In the classic "Archie" comic books, beleaguered high schooler Archie is constantly trying to decide between blonde Betty and brunette Veronica. Over the years, numerous TV shows have featured relationships that mirror this classic war between blonde and brunette love interests. In most cases, the "Betty" is blonde, stable, and typifies the "girl next door," while a "Veronica" is brunette, haughty, and a bit more exotic. When our favorite central male character is torn between these two types of women, we often find ourselves strongly rooting for one woman over the other. Here are some prime examples of these types of TV relationships.
Pam and Karen, "The Office"
In Season 3 of "The Office," Jim comes back to Scranton with a new girlfriend: the dark-haired Karen. While Pam is lighter-haired and sweet to the point of being a pushover, Karen was feisty and more high-maintenance. Ultimately, Jim ends up marrying Pam and Karen moves to Utica.
Jenny and Rachel, "Suits"
Two women are vying for Mike Ross' affections on "Suits." There's Jenny who is blonde and kind hearted, and has known Mike for years. Then there's Mike's co-worker, Rachel, who is a quick-witted paralegal with a razor-sharp tongue. While Jenny has a softer side, plenty of fans are rooting for Rachel and Mike to get together since they so clearly have a great rapport.
Rita and Lila, "Dexter"
Dexter Morgan is known for killing, not dating, but Season 2 of this Showtime drama was notable for its love triangle. Dexter had to choose between blonde, damaged Rita and dark, artistic, volatile Lila. Ultimately, Lila is far too erratic to be a good partner for Dexter, and after she goes crazy, he ends up tracking her down and murdering her.
Rachel and Quinn, "Glee"
Granted, the "traditional" Betty and Veronica hair colors are swapped in this example, but this show's triangle between Finn, Rachel (the Betty), and Quinn (the queen bee Veronica character). When Finn joins the club, Rachel finds herself developing a crush on him. The two share a kiss in the episode " Showmance ," although he tells her to forget that it happened and continues dating his girlfriend, Quinn. But by the end of Season 1, Finn and Rachel are a couple.
Britta and Slater, "Community"
In the episode "Pascal's Triangle Revisited," Jeff finds himself torn between two women at the dance: his blonde study group friend Britta, and Professor Slater, his dark-haired, somewhat frosty ex-girlfriend. When forced to make a choice between the two, he decides to be with neither...and finds himself locking lips with Annie instead.