Sitcoms are some of our most loved shows on TV. There’s nothing like tuning in after a long day and getting stuck into the comedic staged lives of characters you love.
The best sitcoms have a premise built to offer as many funny situations and character dynamics as possible. And the best characters can run the gambit from jerks that nonetheless entertain us, to the more sympathetic underdogs who win our hearts more and more with every bumbling misstep.
One of most fan's favorite parts of any sitcom are love interests.
Everybody hopes to find romance, and sitcom characters tend to be more realistic than characters in other TV shows and movies. So we root for Ross and Rachel or Jim and Pam to hook up all the more. The awkward and funny realism of their lives makes their relationships more engaging to viewers.
Sometimes, the on-screen chemistry between sitcom actors boils over into the real world, or the real life relationship makes for a more compelling on-screen performance.
Plenty of your favorite sitcom couples are or were in real life relationships. However, others kept things professional and became great friends.
For this list ,we’re setting the record straight. We’re making and breaking fans' dreams left and right. If you ever wanted to know if there was something more to Jerry and Elaine, Andy and April, Penny and Leonard, we’ve got the details right here.
With that said, here are the 10 Iconic Sitcom Stars Who Got Together (And 10 Who Are Just Friends)!
20 GOT TOGETHER: WILL ARNETT & AMY POEHLER (ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT)
In the first season of Arrested Development, G.O.B Bluth gets into a night of escalating dares with a woman he hopes to have a one night stand with.
The dares culminate in them getting married that night. However, in true Arrested Development fashion, the marriage doesn’t last long.
In fact, the anonymous woman leaves G.O.B. for Tobias.
The character was actually played by Amy Poehler.
Poehler and G.O.B.’s actor Will Arnett were married in real life for almost 10 years.
They separated in 2012 and formally divorced in 2016, but they have two sons together and agreed to joint custody.
It’s good to see that their real life marriage was more enduring than their on-screen one.
19 JUST FRIENDS: CHRIS PRATT & AUBREY PLAZA (PARKS AND RECREATION)
The Parks and Rec department has its fair share of colorful and or lovable characters. These include Chris Pratt’s Andy Dwyer and Aubrey Plaza’s April Ludgate.
In the earlier seasons, these two seemed among the least likely characters to form a relationship. However, they ended up married after a month of dating.
Not only that, but their marriage also turned out to be healthy overall.
Chris Pratt and Aubrey Plaza themselves seem to have a similar relationship in real life, except without the marriage or romance.
At the 2018 MTV movies awards, Plaza co-presented with Bryce Dallas Howard to give Pratt an MTV Generation award. Plaza had a running gag for all of Pratt’s most famous characters-- Andy Dwyer, Star Lord, and Owen Grady. They were all dim witted and lovable, with good intentions but not always with the best ideas.
18 GOT TOGETHER: MILA KUNIS & ASHTON KUTCHER (THAT 70’S SHOW)
On That ‘70s Show, Ashton Kutcher’s Kelso and Mila Kunis’s Jackie had a complicated relationship. Early on, they were both vapid and self-absorbed. It didn’t help matters when they were both unfaithful to each other around the same time.
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis didn’t date in real life until several years after the end of That ‘70s Show. They started dating in 2012 and got married in 2015.
According to a recent interview with E! News, Mila Kunis is very happy with Ashton Kutcher.
"I have the world's greatest husband," Kunis said. "I swear, I got very lucky, man. I got a man that has got a lot of patience and is incredibly supportive of our family."
17 JUST FRIENDS: TIM ALLEN & PATRICIA RICHARDSON (HOME IMPROVEMENT)
On Home Improvement, Tim “The Toolman” Taylor hosts a home improvement show for manly men. His suggestions and projects are always convoluted and over the top.
His wife Jill Taylor almost always has to rein him in. However, it doesn’t help matter that she is compelled to obsessively fix everything.
Home Improvement ran for 10 years over the course of the ‘90s. The Taylor family dynamic was certainly one of the biggest factors in the show’s success.
