Opposites attract: TV’s most promising odd couples

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As Valentine's Day approaches, now is the perfect time to ponder the mysteries of love. Do opposites really attract? If fictional TV shows are any indication, they do! These seemingly mismatched couples manage to complement each other. Of course, their differences create enough friction and conflict to keep audiences interested.

Booth and Brennan, "Bones"

Agent Seeley Booth relies on faith and instinct both on and off the job. His religious commitment keeps him grounded despite the darkness of his job. His intuition and ability to read people helps him deal with suspects and solve cases. Dr. Temperance Brennan is fiercely scientific and tends to take an analytical approach to everything. Although she is an accomplished anthropologist who can spew facts about the social norms of obscure tribes, she is woefully oblivious to the nuances of real human interaction.

Booth acts from his heart, while Brennan listens to her intellect. When their stubborn attitudes don't get in the way, their complementary talents bolster each other's strengths. They share the same values, but Brennan's tarnished childhood makes it difficult for her to have faith. Motherhood and Booth's tenacity are broadening her views, though.

Penny and Leonard, "The Big Bang Theory"

He's a comic book-loving geek who spends way too much time in a cloistered community of other geeks. She's a Midwestern gal whose tough, component persona is tinged with flakiness and ditziness. From the first episode, Penny and Leonard shared a subtle spark that hinted their friendship would become romantic. Forget physics and astrology, it's simple biology that draws these two together.

Leonard and Penny make a cute couple, but they can't seem to pull it together. At first, their relationship was somewhat one-sided. Leonard made grand gestures and was more giving, like the time he confronted caveman Kurt on Penny's behalf. His petty jealousies offended Penny and derailed their romance. Later, she became unreasonably jealous. As the two continue to mature and play out their various insecurities, they will undoubtedly end up together yet again.

George and Dallas, "Suburgatory"

George, a grungy, flannel-clad refugee from New York, still doesn't fit in with his suburban neighbors. He is somewhat cynical, and his career as an architect hasn't made him very wealthy. Superficial Dallas seems like his polar opposite, the quintessential Chatswin woman. She is gossipy, glitzy, and a little ditzy, but she is kinder and more intelligent than she seems.

It took George a while to understand Dallas, but he eventually saw the complex person hiding behind the vapid veil. The two make a good match because Dallas's irrepressible cheer and charm invigorate George. Meanwhile, his acceptance and realistic expectations are helping Dallas realize she doesn't need to play a role to impress others. Most importantly, Dallas genuinely cares about George's daughter, Tessa.

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