Then there’s Bewitched. Elizabeth Montgomery is an intelligent and incredibly beautiful woman. Plus she has magical powers that could grant your every wish. So, who does she choose as a mate? A neurotic moron who won’t let her do magic. He’s not even all that good at his job – Larry Tate is constantly threatening to have him fired. That is, until Samantha can save his incompetent ass once again.
The Flintstones and The Jetsons are also prime examples. Fred and George are overweight, ignorant, and extremely grouchy – prone to shouting at their ladies. Barney is short, fat, and a complete imbecile. And yet, their spouses are smart, level headed and drop dead gorgeous. Go figure.
Bob Newhart is a successful psychiatrist with a razor sharp dry wit; this adds tome bonus points with the ladies, I’m sure. But Suzanne Pleshette? Come on. Next you’re gonna tell me Bosley was makin’ it with all three Angels.
Perhaps the one I take most umbrage to is The Brady Brides. I'm sorry, but there is no way in hell that the perfect Marcia Brady married this slovenly doofus. Whoever created this show obviously never watched a single episode of The Brady Bunch. Marcia was a cheerleader, school president, miss popularity and all around overachiever... simply being in the same home amid this manic drive for perfection drove Jan to the very edge of sanity. Not to mention, Marcia was a total knockout - not the type to hook up with this lame cornball.
One of the most unbelievable examples would have to be Perfect Strangers. Explain to me how Larry and Balki, two of the goofiest individuals who ever lived, can be intimately involved with two hot blonde stewardesses? I mean, these guys make Shemp seem suave and handsome. To quote Balki: "Don't be ridiculous!" (Sorry. I couldn't resist.)
I think Seinfeld deserves a mention as well. Somehow a neurotic stand-up comedian manages to have one fashion model quality girl after another. I mean, this guy makes Sinatra and Warren Beatty look like lightweights!
The honor for the most absurd, completely unbelievable mismatch in the history of television would have to be Téa Leoni and Corey Parker in Flying Blind (1992-1993). There’s no possible way this match could have taken place – not even under the influence of large amounts of alcohol. If Flying Blind had been a science fiction program taking place on a remote corner of the galaxy where nerdy dumb-asses are considered attractive, then I might buy it.
I nearly included Doug and Emmy Jo from The New Zoo Revue as shining examples of a mismatched couple. Emmy Jo was a stone cold fox, while Doug was as nerdy as they come. (I dealt with this issue in detail in a previous post.) However, the couple was married in real life, and are happily married to this day! Hardly what I'd call a mismatch.
One of the reasons I like examining trends in movies and television is because of what it says about the culture surrounding it. So, what does this say about our American culture that gorgeous women are often paired with unattractive morons and the reverse is never the case? It's an interesting thought.