In real life, Tim Allen and Patricia Richardson always had a professional and friendly relationship.
When Tim Allen starred on another sitcom called Last Man Standing, the writers were eager for Richardson to make a guest appearance. She eventually appearred as a handy but obnoxiously loud neighbor of Allen’s.
This was a nod to their marriage on Home Improvement.
16 GOT TOGETHER: LINDA CARDELLINI & JASON SEGEL (FREAKS AND GEEKS)
Freaks and Geeks was a short lived show created by Paul Feig and Judd Apatow. It ran for eighteen episodes between 1999 and 2000.
One of the main characters was Lindsay Weir, who was played by Linda Cardellini. She aimed to get into “Freak” group along with James Franco, Seth Rogen, and Jason Segel.
Segel’s Nick Andopolis actually falls for Lindsay and the two do go out on the show. He shows up at her window one night to serenade her with Styx’s “Lady”.
After Freaks and Geeks was abruptly canceled, Segel and Cardellini dated in real life. The relationship lasted for five years.
Reportedly, the way their break up played out inspired part of the plot of Segel’s subsequent movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
15 JUST FRIENDS: JOHN STAMOS & LORI LOUGHLIN (FULL HOUSE)
John Stamos’ Jesse Katsopolis started out as a devil may care biker and music junkie on Full House. In the second season, he meets Becky Donaldson and the two of them quickly fall in love.
The two aren't always the most responsible parents, but their hearts are always in the right place.
Full House was a sensation and is still fondly remembered by many fans. Apparently, fans continue to speculate about whether the happily married Jesse and Becky ever dated in real life.
John Stamos and Lori Loughlin didn’t ever become involved-- at least officially. Loughlin has talked with People Magazine about how they had so much fun on Full House, but stated that fans keep asking about whether they had an off-screen romance.
14 GOT TOGETHER: ALYSON HANNIGAN & ALEXIS DENISOF (HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER)
Alyson Hannigan and Alexis Denisof both starred on two of the same shows, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and How I Met Your Mother.
They met on the set of Buffy, even though their characters had little to do with each other. After a recurring role on Buffy, Denisof’s Wesley went on to star in Angel while Hannigan’s Willow stayed on Buffy.
Hannigan and Denisof married in 2003 before they both joined the cast of How I Met Your Mother.
They are still married today. Their first daughter, Satyana, was born March 24th 2009 and ended up sharing her birthday with her mother. What wonderfully magical timing. Their second daughter, Keeva Jane, was born May 23rd 2012.
13 JUST FRIENDS: JENNIFER ANISTON & DAVID SCHWIMMER (FRIENDS)
“So no one told you life was gonna be this way.”
Apart from one of the most recognizable theme songs ever, Friends had one of the most adorable sitcom couples in modern television-- Ross and Rachel’s arc played out over the entire 10 season run of the show.
They both dated plenty of other people, and were on again/off again throughout the show. However, they did end up together with a daughter Emma by the end of the show.
Rumors have always circulated about behind-the-scenes drama or feuds among the Friends costars. However, in a 2015 interview with Empire, Jennifer Anniston talked about how all six main actors formed an enduring real life friends group.
Anniston and Schwimmer don’t see each other as frequently anymore, but they are still on good terms.
12 GOT TOGETHER: KAT DENNINGS & NICK ZANO (2 BROKE GIRLS)
Kat Dennings plays the buxom deadpan snarker Max Black on 2 Broke Girls. She has lead an underprivileged life and knows how to take care of herself. This is especially evident when she is compared to Caroline Channing, who becomes Max’s coworker and roommate.
Caroline’s spoiled life was ruined when her father was busted in a Ponzi scheme. Despite their differences, the two working ladies become friends.
Max has an on again/off again interest in Johnny, who is played by Nick Zano.
The two actors actually dated in real life too, all though they kept it quiet.
Dennings publicly announced that they were a couple in 2012. In spring of 2014, they were spotted watching a sunset on a Hawaiian beach together and taking selfies.
