Every year when Valentine's Day rolls around you can't help but think about your favorite TV show romances. From Joey and Pacey on "Dawson's Creek" to Oliver and Felicity on "Arrow," when love is on the air on TV, it's very potent.
Not all of the best relationships lead to romance, though. In fact, some of the very best ones are entirely platonic -- and that's exactly why we love them so much. So while you dig through your stash of chocolate hearts, take a look at Screener's favorite platonic couplings.
Ron and Leslie on 'Parks & Recreation'
How can you even have a list of TV's best platonic relationships without perhaps the best of all time. Without Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) and Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), we'd all be worse off. From the very beginning, their connection was something that would never be replicated anywhere and it was so perfect that "Parks and Rec's" final season revolved around it breaking down. Thank goodness they got a happy ending.
Don and Joan on 'Mad Men'
While Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and Joan Holloway (Christina Hendricks) never developed quite the intimate friendship that they both eventually built with Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss), they understood each other better than almost any other pair of characters on the show. We got scared in Season 5, when Joan mistakenly thought Don had approved the plan to have her sleep with a Jaguar rep -- but eventually they cleared it up, in a tear-jerking scene that gave Don the opportunity to finally tell Joan how much he respected her. Sadly, by the end of the series that same account led to their permanent estrangement, and Joan was one of the SCDP partners who voted to fire Don before the firm was sold.
Veronica and Wallace on 'Veronica Mars'
Teen Sherlock Holmes needs her Watson and that was Wallace (Percy Daggs III). Whenever Veronica (Kristen Bell) needed help or landed in trouble, she could always count on Wallace to be there for her. And when he needed help impressing a girl by solving a mystery, Ronnie was there to lend a hand. They also managed to survive their parents dating together, which is pretty impressive. We should all be so lucky to have high school friends like these two.
The Doctor and Donna on 'Doctor Who'
"Doctor Who" always tries to find the right chemistry between the Doctor and his companion. It's hard to find anyone who clicks better than the 10th (David Tennant) and Donna (Catherine Tate), though. These two had perfect comedic timing together and it was never about any sort of possible romantic subtext. The Doctor and Donna became unlikely best friends and we wish it would have lasted longer.
Michael and Pam on 'The Office'
If you look back at the first season of "The Office," it'd be hard to imagine Michael (Steve Carrell) and Pam (Jenna Fisher) becoming friends -- but somewhere along the way it happened. That's not always an easy task with your boss, but their connection simply worked. It even managed to survive Michael dating Pam's mom. In the end, Pam was one of those that pushed Michael to propose to the women he loved, which sent him away from the office. A great friend will do that, steer you in the right direction even if it means bad things for them.
Bonnie and Damon on 'The Vampire Diaries'
Bonnie (Kat Graham) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) had a hilarious frenemies thing going on for the first half of "The Vampire Diaries," but after getting trapped in a prison world together for months, they established a closeness that made hearts melt everywhere. While some might have wanted these two to couple up, we're glad they kept their platonic bond in tact. #BamonForever
Schmidt and Jess on 'New Girl'
It's hard to pin down Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Jess (Zooey Deschanel). On the surface, the two of them hanging out makes no sense. That said, being roommates with someone can change everything -- and that's how we ended up with the quirkfest that is their friendship. Thankfully, they haven't gone down the romance road, like Jess did with Nick (Jake Johnson). Don't ruin an amazing thing with feelings and sex.
Ichabod and Abbie on 'Sleepy Hollow'
Not since "The X-Files" has a pair of buddies been burdened with such sizzling charisma, charm and sex appeal -- but luckily for us all, Abigail Mills (Nicole Beharie) had no romantic interest in Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison), and he spent the majority of their time together as monster-hunting Witnesses trying to find his way back to wife Katrina (Katia Winter). Their partnership was perfectly balanced, frequently hilarious, and endlessly watchable -- and when Abbie sacrificed herself to save the world, Ichabod's immense grief spoke for us all.
Liz and Jack on '30 Rock'
This might be TV's most bizarre platonic relationship and that's why we love it so much. Liz (Tina Fey) and Jack (Alec Baldwin) couldn't be more different. She's nerdy and unsure of herself, Jack's ego is out of control and threatens to destroy entire galaxies. Yet they work well together both professionally and personally... Though we're half-convinced it's because nobody else could possibly put up with either of them.
Patrick and Dom on 'Looking'
Patrick Murray (Jonathan Groff) depended on his friends for a lot, but none more so than Dom Basaluzzo (Murray Bartlett). Ten years his senior and more apparently stable than anybody either of them knew, Dom was a confidante, big brother, and moral compass over the course of the show's two seasons, never blinking no matter how outrageous Patrick's behavior could be. After a year away, Patrick returns to San Francisco in the series' followup movie -- and demonstrates his newfound maturity with an honest and sweet conversation about their relationship, capped off with a poignant, failed first-and-last attempt at hooking up. Watching Dom and Patrick crack up in bed together was the perfect bookend to a stable relationship, and one of the show's all-time best moments, reminding us of what we loved best about its frankness and compassion, and the emotional intelligence that "Looking" always offered -- even if its characters were still learning to grow up.