Cory and Topanga, Boy Meets World
Shipper name: Copanga
Fans couldn?t get enough of their perfect yin/yang relationship, so much so that news of the Girl Meets World spinoff set the Internet on fire.
Kevin and Winnie, The Wonder Years
Shipper name: Winnin, Kevinnie
Whether it was because of the late ’60s/early ’70s time frame, the cuteness of Fred Savage and Danica McKellar, we can’t say for sure. But the on-again off-again friendship/love of these two had fans enthralled straight through to the 1993 finale, when the romance was over but the friendship remained.
Pacey and Joey, Dawson's Creek
Shipper name: PJ
Dawson may have had his name in the title but it was Pacey who occupied that special place in Joey?s heart… and ours. And much like Pacey, we remember everything.
Angela Chase and Jordan Catalano, My So Called Life
Shipper name: JordAngela
The angst and confusion of first love was so palpable watching these two that you just wanted Angela to be able to call that aloof Adonis her own, despite his less-than-sparkling personality.
Rory and Jess, Gilmore Girls
Shipper name: Jory
Talk about opposites attracting. The odds were against good guy Dean keeping his Harvard-bound girlfriend Rory once bad boy Jesse came to town. It wasn’t always pretty and wouldn’t work out in the end but these two kept it interesting.
Becca and Jesse, Life Goes On
Shipper name: Besse
The final two seasons of this series saw the spotlight move from Corky (Chris Burke) to his sister’s relationship with HIV positive Jesse. While controversy surrounded the show because of that storyline — a sign of the times in 1992, fans were completely invested in the lovable couple’s potential to make their relationship work. And they did, for a time, even getting married. But in another sign of the times, Jesse would eventually die.
Amy and Ephram, Everwood
Shipper name: Greenies/Ephramy
It was love at first sight for Ephram but not so for Amy, and therein lay the challenge that kept fans invested straight through to the finale when they gave it just one more shot.
Kelly and Brandon, Beverly Hills, 90210
Shipper name: BK
We know, we know. You were either a Dylan girl or a Brandon girl but we’re going with the two who we really wanted to see together.
Whitley and Dwayne Wayne, A Different World
Shipper name: Dwitley
The only person in the world who could deal with someone as tightly wound as debutante Whitley was this jokey math nerd in flip shades. Despite their ups and downs, they couldn’t have ended on a better note: he interrupted her wedding to another man. She left her groom for Dwayne and they immediately got married instead.
Buffy and Spike/Angel, Buffy
Shipper names: Bike/Bangel
Few women could say they’d had their choice of two smoking hot undeads. But then again, she is the slayer. Angel may have been the tortured soul that many fans fell in love with but it was Buffy’s adversary turned friend turned lover, Spike, that many other fans were championing. He was just so wrong it was right.
Joanie and Chachi, Happy Days
Shipper name: Chanie, Joachi
Fans couldn’t get enough of this singing pair. So much so that they carried them on to their own show, Joanie Loves Chachi. Okay, that was only for two short seasons but Fonzie’s cousin and Richie’s sister found their way back to the warm embrace of Happy Days and a series finale wedding.
Zack & Kelly, Saved by the Bell
Shipper name: Zelly
The show may have been wacky and those less familiar with it mainly remember Screech above all else, but when a generation of girls wanted to be a Kelly and date a Zack, you know you have arrived.
DJ and Steve, Full House
Shipper name: DJ-Steve
Steve wrestled his way into DJ’s heart and ours, only to disappear again after heading to college. Fans had to be content with that one last prom date and kiss in the series finale.
Seth and Summer, The OC
Shipper name: Sethummer
Seth Cohen and Summer Roberts showed us that the geeks shall indeed inherit the earth. The nerdy loner whose best friend was a plastic horse got the tough-talking cutie to fall in love with him, one awesome, totally swoon-worthy public declaration of love at a time. Their rapid-fire banter brought highs to the sudsy drama, and ruined normal high school guys for quirky 16-year-olds the world over in the process. —Erin Strecker
Steve and Laura, Family Matters
Shipper name: Staura
For those who saw Steve Urkel as something more than his ubiquitous catchphrase (”Did I do thaaaaat?”), it only seemed fair that he should end up with his lifelong crush, neighbor Laura Winslow. So her choice of nerdy Steve over suave Stefan at the end of the series validated years of hanging with the Winslows.