Favorites of 2013: TV Ships and Friendships

This is the big one–the one with our favorite TV ships and friendships/partnerships/bromances/what-have-you of 2013.

Ships

Oliver Queen / Felicity Smoak

{Arrow}

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Felicity: You killed again, and I am the one who put you into the position where you had to make that kind of choice.
Oliver: He had you, and he was going to hurt you. There was no choice to make.

All three of us are big fans of Oliver and Felicity. They complement each other really well, they have great chemistry, and they deeply care for each other. And they’re just so pretty together. —Kerry

Danny Castellano / Mindy Lahiri

{The Mindy Project}

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Mindy: “You should get the Philadelphia roll. Danny says it’s amazing, it’s his favorite.”

Mindy: “Haven’t you ever had to do something because of work?”
Jason: “Yeah, sure, I just went to my boss’s kid’s graduation, but that doesn’t mean I’ve memorized her favorite sushi order.”

These two snuck up on me. I love their bickering, their friendship, and the way that they seem to be in love with each other without even realizing it. —Kerry

Monroe / Rosalee Calvert

{Grimm}

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Monroe and Rosalee’s romance could have seemed shoe-horned into the main narrative, and the differences in their upbringings could be overlooked, but the evolution of their relationship was natural, and they are confronting their contradictory natures in a way that’s both realistic and believable. —Moff

April Ludgate / Andy Dwyer

{Parks and Recreation}

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“I’m going to tell you a secret about everyone else’s job: No one knows what they’re doing. Deep down, everyone is just faking it until they figure it out. And you will, too, because you are awesome and everyone else sucks.”

This is probably the relationship most would have believed would fail, but it hasn’t. The love and support they show each other is unique and genuine. —Becca

Barney Stinson / Robin Scherbatsky

{How I Met Your Mother}

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Barney: “Our wedding is gonna be legendary.”
Robin: “No ‘wait for it?'”
Barney: “I’ve got you, I don’t have to wait for it anymore.”

Who knew they’d make it all the way to the neverending wedding weekend? The writing isn’t doing them any favors (they keep having to spin their wheels as the writers try to fill the entire season with pointless shenanigans) but they’re still growing into a supportive, if unconventional, couple. —Kerry

Jemma Simmons / Grant Ward

{Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.}

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F.Z.Z.T. is the episode I started shipping these two together. It is also the episode I finally started to like Ward. The scene where Ward mocks himself and Jemma corrects him sealed it for me. Plus: height difference. —Becca

Kensi Blye / Marty Deeks

{NCIS: LA}

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Deeks: “I’ve never had a girl give me her knife before. Does that mean we’re official?”
Kensi: “You know sometimes a knife is just a knife.”

Ah, one of the great ‘will they, won’t they’ partnerships of the police procedural world. As much as I continue to hold out hope Eric Christian Olsen will one day return to Greendale, I can’t put into words how pleased I am Kensi and Deeks have finally taken the logical next step. —Moff

Joan Watson / Marcus Bell

{Elementary}

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Bell [to Sherlock]: “Where’s your better half?”

Bell and Joan have always had a unique chemistry; Bell initially liked Joan better than he liked Sherlock, and Joan always had a deep respect for Bell’s talents as an investigator. This season, there was a one-off line where Bell complimented Joan in her bulletproof vest, and suddenly, it felt like there was something there. It’s never overt: even when Joan brings him meals after his injury, it’s played as Joan just being a nice person. I won’t be mad if they never date, but I think they’d be great together. —Kerry

Ryan King / Carrie

{Go On}

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Ryan: “I know we work together, and that’s weird. I don’t know what I want. I just- I just want it to still be a possibility between us.”
Carrie: “You’re right, it’s complicated. We work together… I quit. Ball’s in your court.”

The show got canceled, but before it ended Carrie kissed Ryan and told him the ball was in his court. I would like to believe this May/December romance actually worked out. —Becca

Ben Wyatt / Leslie Knope

{Parks and Recreation}

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“Your heart is in the right place. Your heart and your butt.”

They’re married! They’re still amazing together! And sometimes I go back and watch the early seasons, where Mark Brendanowicz calls Leslie a dork and treats her enthusiasm like it’s an annoying little quirk, and I get really, really, insanely happy that Leslie found someone who loves that about her. —Kerry

Rumplestiltskin / Belle

{Once Upon a Time}

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“You were the only one who could ever see past it… past the mask of the monster.”

