Many TV shows struggle when their will-they-or-won’t-they characters get together. Where’s the drama if they’re supposed to live happily ever after? Unfortunately, this often means that the writers break those couples up under very dumb, anger-inducing circumstances.
Here are 11 TV couples who split for all the wrong reasons.
11 of the dumbest TV breakups
Willow and Oz, Buffy the Vampire SlayerYes, we know, Willow and Oz splitting up paved the way for Tara to show up, but it was still frustrating to see sweet, caring Oz suddenly get swept into the "allure" of creepy werewolf Veruca. As if he'd turn his back on Willow for that moody girl! No wonder Oz left town afterwards - he must have been so embarrassed.The WB
Casey and Dana, SportsnightAfter finally getting these two together, Sportsnight concocted a ridiculous plot in which Dana asked Casey to date other women for six months before they made their relationship official. Surprise! Her plan backfired, Casey met another woman he liked, and he and Dana never found their way back to each other.ABC
Julie Taylor and Matt Saracen, Friday Night LightsMatt and Julie's romance in the first season of FNL was one of its sweetest plot lines. Which was why it was so frustrating when Season 2 came along and Julie broke up with him out of nowhere for a not-that-cute lifeguard. Yes, Julie finally came to her senses and Matt forgave her, but viewers never really did.NBC
Kelly and both Dylan AND Brandon, Beverly Hills, 90210Midway through 90210's run, Kelly found herself torn between both Brandon and Dylan, and had to choose. Her final choice? Neither of them! "I choose me," she said. No woman is ever required to date anyone, but after weeks of build up, viewers wanted a better resolution than "I refuse to make a decision."FOX
Ross and Rachel, Friends"WE WERE ON A BREAK!" Everyone knows exactly what you're talking about when you say that. Ross and Rachel's breakup split viewers on who was in the right (did Ross cheat? Or were they broken up at the time?), but mostly it annoyed fans by splitting up the characters for YEARS afterwards. Break or not, just get them back together already!NBC
Felicity and Ben, FelicityAt the end of Felicity's run, she and her longtime, on-and-off beau Ben finally seemed to make things work, and it seemed like all was well in the world. Then the show unexpectedly received an extra five episodes to fill, which meant the show had to break them up again, and then actually send Felicity back in time to try to fix her mistakes. (Yes, really.)The WB
Ted and Tracy, How I Met Your MotherOK, technically Tracy actually died at the end of HIMYM, but what made it so maddening was that she clearly died so the writers could get Ted back together with Robin - you know, after the show had spent several seasons showing that he and Robin had grown apart and were no longer right for each other. Fans deserved better, and so did Tracy, who was easily the best part of the show's final season.CBS
Ann and Tom, Parks and RecreationNobody actually wanted Ann and Tom to get together (not even the other characters!), and it just seemed like the writers had run out of ideas. So it was impossible not to roll your eyes when the characters did realize they were wrong for each other, but decided to fake a relationship just so they could prove their nay-sayers wrong. Dumb, dumb, dumb.NBC
JD and Elliot, ScrubsScrubs never made it a secret that JD was kind of an idiot sometimes, but never was it more clear than in season 3 when he decided he was still in love with Elliot. After weeks of pressuring her to break up with her hot boyfriend (played by Scott Foley, for goodness sake!), JD gets Elliot to relent - only for him to immediately decide he doesn't actually love her or want to be with her. Yeesh.NBC
Joan and Adam, Joan of ArcadiaJoan and Adam's sweet, innocent romance was a highlight of Joan of Arcadia's first season, and the show made sure we all knew Adam was a kind, loyal boyfriend. Which is why it made absolutely no sense that in season 2, he began cheating on Joan simply because she wasn't ready to sleep with him yet. The show ended their relationship and destroyed one of their best characters.CBS
Schmidt and Cece, New GirlBesides Zooey Deschanel, these two are one of the most delightful parts of the FOX sitcom, which was why it was so frustrating to see them break up over nearly nothing at the end of season 1. Couldn't they have just talked out their problems? Luckily for fans, eventually they figure it all out and got married at the end of season 5.FOX