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TWoP 10: TV Couples We're Supposed to Care About — But Don't

These aren't necessarily the worst couples on TV this season (after all, Jim and Pam are missing from the list), but rather the romantic pairings whose fan followings are most disproportionate to our current interest levels. Granted, we may once been invested in their storylines at one time, but at this point we'd just wish that their respective shows would finally move beyond them.

10. Peter and Olivia (Fringe)
Granted, we cared for a minute when we thought there could be some weird William Bell/Peter/Olivia three-way, but by in large, we aren't particularly rooting for Peter and our Olivia to live happily ever after. Peter and Fauxlivia on the other hand...

9. Susan and Mike (Desperate Housewives
After all these years, we can't believe the show still finds ways to pull them apart and then get them back together again. What will come first, their happy ending, a permanent split, another internal organ failure for Susan or the series getting cancelled? We know which one we're rooting for.

8. Addison and Sam (Private Practice)
We were skeptical about this pairing from the get-go. Yes, they're both beautiful people who look even more stunning together, but they're not exactly a match made in heaven (or Malibu). They don't tell each other important things, like the fact that they've recently made out with their exes or that their mother committed suicide, and are hardly on the same page as far as having children are concerned. Why has their coupling taken up the majority of this season?

7. Chelsea and Adam, Leah and Corey, Jenelle and anyone (Teen Mom 2)
This season's couples should be a cautionary tale for viewers of any age: Chelsea is in a self-destructive relationship with Adam, who thinks she's spoiled and cheats on her but then gets back with her when he doesn't want to pay child support. Leah and Corey split up but then got married for their kids, even though she clearly wasn't ready. Finally, Jenelle hooked up with the disgusting Kiefer, continued to find places for him to live and bailed him out of jail because she missed him. If only they could destroy their lives in private instead of on the covers of every celeb magazine.

6. Crosby and Jasmine (Parenthood)
They're the constantly squabbling couple with nothing common except their young son. Does the show really expect us to be rooting for them to reconcile despite their many incompatibilities - not to mention Crosby's serious ineptitude, infidelity and immaturity -- out of some antiquated idea that unhappy parents should stay together "for the children"? These two characters are bad together and bad for each other. Let them stay broken up for both Jabbar's sake and ours.

5. Barney and Robin (How I Met Your Mother)
We can't stress enough how we wish we didn't have to wait at least two more years for Ted to finally reveal the identity of the titular mother, but even more than that, we really don't want to hear Barney whining about having lost his dream girl. It's annoying and out of character. Yes, in the real world, everyone needs to grow up sometime, but this is TV so let Barney stay a whorey manchild for as long as he wants.

4. Mark Ballas and Pia Toscano (Dancing With the Stars/American Idol)
These are technically not scripted characters, but we've never seen more of an obvious and annoying showmance unfolding between two reality stars looking to extend their modicum of fame, at least outside of The Bachelor. Pia (a "shockingly" eliminated Idol who most viewers have already forgotton) and Mark had a mutual friend (DWTS contestant Chris Jericho) fix them up, and now we're expected to go along with the story that they're a real couple and coo over how cute they are together.

3. Chuck and Blair (Gossip Girl)
He's sad and lonely because she's not paying attention to him, even though until five minutes ago he was busy hooking up with some other rich heiress. She's sad and lonely because she kissed a Humphrey (not Jenny) and then realized that she should not be slumming at this point in her life. The only things more tiring than the UES' most inevitable couple's repeated on-again, off-again status changes are the contrived reasons the show keeps coming up with to keep them apart.

2. Will and Emma (Glee)
So she didn't have sex with her husband because she wanted to remain pure for Will, even though he was hooking up with the sexy sub? Ugh. Once an endearing storyline, everything about this supposedly star-crossed couple now rankles us. Please either get them together or find each of them someone better before we have to watch Will scrub Emma's grapes again (we only wish that was a double entendre).

1. Chuck and Sarah (Chuck)
We spent several years rooting for them to hook up, but now we totally regret it. These two spies have become so boring, they're starting to remind us of the Undercovers couple, minus the sexpionage. Ever since Chuck and Sarah moved in together and then got engaged, the spark we felt between them has totally disappeared. We can't blame her dad for wanting to skip their wedding.

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