Lovers who bring the most sparks to the small screen.
When you hear the words "Sam" and "Diane," what pops into your mind? If you answered Sam Snead and Diane Arbus, you either don't own a TV set or you don't have a romantic bone in your body. For the rest of us, Ted Danson and Shelley Long set the bar for small-screen chemistry on "Cheers." Here are 10 other couples who sizzled:
Maddie (Cybill Shepherd) & David (Bruce Willis), "Moonlighting": The magic disappeared once they jumped in the sack, but until then, the back-and-forth zingers were delivered with the zip of Cupid's arrow.
Tim (Martin Freeman) & Dawn (Lucy Davis), the original "The Office": Nothing against the stateside marriage of Dawn and Jim, but their British counterparts were the ones we really wanted to see become a desk set.
Frank (Daniel J. Travanti) & Joyce (Veronica Hamel), "Hill Street Blues": Their sexy pillow talk at home or during hotel trysts at lunch could cure the harshest cases of the blues.
Kevin (Fred Savage) & Winnie (Danica McKellar), "The Wonder Years": The final show revealed they didn't live happily ever after together, which made their puppy-love relationship even more bittersweet.
Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) & Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson), "Modern Family": At first, that nursery-room mural of them as near-naked angels seemed out of place. Now, it's the perfect symbol of their heavenly partnership.
James (James Garner) & Mariette (Mariette Hartley), Polaroid commercials: The stars of these popular ads were so natural with each other, it's a wonder they weren't a couple in real life -- or a spinoff series.
Tammi (Connie Britton) & Eric (Kyle Chandler), "Friday Night Lights": A longtime married couple who still have the hots for each other? More improbable -- and gratifying -- than an undefeated season.
Willow (Alyson Hannigan) & Tara (Amber Benson), "Buffy the Vampire Slayer": The hot romance was supposed to be between Buffy and Angel, but we preferred sinking our teeth into an even spicier relationship.
Michael (Jeffrey Donovan) & Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar), "Burn Notice": Maybe it's the tropical Miami setting or the fact that both stars are easy on the eyes, but this may be the sultriest pair currently making our hearts race.
Whitley (Jasmine Guy) & Dwayne (Kadeem Hardison), "A Different World": This beauty-and-the-geek pairing was so endearing, we didn't mind at all when the show's initial star, Lisa Bonet, said goodbye.
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