They call jealousy the "green-eyed monster," and with good reason. It can make us do things we wouldn't normally even consider. Jealousy can also make us look at potential romantic partners in a new way. Here are some prime examples of TV characters who are spurred into a new relationship by jealousy.
On this USA legal drama, paralegal Rachel has had a few semi-flirtatious moments with associate Mike. But it wasn't until Mike got together with longtime friend Jenny that Rachel felt compelled to make a move on Mike, despite her initial feelings that dating a coworker would be a huge mistake.
Everyone knows that Clark and Lois have to get together in the end, but it took them nine whole seasons on "Smallville." Up until that point, Clark and Lois frequently got jealous when they saw the other person with whoever they were dating at the moment. In the end, however, those crazy kids finally got together.
Come on, guys; we all know Castle and Beckett have to get together. Their chemistry is clear from the show's very first season. And yet, they haven't quite gotten all the way there, though jealousy has reared its head from time to time.
In one classic episode, "The Psychiatrist," Sybil gets frantically jealous when she believes that Basil is trying to seduce one of the guests, even though she normally treats Basil with complete disdain.
Back on TV March 15, "Community" spent much of its first season on the will-they or won't-they dynamic between Jeff and Britta. When Britta sees how Jeff is with Professor Slater, she finally comes to terms with the fact that maybe, just maybe, she'd like to try dating him.
For most of "Leverage," computer expert Parker doesn't seem to notice or care that Hardison is harboring feelings for her. That is, until the episode where Hardison develops a very obvious attraction to a client, who is also a computer whiz. At that point, Parker starts to develop some serious jealousy.
Is there any better example of jealousy than between two people who say they aren't attracted to each other? There was always an undercurrent of something between Josh and Donna, but things really came to a head when Josh started dating Amy Gardner. And when Donna got injured, Josh's feelings became crystal clear, as well.