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I Asked People 'Who's Your Favorite On-Screen Couple — And What Makes You Love Them?'

All your relationship questions answered — right here, right now.

From rom-coms to sitcoms, love is everywhere you look on the silver screen, the small screen, and even your computer screen. We just can't seem to get enough of it, and it's easy to see why. Watching on-screen relationships unfold allows us to root for fictional friends the same way we would our real ones. 

As we witness these characters fall in love with each other, we often can't help but fall in love with their relationships ourselves. But what exactly is it about our favorite on-screen couples that makes us love them so much, and more importantly, what can we learn from the ways relationships are portrayed in pop culture? I took to the streets of New York to ask real people, "Who's your favorite on-screen couple and what makes you love them?" 

Here's what they said:  

1. Ruby and Sapphire (aka Garnet) from "Steven Universe" - Montana, 26

"I guess I would call them, like, alien superheroes, and they can fuse together to create one person," she said. "And it's a metaphor for a relationship, basically. When they're not together, they're very sad, or they're going through something really emotional and distressful ... they feel like they are better together, and they make each other better." She also loves Ruby and Sapphire because they are a gay couple, which is not only important to her but amazing to see on Cartoon Network. 

"They're my favorite couple because I think they emulate the positive and negative sides of relationships," she added. "I think there's an idealized view — a Disney view, if you wanna say — about what love means in our pop culture, and I think in reality, relationships are hard work ... Sometimes it's not enough, you have to actually be talking to the other person and sacrificing things for them, and they sacrifice things for you and you figure out how you make one whole relationship that works for both of you."

2. Ben and Leslie / April and Andy from "Parks and Recreation" - Aiss, 24

"They're two examples of positive couples that don't nitpick at each other. I feel like, on TV, a lot of couples secretly hate each other and that's the 'comedy," she explained. "It's just nicer to see couples that just support each other and genuinely like each other and have a friendship on top of a relationship." 

She believes it's important to see these kinds of positive, equal partnerships in pop culture so the next generation of viewers can learn from their relationships and emulate them. "Binging is a huge part of culture now, and I feel like if all you see is couples that argue ... and he's going down the wedding aisle with a 'Game Over' sign, it's just gonna influence people to think, 'Oh, well, this is normal,' " she added. "So it's good to see positive [relationships], and hopefully it'll influence positive in some way." 

3. Jim and Pam from "The Office" - Chris, 28

"The whole way they met, the lead-up [to Jim and Pam getting together] — it wasn't easy, and then it goes really well for a long time ... they seem to be sort of always on the same wavelength," he said. "I mean, granted the last season when he [Jim] gets his other job, and it gets messy, but there's just never a doubt that they're gonna make it .... As an audience member, there's no doubt that they're sticking together."  

The on-screen couple's unwavering love for each other not only inspired Chris, but is something he hopes to experience himself someday. "What I'm looking for is a relationship where you can count on it to last and that no one will throw in the towel," he added. "I question whether that fully unquestionable, no-doubt feeling exists in real life, but yeah, if it exists, that's what I'm looking for." 

4. Chuck and Blair from "Gossip Girl" - Yujin, 21

"They're such a power couple, in my opinion," she said. "They always support each other, and they are very competitive in a cute little way, so I think that makes an ideal couple." While Chuck and Blair may not be the nicest couple on the block, Sujin loves them for their strong bond and loyalty. 

"They're for each other until the end, even though they go through so many different phases," she continued. "You know, relationships they can be hard, they do have their ups and downs but in the end, you have to prevail, you can't give up on each other if you love each other." 

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