11 JUST FRIENDS: JENNA FISCHER & JOHN KRASINSKI (THE OFFICE)
It is painfully obvious in the early seasons of The Office that Jim and Pam have feelings for each other.
They get along better than anybody at Dunder Mifflin, Scranton, and Pam and Roy are clearly not in a healthy relationship despite their engagement. It took quite a while for Jim and Pam’s feelings to come out and then longer still for them to decide to become an item.
According to Jenna Fischer, there was almost as strong a connection between her and John Krazinski as there was between their characters.
During the auditioning process, Fischer and Krazinski told each other that they were their favorite counterparts in screen testing. Despite their on-screen chemistry, their relationship never become romantic in real life.
10 GOT TOGETHER: CHARLIE DAY & MARY ELIZABETH ELLIS (IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY)
No triumphant or endearing love story to be found here. Pretty much all the characters on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia are terrible people.
Charlie pines after a woman known only as “The Waitress,” and despite his “best efforts” and her reputation as being easy, they never hook up until the end of season 12.
The funniest part about this is that actors Charlie Day and Mary Elizabeth Ellis, who portrays The Waitress, are actually happily married.
They are still together since they married in 2006 and had a son in 2011.
Ellis interviewed with the AV Club in 2016 to talk about her new show The Grinder. She showed Day the pilot, saying that as her partner, she wanted him to think it was funny and worthwhile too.
9 JUST FRIENDS: JOHN GOODMAN & ROSEANNE BARR (ROSEANNE)
Roseanne Barr and John Goodman made an atypical sitcom couple in the ‘80s and ‘90s. While most couples had a conventionally attractive wife or husband at least, both John and Roseanne were totally average looking Americans and even bordered on the heavier side.
They were also both working class and struggled to make as much for their family as possible.
Actors Roseanne Barr and John Goodman had dynamite comedic chemistry, but nothing romantic developed between them off-camera.
Barr actually wrote a piece for New York Magazine in which she confessed to being in love with Goodman while they were shooting the first season of Roseanne. Goodman told Elle in 2012 that he was surprised to read that.
8 GOT TOGETHER: KALEY CUOCO & JOHNNY GALECKI (THE BIG BANG THEORY)
None of the nerdy roommates and friends of The Big Band Theory were prepared for the cute, blonde Penny who moved in next door.
She wasn’t on the same STEM level as Leonard or Sheldon, but she did have a lot of street smarts and socials skills that they totally lacked.
It was pretty awkward going between Penny and Leonard, but they did become engaged and married on the show.
Actors Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco actually got closer much faster than their characters did. They dated for two years not long after the show began.
After their break up, they still get along marvelously. In April this year, Cuoco sent Galecki a glowing birthday message on Instagram.
7 JUST FRIENDS: ZACH BRAFF & SARAH CHALKE (SCRUBS)
Zach Braff’s J.D. on Scrubs may be a caring, competent doctor, but he’s more than a little odd and prone to comedic pitfalls. Along with Sarah Chalke’s Elliot Reid, the two characters fall victim to plenty of slapstick comedy.
There’s an attraction between them pretty early on in the show. However, neuroticism and self-doubt hampers their relationship and each of them individually.
The two get together and fall apart several times over the course of the show.
However, Braff and Chalke always speak fondly of their time together on the show. Braff recently crashed an interview with Chalke and E! News in which they both expressed being open to the idea of a Scrubs follow up.
However, Chalke seemed a bit more enthusiastic than Braff.
6 GOT TOGETHER: JAMES RODAY & MAGGIE LAWSON (PSYCH)
Shawn Spencer was conditioned by his dad to pay attention to even the smallest detail. At least in the world of Psych, this means that he’s got detective skills that look like psychic cognition.
Shawn is all too happy to let the run of the mill cops and detectives think this-- especially if it lets him get out of trouble.
Detective Juliet O’Hara often feels as though she has to baby sit Shawn, and it’s made even more awkward by the obvious attraction between them.
They fall in love with each other and get married by the end of the show.
