Today’s TV Addict Top 5: Our Favorite Second ‘Ships! (feat. ARROW, LOST, VERONICA MARS & More!)

By: Kelly Thompson

Most shows establish who fans are suppose to root for fairly early on in their run but what I think is the most interesting thing that can happen is a pairing that viewers (and sometimes even the writers) don’t see coming. Shifting relationships can be great plot devices (the CW has basically based their whole network on this theory) and I find myself surprised when a character shifts their romantic intentions and gets together with someone other than the initial “ship.” A horrible example of this would be when the Friends writers tried to make Rachel and Joey work (and shockingly, it didn’t even work a little bit). Below are my Top 5 “Second” Couples.

Mui<*Note: I want to be clear that this list won’t span back decades because I’ve only lived for over 2 decades but I’d love to hear more ideas so sound off below!

Oliver/Felicity – ARROW
– There is no way the writers of Arrow thought that fans would overwhelmingly want Felicity and Oliver together more than him and Laurel. Season 1 was all about Laurel and Ollie so much so that it almost ruined his friendship with Tommy. But Felicity came out of nowhere and stole the hearts of the fans and Olicity was born. Because of this surprise development Laurel, who I’m assuming was to be the female lead of the show, has pretty much disappeared into the background.

– If you think that this couple was destined to be from the start you are fooling yourself. The show was called Dawson’s Creek meaning Dawson was supposed to get the girl. The first two seasons of this show were about the love triangle of Dawson, Joey and Jen. Pacey was no where to found, in fact he was busy sleeping with his teacher and having his own love interests that had nothing to do with the central triangle. Yet, sometime in season 3 the Pacey/Joey dynamic shifted and thus started one of the most debatable triangles, Joey/Pacey vs. Joey/Dawson.

Sawyer/Juliet – LOST
– I thought this one of the more interesting reveals of season 5. For so long it was Jack/Kate/Sawyer and then Juliet came along. I thought, as a Sawyer/Kate shipper, great, Juliet can have Jack and leave my couple alone. Then Kate and Jack left the island and when they returned Sawyer was living happily with Juliet. I was at first pissed but then grew to appreciate the love between them so much so that to this day I don’t know who I think Sawyer should have ended up with. Juliet and Sawyer’s goodbye on the island was heartbreaking but were they endgame?

– Spike came on the show as a Big Bad and was not suppose to appear again after season 2. Yet, he became one of the show’s best characters and a love interest for Buffy! It was suppose to be Buffy and Angel but then Angel left and his replacement, Riley, was boring and kind of a douche at the end. Looking at Spike, one doesn’t think, you’ve tried to kill Buffy numerous times so yeah, you should definitely be with her. The reveal of Spike loving Buffy came as a shock and one my favorite plot moves of the whole show. P.S. I literally could write write a dissertation on the character development of Spike.

Veronica/Logan – VERONICA MARS
– Rob Thomas himself has said numerous times that Veronica and Logan were not suppose to end up together. It was the chemistry of Logan and Veronica that was undeniable and once again a new pairing shoved the original couple so far in the background that Duncan left the show.

Honorable Mentions:

– This could open up a bottle of worms including the question of was the Barney/Robin pairing intended from the beginning. Obviously my answer is no, I don’t think it was. This happened either happened organically or was thought to only be a plot device for the relationship between Ted and Barney.

Blair/Chuck – GOSSIP GIRL
– This pairing should shock anyone that read the Gossip Girl series, which I did. Chuck in the books was so different then Chuck on the show and although I loved Chuck on the series, it was a complete shock when Blair and him started to hook-up, let alone ended up being endgame.

Kelly Thompson has been addicted to television for as far back as she can remember and the addiction has only grown as she’s getting older and television is becoming more readily available.  Two of the most important things in her life are Netflix and her DVR.  When she isn’t watching television, she is normally ranting about it to anyone that will listen and now that includes TheTVAddict readers.  You can also read her rants on twitter @TVwithKelly.

  • Ashley Rahim

    Great list! Oliver/Felicity and Sawyer/Juliet are two of my favorite pairs ever. I could not imagine pairing these characters with anyone else. Currently I’m obsessing over Olicity…they are just too perfect and their chemistry is off the charts. I also really liked Kate from Lost, but I’m more of an opposites attract type of person so Juliet was right for Sawyer in my eyes. 🙂
    I don’t know if this counts, but in Parks and Recreation Leslie was supposed to date numerous people over the years and didn’t have an OTP yet when she meet Ben. When the writers saw how perfect they were together though, they said they just couldn’t break them up. Now here we are years later and their married with 3 kids. 🙂
    I understand writers have a story to tell, but it’s great to see them adjust to surprises. In real life we meet people all the time that changes our lives forever and I love to see this happen on screen too. 🙂

  • disqus_Q7fprjmecZ

    Olicity and Suliet are surely some of my favorite ships in all of the sea. The moment Juliet and Sawyer poped up on that screen happy together it just made perfect sence, I loved every moment of their ship. Being a hardcore jater it way probebly a little easier for me then a skater but man those two.

  • ash429

    Great list. I love all of these pairings, except I didn’t watch Lost. On BtVS I liked Buffy/Anglel too, but there were good things about both. I especially love that you have Olicity at number one. They have something special that you don’t see with just any ship. The Arrow writers have caught lighting in a bottle with them.

  • BlondieAmbition

    YES, Great list. Organic chemistry coming through on screen and making a couple worth the story, is just magic. Olicity is the most recent. Joey and Pace were epic. Another one is Donna and Josh, The West Wing, one of the better couples in TV history, and how that came to be is VERY much like Olicity. way cool!

  • BlondieAmbition

    ps I will say that if you watched Revolution they had a keeper in the making but ruined it. It would have made this list. Crying shame.