Best Shipper Moments of 2017
From kisses to babies, here are the relationship moments we won’t soon forget from 2017.
Betty and Archie kiss, Riverdale
Of all the Riverdale ships, Barchie has been the most drawn out. Betty first pronounced her love for her childhood bestie in the show’s pilot, but ever since Archie turned her down, both have found happiness in other relationships: Archie with Veronica and Betty with Jughead. But the second season saw something change in the way these two were looking at each other, and in the midseason finale, they shared a kiss… although, so did Veronica and Archie. So the question is: Who will win in this game of battle… ship? (Get it?) —Samantha Highfill
Dany and Jon’s cousin-cest boat sex, Game of Thrones
After a long buildup of sexual tension and knee-bending pleas, Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow finally gave in to their desires for a steamy bout of boat sex, where we — and Dany — get confirmation that Jon has the best posterior in Westeros. Unfortunately, the moment was a little (okay, a lot) ickified by the fact that we know Jon’s a Targaryen, too… even though he and Dany haven’t found that out yet. —Isabella Biedenharn
The entirety of the Pretty Little Liars finale
The long-running ships on Pretty Little Liars had their ups and downs in the final seasons — Spencer threatened Haleb’s happiness, Toby had a fiancée who went from being his wife to his widow in… minutes, Aria and Ezra dealt with his missing girlfriend (oh, and the threat of some unsavory lawsuits), and we just never knew what was going on with Ali and Emily. But in the series finale, every couple got a happy ending: Aria and Ezra finally got married and set a meeting with an adoption agency, Hanna and Caleb are married and pregnant, Emily and Ali are engaged and raising the twins that Ali carried with Emily’s eggs, and Spencer and Toby are just… back together. But after everything they went through, that’s satisfying enough for us. —I.B.
Kat and Adena's airport hook-up, The Bold Type
Nothing forces a love story like potentially losing the person you love. That’s what Kat faced when Adena decided to fly back to New York from Paris but was held at customs and forced to return home. So Kat did the only thing she could: She met Adena at the airport so that they could at least have one last romantic night together. And despite being in an airport, it was pretty romantic. —S.H.
Claire and Jaime reunite, Outlander
Ah, the print shop. After far too many years apart, Claire returned to the past to find Jamie at his new place of work, and he was so surprised to see her that he passed out. It might not sound that exciting, but the kiss (and night together) that followed was worth the wait. —S.H.
Nancy and Jonathan kiss, Stranger Things
Anyone who’s ever watched Stranger Things knows Nancy and Steve were never endgame material, right? It was always just a matter of when and how Nancy and Jonathan would get to together — and boy, was it worth it. After the two confronted journalist/conspiracy theorist Murray in their quest for truth and justice for Barb, they were forced to repeatedly deny any feelings they had for each other. And then they just couldn’t deny them anymore. —Breanne L. Heldman
Double wedding, Crisis On Earth X
If you’ve been following the Arrowverse since the beginning, then this is the moment you’ve been dreaming of for almost six years. In the final hour of his uber crossover, Barry and Iris finally tied the knot in a small ceremony officiated by Arrow’s Diggle; however, they weren’t the only ones who got hitched. On-again, off-again couple Oliver and Felicity, who had spent most of the crossover arguing about the topic of marriage, interrupted their wedding to get married, too! Was that super rude of Felicity? Yes. But was it kind of cute? Definitely yes. —Chancellor Agard
Eleanor and Chidi sleep together, The Good Place
How this happened, we still don’t know. But that it continues to happen is no mystery. Eleanor and Chidi continue to discover the Bad truth about the Good Place no matter how many times Michael resets them, and that journey often sends them to the Medium Place. In the current round, Mindy St. Claire showed Eleanor a video of one of her and Chidi’s previous visits — and it involved the two of them in bed. —B.L.H.
Jane and Rafael kiss, Jane the Virgin
Many years ago (in show time), Jane had to choose between Rafael and Michael. Spoiler: She chose Michael. The two were married, and they got their happy-ever-after. But then Michael died. Cut to three years later, and Rafael had become Jane’s best friend. Jane then entered a romantic relationship with Adam, her first love, but when that ended, she found herself back in Rafael’s arms. And this time, it seems like the feelings are mutual. —S.H.
That split second in the X-Files promo where Mulder and Scully are in bed together
Context be damned — sometimes hope is all you need. In the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it tease heard ‘round the internet, a recent X-Files promo revealed Mulder and Scully in bed together for the first time since the franchise’s second movie in 2008. And later promos promise even more fun for the not-so-estranged couple (what’s that about handcuffs now?). The X-Files didn’t air new episodes in 2017, but it still managed to give fans more romantic content than the show has delivered in a while. —Kelly Connolly
Maggie and Alex say "I love you," Supergirl
Alas, their relationship didn’t last into season 3. But, for the moment, let’s ignore that and focus on their happier times — specifically when they exchanged those important three words, eight letters. In season 2’s “Alex,” Alex and Maggie declared their love to each other after a stressful day which saw Alex kidnapped and almost killed. If you somehow weren’t on the Sanvers train before this sweet and tender moment, you definitely were after watching it, because their love for each other felt so damn genuine. —C.A.
