’90s TV couples give columnist hope for romance

By Jen Weddle

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and it makes me reminisce on all the relationships of the past–especially the relationships that made me dream of having that something special with someone.

Ah, to be young and in love and star in a ’90s teen series–a girl can dream.

Relationships like Cory and Topanga’s from “Boy Meets World” and Winnie and Kevin’s from “The Wonder Years” gave me such high expectations for my love life. If given the chance to choose the best relationships from our childhood, the ones that endured so much but still managed to stay together, who would be deemed as a success and who would be a failure?

I might just have the answers to those questions and more.

Winnie and Kevin from “The Wonder Years”

Rating: Failure

Junior high is all about first kisses and crushes, but there’s something else that can be attached to that: first heartbreaks.

If you’ve never seen “Wonder Years,” you’re missing out on what it was like to find first love. That’s what Kevin finds in Winnie, but it doesn’t stay that way and Kevin ends up being heartbroken. Their relationship was so on-again and off-again that it could give a person whiplash, but there are fans out there that still think of Kevin and Winnie as the best couple from the ’90s.

“My favorite couple was Kevin and Winnie from ‘“The Wonder Years,’” siad junior nursing major Travis Dyer. “They were more realistic than other couples on TV at the time.”

Cory and Topanga from “Boy Meets World”

Rating: Success

Cory and Topanga’s relationship isn’t for everyone, but it was my favorite relationship out of all of the others just because it was so rare to find a childhood sweetheart and stay with them.

I was a child myself, but I would often look around my classroom wondering if my Cory was sitting next to me. He wasn’t, and I wasn’t exactly disappointed about that revelation. When you watched the show, you just knew that Cory and Topanga were going to get married one day and have kids because of their one-of-a-kind relationship. It’s not that they were perfect; they were less than perfect, but they fought to stay together and I think that’s what made them such a great couple, worthy enough to be idolized.

Zack and Kelly from “Saved by the Bell”

Rating: Success

“Saved by the Bell” was an excellent series because it was so far-fetched. Was it really cool to hang out in a diner? And I’ve never met anyone on earth like Screech.

I don’t know; I guess I didn’t live anywhere near Bayside High School, but the lives of Zack and Kelly and their relationship seemed pretty perfect. They were both popular, smart and beautiful. Kelly is the love interest of both Zack and Slater. Slater is a buff jock who is very full of himself, so it’s no surprise that Zack ultimately wins the heart of Kelly with his charm and wit. It also comes as no surprise that the gang reunites for the wedding of Kelly and Zack, so they do live happily ever after, after all.

Buffy and Angel from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”

Rating: Failure

Alright, this one is a little more tricky, but I had to rate it as a failure because Buffy and Angels’s relationship was so ironic.

Come on, a vampire slayer falling in love with a bloodsucking vampire? There is so much irony in that and we all know how it’s going to end. Think about sleeping next to your enemy every night. Was it surprising when Angel turned full-blown vampire on Buffy? Not really. I mean, what was she expecting–a cuddly teddy bear to hold her every night? It’s unfortunate that Angel leaves Buffy heartbroken, but they were star-crossed lovers to begin with. You should have picked Spike, Buffy.

Hey, at least Angel starred in his own series fighting off demon bad guys in Los Angeles.