Who would have thought that listing down television’s unforgettable sitcom couples could be quite tough? But we’re up to the challenge and going back to the days of black and white TV and then to present day HD, we rummaged through an assortment of zany characters and pairings. What’s surprising about these TV couples is that despite being there’s so many of them – each were able to leave an indelible mark on our collective psyche – and that’s what makes putting this list together difficult.
Based on how they reflected real life situations and how they managed to solicit laughter ‘til our bellies ached, here are some memorable sitcom couples through the years:
Lucy and Ricky Ricardo (I Love Lucy)
Played by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, they are probably the most recognizable couple in the history of situation comedy. Lucy’s never ending quest to get into show business saw her getting into crazy situations. Ricky, with his no non-sense stance, posed as the perfect counterpart to Lucy’s outrageous ideas. Even if Lucille and Desi parted ways in real life, the show’s winning comedic formula endures to this day. Yup, just saying “vitameatavegamin” is enough to reap chuckles.
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Roseanne and Dan Conner (Roseanne)
As the anti-thesis to the well-to-do Huxtables and other sitcom families, the Conners were able to relate to a wider audience. Always struggling with how to make ends meet, Roseanne and Dan sustained that old romantic notion that “love is all you need”. Like everyone else, the couple went through difficult times but their commitment to each shone through. The show’s finale may be a tad too lazy but you have to admit, you didn’t see that coming, did you?
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Diane Chambers and Sam Malone (Cheers)
When it comes to sitcom characters, there’s nothing like a Diane Chambers to bring up a host of strong feelings. Whether you belong to Team Diane or not, there’s no denying that the chemistry between Diane and Sam is one of the most intense to ever hit the TV screens. Diane’s histrionics and Sam’s cool reserve made for comedic gold; and the encounters gained extra depth when Dr. Frasier Crane joined the fray.
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Sally Solomon and Officer Don Orville (3rd Rock From The Sun)
Sadly, 3rd Rock from the Sun does not seem to get as much attention as other 90s sitcoms do. It’s a shame because this comedy series brilliantly captured the idiosyncrasies of being human without being too preachy. With their peculiar trademark humor, the show expressed that outward physical appearances don’t matter and what’s vital is the type of person you are inside. Through strong, stunning and Amazonian-like Sally, pudgy cop Don, and their laugh-out-loud melodramatics, 3rd Rock from the Sun presented a compelling study of human relationships better than what Friends did.
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Homer and Marge Simpson (The Simpsons)
A list on sitcom couples won’t be complete without these two. What makes them so effective and charming is that Homer and Marge have stayed together through thick and thin. As we all know, Homer isn’t exactly picture perfect and Marge has her weak moments as well. Nevertheless, from the tyranny of a glass bubble and Marge’s gambling addiction, the couple managed to dodge what the writers has to offer. And for the past 24 years too!
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These sitcom couples are unforgettable mainly because they embody our ideals. Sure, some of the relationships and characters here are far from idyllic but the way they’ve mirrored our own situations, hope, and fantasies resonate quite well.
Besides, spending a lazy weekend with re-runs of these shows is a neat way to spend quality time with your partner.
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In her song “Only You”, Sinead O’Connor brilliantly captures the romance between a young Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. She sings, “On truth, two hearts; you took my life and made it beautiful.” It’s the kind of love story that we all aspire to have. It’s what love songs, romance novels and films try to sell.
Real life is more captivating than fiction however and what follows is a list of real people – real couples that in some form or another, helped shape history. As such, their stories transcend through time and have never failed to inspire romantics for generations.
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
Queen Victoria is famous for a lot of things but what could be more fabled than her forty year morning period for her beloved Prince Albert.
As many historians have noted, the Queen was so enamoured by the Prince. During her reign, she even relied on him for advice, particularly in matters of diplomacy. When Prince Albert died in 1861, Queen Victoria was inconsolable and greatly lived in seclusion. Her isolation weakened the monarchy and it was only through the persuasion of her minister, that she again went back to the public eye and regained her role as Queen. Still, Queen Victoria continued to wear black and grieved for her husband ‘til her own death in 1901.
Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal
The driving force behind to what is considered to be the most romantic building in the world, the Taj Mahal, is Shah Jahan. It was upon the death of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, that Shah Jahan ordered the construction of her mausoleum. Built entirely of white marble and inlaid with precious stones, the Taj Mahal proved to be a fitting testament to the undying power of love.
Unfortunately, Shah Jahan was never able to set foot in the mausoleum as he was put under house arrest by his ambitious son shortly before its completion.
Napoleon and Josephine
In a recent auction, the modest sapphire and diamond engagement ring Napoleon bought for Josephine fetched at $949,000. The ring may be quite simple but it is teeming with history. A history – wrought by infidelity, ambition, divorce, heartache, and love.
The Emperor and the Empress did not necessarily have an impeccable relationship but it is because of their undying friendship, their passionate love letters, and Napoleon’s last words that made their story so endearing.
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Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson
British royalty again takes centerstage with Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson. In the 1930’s, Britain suffered a crisis in the monarchy when the ruling king fell in love with a thrice divorced American. For moral and constitutional reasons, the Cabinet objected to the King’s request to marry Wallis Simpson. Refusing to leave the woman he loves, Edward VIII abdicated and made history with the speech, “I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as king as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love.”
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Bonnie and Clyde
Not exactly the picture of a picture perfect romance but the audacity of the couple struck a chord with Depression Era Americans. It is now known that the duo mainly preferred to rob small banks and gas stations in the rural areas, but due to the media’s representations of the couple, and reinforced by photographs of the gun toting couple, Bonnie and Clyde developed a larger than life status that still captures our fancy to this day.
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They weren’t expected to last, but they did!
