Everyone knows there is a fundamental difference between the magic of television and film and the day-to-day realities of life. When it comes to Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, this really doesn’t have much of an impact. Aside from a handful of serious enthusiasts, people can generally make the leap and be fine.
But, what happens if the show is more grounded? What happens if the relationships portrayed seem honest and sincere, but really aren’t? There are some TV Show Couples Who Would Never Work In Real Life. Interestingly, viewers can carry on lessons from these stories and apply them to their own relationship.
The Problems of Jim and Pam
Jim and Pam are adorable, lovely, and endearingly tied together on the many seasons of The Office. Though the show tried to add real strife in their relationship by the end of the series, they overcame it. The plot had a potential fling or affair thrown into the mix, but it never materialized. Perhaps this was the strongest part of their relationship in a narrative way, because the majority of the show was the two of them, wonderfully in love, working together, and teasing others.
Work and Home Life
The fact that Jim and Pam worked together was already enough. For the duration of the series, they spent about 15 feet apart at opposite desks. Pam was at the front desk. Jim was at the first (then second) desk next to her. He eventually moved to a back office after a raise, but they still worked together for years. They even played mean-spirited jokes in Dwight Shrute, the office punching bag.
In other words, it wouldn’t work. Their mean-spirited teaming up would get them fired. Working together is also messy, especially when kids get involved.
Capturing art in the real world doesn’t work. The best TV couples struggle immensely, but they often overcome challenges by the end of the hour. Challenges that continue do so because the show needs them to. Challenges are overcome because of the plot. Life doesn’t work that way. Viewers can take the good of TV relationships and apply them, knowing the whole time that their favorite characters live in a suspended reality.