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Jul 21 2014 7:08am

What Couples Have Survived the Moonlighting Effect?


Last week, Heather reported on news that Arrow's Olicity (Oliver and Felicity) might actually become a couple.

While 'shippers might be filled with glee at the prospect, there is also concern that the couple, once together, won't be as satisfying as anticipated (see Rachel Hyland's excellent post HEA = RIP for more on this).

So we're asking today, what 'shipped couples are as good as fans thought they would be? What couples have avoided the Moonlighting Effect

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Megan Frampton
1. MFrampton
People on our Facebook page mentioned Cat and Bones, Charlie and Reyes, and Castle's couple. Someone on Twitter also mentioned Castle.

I'd say that Kate Daniels and Curran make the list, too.
Heather Waters (redline_)
2. redline_
I think that if anything, Oliver and Felicity will be an on-again, off-again relationship, which can be as much a death sentence as a too-soon HEA.

That said, I 100% believe good writing can overcome the so-called Moonlighting Effect (as Castle's showrunner and others have pointed out, Moonlighting started going downhill before Maddie and David got together). I REALLY hope the writers of The Mindy Project can prove this in Season 3 and beyond, 'cause nothing would make me sadder than being bored by Mindy/Danny. Eeep!
Carmen Pinzon
3. bungluna
Castle would be my first thought as far as TV couples go.

Bones and Sealy also come to mind, but the way the writers mishandled that get-together is still a sour note with me.

It used to be that happy couples having adventures together was the accepted norm: The Thin Man series (Nick and Nora Charles), Hart to Hart, Tommy and Tupense (Agatha Christie). Somewhere along the way it became de rigueur to have angsty couples getting together only to fall appart. I blame Whedon!

As for books, Urban Fantasy has several interesting couples that seem set for the course. Some examples:

1. Lili and Rule from Eileen Wilk's World of Lupi
2. Joanne and her Captain Morrison in the Walker Papers by C.E. Murphy
3. Kate and Curran from the series by Ilona Andrews (honorable mention to Andrea and Raphael!)
Heather Waters (redline_)
4. redline_
@bungluna --
Bones and Sealy also come to mind, but the way the writers mishandled that get-together is still a sour note with me.
So glad I'm not alone. I was SUCH a big fan of the show before they pulled that retcon first meeting business, suddenly having us believe they almost slept together the first time they met despite all the years of a slow build, and THEN with the out-of-the-blue pregnancy! I actually stopped watching the show after that, because I just couldn't get over how they botched all that potential. It's sad because I've always loved their chemistry and am sure the recent seasons have been fun to watch. I just can't!
Carmen Pinzon
5. bungluna
@redline- I stoped watching there for a while. Now I watch most of it, except for the ridiculous season enders / starters, and pretend that they were always a couple and all that stuff never happened.
Jennifer Proffitt
6. JenniferProffitt
Castle is also my vote. I think Beckett and Castle have kept up the tension and they are still a fun couple--Nathan Fillion could never be anything but. Plus, with the way they ended the season finale (which I'm 100% positive that Castle is fine) it keeps fans wanting more. Plus, I think it would be interesting with all of Castle's failed relationships that Kate and Castle might have a Goldie Hawn/Kurt Russell relationship where they get married and it ruins everything and then they get divorced but are still a couple afterwards, they just realized that putting the "married" label on it was too much. Not to say that I don't want them to get married--I do, but that might just be a way for them to keep the tension up!
Terri Rose
7. Terri L
I am tired of every show waiting to put a couple together till the very end just because they are worried about the moonlighting effect. The truth is... I enjoy some tension ... for awhile. If it is drug out to long I get bored and stop watching. I don't know... maybe I am the opposite of everyone else in that respect. I think that if a show has good writing and it isn't just about the will they/won't they then honestly it shouldn't matter. A good example for me is Vampire Diaries. I was starting to get bored with the will they/ won't they tension between Damon and Elena. When they finally got together I was interested in the show again because it allowed the writers to show some great damon/elena scenes but also to focus on other characters as well. From my perspective...if the entire show is about the couple then it is doomed to fail anyways. True blood is the opposite example of Vampire Diaries. I was waiting for Sookie and Eric because I have read the books. Yet all we got was a few episodes when he lost his memory. In my opinion they lost a great story when they deviated from the books way to much.
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