20 TV Couples to Make You Believe That Opposites Attract
25th November, 2021
Warner Bros. Television Distribution
The idea that “opposites attract” in real life is debatable. But, many TV series love using this trope to create some unforgettable fictional romances. We love watching characters on our favorite TV shows pair up. Most of these TV relationships mimic the rules of real life. But, in some cases, TV shows give birth to odd pairings where partners are complete opposites of each other. Some of these relationships turn into perfect cutesy ones, while others serve as a warning on what should be avoided. This article presents 20 such TV couples who embody the phrase “opposites attract” irrespective of whether they’re made for each other or not.
Jake Peralta and Amy Santiago – Brooklyn Nine-Nine
We’ll kick off this list of “opposites attract” with the couple who embodies every aspect of the concept. From the very beginning, Amy and Jake’s usual chit-chat highlights how different they are. Jake is unorganized, childish, and ultimately lost, whereas Amy is driven, serious, and super organized. But, their passion for their work brings them together in the most fantastic of ways. More “friends-turned-lovers” pairs coming up!
Ezra and Aria – Pretty Little Liars
Ezra and Aria started off on a very icky note on the show. He’s her teacher, she’s his student, and it’s a disaster waiting to happen. But, despite the world and their own personalities being against them, the duo manages to make it work. We’re not condoning Ezra and Aria, but they’re a couple who proved that opposites attract on TV. Maybe it’s time to retire the student-teacher trope for good.
Monica and Chandler – Friends
Monica is obsessively clean, serious about life, and loves her job. Chandler works to make money, is an absolute hoot to be around, and is undoubtedly the clown of the group. The only thing this duo has in common is their love for each other. The show does a decent job of showcasing how they overcome their differences and even makes us root for them.
George O’Malley and Callie Torres – Grey’s Anatomy
If there’s one TV couple that no one asked for, it’s this one. George is sweet but still likes Izzie. Callie loves George but always finds herself vying for his attention. The duo is built for disaster, yet so attracted to each other that they even get married for a while. We later see that Callie finds her soulmate in someone else and George... Well, we won’t spoil anything for you!
Leonard and Penny – The Big Bang Theory
If there’s one show that managed to portray the “nice guy gets the hot girl” trope perfectly, it’s this one. Leonard and Penny are as different as the sky and the ocean. They have certain similarities, but their natures and tastes vary widely. So it’s fun to watch Penny toss all the attention she’s getting from the other guys and choose Leonard. Not to mention, the chemistry between this duo is off the charts.
Lucifer Morningstar and Chloe Decker – Lucifer
Lucifer is a bad boy, you know, being the devil and all. Chloe is a serious, no-nonsense detective who wants to set her career right. So what happens when these two are thrown into the mix? You guessed it right. Opposites attract. The show does a great job of will-they-won’t-they, which brings out the pair’s chemistry on screen. Don’t forget to check out the other will-they-won’t-they couple from New Girl coming up soon!
Richard Castle and Kate Beckett – Castle
Lucifer may be ruling screens with the “detective and sidekick” trope, but Castle was one of the original series to kickstart this trend. Richard Castle is the not-so-serious writer who wants to tag along on the job to get material for his books. Beckett is the no-nonsense detective who wants to solve crimes. Over the course of many seasons, their relationship goes from friendly and flirtatious to true love, and it’s a joy to watch.
Michael Scott and Jan – The Office
Micheal is a bit of an oddball, and there’s no denying that. The ever-so-serious Jan always found him weird. But somehow, the two end up together. Their relationship is skewed in every sense, and there’s no shipping these two and their weirdly toxic bond. The show did a great job of showing that it’s not always going to work out just because opposites attract.
Lito Rodriguez and Hernando Fuentes – Sense8
Sense8 presents sci-fi in a whole new light. But, aside from the nail-biting cliffhangers, the show also brings us the lovestruck pair, Lito and Hernando. Lito is a famous actor who’d fly off the handle at any moment. His partner Hernando is different – intellectual, kind, passionate, and, more importantly, a great influence on Lito. It’s the perfect story of partners bringing out the best in each other, and we love it.
