No matter how many series have managed to get it right and stick the landing with their finales, there are so many TV shows that failed to live up to fans’ standards. That might come down to weird pacing, last minute twists, or bizarre, unresolved cliffhangers – or, the problems could have to do with the romantic pairings. Few series finale decisions are quite as frustrating for viewers as seeing TV characters who chose the wrong partner in the end.
Whether it be through behind-the-scenes complications or genuine narrative fumbling by the creative team, there are a number of reasons why there are so many TV characters who ended up with the wrong person. But no matter what the excuse is, the worst TV romances always feel particularly annoying, especially for anyone who spent years staying up to date on the show.
Now, it’s entirely possible this list could change in the coming years, if say, Meredith Grey does actually end up with someone other than the late, great Derek Shepherd. But for now, the absolute most disappointing TV couplings of all time consist of limp will-they-won’t-they matches and problematic partnerships that can’t live up to the standard set by the best couples on television.