Lip-Locked: The 19 Best Kisses in TV History

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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!



Comments (458)

  • 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.

    Comment by MC Maine – February 13, 2014 01:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I totally agree. I mentioned the kiss from Raincoats and Recipes as well.

      Comment by Laurie – February 13, 2014 01:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Oh I can never get enough of Luke/Lorelai’s first kiss at the Dragonfly.

      Comment by Allyson – February 13, 2014 02:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Definitely should be on the list.

      Comment by lori – February 13, 2014 03:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Jess – February 13, 2014 01:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No Finn/Rachel? Blasphemy

    Comment by Jillian – February 13, 2014 01:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Really – February 13, 2014 01:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I also really liked when Sookie and Bill first kiss on true blood. I immediately thought of Ross and Rachel for this category. Classic!

    Comment by Claire – February 13, 2014 01:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The kiss between Chuck and Blair made me and still makes me want to PUKE. Then again that just me and my feelings

    Comment by Kareema (@FrenchKaliforni) – February 13, 2014 01:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Brittany and Santana wasn’t even the best kiss in that episode.

    Comment by WTF? – February 13, 2014 01:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The fact that Logan/Veronica and Nick/Jess are NOT on here, is a sham!!! Come on! Show LoVe and Ness some love!!!

    Comment by Jill – February 13, 2014 01:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I forgot about Finn/Rachel’s first kiss in the auditorium also!!! <3

      Comment by Jill – February 13, 2014 01:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Absolute favorite is Castle & Beckett with Nick & Jess as a close second. Loved Jim & Pam too.

    Comment by Diana – February 13, 2014 01:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Logan and Veronica. enough said. Perfection.

    Comment by Magali – February 13, 2014 01:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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)!

    Comment by Jason – February 13, 2014 01:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Finally someone mentions David & Maddie. The original will they/won’t they relationship

      Comment by GLB – February 13, 2014 01:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Luke and Lorelei’s first kiss on Gilmore Girls… still makes me happy

    Comment by GGForever – February 13, 2014 01:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by ljd213 – February 13, 2014 01:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Roslin and Adama!!! Totally agree. Space parents win at EVERYTHING!

      Comment by Tina – February 13, 2014 03:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Eric and Sookie in Eric’s office in Season 3, HOT.

    Comment by Trubloodchik – February 13, 2014 01:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • yeah, you left out Brian and Justin from QAF :-)

    Comment by wrstlgirl – February 13, 2014 01:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Two are clearly missing… tiva from NCIS and nick and jess from New Girl!!!

    Comment by cobyj – February 13, 2014 01:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • NO!!!! The Tara and Willow kiss was not one of the best. Tara ruined Willow.

    Comment by Morgan – February 13, 2014 01:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Brenda and Fritz on The Closer

    Comment by JuliaJ. – February 13, 2014 01:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
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  • 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….

    Comment by LaPiquante – February 13, 2014 01:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Kevin c – February 13, 2014 01:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Lorelai and Luke first kiss. from Gilmore Girls. “There was a moment” “Would you just stand still?”

    Comment by Laurie – February 13, 2014 01:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Josh – February 13, 2014 01:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It´s a crime that they didn´t include one of the huddy kisses

      Comment by norhu – February 14, 2014 04:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • HOW ABOUT VERONICA AND LOGAN OUTSIDE THE MOTEL?!

    Comment by Jess – February 13, 2014 01:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What about Elena Kisses Damon in the motel Season 3 ep 19!!!

    Comment by samantha – February 13, 2014 01:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Don and Sloan!!! “What I have can’t be taught.”

    Comment by erin – February 13, 2014 01:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No Delena???????????????????????????????? WTF

    Comment by Kate – February 13, 2014 01:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Aww… great to see Pushing Daisies love.

    Comment by Kalee – February 13, 2014 01:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think the lesson here is that there are way more best TV kisses in history than 19. Why 19 anyway? Totally random number.

    Comment by westwingwolf – February 13, 2014 02:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Blacklister No.134 – February 13, 2014 02:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Deeks and kensi???? Come on …

    Comment by Emja – February 13, 2014 02:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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

    Comment by Lisa – February 13, 2014 02:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How are Seth and Summer not on here the spiderman kiss!

    Comment by Jen – February 13, 2014 02:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • YOU ACKNOWLEDGED PUSHING DAISIES! And thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you for including Willow and Tara!

    Comment by Tom Charles – February 13, 2014 02:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Smallville Lois and Clark!

    Comment by sus – February 13, 2014 02:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Ron – February 13, 2014 02:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Awwww, your right!! How could I forget Keller and Beecher, my bad, LOL :-) :-)

      Comment by wrstlgirl – February 13, 2014 02:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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

    Comment by Ashbash – February 13, 2014 02:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • And what about the rory/jess kiss at sookie’s wedding on Gilmore Girls

    Comment by Ashbash – February 13, 2014 02:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by Karen – February 13, 2014 02:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • LOIS LANE AND CLARK KENT, from Smallville.

    Comment by MKRR – February 13, 2014 02:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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

    Comment by dtse – February 13, 2014 02:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “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

    Comment by Ana Rubio – February 13, 2014 02:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by kelly – February 13, 2014 02:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • totally agree with Nick and Jess. They are too hot!

      Comment by Jade – February 13, 2014 07:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • LOGAN AND VERONICA!!!!!!!

    Comment by Paige – February 13, 2014 02:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • oh, and Eric and Sookie.

    Comment by kelly – February 13, 2014 02:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • WHERE’S NATHAN SCOTT AND HALEY JAMES SCOTT?!!?

    Comment by Caroline – February 13, 2014 02:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Alicia – February 13, 2014 02:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by seriously – February 13, 2014 03:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Looks like this list needs a part two!

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

    Comment by Jess – February 13, 2014 03:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What about Kensi and Deeks.

    Comment by carol – February 13, 2014 03:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Auggie and Annie – Covert Affairs….please

    Comment by CatInTheHat – February 13, 2014 03:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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