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'Shipping Wars: Who's the Best Couple on TV Right Now? (Heat 1: New Girl, The Big Bang Theory, Raising Hope, and How I Met Your Mother)

We've officially entered the dog days of summer TV; outside of a few upcoming premieres and the impending finales of some summer stragglers, there's little to look forward to other than the start of the fall season. But sometimes we have to look back before we can move forward, and so in hopes of providing a bit of a pre-season refresher, we've decided to revisit some of the shows and characters that've been absent from the airwaves since May through the filter of one of TV's most fun elements: luuuuuuuurve. (Okay and sex and the potential for it too, but mostly good ol' fashioned luuuuuuuurve.)

As such, it's time for a feature we're calling 'Shipping Wars, in which we'll be checking back in on our favorite TV couples and gossiping about where they ended, where we think they'll be going when their shows return, and, most importantly, where we want them to go. It's like when it's summer vacation in high school and you're really hoping that the golden couple will break up before the fall because you're bitter inside. You know, unless you're part of the golden couple. 

Anyway, we all know that one pair is always shinier than the rest, and that's where y'all come in. We're going to systematically work our way through our favorite on-hiatus duos, vote for our favorite one from each show, and then pit the winners against one another in a no-holds-barred free-for-all. Like Celebrity Deathmatch, but with less claymation because ain't nobody got time for that. 

We'll keep things light to start, with some comedic couples! Vote away, and if you want to make any nominations as to which shows/lovers should be featured in the next heat, leave 'em in the comments!



The Big Bang Theory


Leonard & Penny


Status: Together!

Holy crap, did we really get through an entire season of The Big Bang Theory without those two having a major relationship crisis? DEVIL MAGIC. 


Howard & Bernadette


Status: Married!

There was some hinting at a possible future Wolowitz-Rostenkowski bun in the oven; not sure if want. How about you?


Sheldon & Amy

Status: Together!

Sheldon acted like people in Season 6 and it was weird and wonderful. Amy stood up for herself a few times and it was weird and wonderful. So basically, Sheldon and Amy continued to be weird and wonderful (except for that spanking thing). 


Raj & Lucy

Status: Over!

Poor Raj. :(




How I Met Your Mother


Barney & Robin


Status: Engaged!

I'm sorry, did someone leave a bag of onions in here? I just... I just need a tissue or twelve.


Ted & The Mother

Status: Almost together!

SO. CLOSE.


Lily & Marshall


Status: Married!

And moving to Rome. Maybe. Idk. It looks like Marshall has some 'splainin to do.




New Girl


Jess & Dr. Sam


Status: Over!

Well, it was fun while it lasted.


Cece & Shevrang


Status: Over!

I mean, it's not like we didn't see it coming. He married Taylor Swift in the season finale.


Schmidt & Elizabeth


Status: It's Complicated!

Technically, they're still together and awesome in their own right, with Elizabeth refusing to take any of Schmidt's image-obsessed bullshit and reminding him of how awesome it was to run around with a broken give-a-damn... but not that Cece's available again, things could get messy, which brings us to...


Schmidt & Cece


Status: It's Complicated!

Cece dumped Schmidt when the timer on her babymaker started entering a premature final countdown because admittedly, Schmidt doesn't exactly scream "father of the year." There was sadness and pining from afar and a wedding-that-wasn't... and now she's single and he's the one who's taken. 


Winston & Shelby


Status: Over!

They had a pretty good run, but I guess that Halloween costume was just a bit too much.


Winston & Daisy

Status: It's Complicated!

While they aren't exactly "official" yet, Daisy has gone out of her way to help drag Winston out of his post-Shelby rut and generally, things are good between the two not-lovebirds-lovebirds. Except for that time Winston got lost on the way to a booty call, forgot a rubber, and then got lost again. Ominously, we haven't seen Daisy since that unfortunate incident. 


Nick & Angie

Status: Over!

Angie was really great for Nick... until she really wasn't. They had some good moments, but did they have any great ones? Were we sad to see her go?


Jess & Nick


Status: Together!