While the Charmings have already had their somewhat happy ending, it feels like Rumplestiltskin and Belle will never get theirs. The pairing is beautiful, but it is hard for them to catch a break (especially after the winter finale). —Becca

Harvey Specter / Donna Paulsen

{Suits}

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Harvey: “You and Stephen, it bothers me. I know it’s not fair, but it does.”
Donna: “Good.”

I just want them to be together and happy. Is that too much to ask? —Kerry

Friendships

Shawn Spencer & Burton Guster

{Psych}

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Shawn: “I think we should call the police and let the chips fall where they may.”
Gus: “You’re talking like a real white guy right now, Shawn. Brothers don’t get the benefit of the doubt. I will not rot in a cell. You said we were in this together!”
Shawn: “C’mon, man. You know I’m gonna bake you a cake with a gun in it.”

Their friendship has only gotten better over this past year. Gus supported Shawn during his breakup with Jules, and Shawn learned to share Gus when Gus started a serious relationship with a woman. —Kerry

Sherlock Holmes & Joan Watson {Elementary}

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Joan: “You named a bee after me?”

Best partnership on TV. But, you know… besides all the other partnerships we have listed here. —Kerry

Team Arrow (Oliver Queen, John Diggle, Felicity Smoak)

{Arrow}

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Felicity: “What are you doing?”
Diggle: “Calling 911.”
Felicity: “Digg, wait!”
Diggle: “We can’t wait!”
Felicity: “How are we supposed to explain this? Everyone’s gonna find out Oliver is the vigilante!”
Diggle: “It won’t matter if he’s dead! Felicity, we can’t save him!”
Felicity: “I know! You’re right. We can’t.”

They all have their own special friendships with each other, and they work well as a team. It will be interesting to see how dynamics might change when/if someone else fully joins the team. —Becca

Ichabod Crane & Abbie Mills

{Sleepy Hollow}

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The friendship has grown so quickly in just a few episodes. It is a strong friendship, and their camaraderie is enjoyable. —Becca

Sarah Manning & Felix Dawkins

{Orphan Black}

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Felix: Sarah.
Sarah: What?
Felix: Um, just don’t die… ’cause your first funeral was just agonizing enough.

Felix has endured a lot (Sarah’s threatening ex-boyfriend, obstruction of justice, countless police interrogations, and oh yeah, all of that clone stuff) and he’s still deeply loyal to Sarah. That’s what family is for, right? —Kerry

Samantha Shaw & Root

{Person of Interest}

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While former government agent Shaw hesitates to give anarchist hacker Root too much free reign, the morally dubious Root’s willingness to take immediate action appeals to the trigger-happy Shaw. —Moff

George Altman & Noah Werner

{Suburgatory}

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The news of Alan Tudyk no longer being a regular on Suburgatory depressed me. I found George’s and Noah’s friendship was one of my main highlights for the show. In some ways, they don’t appear to have a lot in common, but the time they spent on screen together were some of the best moments of the show. —Becca

Ron Swanson & Leslie Knope

{Parks and Recreation}

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Ron: “You are a wonderful person. Your friendship means a lot to me. And you look very beautiful.”
Leslie: “Okay, weirdo. Let’s go.”

He walked her down the aisle. Twice. He also punched out a jackass at her wedding. Leslie, in turn, organized a beautiful wedding present for Ron: an intricate trip up to the Lagavulin distillery in Scotland. It moved Ron to tears. —Kerry

Lance Sweets & Seeley Booth

{Bones}

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Dr. Lance Sweets and Agent Seeley Booth have grown from bickering antagonists to friends and coworkers who trust each other’s instincts. —Moff

Ryan King & Steven

{Go On}

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Ryan had his support group, but he also has his best friend, Steven. Steven was still the one who understood who Ryan was, and wanted to be there for him. In my head, they are still the best of friends and double date together (Ryan with Carrie and Steven with Lauren). —Becca

Quentin Lance & Felicity Smoak

{Arrow}

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Oliver: “Felicity…”
Felicity: “Already on it.”
Lance [amazed]: “How the hell can she do that?”