Phil and Claire Dunphy – Modern Family
Modern Family has many iconic couples, but the Dunphy duo fits the “opposites attract” bill perfectly. Claire and Phil, parents to three children, started out as a high school romance. Phil is a sucker for electronics and loves playing around. Claire, on the other hand, is high-strung, organized, and doesn’t joke much. The show perfectly shows how these two make their tricky relationship work and support each other through trying times.
Jay and Gloria – Modern Family
Speaking of Modern Family, let’s talk about this sizzling-yet-eccentric couple. Jay and Gloria come from very different backgrounds, not to mention the massive age gap between them. Jay is grumpy, and Gloria has a larger-than-life personality. The duo often disagrees on several things but ensures always to keep their love priority.
Nathan Scott and Haley James – One Tree Hill
Nathan is the star athlete and a total playboy who doesn’t care for anything other than himself. Haley is kind, loving, and studious. The two kick off their romance in season one and are together until the end. Haley is a positive influence on Nathan, and Nathan teaches her how to kick back and take it easy. If you like this “opposites attract” duo, we bet you’ll enjoy the Chidi and Eleanor romance coming up!
Connor Walsh and Oliver Hampton – How to Get Away with Murder
Hit TV series How to Get Away with Murder may be filled with mystery and suspense. But, it also has its fair share of love and romance. One couple who stands out on the show is the pairing of Connor and Oliver. The two are worlds apart, with Oliver being timid and inhibited and Connor being wild and over-the-top. But, this doesn’t stop love and spice from blooming.
Jamie Taylor and Dani Clayton – The Haunting of Bly Manor
Set in the ‘80s, The Haunting of Bly Manor will definitely send chills down your spine. But, it will also introduce you to Jamie and Dani. Dani is hired as the new au pair. Jamie works on the grounds of the massive estate. What blooms is unexpected. The two find solace and love in each other despite the circumstances and the outcome. Don’t forget to keep your tissues ready for this one.
Klaus Mikaelson and Camille “Cami” O’Connell – The Originals
Klaus is a terrible person with a horrible personality who doesn’t care much for anything other than himself. That is, of course, until the kind and loving Cami makes an appearance. The blood-lusting vampire turns over a new leaf as we see Cami bring out his humanity. Of course, being different meant the two often had their differences, but they nonetheless seemed to work it out.
Chidi Anagonye and Eleanor Shellstrop – The Good Place
Chidi is a stick-by-the-book, no-nonsense, kind, and emotional guy. Eleanor is nothing like this. She doesn’t care how her actions affect others, physically or emotionally, and only thinks about herself. In real life, these two would probably not make the cut. But, with the help of some fantastic writing and on-screen chemistry, Chidi and Eleanor have given hope to those who believe in the “opposites attract” theory.
Ola Nyman and Lily Iglehart – Sex Education
While Netflix’s Sex Education is filled with opposites-attract couples, this one is worth a mention. Lily is a writer who’s adorably awkward, shy, and weird. On the other hand, Ola is bold, self-reliant, and won’t hesitate to state her opinions and emotions. The show makes it an absolute joy to watch the two navigate their newfound love for each other.
Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler – Sherlock
Sherlock and Irene seem to be trapped in a very entertaining game of cat and mouse. Our favorite detective Sherlock is tight-lipped, predictable, and does everything but talk about his feelings. Irene is more bold, risky, and unpredictable. Yet, the two find themselves drawn to each other and constantly tempt each other with text messages. Sure, they never become a couple on the show, but we all know enough to see what’s brewing here.
Schmidt and Cece – New Girl
Ah! This one definitely fits the bill of opposites attract. On the one hand, you have corporate slave Schmidt who’s a bit weird but also goofy and loveable. On the other hand, you have supermodel Cece, who’s reasonable, charming, and tough. The two indulge in a very on-again-off-again relationship throughout the show and complement each other perfectly.