Lip-Locked: The 19 Best Kisses in TV History

kisspost325It often strikes without warning. The setup almost too flawless: a longing gaze, a tilt of the head, a casual laugh that slowly trails off, a flicker of the eyes… Sometimes, it’s influenced by things beyond our control: the ticking of a bomb. Close quarters in a limousine. Even plastic wrap.

Just what is “it,” you ask?

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Why it’s the beloved TV kiss, of course! You know, those things that makes us laugh and cry and gasp and even feel butterflies. This Valentine’s Day, TVLine is celebrating the art of the lip lock by presenting a gallery of the best kisses from primetime’s past and present — including video so you can re-live your favorites from series including BonesNashville, Lost and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Don’t see your favorite kiss represented in the gallery below? While we tried to include the best of the best (our lips are sore just thinking about it), we’re sure we missed a few smooches along the way. So hit the comments and let us know which romantic clinch we missed!

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  1. MC Maine says:

    Luke and Lorelai’s Season 4 finale of The Gilmore Girls or, even better, in Season 5 when they’ve broken up and Lorelai is watching Judy Garland sing The Man Who Got Away on TV and Luke storms up to the door.

  2. Jess says:

    Not a bad list. If it was a top 25 best tv kisses, I think these should have been added:

    -Seth and Summer’s Spiderman kiss. It’s a classic one, even after all these years
    -Nick and Jess’ first kiss. I gotta say, that one was hot
    -Sam and Diane
    -Veronica and Logan

    I’m sure there are other great ones that I’m not thinking of, and I know everyone does have differing views so mine could be biased as well, but these are just friendly suggestions.

  3. Jillian says:

    No Finn/Rachel? Blasphemy

    • Really says:

      Not even a Finchel fans but either their good bye kiss in the car or even the kiss in the break up meant more than and Brit/San kiss.

  4. Claire says:

    I also really liked when Sookie and Bill first kiss on true blood. I immediately thought of Ross and Rachel for this category. Classic!

  5. The kiss between Chuck and Blair made me and still makes me want to PUKE. Then again that just me and my feelings

  6. WTF? says:

    Brittany and Santana wasn’t even the best kiss in that episode.

  7. Jill says:

    The fact that Logan/Veronica and Nick/Jess are NOT on here, is a sham!!! Come on! Show LoVe and Ness some love!!!

  8. Diana says:

    Absolute favorite is Castle & Beckett with Nick & Jess as a close second. Loved Jim & Pam too.

  9. Magali says:

    Logan and Veronica. enough said. Perfection.

  10. Jason says:

    How come they are all from the 2000’s almost! Where is DAve and Maddy on Moonlighting. SAm and Dianne on cheers, Ralph and Alice Cramden on the Honeymooners(every episode)!

  11. GGForever says:

    Luke and Lorelei’s first kiss on Gilmore Girls… still makes me happy

  12. ljd213 says:

    I’ve got two you missed: Adama and Roslin at the end of “The Oath” or pick any other time Laura and Bill kissed on Battlestar Galactica.

    Also on the Gilmore Girls, the first kiss between Luke and Lorilei. Swoon!

  13. Trubloodchik says:

    Eric and Sookie in Eric’s office in Season 3, HOT.

  14. wrstlgirl says:

    yeah, you left out Brian and Justin from QAF :-)

  15. cobyj says:

    Two are clearly missing… tiva from NCIS and nick and jess from New Girl!!!

  16. Morgan says:

    NO!!!! The Tara and Willow kiss was not one of the best. Tara ruined Willow.

  17. JuliaJ. says:

    Brenda and Fritz on The Closer

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  19. LaPiquante says:

    Missing from this list: LoVe from Veronica Mars, and IMO New Girl’s kiss trumps Mindy’s kiss for the outlandish location. She gets her own drink from the kitchen on a public plane? No. Also, no Good Wife? That seems strange….

  20. Kevin c says:

    Headline: Best kisses in TV history.

    Actual list: Best kisses we could remember from the last couple of years, with one or two older ones tossed in as an afterthought.

  21. Laurie says:

    Lorelai and Luke first kiss. from Gilmore Girls. “There was a moment” “Would you just stand still?”

  22. Josh says:

    umh, did we all forget that one time Hugh Laurie pushed Lisa Edelstein against a wall? and that one time we pretty much got the porn version on house md? I don’t know which one of them I wanted to be more! Lisa’s so damn attractive but, I’m not gonna lie, I’d let Hugh push me against a wall – YES homo.

