The chemistry between the two lead actors can make or break a television show. Even more so when the show happens to be a romantic comedy. Any sitcom about a married couple needs believable leads to be considered a success. To capture the chemistry of a real-life relationship, some shows have actually tried to cast real-life couples. Of course, that's easier said than done. For one, it's incredibly hard to find husband-wife duos who are actually funny. Not to mention, Hollywood relationships are hard to maintain. It simply means that more often than not, it doesn't work out and ends in divorce. When that happens, it's not just the marriage that falls apart but the hit show too. Still, there's no denying that you can't fake that kind of chemistry. The ones that TV couples in real life have, that is. Some actors were less fortunate enough to be paired with TV partners that had to pretend that they were in love. But, there were lucky couples who got to show their romance on-screen with their actual significant others. There are also times when an on-screen couple starts out as exactly that but slowly turns into something more. The TV show Odd Couple is a great example of an on-screen love affair that bloomed into a real-life marriage. Whether it worked out in the end or not, these loving and lovable partnerships made for some great television. So if you're looking for a sitcom couple married in real life, then this list is for you!
Jack Klugman and Brett Somers were partners in "The Odd Couple." The show's premise involved two recently divorced men rooming together. At the time, Brett Somers was one of the sharpest minds on "Match Game" and in this show, she portrayed Oscar Madison's ex. Somers and Klugman eventually divorced in 1977 after what could be said as a failed fictional marriage.
Bob Crane and Sigrid Valdis are in love in this World War II prison camp. Col. Hogan and Hilda have always had a flirtatious, kissing relationship. But, their romance runs deeper than merely physical. There was a point in the show when the German secretary drops his imprisoned lover a hint that she wants an engagement ring in exchange for helping him. In 1970, the two actors got married on the set of the sitcom.
Danny DeVito plays the role of Louie, a high-strung head dispatcher at the taxi depot. He's in a constant on-and-off-again relationship with his girlfriend Zena whose played by Rhea Perlman. The two actors met each other and moved in together in 1971. Their relationship lasted and they eventually got married in 1982. Unfortunately, the couple got divorced in 2017.
Meredith Baxter and David Birney have natural chemistry, not just onscreen. The two actors got married in 1974. What sparked their romance was their onscreen love affair in Bridget Loves Bernie, a sitcom about interfaith marriage. The CBS comedy show became the No. 5 show of the 1972-73 season but several religious leaders led a vocal attack against the series. There were threats of boycotts and bombing that was enough to put an end to the show.
This is one of those times when a TV event syncs up with one in real life. Linda Kaye Henning and Mike Minor were good friends on the set of Petticoat Junction while they're characters formed a romance. The onscreen partners got married during the show's fifth season in 1967. Soon after, Minor and Henning got married for real in 1968. Sadly, their real-life relationship wasn't as good as the one on-screen. The couple got divorced in 1973.
|1||Oscar and Blanche Madison (The Odd Couple)||Other||16||Paid|
|2||Col. Hogan and Fraulein Hilda (Hogan's Heroes)||Other||13||Paid|
|3||Louie De Palma and Zena Sherman (Taxi)||Other||7||Paid|
|4||Bridget and Bernie Steinberg (Bridget Loves Bernie)||Other||1||Paid|
|5||Steve Elliot and Betty Jo (Petticoat Junction)||Other||1||Paid|
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