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By Robert Rorke

In honor of Valentine's Day, we're taking a loving look at some of the most popular and groundbreaking duos that have brightened TV screens over the past five decades. Some were mismatched, others destined for one another, and a few were not romantic but rather two people who shared a deep connection. Because at the end of the day, all you need is love.

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Originally published in Watch Magazine, January-February 2021.


Sheldon Cooper and Amy Farrah Fowler

Sheldon and Amy of the Big Bang Theory's wedding photo.

The Big Bang Theory's Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik)

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The Big Bang Theory (2007–2019)

Sheldon and Amy were both brilliant at science but clueless about relationships. She had a PhD in neurobiology. He was a theoretical physicist who received his PhD at age 16. An online dating site selected Amy as Sheldon's perfect mate, but there was a lot of brain matter to plow through on the way to true love. Amy devised an experiment to increase his feelings for her. It consisted of a meal whose ingredients would evoke warm memories of Sheldon's childhood. The beverage of choice was Strawberry Quik, his "favorite pink fluid." The main course? Spaghetti with little pieces of cut-up hot dog. "Yummy, yummy. We should do this more often," Sheldon said. The experiment was a success. They were finally married in the Season 11 finale.

Sweetest nerd moment:

In Season 9, Amy finally seduces Sheldon on her birthday after years of dating. Fortunately, the encounter goes well enough for Sheldon to admit he enjoyed it much more than he thought he was going to. "I look forward to your next birthday, when we do it again," he says.

Lorelai Gilmore and Luke Danes

Gilmore Girls' Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Luke (Scott Patterson)\u200b embrace and kiss deeply.

Gilmore Girls' Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Luke (Scott Patterson).

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Gilmore Girls (2000–2007)

This love story started over a cup of coffee. As owner of Luke's Diner, Luke (Scott Patterson) poured cup after cup for hyper single mom Lorelai (Lauren Graham). To many observers in Stars Hollow, Connecticut, their attraction was mutual, but it took forever for them to realize it. In the meantime she dated her daughter Rory's (Alexis Bledel) teacher, Max Medina (Scott Cohen); briefly became engaged to him; and even went back to Rory's dad, Christopher Hayden (David Sutcliffe), with heart-breaking results. Luke married someone else, but that relation-ship ended in divorce. Lorelai always went back to the diner for coffee and Luke's sympathetic ear. While watching Casablanca at the Gilmore house, they discussed relationships. "If I had dated a lot," said Luke, "I'd still be single." Countered Lorelai: "But dating is how you get to know your potential partner. It's the only way." A self-help tape helped Luke realize who his true soul mate was—duh, Lorelai—and he finally asked her out on an actual date.

Lasting memento:

Luke and Lorelai did not hit it off at the start. In fact, she ripped the horoscope page out of the daily paper and wrote him a note on the back: "You will meet an annoying woman today. Give her coffee and she'll go away." He kept it in his wallet for eight years because she said it would eventually bring him luck.

George and Louise Jefferson

George and Lousie smile and beam from the kitchen of their apartment in the sky.

The Jeffersons' George (Sherman Hemsley) and Louise (Isabel Sanford).

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The Jeffersons (1975–1985)

Long-married couple George (Sherman Hemsley) and Louise (Isabel Sanford) struck it rich when he opened a series of dry cleaners, enabling them to move away from their Queens neighborhood—where their neighbors were Edith and Archie Bunker—to Manhattan's Upper East Side. George let success go to his head, but Louise, a.k.a. " Weezy," tried to keep his feet on the ground, reminding him that he was the grandson of a sharecropper and she the daughter of a janitor. " We are just plain folks," she said. Still, Louise did hire a maid, the wisecracking Florence (Marla Gibbs).

In an interview for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Sanford revealed that she was reluctant to do the All in the Family spinoff because that show was such a hit. But The Jeffersons ran for 11 seasons, and Sanford became the first Black actress to win an Emmy for Best Actress in a Comedy Series in 1981.

