Can You Name the TV Couple From a One-Sentence Summary?


By: Stella Alexander

7 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

How easily can you identify love and TV's most popular couples? You'd be hard pressed to find a show without a couple turning up the heat. Just think about TV's greatest couples, past and present. You may have heard of them, but do you have the chops to identify each one from just one sentence?

While the first TV show aired in 1928, its rise in popularity did not begin until the early 1950s. That decade ushered in shows like "I Love Lucy," "Gunsmoke," "Leave It to Beaver" and "The Honeymooners." Central to these shows were couples that brought tons of drama and laughter. Lucy and Ricky were perfect for laughs, while June and Ward Cleaver were model parents.

As time progressed and TV changed, you were introduced to even more dynamic duos in the '90s. Cory and Topanga were the go-to couple from "Boy Meets World" for the coming-of-age millennials. Older audiences, meanwhile, tuned in to the on-again, off-again relationship of Ross and Rachel from "Friends."

There are tons of couples who have lit up the primetime screen! But while you might think it's easy to spot them, can you name them from a simple description? Take this quiz and find out!

These surgeons fell in love while working at the drama-filled Seattle Grace.

Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd — played by Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey — made up the powerhouse couple on "Grey's Anatomy," a popular Shonda Rhimes series that premiered on ABC in 2005. The show follows the staff at a Seattle hospital.


A mafia boss runs the streets of New Jersey and returns home to his rational housewife.

"The Sopranos" premiered on HBO in 1999. The popular series starred the late James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano and Edie Falco as his wife, Carmela. The series ended in 2007.


Living life in a cartoon world, this couple is raising their children in Springfield.

Marge and Homer and Marge Simpson head up the household on "The Simpsons," one of the most popular and longest-running shows in television history. The show premiered on FOX in 1989 and is still airing new episodes to date.


In an extremely complicated relationship, this couple was made up of a vampire and a vampire slayer.

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" was the 1996 hit TV show that premiered years after the film. It starred Sarah Michelle Gellar as the title character, as well as David Boreanaz as Angel.


A power couple, this college professor and judge helped raise their nephew in a wealthy suburb in sunny California.

"The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" premiered on NBC in 1990. It starred Will Smith as a teen sent to live with his aunt and uncle after getting into trouble on the rough streets of Philadelphia. James Avery played Philip Banks while Janet Hubert and Daphne Maxwell Reid split the role of Vivian.


While the wife worked at a lawyer's office, the husband drove a delivery truck as king of a New York City borough.

Starring Leah Remini and Kevin James as Carrie and Doug Heffernan, "The King of Queens" documented their lives in Queens, New York. The series premiered on CBS in 1998 and ended in 2007.


As she was learning about sex in the Big Apple, she met a smooth-talking financier.

Carrie Bradshaw and Mr. Big were characters from "Sex and the City." Starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Chris Noth, the series premiered on HBO in 1998 and ended in 2004. It later spawned two movies by the same name.


Two 20-somethings living among their friends in New York City dated on and off but could never agree whether they were on a break.

Ross and Rachel were THE couple on "Friends," which premiered on NBC in 1994. The series followed six friends trying to figure out their personal and professional lives while living in the big city. The show made household names of actors David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston.


A coffee lover falls in love with the owner of a diner in her small town of Stars Hollow.

"Gilmore Girls" premiered on The WB in 2000. The series followed mother-daughter duo Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. Lauren Graham starred as Lorelai, while Scott Patterson played her love interest, Luke.


A mild-mannered, bubbly couple becomes parents after adopting their daughter from Vietnam.

Mitch and Cam, played by Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet, are fathers to Lily on the hit show "Modern Family." The sitcom first aired on ABC in 2009 and is still running.


A surgeon and nurse fall in love in the emergency room.

Doug Ross and Carol Hathaway, played by actors George Clooney and Julianna Margulies, were characters on "ER." The show, about the staff at a Chicago County hospital, premiered in 1994. It went off the air in 2009.


A Broadway producer hires a fashionista nanny to watch his children and falls in love.

Fran Fine and Maxwell Sheffield, played by Fran Drescher and Charles Shaughnessy, were characters on the popular sitcom "The Nanny." The series ran for six seasons, from 1993 to 1999.


A non-preppy cheerleader and basketball player fall in love in a small town.

"One Tree Hill" starred Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton as Lucas Scott and Peyton Sawyer. The series premiered on The WB in 2003 before ending its nine-year run in 2012 on The CW.


This couple probably would've snuck in a few more kisses had they not been interrupted by the sound of the school bell.

"Saved by the Bell" premiered in 1989, starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar as cool kid Zack Morris. Tiffani-Amber Thiessen played his love interest, Kelly Kapowski, a cheerleader. They were Bayside High's most popular couple.


After sunset, these two private detectives' relationship turned romantic.

"Moonlighting" was the ABC show that starred Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd as David Addison Jr. and Maddie Hayes, two private detectives and complete opposites who eventually fall in love. The series ran for five seasons, from 1985 to 1989.


You could say "cheers" to this couple that fell in love in a Boston bar.

Bar owner Sam Malone and waitress Diane Chambers were each other's love interest in the early seasons of "Cheers," a series that ran from 1982 to 1993. Ted Danson and Shelley Long played the roles of Sam and Diane, respectively.


