A TV couple spends long hours together on set– they are thrown together constantly, there are countless love scenes, there are bust ups, and there are occasionally fun times. Sometimes the two actors involved fall in love in real life, while other times they become friends. The worst thing that can happen is that they don’t get along, argue and grow to hate one another. The true professionals grin and bear it while others whine and demand their their TV significant other be written out of the show or replaced. Here are 15 TV Couples Who Actually Despised Each Other.
15. Mulder And Scully – The X-Files
Mulder and Scully hate one another? The answer to that seems to be yes. Back when the original series of The X-Files was airing in the 1990s, Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) were victims of the show’s success. They were forced to work long hours in close proximity. Duchovny has gone on record saying that there were times when they were so sick of one another that they fought constantly and got to the point where they could not stand to be in the same room together. Even though Duchovny and Anderson could not stand one another, the chemistry between their characters is skillfully maintained by two talented actors.
14. Puck And Santana – Glee
Mark Salling and Naya Rivera hate one another. Their characters on Glee, Puck (Salling) and Santana (Rivera) have an on-again-off again, love-hate relationship that is always interesting to watch. In real life, Salling and Rivera were involved in a relationship during the first season of the show. It seems that their turbulent on-screen relationship mirrored their off-screen one. After the first season wrapped and the cast went off on summer break, Salling began “cheating” on Rivera with other women. Rivera responded by keying and egging his Lexus, which pretty much meant that the love-hate relationship was now permanently based on hate. After that, the writers made certain that the two had few scenes together.
13. Charlie And Kate – Anger Management
Selma Blair makes no secret of her hatred for Charlie Sheen. In Anger Management, Charlie (Sheen) and Kate (Blair) are therapists and anger management specialists who compete against one another on every level. It’s a true love-hate affair. Eventually, the inevitable happens and the two become lovers. Now, Charlie Sheen has a reputation for being difficult at the best of times. Blair complained about Sheen’s behavior on set. She maintains that an angry Sheen confronted her and insisted that she be sacked.
12. Castle And Becket – Castle
Nathan Filllion and Stana Katic are not the best of friends. Castle tells the story of successful crime writer Rick Castle (Fillion) and NYPD detective Kate Becket (Katic), a battling love-hate duo that join forces to investigate crimes in New York City. In real life Fillion and Katic hated one another, and that this is why she left the show after eight seasons. If there was already animosity between Fillion and Katic, her leaving the show did nothing to ease the tension, because after her departure it was announced the show would not be renewed.
11. Ross And Rachel – Friends
For ten years– from 1994 to 2004– Friends fans were enthralled with the exploits of six young friends living in New York City. It has become a classic and a must-watch show even now, some thirteen years after its last episode. Ross (David Schwimmer) and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), for example; the on screen chemistry between the two appears strong, but, in real life, things were not so cozy. When Jennifer Aniston went on The Late Show with David Letterman in 2010, she confirmed that Schwimmer was engaged, but didn’t know to whom. This annoyed Schwimmer a lot, and things got worse when Schwimmer was not invited to Aniston’s wedding to Justin Theroux.
10. Tarek And Christina El Moussa – Flip or Flop
After eight years of marriage, Flip or Flop stars Tarek and Christina El Moussa called it quits in early 2017. It seems that there had been an extraordinary amount of tension between the two, which ended in near tragedy with a fight that involved a gun.
9. Penny And Leonard – Big Bang Theory
The show has been a huge success, with Cuoco, who plays Penny, earning $1 million per episode. In the show, Penny is paired off with geeky Leonard, played by Johnny Galecki, whom she dated in real life. After she and Galecki split up in real life, Cuoco went on to date equestrian Karl Cook in a very splashy, tabloid-intensive way. She seemed to be hogging the spotlight, leaving her co-stars in the shade. That, plus her allegedly diva “I’m the big star” behavior on set, has alienated Galecki and other cast members. Galecki and Cuoco used to be on-set allies, but this is no longer the case.
8. Jackie And Kelso – That 70’s Show
The whole world knows that, these days, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are happily married, but it was not love at first sight, as it appears that, when they first met on the set of That 70’s Show, it was not a match made in heaven. They played love birds Jackie and Kelso, with Ashton giving Mila her first kiss. They are a cute, funny, and adorable TV couple. Off camera, however, it was a different story, with many saying they couldn’t stand one another.
7. Blake And Alexis – Dynasty
The battles of Blake and Alexis on 1980’s soap Dynasty carried over into the relationship between John Forsythe and Joan Collins, who star as the battling divorced couple in the hit soap opera. Collins has said that Forsythe never warmed to her and kept her at arm’s length for most of their time together on the show. She thinks that the hatred and animosity between Blake and Alexis might have rubbed off onto Forsythe.
6. George And Susan – Seinfeld
When they were filming “Seinfeld,” Jason Alexander found it impossible to work with actress Heidi Swedberg. Alexander plays George and Swedberg is Susan. The characters, a constant on again and off again relationship, with Susan and George eventually becoming engaged. George and Susan are both quirky characters viewers enjoy, but they can occasionally be pretty insufferable. It seems that Alexander wasn’t just annoyed with Susan, but also with actress Swedberg. So he eventually got the scriptwriters to write her out of the show.
5. Ryan And Marissa – The OC
The OC is a minefield of feuds and angry egos. Ryan, played by Ben McKenzie, is a kid from the wrong side of the tracks who gets involved with a group from Orange County– the California rich kids. Marissa, portrayed by an already troubled Mischa Barton, is a hard-headed rich kid out to show the world that she is s boss. In real life, Barton’s life wasn’t as neat. She was already on course for a series of run-ins with the law, including a DUI and possession of marijuana. Her addictions, plus her diva behavior, caused problems with McKenzie.
4. Luke And Lorelai – Gilmore Girls
Fans may be shocked to learn that the actors who played Luke and Lorelai on Gilmore Girls aren’t on friendly terms. The show is set in a fictional Connecticut town with the idyllic name of Stars Hollow. It ran for seven seasons and managed to attract a loyal fan base. Graham and Patterson never really hit it off. When Patterson was interviewed and asked if he and Graham were friends, he came out with a “no” that was a little too loud and long.
3. Elena And Damon – Vampire Diaries
Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Damon (Ian Somehalder) have what might be called a “dark”– and sometimes deeply troubled– relationship. During The Vampire Diaries‘ early run, rumors of a real life hook up between Dobrev and Somehalder began making the rounds. For nearly three years, they kept the off-screen romance under wraps– or, at least they tried to keep it secret. Everything was kept under wraps until the couple broke up. Things only got worse when Somehalder started dating someone else. Dobrev left the show after the 2015 season, but returned for the finale in 2017.
2. Brooke And Lucas – One Tree Hill
When Chad Michael Murray and Sophia Bush were thrown together to play Lucas and Brooke in One Tree Hill, nobody could have predicted the disaster than was ahead for both of the actors and the show. The two dated for only five months before getting married in 2005. By 2006, Bush was in court asking for an annulment. When the court said no to an annulment, the two later filed for divorce. So, the divorced couple weren’t exactly thrilled about being in one another’s company in the show. In real life, Murray and Bush don’t care for one another. No one knows what happened in the marriage, but Bush has said they should have never married in the first place.
1. Mike And Julie – Growing Pains