to Seth, who had had a crush on her for almost his entire life, was truly heartwarming to see and overall, the entire progression of their relationship was adorable.

4. Chandler and Monica from Friends

Ah, the iconic Friends. Of course it deserves a feature in this list. Everyone knows about Ross and Rachel's up-and-down relationship, which goes through quite a lot throughout the many seasons.

As passionate as they were—they were each other's lobsters, after all—I always liked Chandler and Monica much more. They showed a side of love, a side of relationships in general, that isn't as visible in stories like Ross and Rachel's. They showed the dedication that is needed to stay in a long-term relationship as they navigated big, real-life problems like having a baby.

I always liked seeing the close friendship that Chandler and Monica shared long before they were in a relationship, as well. So at the end of the day, although Ross and Rachel may have been the star couple of Friends, Chandler and Monica are a truly fantastic secondary couple that stuck in everyone's hearts, even decades after the show ended.

5. Cha Sung Hoon and Jin Young Seo in A Business Proposal

Next on this list is a couple from the well-known K-drama, A Business Proposal. Although they are the secondary couple in the show, it's undeniable that they are at least as beloved as, if not more than, the main couple. Cha Sung Hoon is the secretary to the main male lead and Jin Young-Seo is the best friend of the main female lead, which is how they meet.

As one might expect, this winds up becoming a little chaotic, so they start out with a very rocky relationship, which was hilarious to watch because the two of them also wound up as neighbors. The later scenes after they become a couple are simply too adorable to not love.

So there you have it, five of the best secondary TV couples, some of whom were even more beloved than the main couples of those shows! If you haven't seen any of these shows, definitely go give them a watch—I guarantee you'll love them!

Angeline Zhao
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Angeline Zhao is an eleventh-grader at Phillips Academy Andover. She loves journalism, competition math, teaching, and playing card games. Angeline often spends hours overanalyzing books and binge-watching shows like Gilmore Girls and Brooklyn 99.