11 Times Fictional Couples Taught Us Real Relationship Lessons

Jim and Pam from The Office
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Whether it's learning to compromise or finding ways to keep that spark alive, our fave on-screen couples show us how to love in the best way.

Your favorite movies, TV shows and books offer more than a form of weekend entertainment—they also offer relationship advice, often illustrated through the iconic characters we adore. Here, we share some of our favorite fictional couples who taught us a thing or two about relationships. If only they could come to life so we could go on a double date…

Monica Geller and Chandler Bing, Friends

Friendship makes for a great romantic relationship.

Eric Forman and Donna Pinciotti, That 70s Show

Saying 'I love you' for the first time may seem scary, but it's an important step.

Morticia and Gomez Addams, The Addams Family

A little PDA isn't always a bad thing.

Dre and Rainbow Johnson, Black-ish

In-laws are a reality and you have to learn to get along with them.

Derek Shepherd and Meredith Grey, Grey's Anatomy

Sometimes arguments make your relationship stronger.

Mia and Sebastian, La La Land

It's rewarding to help someone you love follow their dreams.

Hazel Grace and Gus, The Fault in Our Stars

Seeing someone at their worst can make you an all-around more empathetic person.

Uncle Phil and Aunt Viv, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air

It's important to find ways to keep the love—and fun—alive.

Jim and Pam, The Office

Unconditional love is the best kind of love.

Sookie and Jackson, Gilmore Girls

The first stages of a relationship can be awkward, but they're also so fun.

Tami and Eric Taylor, Friday Night Lights

A solid foundation of trust and respect make a relationship strong.