YESSSS. New Girl managed to drag out Nessy's issues for the entire second half of the season without making things feel dragged out, and when those two crazy kids finally got together for serious at Cece's not-a-wedding, the fireworks display was marvelous. 




Raising Hope


Jimmy & Sabrina


Status: Married!

And Hope makes three!


Burt & Virginia


Status: Married!

Okay, so the fact that way back when, Burt deliberately poked a hole in their rubber to knock Virginia up because he was worried she was going to dump him is, like, nine kinds of WTF and it kind of made me consider the possibility that their marriage is some sort of elaborate Stockholm Syndrome party, buuuuut they're also kind of dysfunctionally adorable if you don't think too hard about it.


Now vooooooote! We'll be back soon with Heat 2. 

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Spoiler in Raising Hope ....
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I'm still in the middle of season 2 !
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In my mind Robin and Ted will always be together.
But the winner is Schmidt and Cece wince I'm not a fan of Jess and Nick
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I think Sheldon and Amy can go the distance.
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Barney & Robin HAVE TO STAY TOGETHER.
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Burt and Virginia ftw. They are the sweetest. Like, Marshall and Lily back when they were interesting. Noone is so meant for each other than they two.
I really feel that New Girl needs another girl for Schimdt. Somehow, he and CeCe never quite worked for me. And their "relationship" is treading along so slowly, they have to be carefull to not butcher it entirely. Additionally, i don't see the charcter Schmidt working in a relationship yet. He's great, but i think he should stay single a while. Also, you don't want everybody on a show to be a couple.
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I love burt and virginia!! they are so cute together!! and lily and marshall so sweet!
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Sheldon and Amy!

Although an honorary mention goes to Lucy for giving Raj a voice.
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Ugh I hate Leonard, so anything related to him I will hate. So no, I will not cheer for him and Penny.
Hate Amy too, for me she killed the show. So no, I'm not voting for them neither.
Howard and Bernadette!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes!!!! Those are my babies, I just love them together.

HIMYM, I love Barney & Robin and Lily and Marshall in the same way, both couples are increibles in their own way.

New Girl: Only Nick & Jess, i can't choose between Elizabeth and Cece, I love both relationships.
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Howard and Bernadette!
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I'm not a big shipper, but I love television, so I definitely have opinions about these couples.

The Big Bang Theory:

Leonard & Penny - I'm not really a big fan of them either way, but I've always imagined that in the end they'll end up together. I've got this Friends-esqe scenario in my mind for the finale where Penny, after her and Leonard have broken up (possibly because of their diverging careers), decides to move to New York. Sheldon, in the same vain as Phoebe in the Friends finale, boards Penny's plane before it takes off and convinces her that both her and Leonard are far better people together then they are apart (in his typical condescending way).

Howard & Bernadette - I think that if The Big Bang Theory goes on for long enough (another four or five plus seasons) that they'll have Howard and Bernadette break up at some stage. I think the writers lost a lot of great opportunities by having Howard settle down so early in the series (yes I know it was the season five finale when they married, but still, there are a lot more potential storylines for a single Howard there).

Sheldon & Amy - Again, I'm not really a big fan of them either way, but I do wish they would separate Any from Sheldon for a little while as to make her a more developed character, instead of just 'Sheldon's girlfriend'.

Raj & Lucy: I liked them together, again, there a lot more potential for further storylines. I hope that Kate Micucci returns on a regular basis.

New Girl:

Schmidt & Cece/ Schmidt & Elizabeth - I love Schmidt, but Cece just doesn't do it for me as a character, like with Amy from The Big Bang Theory, she's very underdeveloped. I could care less whether or not they end up together. I like Elisabeth in the sense that she has brought about some funny and interesting stuff from Schmidt's past, and he can be shown growing from this. I don't think their relationship will last, but I hope she continues to have a presence in his life and the show.

