Curl up on the couch with these great TV couples

  • Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) and Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn) are up to no good in the Season 2 premiere of "Better Call Saul."

    Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) and Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn) are up to no good in the Season 2 premiere of "Better Call Saul." Courtesy of AMC

 
 
Updated 2/15/2020 7:20 AM

Some of us don't want to fight the crowds at a romantic restaurant Friday for Valentine's Day. Some of us are perfectly content to order a pizza and curl up on the couch in front of the TV.

If that describes you, you might enjoy watching these romantic small-screen couples tonight; they're some of my favorites.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Jimmy McGill and Kim Wexler

TV's most lovable lawyers return Sunday, Feb. 23, when "Better Call Saul's" fifth season begins on AMC, but I doubt we'll see them together very much now that this "Breaking Bad" prequel has reached the point where Jimmy abandons all scruples and becomes ambulance-chasing Saul Goodman.

But oh man, it was good while it lasted, especially in the Season 2 premiere in which Kim gets an amuse-bouche of the dark side and helps Jimmy con their way to a free but extravagant dinner. (They did more than curl up on the couch that night.)

Former Naperville resident Bob Odenkirk and Rhea Seehorn make us love Jimmy and Kim the most when they are at their worst. That's exciting and sexy, yes, but we all know it's going to end badly. Sigh.

"Killing Eve" keeps Sandra Oh's MI5 agent and Jodi Comer's assassin apart much of the time.
"Killing Eve" keeps Sandra Oh's MI5 agent and Jodi Comer's assassin apart much of the time. - Courtesy of BBC America
Eve Polastri and Villanelle

OK, so your typical romance doesn't involve the lovers stabbing and shooting each other, but "Killing Eve" is not your typical TV show.

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Adapted first by Phoebe Waller-Bridge from a series of novels by Luke Jennings, this BBC America potboiler keeps Sandra Oh's harried MI5 agent and Jodi Comer's mononymous assassin apart for most of its 16 episodes. But when these two enemies come together, obsession and attraction take over -- and, yes, blood is usually spilled. Love is complicated, you know?

"Killing Eve" has been renewed for a third and fourth season; no word yet as to when we'll see those.

Henry Ian Cusick played time-traveling romantic Desmond Hume on "Lost." (Well, I guess technically it was only his brain doing the time traveling. It's hard to explain.)
Henry Ian Cusick played time-traveling romantic Desmond Hume on "Lost." (Well, I guess technically it was only his brain doing the time traveling. It's hard to explain.) - Associated Press
Desmond Hume and Penny Widmore

If you watched "Lost," the ABC smash that made co-creator J.J. Abrams a household name, you know why the British lovers played by Henry Ian Cusick and Sonya Walger are on this list.

If you didn't watch "Lost," comprehending the full breadth of their relationship would require an encyclopedic knowledge of the show's mysteries, a flowchart and even, dare I say, a glossary of terms. In short: Hearing Penny's voice over the phone is so powerful for Desmond that his brain stops traveling between two time periods. (Yeah, that's the kind of stuff that happened on "Lost.")

The episode featuring that scene, 2008's "The Constant," might be the most romantic hour of television this sci-fi nerd has ever seen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Yes, video games are capable of romantic couples, such as Elena Fisher (voiced by Emily Rose) and Nathan Drake (voiced by Nolan North), seen here in "Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception."
Yes, video games are capable of romantic couples, such as Elena Fisher (voiced by Emily Rose) and Nathan Drake (voiced by Nolan North), seen here in "Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception." - Associated Press
Nathan Drake and Elena Fisher

Never heard of these two? They've been hunting treasure on TV sets since 2007 -- provided you have a PlayStation.

The four main entries in the "Uncharted" series, created by Amy Hennig, prove that video games can give us characters as relatable and lovable as those on any TV show.

The highlight of 2016's "Uncharted 4: A Thief's End" isn't the stressful prison break or the high-speed chase where Nathan, your avatar, grabs a rope and has to fend off baddies while being dragged by a truck -- it's a dialogue scene in which our heroes eat dinner on the couch in their living room. Credit the writing, but also the subtle performances on the motion-capture stage by Nolan North and Emily Rose.

I'm only half joking about this one ... :)
I'm only half joking about this one ... :) - Associated Press
Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert

Yes, they bickered -- a lot -- but when downtown's famous film critics bonded over a movie, you could feel their bond, too. The light dancing in their eyes as they praised all the little details in "Fargo", which they both hailed as a masterpiece? Just magical.

• Sean Stangland is a Daily Herald Assistant News Editor who's only kind of joking about that last one. Follow him on Twitter at @SeanStanglandDH.

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