Television Boyfriends, Better than the Real Thing?

June 18, 2009

Every young girl remembers their first love. For me, his name was Dan and we met in the preschool playground. It was true love – he shared his chicken fingers with me at lunch and always requested to sleep next to me during nap time. It seemed like I had found the man of my dreams. Then, reality hit: First grade. I was going to one elementary school and he was going to another, and we knew that although our love was strong enough to survive the long distance, we needed to branch out and meet new people. It was a hard decision to make, but Dan and I were just looking out for each other’s best interests.

After Dan and I separated, I never thought I could love again. But one day….”Boy Meets World” became a part of my after school routine. Every day after school, I would come home, eat a pickle, and sit in front of the TV and watch two episodes of “Boy Meets World.” While most of you probably watched “Boy Meets World” because of the intense romance between Corey and Topanga, I was focused on something, er, someone, else…..someone that made my heart yearn the same way it used to yearn for Dan: Shawn Rogers. Now, I know Shawn doesn’t have the best reputation – he’s a ladies man who has that bad boy thing going for him – but he took my television boyfriend virginity, and for that reason, he will forever have a place in my heart.

Now, I know some of you are like “TV boyfriend? What is that?” You might be thinking – “tough love is such a fool for loving these boys.” But let me tell you, I’m not alone – each woman (and man, TV girlfriends exist too!) has a TV boyfriend, whether they only watch Jeopardy! (Alex Trebek is shmokin), or if they have a variety of shows they are addicted to. Either way, TV boyfriends/girlfriends are serious. Think about it – our entire lives we are taught “chicks over dicks,” “bros before hos” – so, when we are faced with a tough decision (boyfriend/girlfriend or friends), we choose the latter because that’s what the right decision is. But shouldn’t that rule come into play with TV boyfriends/girlfriends? I mean, think about it, how many times have you “not felt like going out” because you just wanted to stay home and finish the third disc of “insert favorite show with hot tv boyfriend/girlfriend?” Wouldn’t THAT be violating the rules? I think so!

And so, readers of nonpretentious, I wonder – who are your television boyfriends? Who would persuade you to ditch your friends just to watch 17 more episodes of the shoe he stars in? Need inspiration? Read on for my list!


1) Logan Echolls (Veronica Mars)

2) Tim Riggins (Friday Night Lights)

3) Matt Saracen (Friday Night Lights)

4) Dan Humphrey (Gossip Girl)

5) Nate Archibald (Gossip Girl)

6) Alex Karev (Grey’s Anatomy)

7) Silas Botwin (Weeds)

8) Dexter (Dexter) – in a weird, he’d protect me way…

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17 Responses to “ Television Boyfriends, Better than the Real Thing? ”

  1. Hawkeye Carl on June 19, 2009 at 8:39 am

    tough_love, I love this piece. My mom is now 91 and she has a television boyfriend: Kobe Bryant. Never a sports buff, by mom has become a basketball aficionado and a Lakers fanatic because of him. I don't understand it, but it's harmless and does her good.

    Keep up the wonderful writing.

  2. eight bit on June 19, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    i used to crush on Alicia Witt's character in Cybill in a big way. my friday nights did not start til i got my fix.

  3. angel on June 25, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Shawn Rogers? WTF? His name is Shawn Hunter.

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  5. Charles Davis on July 20, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    i love football and lovestory that is why i like Friday Night Lights. ‘:.

  6. Lawn Aerator on December 13, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Friday Night Lights is a great tv series, i love the game and i love the story .,:

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