Most revealing moment:

Louise complains to George that they are not spending enough time together. "George, you're so wrapped up in your work, I'm beginning to wonder if I'm your wife or just a tax deduction," she says. His retort? "C'mon, Weezy, you know the answer to that. You're both!"

David Rose and Patrick Brewer

Patrick and David from Schitt's Creek stand with champagne on the steps of a church.

Schitt's Creek's Patrick (Noah Reid) and David (Daniel Levy).

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Schitt's Creek (2015–2020)

TV couples usually face some kind of obstacle, but Schitt's Creek came up with a unique challenge: bedwetting. It could have been a deal breaker for earnest, mild-mannered Patrick Brewer (Noah Reid) and hilariously insecure David Rose (Daniel Levy). David was mortified, but Patrick helped smooth things over by showing him the nose guard he sometimes used at night to help with his breathing. This seemingly odd couple met when David applied for a business license to open the store that became Rose Apothecary. Patrick, described by David as a "business major who wears straight-legged, midrange denim," had the right experience to help David articulate his plans.

David helped Patrick in more intimate ways, becoming the first man to kiss him, in Patrick's car. Said the grateful driver: "I was getting a little scared that I was going to let you leave here without us having done that. So thank you for making that happen for us." Their Season 6 wedding was a blast, officiated by David's mother, Moira (Catherine O'Hara).

Sweetest moments:

The Tina Turner hit "Simply the Best" frames David and Patrick's courtship. Patrick serenades David with an acoustic version at an open-mic night at the store, and David returns the favor when he lip- syncs while playing Turner's version.

Schitt's Creek streams on the Pop Now app, plus Netflix and CW Seed.

Blair Waldorf and Chuck Bass

Gossip Girl's Chuck and Blair face each other on a balcony.

Gossip Girl''s Chuck (Ed Westwick) and Blair (Leighton Meester).

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Gossip Girl (2007–2012)

Three words, eight letters. That's what it came down to for Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) and Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick), the reigning couple of Gossip Girl. Who would be the first to say, "I love you"? Would it be Blair, the queen bee of the Constance Billard School for Girls? Or would it be Chuck, the smoldering bad boy of St. Jude's School for Boys?

As it turned out, it was Chuck, after two seasons of toying with Blair's affections. A prep- school summer romance blossomed into a roller coaster relationship that peaked and plummeted against a glamorous backdrop of limousines, exclusive soirees, and masked balls. At one point, they broke up, and Blair nearly married Dan (Penn Badgley) in Season 5, until Chuck showed up at the church. As Gossip Girl was nearing the end of its run, this romantic storyline was wrapped up with a surprise wedding and a fast-forward where Blair and Chuck become parents of a son named Henry.

Sweetest moment:

Blair consoles Chuck at the hospital after his father dies in a car accident. "I don't think you ran away because you couldn't handle death," she says. "I think it's because you couldn't handle feelings. You're not like that anymore."

Calvin Butler and Dave Johnson

Calvin and Dave double up on a kids bicycle.

The Neighborhood's Calvin (Cedric the Entertainer) and Dave (Max Greenfield).

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The Neighborhood (2018–Present)

They weren't supposed to be friends, let alone share an unlikely bromance. When Dave Johnson (Max Greenfield) moved next door to Calvin Butler (Cedric the Entertainer), there was no welcome wagon. Good-natured Dave and his wife, Gemma (Beth Behrs), bent over back-ward to win Cedric's trust and friendship, inviting Cedric and his wife, Tina (Tichina Arnold), over for dinner.

The ice thawed and, despite Calvin's objections, Dave was welcomed at his local barbershop. With their wives away at a Napa Valley wine-tasting holiday, Dave invited Calvin to a hockey game. He liked it way more than he cared to admit and was worried that Dave's "Daveness" was rubbing off on him. In this way, each man saw the world from the other's point of view. At the end of Season 2, Calvin threw his support behind Dave's campaign to run for city council.