After their plane crashes, she stitches up his back before they fall in love.

"Lost" was a show about a group of people who survived a plane crash. Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly starred as Jack Shephard and Kate Austen. The series ran from 2004 to 2010 on ABC.


In a drab paper company, these two co-workers fell in love in the midst of pranking their office mates.

Jim and Pam are characters from the NBC sitcom "The Office," which ran for nine seasons, starting in 2005. Played by John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer, the characters are employees of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, Inc.


While they could be considered enemies, a Queen B and professional player fall in love amid the NYC gossip.

"Gossip Girl" first premiered on The CW in 2007. The series followed a group of well-to-do teens living in New York City. The characters included Blair, played by Leighton Meester, and Chuck, played by Ed Westwick.


These young teens were growing up and falling in love during their wonder years.

Kevin Arnold and Winnie Cooper, played by Fred Savage and Danica McKellar, were the stars of "The Wonder Years," which ran from 1988 to 1993. The series documented the on-and-off relationship of these two kids who had been friends since childhood.


On the last day of the work week, this man and his wife would gear up for a game of football.

"Friday Night Lights" was a show which followed a football coach and his players in a small town. Kyle Chandler starred as Coach Eric Taylor, while Connie Britton played his wife, Tami. The series was based on a novel by H. G. Bissinger.


This old-school couple featured a working-class man and his "dingbat" wife.

"All in the Family" starred Carroll O'Connor and Jean Stapleton as Archie and Edith Bunker. The series ran from 1971 to 1979 and sparked numerous spin-offs, including "Maude," "The Jeffersons" and "Good Times."


Having grown up in a town known for a small body of water, two teens eventually fall in love.

Pacey and Joey, played by actors Joshua Jackson and Katie Holmes, were main characters on "Dawson's Creek." The series premiered on The WB in 1998 and ran for six seasons. It was Holmes' big Hollywood break.


Honeymooning in the 1950s, this series followed a bus driver and his wife living in NYC.

"The Honeymooners" starred Jackie Gleason and Audrey Meadows as Ralph and Alice Kramden. The show premiered in 1955. Though it only lasted one season, the series was extremely popular.


With tons of comedy happening in their apartment, this couple often has explaining to do!

"I Love Lucy" starred real-life couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz as the hilarious Lucy Ricardo and her husband, Ricky, a bandleader in New York City. The series premiered in 1951 on CBS and lasted six seasons.


One jokester and one "unnerving" girl fall in love in a city parks department in Indiana.

Andy and April, played by Chris Pratt and Aubrey Plaza, were two characters on "Parks and Recreation." The series ran on NBC from 2009 until 2015. It starred Amy Poehler as a parks director in Pawnee, Ind.


One of the most powerful couples in the fictional world, one was the U.S. president and the other was the fixer of all crises.

Written by Shonda Rhimes, "Scandal" starred Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, a fixer and mistress to Fitzgerald Grant, the president of the United States. That role was played by Tony Goldwyn. The series ran from 2012 to 2018 on ABC.


This big-talking radio host might tell his advertising exec wife, "You go girl!"

"Martin" was a show about a budding radio host and his friends. Martin Lawrence and Tisha Campbell-Martin starred as Martin and Gina. The series ran on Fox for five seasons, from 1992 to 1997.


This couple met in high school as a freshman geek and an awkward sophomore.

"Beverly Hills 90210" was the popular 1990 Fox series about a group of teens growing up in Southern California. Brian Austin Green and Tori Spelling starred as couple David and Donna.


A couple raises their three children in 1970s Chicago.

"Good Times" told the story of Florida and James, a couple living in the projects with their children. It starred Esther Rolle and John Amos. The show first aired in 1974 on CBS and ran for six seasons.


In this coming-of-age show, these two teens fell in love under the guidance of their parents and Mr. Feeny.

"Boy Meets World" was a popular sitcom that starred Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel as Cory Matthews and Topanga Lawrence. In grade school, Cory, a class clown, would tease nerdy Topanga, but the two started seeing each other differently as they matured. The series aired on ABC from 1993 to 2000.


A filmmaker and public relations specialist get married and live as newlyweds.

"Mad About You" starred Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt as Paul and Jamie Buchman, a newly wedded couple living in New York City. The show ran on NBC for seven seasons, from 1992 to 1999.


Have mercy on this beautiful couple — a rock singer and a talk show host.

"Full House" was a sitcom about a widowed father raising his three daughters with the help of Uncle Jesse (played by John Stamos), Aunt Becky (played by Lori Loughlin) and a friend. The show ran from 1987 to 1995 on ABC.


This couple moved to New York City's East Side with their dry-cleaning business.

"The Jeffersons" told the story of George and Louise Jefferson, who moved to the Upper East Side after their dry-cleaning business started becoming a success. A spin-off of "All in the Family," the series ran for 11 seasons, starting in 1975.


At odds with one another at first, these two doctors eventually fell in love.

"The Mindy Project" starred Mindy Kaling and Chris Messina as Mindy and Danny. The series premiered on Fox in 2012 before moving to Hulu in 2015. The series ended in 2017 after six seasons.


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