House – “Love Is In The Air”
While many television series have attempted to bring their two main characters together in a romantic relationship, few (very few) have executed it correctly without damaging the core elements that the series is known for.
After seven years, the prayers of most House fans were answered as House (Hugh Laurie) and Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) became a couple. Following the triumphant character piece that was the House season 6 finale, all eyes were watching as House season 7 premiered.
For their season opener, the producers of House wisely decided to base an entire episode solely on House and Cuddy’s relationship. While obviously providing fan service to everyone that has been hoping to see these two characters together from the beginning, it also allowed the producers to deal with every issue that could possibly take away from the core series… and it worked.
When House and Cuddy finally took their relationship to Princeton Plainsboro, the series was allowed to continue in a somewhat normal fashion. Following the perfectly executed premiere, each subsequent episode was allowed to implement elements of their relationship, without completely taking away focus from the specific patient of the week or seasonal story-arc.