Entertainment Weekly has revealed the list of the best 100 TV romances. And none other than Lost‘s Kim Yun Jin and Daniel Dae Kim won first place.
According to EW, characters must have had a romantic, sexual, or, at the very least, flirtatious connection, so this rules out any “bromance.” Moreover, the shows must have aired in primetime or streaming and only one couple per show. And the glory of ranking atop went to a couple from J. J. Abrams’s Lost.
Lost is an American television series that originally aired on ABC from September 2004, over six seasons. The story starts as the 48 survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island.
EW wrote, “Lost isn’t the first show that typically comes to mind when you think of television romance. But married South Korean castaways Sun (Yunjin Kim) and Jin (Daniel Dae Kim) crossed time (literally) and space (repeatedly) to find their way back to each other, no matter what.” They were the ones who conveyed the show’s enduring “live together, die alone” theme. The couple’s tragic ending was “controversial” but “beautiful.”
What Sun and Jin accomplished wasn’t just a beautiful love story. “Not only was it the lone love story to span the entire series, it also managed to subvert problematic Asian stereotypes along the way,” explained EW.
Soon after the report, Daniel Dae Kim took to his Instagram to celebrate the feat. “I don’t post a lot of these articles, but this role and this show will always be special to me. Thank you, Entertainment Weekly for this distinction and to everyone who helped make Lost the unforgettable experience that it was. Happy Valentine’s Day to all!” he wrote.
Meanwhile, Friday Night Lights‘ Coach and Tami; Cheers‘ Sam and Diane; This Is Us‘s Beth and Randall; Friends‘ Chandler and Monica followed the list.
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