With so many reality shows geared towards "real housewives" with nothing but time on their hands or bored and single “real world” twenty-somethings looking to get drunk and get laid, it can be hard to find good TV shows for couples that have something for everyone. You may like laugh-out-loud, straightforward comedies, but your significant other is looking for a little more intelligence than dick and fart jokes. You may want to watch competition, but she wants to see dramatic relationship issues. It takes the right combination of actors, material and chemistry to produce a show worthy of a couple’s time these days and very few shows on TV can claim to have just that combination.
For the couple that loves to travel but may not be able to afford a trip at the present time, “The Amazing Race” is a reality game show in which eleven teams of two people compete in a race around the world, solving puzzles and completing tasks along the way. Each week, the last team to check in to a pit stop is sent home, unless the week happens to be a non-elimination leg. The team that completes the entire race wins $1,000,000. Viewers with wanderlust will find that the often exotic locations make for an ever-changing backdrop to an exciting competition that never seems to get old.
What better way to spend a nice evening than with your significant other watching a group of people make complete asses of themselves as they try not to break their necks wiping out on an insanely difficult obstacle course. ABC’s hit reality game show, hosted by John Anderson and John Henson, is consistently pulling in viewers due to the hilarious spills, face plants and crotch shots doled out by obstacles and contraptions with such comical names as the “Dizzy Dummy,” “Total Carnage” and the now-famous “Big Balls.”
Loaded with pop culture references and some of the funniest writing on television at the moment, “Community” is one of those shows that has a little something for everyone. Each of the characters in the study group has their own little idiosyncratic quirk that appeals to each person in the broad spectrum of viewers. The modern day “Breakfast Club” includes pop culture loving and regurgitating Abed and Troy, feminist-socialist Britta, Christian mother Shirley, overachieving, straight-laced Annie, millionaire geezer Pierce, and the level-headed voice of reason Jeff.
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“Up All Night”
NBC has stumbled upon quite the comedy chemistry with the pairing of Christina Applegate and Will Arnett as a married couple who are learning to adjust to life after having their first baby. Appealing to thirty-somethings and new parents alike, “Up All Night” not only boasts a great cast that includes the hilariously talented “Saturday Night Live” vet Maya Rudolph, but the show also benefits from great writing, touching on issues that couples can relate to and will appreciate.