Jess & Nick - Dr. Sam and Angie are barely worth mentioning in the grand scheme of things, it was always going to be Jess & Nick, although I'm surprised it happened so soon. And I think that I maybe still am, because I haven't decided whether or not I actually like them together. I love Nick, he's surpassed Schmidt as my favourite character on the show, and majority of the time the stories he has with Jess (whether they're relationship related or otherwise) are generally fun and entertaining. There have been some moments since they've been together, however, where I found myself feeling that everything is just about to fall apart character-wise for the pair now that their storylines have become extensively relationship based. It hasn't happened yet, but I've got a sinking feeling that it will happen soon enough (as it does tend to do with most will they/ won't they & on and off again relationships on television).

Winston & anyone = boring.

I haven't watched HIMYM in a while, and I've never watched Raising Hope.
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Burt and Virginia all the way!
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Surely there will be a heat dedicated entirely to USA, and I'll be back for that one.
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Considering all of those couples, my favorite is definitely Cece and Schmidt. And by that, I don't mean that I want Schimdt and Elizabeth to work out, on the contrary, I hope they stay together for a long time before getting back together with Cece, just to spice up a little more the show.
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Burt and Virginia are the most perfect couple ever depicted on series TV. Please don't confuse this with Raising Hope being the best show ever, or even currently, because it's just not. But Martha Plimpton and Garrett Dilahunt are the best TV couple of all time--either that or Bert & Ernie...
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please don't forget to mention grey's anatomy ,... this show has done so much on creating characters,...
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TBBT ; neither,... the relationships are the weakest part of the show
HIMYM ; never watched this show
NewGirl ; all the above,... but the chemistry between Nick and Jess is off the charts and talk about a relationship that can bring the best out of two people
Raising Hope ; Burt & Virginia,... a perfect example of people who complete each other
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I'm not a shipper but the most tolerable couple from these is Lily and Marshal.Although lately their storylines are boring.And don't get me started on how awful are Barney and Robin as a couple.
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Lily and Marshall may have the worst storyline of the past few seasons, but they are still the best couple on the show.
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And that's not saying much when you consider they're all just nuts...
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TBBT - I'll go with Shelton and Amy as I like the way they're progressing through.
HIMYM - Lily and Marshall. They make there relationship strong. Kind of like Turk and Carla from Scrubs. The couple you know won't fail.

I don't watch New Girl and Raising Hiope so can't say.

What couple do I ship? Bo and Kenzi, Lost Girl! BFFs!
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Best female relationship I've ever seen on television - Bo and Kenzi.
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hahaha Lost Girl is awesome! Best couples? Bo and Dyson and Kenzi and anybody she's with because she's brilliant!
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Delena, Stelena, Klaroline, Forwood, Beremy,????
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I watch TVD and I seriously had to look up who Forwood was. Such an odd couple name.
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Mabekah?
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Klaroliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine
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can it be none of the above?????
Seriously, no one from The league????
so many single minded people on here!
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Kevin and Jenny MacArthur 'The League' - even though 'Jenny' actually goes home with 'Pete':)
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Archer, Awkward., Californication, Cougar Town, Episodes, Sunny, Wilfred
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Orange is the New Black. Nuff said. :D
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Alex and Piper. They managed to secure a place in my Top 5 OTPs in two episodes.
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Sam and Dean, haha. But, yeah.
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Sam and Dean Winchester, obviously.
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Parks and Rec couples next. No other current show does them cuter. At least that I know of.
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Come on TV.com! Angie and Junior from Under the Dome!
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They are an inspiration to us all! ;)
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preach!
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Auggie and Annie from Covert
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Booth and Bones, Castle and Beckett, Piper and Alex, Elaina and Damon, Meredith and McDreamy!
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Best of all time: Al and Peg
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Tony and Ziva
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Yeah, TIVA!
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I vote for John Reese and Harold Finch! or maaaybe a possibility for Carter and Reese :)) Rarter!
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Crews and Reese...
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I didn't realize I knew the authors' voices on this site well enough to recognize MaryAnn's out of the others, but without reading the byline I guessed who it was.

Annnnnyway, TBBT there's no really strong relationship, but the failings of the relationships are almost more realistic. I'm going with Howard & Bernadette because it seems like there's been growth and understanding in some areas and realistic failings in others, where Leonard and Penny are herky-jerky in that department, and Sheldon & Amy are still moving up - and yeah, that spanking thing is still one of the more unpleasant things I've seen in prime time. Sheldon & Amy might be something next year after all the late-season growth on Sheldon's part this year.