Felicity and (former) Det. Lance have had only a few instances where they’ve worked together, but I think future episodes will reveal their values are more in line than they currently realize. —Moff

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Tune In / Tune Out: Week of Sept. 22, 2013

When we met up last night to discuss the first full week of the Fall 2013 TV season, we found ourselves a tad overwhelmed. So many new shows premiered this week that we found ourselves trying to remember exactly what we’d watched and what we’d thought. But this week’s Tune In / Tune Out represents what we found most memorable, for better or worse.

Tune IN

Sleepy Hollow: The dynamic between Lt. Mills and Crane was enjoyable, and the feel of them being partners is evident. It was a good second episode, and I’m glad John Cho is back, even with his deformed neck. The last five minutes of the show was what stood out to me the most. I hope Abbie continues to see the sheriff, and I can’t wait to see where the show goes with her sister being involved. – Becca

The Blacklist: James Spader did not disappoint. I enjoyed his role on the show, and it will be interesting to see where it goes. I’m still getting a he-could-be-Keen’s-father vibe from the show, and hope there is another reason why he is so interested in her. Keen, herself, was good, and I particularly enjoyed that what appeared to be a happy, normal life was, in fact, not. I know that may sound wrong, but I enjoyed the twist with her husband, and I can’t wait to see why he married her. – Becca

How I Met Your Mother: The first half of the hour-long season premiere was lackluster, but the second half (“Coming Back”) made up for it. Between Marshall’s storyline with Sherri Shepherd, Barney coming to terms with his brother’s bad news, and a long-awaited glimpse into Ted’s future with The Mother, this episode brought the heart and the laughs that we remember from seasons past. – Kerry

And the audience goes ‘awwww.’

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The show had its ups and downs, but the ups outweigh the downs. Knowing Joss Whedon’s other works, this is only the beginning of something promising. The problem is it is too hard to have background, a story, and a real depth into the introduction of characters in one hour. – Becca

Person of Interest: After a sophomore season spent relying on the major female characters to play girlfriends or be satisfied with lackluster romance b-plots, the third season opened with impressive performances from Taraji P. Henson, Sarah Shahi and Amy Acker, whose characters each had meaty storylines that almost outshone the Number of the Week. And if The Machine does have a female consciousness, the third season may be POI’s Season of the HBIC. Fingers crossed. – Moff

“It’s ‘Root’ if you’re nice. ‘The Right Hand of God’ if you’re nasty.”

Parks and Recreation: The sixth season opener, “London,” started with an impromptu wedding between Ron Swanson and his girlfriend, Diane, which is probably one of the best weddings we’ve seen on television.

We hear ya, Leslie.

Leslie, meanwhile, was grappling with the reality of her recall election while she visited London to receive an award, and the bitterness that comes with a thankless job. Between speeches from Ron and April to cheer her up, along with exciting news from Ann and Chris, Leslie seemed to break out of her funk. We were also delighted to see Peter Serafinowicz appear as Lord Covington, as well as Henry Winkler as Jean-Ralphio’s father, Dr. Sapperstein. The highlight of the episode was Ron’s tour of the Lagavulin distillery, which Leslie had sent him on as a surprise. – Kerry

Tune OUT

NCIS: LA: It’s funny. While NCIS managed to start off its 11th season with an interesting, if not earth-shaking premiere, its younger sibling started off its fifth season with a less than impressive outing. Maybe it’s that I can’t quite accept Christopher Lambert as a villain when I keep expecting him to whip out a katana and battle to the death. Maybe it’s how played out the Janvier storyline feels at this point, especially as we seem to know no more about him than we did at his introduction. Or maybe I just don’t like seeing Eric Christian Olsen looking so defeated. Tsk, tsk, show. Tsk tsk. – Moff

Come back to Greendale, Vaughn. It’s safe now, we swear. Jeff graduated.

The Michael J. Fox Show (second episode): The story was predictable, and while it had a few good lines, it was nowhere as good as the pilot. The plot of Mike hitting on his neighbor, and belittling his co-worker, Harris, was off-putting even after his explanation. – Becca

Moms: Like Dads, it feels as if everyone is too good for this show. The tagline could be ‘history keeps repeating itself,’ with the three generations of women having close to the same storylines. A good Chuck Lorre show would be Dharma and Greg, not this. The only way it would become interesting is if it was Salem, from Sabrina the Teenage Witch, doing the daily affirmations at the beginning of the show because he was slowly trying to take over the world. – Becca

Talk about unlucky black cats.