Relationship Advice From 8 of the Best TV Show Couples

Considering that we’re in the midst of the Golden Age of Television, it makes sense that we would spend ample time attached to the small-screen. Whether you’re chilling out after a long day or watching a show with your significant other, television plays a pretty hefty role in our everyday life.

This is why it only makes sense that over time we would glean relationship advice from our favorite TV show couples. Whether it’s from classic partnerships like Lucy and Ricky Ricardo (I Love Lucy) or the complicated love of Damon and Elena (The Vampire Diaries), there are plenty of great (and really bad) TV relationships we can learn from. Ready for some relationship insight? Here’s some solid advice from a few of TV’s favorite on-screen couples.

1. Have fun together

the office, jim and pam

Jim and Pam on The Office | NBC

Pam & Jim (The Office)

Yep, a solid relationship isn’t all about passion and an emotional connection. Some of the happiest and longest lasting relationships rely on a hefty dose of humor to keep things fresh. Remember Pam and Jim’s endless pranks on Dwight? When were they not having fun? The two developed a natural flirtation that occupied almost every interaction. Turns out, that stuff is just as important in real-life relationships.

2. Be a team

Eric and Tami Taylor on Friday Night Lights | NBC

Eric and Tami Taylor on Friday Night Lights | NBC

Eric & Tami Taylor (Friday Night Lights)

Over the course of the show’s five seasons Coach Taylor and Tami faced confrontation, parenting issues, and plenty of career drama. However, even when Tami’s role as principal directly conflicted with Eric’s job as football coach, the two found a way to stick to their ethics and support each other along the way. No matter what they came up against, the Taylors managed to keep their love and support for each other the priority.

3. Find the yin to your yang

Mitchell and Cameron on Modern Family | ABC

Mitchell and Cameron on Modern Family | ABC

Mitchell & Cameron (Modern Family)

Sure, the fact that Mitchell is a Type A, hardworking lawyer and Cameron is a country boy with a passion for clowning, leads to all sorts of drama between the two. However, there’s no denying the fact that the reason their relationship works is because they’re total opposites. They compliment each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

4. Communicate, communicate, communicate

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Nick and Jess on New Girl | FOX

Jess & Nick (New Girl)

OK, so Jess and Nick haven’t exactly mastered the art of communication. In fact, most of the time they suck at it (hence why they’re currently not together). However, when they finally do open up and communicate honestly with each other, their relationship grows leaps and bounds. It’s not enough to have the chemistry and physical attraction, eventually you’ll have to communicate to work through those tricky relationship challenges.

5. Make time for yourself

Kurt and Blaine on Glee | Fox

Kurt and Blaine on Glee | Fox

Kurt & Blaine (Glee)

This TV couple even has a celebrity couple name: Klaine. Two two dated in high school, and eventually Blaine moved to New York to live with Kurt. However, just like a real-life relationship, living together doesn’t always work out as planned. The now married couple teaches us that there’s nothing wrong with taking a step back or asking for more “me time.” Just because you’re in a relationship doesn’t mean you can’t spend time alone or pursue your own passions.

6. Challenge each other

Ygritte and Jon Snow on game of thrones

Ygritte and Jon Snow on Game of Thrones | HBO

Ygritte & Jon Snow (Game of Thrones)

These two literally came from different worlds, and their relationship was never without its challenges because of it. In the midst of all the drama, there’s no doubt that they challenged each other (and in turn, challenged their respective communities). This love story is one that didn’t have a happy ending, but there’s no doubt that the love between Ygritte and Jon was real, if not hopelessly complicated.

7. Hard times make you stronger

Glenn and Maggie, TWD

Glenn and Maggie on The Walking Dead | AMC

Maggie & Glenn (The Walking Dead)

What haven’t Maggie and Glenn experienced during the course of their relationship? Unlike real-life relationships that are tainted with jealousy and miscommunication, couples on The Walking Dead face some seriously high stakes. The two have experienced their fair share of deaths (Spoiler: including Glenn’s recent death at the hands of Negan) and stress levels that can only be found in a post-apocalyptic world. However, through it all, their relationship remained solid.

8. Make time for each other

Cliff and Clair on The Cosby Show | NBC

Cliff and Clair on The Cosby Show | NBC

Cliff & Clair (The Cosby Show)

Even in the midst of work and raising five (yes, five) children, Cliff and Clair somehow managed to make time for each other. The two are often making playful bets, such as having a “smooth contest” where their kids judged who looked more elegant for a night out on the town. This TV show couple teaches us that no matter how busy life gets, your relationship should always remain your top priority.

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