From ‘I Love Lucy’ to ‘The Simpsons’: Who are TV’s best and worst couples?

The news broke last week. Among the cascade of recent celebrity splits – Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner – was a couple that began dating on television four decades ago: Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog.

“After careful thought, thoughtful consideration and considerable squabbling, Miss Piggy made the difficult decision to terminate our romantic relationship,” the joint announcement said.

This followed earlier reports that Marge and Homer Simpson would be divorcing this fall – a story that caused so much consternation that the producers were forced to reveal that a plot line in Season 27 of “The Simpson” would have the couple getting legally separated, but not divorced.

And Luke and Laura of “General Hospital” ended their on-again/off-again relationship after 37 years, as Anthony Geary bid farewell to the soap opera and to his romantic counterpart, Genie Francis.

Relationships come and go on television, but these represent three of the most famous and longest-lived.

Miss Piggy and Kermit date their dating (they never married) to 1974 and the debut of “The Muppet Show.” Both characters will be part of the series’ revival this fall on ABC, leading some to conclude that the split might be a publicity stunt.

Likewise, the breakup of Marge and Homer Simpson, however brief, is likely to spur interest in the coming season of the Fox series. The Simpsons, after all, are a cultural institution and have been married for … well, you figure it out. They’ve been on TV since 1987, but Bart is still 10, so they have been married somewhere between 10 and 40 years.

When Geary’s last episode of “General Hospital” aired July 27, it ended the most famous relationship in soap-opera history. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Luke and Laura led a soap-opera boom that swept the nation. Their wedding in 1981 drew nearly 40 milluion viewers, and the “General Hospital” phenomenon even spawned a hit single that same year, “General Hospi-Tale” by one-hit wonders the Afternoon Delights.

This confluence of events spurred some thinking about the best and worst of TV couples. We examine some of the most important relationships of current shows as well as notable couplings from the past.

Click on the slideshow to see some of our favorite – and least favorite – TV pairings.

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