Celebrity weddings are feted for many reasons: the union of beauty, power, talent, and the promise of equally attractive offspring make them idealistic. However, the rising statistics of Tinseltown pairings lasting for just a few years have made many cynical whenever a celebrity couple ties the knot. It seems there is no lasting wedded bliss in Hollywood…or is there? Let’s take a closer look at some against-all-odds celebrity couples who weren’t expected to last, but have, so far.
Posh Spice & David Beckham
Married since 1999, this sophisticated British couple has endured many things, including a controversy that almost rocked their marriage and broke them apart. Victoria and David Beckham have shown everyone watching them that they are in it for the long haul, though. They now have four lovely kids, and the former Posh Spice recently described their union in an interview by saying: “Our house is a really happy house…I smile so much more than people would think.”
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Catherine Zeta-Jones & Michael Douglas
Many cynics scoffed at the age gap between Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas. They got married in 2000 after a couple of years of dating, and now have a daughter. Theirs have largely been a private, quiet union, with the beauteous Catherine standing by her man through thick and thin.
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Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck’s much publicized (and ballyhooed) relationship with J-Lo had everyone thinking he’s not the serious, settling-down type…until he met Jennifer Garner, that is. Landing in the arms of the right Jennifer seemed to have brought out all his best qualities: in a recent interview, Ben admitted that his wife since 2005 played a big role in helping him become a better person. Jen and Ben now have three children.
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Sarah Michelle Gellar & Freddie Prinze, Jr.
Meeting and falling in love in your teens aren’t often considered ingredients for a lasting relationship, but this late-90s teenage heartthrobs are proving otherwise. Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze, Jr. got married in 2002 and are now the proud parents of two adorable kids. Staying at home and shying away from the limelight haven’t taken their toll on the once much-exposed celebrities: in fact, it has done quite the opposite. The couple loves being homebodies and bonding with their children!
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Vintage will always be in vogue. Brilliance understands this perfectly and offers vintage jewelry fanatics a gorgeous Antique Floral Diamond Wedding Ring in White Gold. Thirteen round-cut diamonds weighing a total of 1/5 carat are done in a pave setting on white gold (with a choice of 14K or 18K). The diamonds are embedded in a floral design, making the antique look more pronounced. Get that heirloom-looking bridal jewelry for a fraction of the price!
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A woman from Tampa, Florida won a $5000 diamond the hard way…by swallowing it with her glass of Champagne.
The diamond was the main attraction in a fund-raising event organized by the Tampa Women’s Club, for the benefit of the Champions for Children, Kids on the Block charity. Continental Wholesale Diamonds heard of the event and donated the 1.03-carat diamond, along with hundreds of its cubic zirconium lookalikes. The plan was to place one cubic zirconium each in a flute of Champagne, with one flute holding the real diamond. The Champagne glasses would then be sold for $20 each with all fees going to charity.
All very ingenious and exciting, until an 80-year old lady named Miriam bought two glasses of Champagne, took a small sip from one…and ended up swallowing the real diamond.
She never imagined that what she swallowed was the event’s main prize. She only realized she was the winner when the event ended and jewelery experts from the diamond company analyzed all the cubic zirconia sold to determine who got the diamond. They, of course, couldn’t find it…until Miriam decided to speak up about swallowing it.
The diamond did not show up in an X-ray during Miriam’s visit, but she was fortunately scheduled for a routine colonoscopy the following day. The doctor found the diamond in her large intestine. It was put in a bio hazard bag and sent to the diamond company for analysis, where it was strained, steamed, and sanitized. True enough, it proved to be the real thing.
“Someone asked me, what if someone swallows a diamond, and I said, God that will never happen,” Andrew Meyer of Continental Wholesale Diamonds aid in an ABC interview. Well, it looks he had to swallow his words the same way Miriam swallowed the prize diamond!
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Swooning over celebrity engagements is par for the course, but creative engagements always capture the imagination and remain memorable. Brilliance.com and Howheasked.com presents an infographic on 7 Celebrity Proposals which we think were executed perfectly.
7 Celebrity Proposals – An infographic by www.brilliance.com and www.howheasked.com
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The emerald is the birthstone for the month of May, and Brilliance shines the spotlight on this brilliant green gem with a handy infographic. Information about it is segmented into facts and figures, color, variants, a location map of its mines, its physical characteristics, history, healing properties, legend, usage, and ideal purposes for gift-giving. As an added bonus, the infographic features the different celebrities who have the emerald as their birthstone, as well as those who have been spotted wearing emerald jewelry.
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Named after the 14-year old Prince of Baroda, the April 16 Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale of this Golconda diamond set new world records. It became the most valuable diamond ever sold…both at the auction house and in the United States.
The Princie diamond was described by serious jewelry aficionados as having ideal qualities. It boasts of an aristocratic history, has an outstanding pink color, is sizable, and possesses a beautiful polish, shape, and quality. The diamond has a near flawless cushion-cut and weighs 34.65 carat. It ended up with an anonymous bidder for the whopping price of $39.9 million…in other words, the buyer ended up paying around $1.1 million per carat.
The diamond can be traced back to ancient south central India mines. Its very first owner was said to be the royal family of the Mughal empire. The Princie was first sold in 1960 by a member of the royal family of Hyderabad to Van Cleef & Arpels, and got its new name during a party at the store’s Paris branch where the young Baroda prince was in attendance.
The recent sale was the first time in nearly half a century that the Princie became available for bidding. Prior to this record-breaking New York auction, Christie’s biggest sale was at the tail-end of 2008, when the Wittelsbach Diamond was sold for $24.3 million. The famous auction house is also known for the successful sale of Elizabeth Taylor’s impressive jewelry collection.
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