  23. Jess says:


  24. samantha says:

    What about Elena Kisses Damon in the motel Season 3 ep 19!!!

  25. erin says:

    Don and Sloan!!! “What I have can’t be taught.”

  26. Kate says:

    No Delena???????????????????????????????? WTF

  27. Kalee says:

    Aww… great to see Pushing Daisies love.

  28. westwingwolf says:

    I think the lesson here is that there are way more best TV kisses in history than 19. Why 19 anyway? Totally random number.

  29. Blacklister No.134 says:

    Where is Tony and Ziva? We waited years for that kiss and it was still epic.

    The only dissapointing thing is that we only got one kiss.

  30. Emja says:

    Deeks and kensi???? Come on …

  31. Lisa says:

    I don’t trust any best kiss list that doesnt have Seth and Summer’s spider-man moment on it. That’s number one for me! That changed the TV-kissing game

  32. Jen says:

    How are Seth and Summer not on here the spiderman kiss!

  33. Tom Charles says:

    YOU ACKNOWLEDGED PUSHING DAISIES! And thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you for including Willow and Tara!

  34. sus says:

    Smallville Lois and Clark!

  35. Ron says:

    Did no one here watch ‘Oz’?!?!? Keller (Chris Meloni) and Beecher (Lee Tergesen) shared some of the best kisses ever seen on TV. I don’t care if you’re gay or straight, there’s no denying those two had amazing chemistry — and it showed every time they kissed.

  36. Ashbash says:

    There are some serious omissions! How could you not include the epic Alex/Izzie first kiss from Grey’s Anatomy season 1 when he just walks into the bar dips her in her seat lays one on her and walks away: pure epicness. And the Seth/Summer Spider-Man kiss from the OC, the Logan/Veronica balcony first kiss from Veronica Mars, and the Peyton/Lucas kiss from the championship game from one tree hill. Why are such epic show defining kisses missing just to add some popular current show kisses that don’t hold a candle to these others smh

  37. Ashbash says:

    And what about the rory/jess kiss at sookie’s wedding on Gilmore Girls

  38. Karen says:

    Uhmm… Nick & Jess in ‘Cooler’ on New Girl AND Veronica and Logan in ‘Weapons of Class Destruction on Veronica Mars (you just revisited this episode in a recap, no less!). Outraged!

  39. MKRR says:

    LOIS LANE AND CLARK KENT, from Smallville.

  40. dtse says:

    Chuck and Blair THE BEST <3 Can't get enough of them still and I don't think I ever will! And I LOVE Ross&Rachel and Kate&Sawyer so much! They were amazing too <3 Great list in general imo but I should have added as iconic kisses Logan&Veronica and Seth&Summer too! Also maybe they are not that iconic couples yet but I love Schmidt&Cece from New Girl so much. I think their first was so exciting and surprising too :D

  41. Ana Rubio says:

    “Meanwhile, we almost die just watching it on repeat.” hahaha totally true, I can’t remember how many times I watched it! Perfect, fantastic, hot! Castle rocks

  42. kelly says:

    The list is woefully incomplete…

    Syd and Vaughn in Alias Phase One in the wreckage of SD-6
    Buffy and Spike at the end of Once More with Feeling
    Buffy and Angel in the daylight in I Will Remember You
    Nick and Jess (first kiss but really, any kiss. holy hotness)
    Jack and Renee on 24
    Lois and Clark on The New Adventures
    Shawn and Jules (finally!) on Psych

    come on!

  43. Paige says:


  44. kelly says:

    oh, and Eric and Sookie.

  45. Caroline says:


  46. Alicia says:

    I totally agree with the person who said Fringe! The problem for me about the Tiva is the fact that they kissed a couple times while undercover. I also agree about LoVe first kiss it was epic. I feel like TVLine should do another list of those who they missed and do ones for ships that either never happened or just didn’t end up together because I’m sure there a lot of OTH fans who can think of one for Brucas.

  47. seriously says:

    Missing from this list are the best kisses from House/Cuddy, Luke/Lorelai and Alex/Izzie, but most importantly the Jeff/Annie kiss from the end of season 1 of Community. Now that was one beautifully directed and perfectly executed kiss.

  48. Jess says:

    Looks like this list needs a part two!

    What about Michael and Sara after she showed back up head intact?

  49. carol says:

    What about Kensi and Deeks.

  50. CatInTheHat says:

    Auggie and Annie – Covert Affairs….please