When it comes to that first kiss, it’s all about the buildup — and our favorite TV shows certainly love to make us wait for that much-anticipated first smooch.
But which small-screen couple held out the longest before they locked lips?
Well, TVLine did the math, considering dozens of Will They/Won’t They pairs and tabulating exactly how many episodes it took them to share that first, big kiss. The current results, updated with several “firsts” from the past 18 months, are detailed in the list below, sorted from the shortest to longest wait.
We limited our list to real and meaningful kisses, so you won’t find whimsical one-offs or imaginary/dream smooches. And in the case of characters who were introduced later in a show’s run, like Once Upon a Time‘s Hook, we calculated from the destined duo’s first shared episode.
Note: We blow a farewell kiss to the couples who got squeezed out of the Top 50 with this latest October 2021 update: “Avalance,” “Malec,” Parks and Rec’s Leslie/Ben, “LoVe,” The Nanny and Mr. Sheffield, Game of Thrones‘ Missandei/Grey Worm, Moonlighting‘s Dave/Maddie, and, yes, Cheers‘ Sam/Diane.
So, which couple tops our tally, with a whopping 190 (!) episodes before their first kiss? And which devilishly sexy duo now is holding onto to the last spot of eligibility? Scroll through the list below to find out, then hit the comments to let us know which wait was the most torturous for you.