HIMYM, I couldn't hate Barney & Robin more as a couple, they basically had to rewrite Robin to force that to work long-term. Lily and Marshall really flopped hard in this last season, but they're the only thing that works right now.

Way too much soapy drama in New Girl right there, I barely get coerced into watching that from time to time as it is, so I abstain. And I didn't know there was shipping going on with Raising Hope, that's really odd.
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Agree on HIMYM, Ted and Robin really are the couple that needs to be together, and does anyone else see the similarities between Barney/Robin and Joey/Rachel on Friends? I'd be pissed if the couple does end up together.
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Robin is too much for Ted, he is too needy and clingy for her. I don't get why shows like this can't just allow characters to have outside relationships and interests after a while.

I don't remember anything between Joey and Rachel, but it's been a while. I look forward to an explanation.
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I hope that Olicity is in the next post! :)
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I will probably break something if "John Reese & Joss Carter" becomes a poll option. Please don't go there, MaryAnn/other lovable TV.com staffers. D:
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Next up Booth and Bones!
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There should be an option for "none" for TBBT. Although at a push I would have to say Howard and Bernadette.
I still don't buy Robin and Barney.
Hard to decide between Nessy and Scmidt & Elizabeth. I love Schmidt with Elizabeth! I love the way she gets rid of all of his bullshit, and calls him out when he's being a twat.
Having said that, you kind of get the feeling he'll end up with CeCe, but I hope thats eventually, rather that soon.
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Best TV couple is Carrie and Brody from homeland. Can't top that craziness. (literally)
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As I said, Crews and Reese...
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Haha sorry but CRODY is disgusting!
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Wait, that's their shipping name? Crody even *sounds* disgusting.
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I prefer Brorie, and you have to admit they're hands-down the most unique couple on TV.
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I might not necessarily enjoy them as a couple, but they certainly are unique, which makes for very entertaining viewing, and that's fine by me,
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The Raising Hope couples are the two best of all here... I actually liked the condom story because, if you don't take it too seriously, it was kind of romantic that he didn't want to lose her and that it was the MAN who wanted a baby instead of it always being the woman. So it was definitely something new.
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Great idea, MaryAnn! I can't wait for shows I actually watch.
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Come on, the best current TV couple is Evan and Paige from Royal Pains.
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Especially after the latest episode, that was awesome spycraft couple fun. That show is so silly though, everything's just handed to Hank and Evan, even the hot woman.
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And where's the option for Lily + Marshall + Robin?
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That is not shipping, that is slash. And if you said "Lily + Robin", that is apparently only in Lily's head.
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The writers on this site are above slash now? This is new.
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Next week, will it be mix 'n' match? Robin from HIMYM + Nick from NG.
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Eww!! Why would you stick poor Nick with that screeching harpie?!
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I think Nick's more of a screeching harpie :)
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once again polls that aren't regulated
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Burt and Virginia were one of my favorite TV couples until the condom story. I still love them but they've fallen from grace a little.
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Are you kidding? That wasn't even a stretch, and the most believable of all...
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I know but forcing someone to have a baby with you so they don't dump you is gross. Especially since Burt ran away from the family a few years later.
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TBBT: I went Sheldon/Amy on this one. What can I say, I love the quirky duo and having Sheldon actually be a quasi-person for once was pretty freaking awesome.

HIMYM: Kinda easy. Lily and Marshall have been kinda boring for a couple seasons now and the proposal was definitely swoon worthy.

New Girl: I admit, I struggled. I love me some Nessy but Schmidt and Elizabeth were pretty awesome together. Ultimately I had to go with Nessy. And then go watch clips on YouTube. Again. I seriously have issues.

Raising Hope: Pretty easy. Virginia and Burt just work. They balance each other out nicely. Although Jimmy and Sabrina have had some pretty awesome moments, the elder Chance are just more consistent.
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Nick and Jess!!! Best couple out of all!
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I place Burt & Virginia at my personal #3 ever after Monica & Chandler and Jim & Pam
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