Booth's pep talk to Brennan, Bones
When an explosion in the lab left Brennan with brain trauma that made it impossible for her to do her job, she was forced to question who she was without her intelligence. So she went where she always did when nothing made sense: straight to Booth. In an impassioned speech, Brennan’s husband reassured her that he still knew who she was, and her identity had nothing to do with her ability to solve crime. He also managed to throw in callbacks to some of the couple’s defining moments, from their “Hot Blooded” duets to that rainy pool house kiss. Brennan’s brain wound up healing just fine, but even if it hadn’t, this was the moment that proved she and Booth would both be okay. —K.C.
Jackson and Ethan are together, Teen Wolf
Perhaps the greatest moment of Teen Wolf‘s final season involved the return of two beloved characters, Jackson and Ethan. Not only did they reappear, but when they did, they were in a relationship. It was a great surprise for fans, and within minutes of watching them interact, it was also evident that they made a perfect couple. —S.H.
Manning and Halstead kiss, Chicago Med
While the first two seasons of Chicago Med often reminded us that we were supposed to be cheering for docs Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto) and Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) to move out of the friend zone, no one was really quite prepared for season 3 to kick off with a smooch that would cement Manstead as a couple. —B.L.H.
Jake proposes to Amy, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
It was the greatest heist of all: title of their sex tape? For most of the Nine-Nine’s annual Halloween competition, Jake and Amy spat loving insults at each other while fighting to claim the title of Amazing Detective Slash Genius. But the antics turned romantic when Amy found herself holding the championship belt at the stroke of midnight, only to realize it was actually inscribed with a question: “Amy Santiago, will you marry me?” She turned to find Jake down on one knee. The surprise engagement wasn’t even the episode’s only swoon-worthy moment: It turns out Jake decided he was going to propose when Amy found a typo in a crossword puzzle. Romantic epiphanies really are dope. —K.C.
Everything about the Vampire Diaries ending
No matter which couple you shipped, the final episodes of The Vampire Diaries gave you something to love. There was the Steroline wedding, the Delena reunion (and off-screen wedding), the Klaroline letter, and of course, the Stelena goodbye, allowing the show’s original couple the most time to say farewell… one last time. —S.H.
Jess and Nick's elevator kiss, New Girl
Jess and Nick’s first kiss — you know, the one in the hallway that you rewound and rewatched an embarassing amount of times: great. Jess and Nick’s ensuing relationship story line: meh. Jess and Nick’s elevator kiss in the season 6 finale, a moment episodes in the making: brilliant. After plenty of anticipation — and Jess’ near departure — the two finally meet in the elevator of the apartment building where it all started and passionately embrace. Bonus: It’s scored by Lorde’s “Green Light,” a song that only amplifies how exhiliarting their long-awaited romantic reunion is. —Ariana Bacle
Emma is pregnant, Once Upon a Time
It was the moment that launched a huge sigh of relief for Once fans. Knowing that Jennifer Morrison was leaving the show, fans feared that Emma and Hook’s happily-ever-after would be ruined. Instead, it only got better when she revealed to Henry that she and Hook were expecting their first child together. —S.H.
Rick and Michonne's romantic dinner, The Walking Dead
Who said romance is dead in the apocalypse?! When Rick and Michonne take a little trip to scavenge for guns, they come upon a massive storage of both firearms and canned food and military RTE (ready to eat) meals. The two make quite the night of it, dining by candlelight and laughing together — especially when Rick surprises his katana-wielding lady with some chili mac ‘n’ cheese. Swoon. —B.L.H.
Jonah and Amy kiss, Superstore
After years of will-they-won’t-they teases, all it took was a tornado to force Jonah and Amy to admit their feelings for each other. In a moment of utter chaos, they shared their first kiss… but sadly, as soon as the tornado passed, so did the moment. Who knows how long we have to wait until the next lip-lock? —S.H.
Hayley and Elijah say "I love you," The Originals
It only took four seasons for them to finally admit their love. Hayley and Elijah’s relationship has been complicated for years, whether we’re talking about the whole “she has a kid with his brother” thing or the “he was stuck in a magical realm for five years” thing. But in the fourth season, not only were they a couple, but they finally said those three words. And we’ll pretend everything stayed great after that. —S.H.
Danny and Mindy end up together, The Mindy Project
The title of The Mindy Project‘s series finale says it all: “It Had To Be You.” Mindy realizes she’s never stopped loving Danny, so she races to the hospital where he’s with his recovering mom. The only problem is, Danny doesn’t get that she’s making a romantic gesture until his family members point it out to him. Luckily, it’s not too late. The two reveal how much they still and always have meant to each other, kiss, and then sit back on the couch to watch some TV together while a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire” plays on. It’s not nearly as grand as some of The Mindy Project‘s best romantic climaxes, and that’s where its strength lies: Mindy and Danny don’t need big, splashy moments. They just need each other (and maybe some sour straws). —A.B.
Jackson and April's Montana hook-up, Grey's Anatomy
Jackson and April may be divorced, but they have a baby… and history… and chemistry. And all of that came to a head during their bottle episode in season 13 where they headed to Montana to save a little girl. And once she’s saved, they’re wired… and get down to business. But then, sadly, that moment stayed in that bottle episode, and now the show is trying to make Jaggie happen. Sigh. —B.L.H.