Tuesday, November 25, 2008
The Greatest TV Romance Ever?
Brian Lindenmuth and Sandra Ruttan reading.
There have been many TV romances over the last fifty-odd years. Most of the great ones have been more about loggerheads and lust than love. Witness Sam and Diane (Cheers), Maddy and Dave (Moonlighting), Laura Holt and Remington Steele, Buffy and Angel, Ross and Rachel (Friends).
Three of my favorites are: Lorelai Gilmore and Luke Danes on Gilmore Girls, Monica Geller and Chandler Bing on Friends, and the most touching for me, Pam and Jim on The Office. (Or Dawn and Tim in the British version).
Pam and Jim remind me of Popeye and Olive Oil, and I say that in the most delighted way. Pam even stands like Olive when she looks up at Jim. (I'm sure this observation must have been made before). And certainly her onetime boyfriend, Roy, is a Bluto if ever there was one.
When something comes between Pam and Jim, it is always the intercession of fate. They seem incapable of anything other than the most charitable and loving behavior toward each other. Maybe it's too sweet for some of you, but for me, it's the essence of romance, if even the high school version.
Are there any other romances this captivating?