Beverly Hills, 90210
Lesson: Good things come to those who wait. And wait. And wait.
Relationships bloomed and fizzled throughout the first seven seasons of Beverly Hills, 90210, but two things remained constant: the steadfast virtue of Donna Martin (Tori Spelling), and the sexual frustration of her on-again, off-again paramour David Silver (Brian Austin Green). But on May 21, 1997, the duo finally consummated their love in a Very Special Episode. Better still, the gal who didn’t believe in premarital sex was able to rope her man for good: Some three years later, Donna and David tied the knot on the 90210 series finale.
THE EDGE OF NIGHT (1956-1984)
This show, which followed intrepid lawyer Mike Karr (played by three actors over the course of the series: John Larkin, Laurence Hugo, and Forrest Compton) as he cracked cases all over the fictional city of Monticello, appealed to many because it was less a lovey-dovey baby-mama drama than a daytime serialized crime show. It even won an award from the Mystery Writers of America. Take that.