Sometimes, the sweeping romances on TV shows can totally captivate an audience. But other TV romances are less impressive. Too often, it seems like TV characters get paired up because someone thinks, "Hey, you're a girl and I'm a guy…so its pretty much inevitable, right?"
Here are some of the most puzzling romantic pairings from popular TV shows. Every relationship listed below is unlikely, odd, or just plain hard to understand.
Pretty much everyone, "The Office"Other than Jim and Pam (and Holly and Michael), most of the romantic pairings on "The Office" come out of left field. What does Kelly see in Ryan: a washed-up loser who lives with his mom after Season 3? And why does Oscar change his tune about the senator as soon as the senator starts hitting on him? Prior to the Senator's overtures, Oscar thought the senator was absurdly self-important. Is Oscar really that desperate?
George Michael and Ann Veal, "Arrested Development"
The girl who inspired the catchphrase "Her?" is Ann Veal, George Michael's girlfriend from "Arrested Development." What George Michael sees in her is anyone's guess -- though really, that's the joke. Still, given the fact that George Michael's really hopelessly in love with Maeby, it's even harder to see why he dates Ann, who has virtually nothing in common with self-confident Maeby.
Peter and Olivia, "Fringe"
While the Peter and Olivia romance was well-acted once the ball got rolling, the build-up to their relationship was not handled well. While it makes sense that the two would end up together, there was little sexual chemistry between them in Season 1 or during most of Season 2. The run-up to their romance was clunky, and Olivia's admission of her feelings for Peter seem forced because they came out of nowhere.
Kate and Neal, "White Collar"
"White Collar" is all about a man who breaks out of prison, despite having only a few more months left to serve. The reason? He wants to find his girlfriend, Kate. The way Neal talks about Kate, it's like she's the most amazing woman on the face of the planet. But when she finally shows up, Kate is pretty underwhelming. She's sweet, to be sure, but she's mostly just bland; it's hard to see anything alluring or exciting about her personality that would cause Neal to like her so much that he would break out of jail. Neal has more chemistry with Peter Burke's wife than he does with Kate.