James Roday and Maggie Lawson, who played Shawn and Juliet respectively, were also in a relationship in real life. They began dating in 2007.
However, their relationship ended in 2014, the same year that Psych finished.
5 JUST FRIENDS: WILL SMITH & DJ JAZZY JEFF (THE FRESH PRINCE)
Here’s an example of a TV life partner couple that stayed best friends in real life. When the Fresh Prince moved from West Philly to Bel-Air, California, he didn’t quite get along with his well to do aunt and uncle.
He did meet fellow rapper Jazz at a night club, though. Jazz was actually played by DJ Jazzy Jeff, whom Will Smith worked with for many years.
The two of them made up a hiphop duo called DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. They won Grammys for their work in 1989 and 1991.
Smith and Jazzy are still close. The two of them guest starred on The Graham Norton Show in 2013. They were joined by Smith’s son Jayden and Alfonso Ribeiro to make a sensational Fresh Prince musical reunion.
4 GOT TOGETHER: MELISSA BENOIST & BLAKE JENNER (GLEE)
Melissa Benoist and Black Jenner made late additions to the cast of Glee in season 4. Benoist played the new consummate ingénue Mary Rose, while Jenner played dyslexic football player Ryder Lynn who also struggled with his grades.
Eventually, the two joined the show’s production of Grease with Mary playing Sandy and Ryder playing Danny.
The real life connection between the two actors was immediate. Benoist and Jenner got engaged in 2013 and married in 2015.
Jenner even had two guest appearances on Benoist’s next big show Supergirl. Benoist described him as her favorite person to work with.
Unfortunately, the marriage didn’t last.
In late 2017, Benoist filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences. No other specific details have come to light.
3 JUST FRIENDS: JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS & JERRY SEINFELD (SEINFELD)
Jerry Seinfeld and Elaine Benes dated from time to time throughout the course of Seinfeld.
Their romance wasn’t really a main plot line, but then again, there never really was an arc to Seinfeld. “Nothing happens!”
Jerry and Elaine even tried to casually sleep together for a while when they were both single.
In real life, the friendship between Jerry Seinfeld and Julia Louis-Dreyfus seems much healthier and more stable-- and much more platonic.
Louis-Dreyfus revealed that she was battling breast cancer to the public in late 2017. She apparently kept her former co-star in the loop as well.
Seinfeld told ET that he talked to Louis-Dreyfus all the time and that she was doing great in February 2018.
2 GOT TOGETHER: MARY TYLER MOORE & ED ASNER (The MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW)
The Mary Tyler Moore Show was one of the most popular and original sitcoms on the 1970s. Moore starred as Mary Richards, who joins a fledgling news broadcast team in Minneapolis. Ed Asner played Lou Grant, the director of the station.
The show always played the possibility of the various co-workers pairing up for laughs. In the penultimate episode of the show, Mary and Lou actually go out on a date.
Ed Asner and Mary Tyler Moore ended up going out in real life themselves-- for one date.
Reportedly, it was as much a non-starter as their on-screen date. However, Asner told Vanity Fair that he was quite honored for the chance all the same.
1 JUST FRIENDS: ASHTON KUTCHER & DANNY MASTERSON (THAT ‘70S SHOW)
Eric Forman and his friends got up to plenty of sketchy adventures as teenagers and young adults in That '70s Show. Two members of their memorable friend group were Michael Kelso and Steven Hyde, who were both better known by the just their last names.
Hyde often brought “the stuff” to their circle, while Kelso was a ditzy pretty boy most of the time.
Hyde and Kelso weren’t the friendliest with each other out of all the main characters. However, their actors, Danny Masterson and Ashton Kutcher respectively, have stayed close friends throughout their careers during and after That ‘70s Show.
Even their young daughters reportedly get along. Masterson and Kutcher both brought their daughters to the set of Netflix’s The Ranch, which they both formerly starred on.
Can you think of any other sitcom starrs who got together in real life? Are there any others who are just friends? Sound off in the comments!
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