Without it, the supply closets would go unused on Grey’s Anatomy. The siblings would all only have each other to fight on Brothers & Sisters. Ted wouldn’t have anything to talk to his children about on How I Met Your Mother. And Gossip Girl’s website would be empty.
And whether the romance is in the shape of a triangle, unrequited, forbidden, will they or won’t they or a total surprise eventually there’s some kissing involved.
We’ve talked about this before but it’s such a fun topic that once again, in honor of Valentine’s Day, here are some of my all time favorite TV kisses ( if you’ve been reading my column for awhile, you’ve definitely seen some of these before).
Tony and Michelle on 24 in “Day 2 2-3 a.m.”: So CTU isn’t exactly the most romantic place for love to blossom but when Tony follows Michelle around the corner to comfort her and they begin kissing well my heart fluttered a little. It was the beginning of my love affair with Tony and makes us understand Tony’s current mental state all the more. I also loved this moment because of it pretty much captured how ridiculous the show can be — the world is ending but let’s make out!
Luke tells Lorelai he’s “all in” on Gilmore Girls in “Written in the Stars”: I’m cheating a little on this one because they don’t actually kiss in this moment but I still think this is one of the most romantic TV moments ever. Luke takes Lorelai on their first official date and he tells her, “This thing we got going here, you and me, I just want to let you know that I am in.” After years of wanting them together, Luke finally said what we had all been waiting to hear.
Donna and Josh on The West Wing in “The Cold”: If this series had ended without Josh and his girl Friday together we would have demanded a recount. And it all began with this kiss.
Veronica and Logan on Veronica Mars in “M.A.D.”: Jason Dohring is the only actor I’ve ever met and actually blushed while I was talking to him. I’m blushing now just thinking about it. I blame this sexy scene that found Logan and Veronica kissing in the Neptune High bathroom. (P.S. The reason I’m not talking about the potential Veronica Mars movie is because I’m afraid if I talk about it I will jinx it. So let’s all pretend like I never said anything, okay?)
Jim and Pam on The Office in “Casino Night”: In a surprise move Jim confesses his love for Pam and kisses her. It was so painfully real, that our hearts broke right along with his.
Sydney and Vaughn on Alias in “Double Agent”: After finally getting together in “Phase One,” viewers are treated to their little seduction in Sydney’s kitchen.
Buffy and Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer in “Tabula Rasa”: As the camera panned away from Michelle Branch singing the apropos “Goodbye to You,” and snuck around the corner, viewers saw Spike and Buffy hungrily kiss. The lustful duo have had their share of fiery moments (and sweet ones like in “Once More With Feeling”), but this kiss demonstrated their mutual attraction at its most base level.
Kate and Sawyer on Lost in “Confidence Man”: Since then they’ve done more than kiss, of course. And sure they only kissed because Sawyer said he wouldn’t give up his stolen inhalers unless he got to lock lips with Kate, but it was a sizzling screen moment. And it’s why even when they’re miles away, Jack just can’t get over the feeling that Kate would rather be with Sawyer.
Pacey and Joey on Dawson’s Creek in “Stolen Kisses”: In the best story line to ever come out of “The Creek” Pacey falls for his best friend’s girl. After telling Pacey that he makes her feel alive, he announces that he’s going to start kissing her in ten seconds and begins counting . . .
Kevin and Scotty on Brothers & Sisters in “Date Night”: Their relationship is groundbreaking in its utter normalcy. Who couldn’t relate when Scotty said, “I love this part when you look at someone and they don’t look away.”
Ross and Rachel on Friends in “The One Where Ross Finds Out”: Sure, by the time the series ended we were so over this couple but on November 9, 1995, Ross and Rachel were television’s It Couple. After a drunken Rachel leaves a message on Ross’s machine that she’s over him, Ross utters the classic line “You’re over me? When we’re you under me?” Then he goes to the Central Perk and looks longingly at her through the window, Rachel wrestles with the locks, before flinging open the doors. The two kiss in the pouring rain. Years later, that moment is still perfect.
Those are some of my favorite TV kisses. What are yours? Talk about your favorite TV kisses below.