Television’s All-Time Greatest Will They, Won’t Theys

One of television’s most widespread, and most welcome, recent trends is the rise of the genuine romantic comedy — a show that doesn’t simply build up to two characters’ relationship, but follows it as it deepens and develops. Still, television has excelled at long-running romantic plot lines for years, just in a slightly different incarnation: the Will They, Won’t They, in which a love connection develops (or doesn’t) over a period of years, with lots of tension and mishaps in between. In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are ten of the trope’s most iconic examples, from the ’80s sitcom to the modern antihero drama.