Most supportive moment:

When Calvin experiences discrimination by the staff of a fancy golf course, Dave sticks up for his friend. He later asks Calvin, "How do you handle all the double standards? I would be angry all the time."

The Neighborhood airs Mondays at 8/7c on CBS and streams on Paramount+.

Marshall Eriksen and Lily Aldrin

Marshall and Lily scream in terror at Barney as he appears from under the covers in their bed.

How I Met Your Mother's Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) with Barney (Neil Patrick Harris).

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How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)

For every couple whose happiness means heartbreak for others or who take forever to realize they're meant for each other, there is that rare pair that gets it right from the beginning. Marshall Eriksen (Jason Segel) and kindergarten teacher Lily Aldrin (Alyson Hannigan) met on the first day of college and fell in love. These soul mates might be the luckiest couple on this list. The stability they presented offered a welcome contrast to the romantic ups and downs of Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor), Marshall's best friend and college roommate. And who could forget when they dressed up as Sonny and Cher for Halloween, only it was Lily as Sonny and Marshall in a long black wig?

Marshall didn't propose until he and Lily had dated for nine years. Lily decided she was missing something in her life and accepted an art fellowship in San Francisco, prompting a breakup. But the separation didn't last and Lily returned to New York, realizing that art was not her calling. They married in the show's second season and eventually started a family.

Sweetest tradition:

Whenever Marshall and Lily fly anywhere, their airport reunion features one of them holding a cardboard chauffeur sign and the other emerging from the plane with a six-pack that advertises wherever they've been (Fort Lager Dale, Minne-Cider, etc.).

Lieutenant Paul Stamets and Dr. Hugh Culber

Paul and Hugh embrace stare into each other's eyes on the set of Star Trek: Discovery.

Star Trek: Discovery's Paul (Anthony Rapp) and Hugh (Wilson Cruz).

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Star Trek: Discovery (2017–Present)

Gay couples are now mainstays on TV, but Star Trek: Discovery is the first live-action show to send one into outer space. Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp) is the Discovery's chief engineer, and his husband is Hugh Culber (Wilson Cruz), the ship's medical officer. Their bickering during Stamets' skull-fracture examination spoke volumes about their relationship. To wit: "The frontal lobe is overrated," said Stamets. "It only contains memory and emotional expression. It's completely unnecessary." Culber decided Stamets might need his: "Well, I'll save it. You know, just in case you might want to have a feeling one day."

Out actors Rapp and Cruz were proud that their characters were the first openly gay couple in the Trek franchise, but then one of Culber's patients broke the doctor's neck in episode 10. The death left members of the gay community crestfallen. GLAAD spokesperson Nick Adams called Culber "a beloved groundbreaking character."

Sweetest resurrection:

Since death is rarely final in the Star Trek universe, fans rejoiced when Culber's body was reconstructed in Season 2, thanks to the mycelial network. His emotional attachments are missing , though, leaving Stamets high and dry. After some soul-searching and a sabbatical on the Enterprise, Culber and Stamets eventually reconcile.

Star Trek: Discovery streams exclusively on Paramount+.

Fran Fine and Mr. Sheffield

The Nanny's Fran (Fran Drescher) and Mr. Sheffield (Charles Shaughnessy)\u200b

The Nanny's Fran (Fran Drescher) and Mr. Sheffield (Charles Shaughnessy).

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The Nanny (1993–1999)

Inspired by The Sound of Music (who knew?),The Nanny told the story of how Fran Fine (Fran Drescher), a brassy, blue-collar girl from Queens with a weakness for leopard prints, charmed her way into the Upper East Side home and hearts of frosty Broadway producer Maxwell Sheffield (Charles Shaughnessy) and his three young children. At first, Fran's inter-viewing skills didn't impress Sheffield, voted one of Esquire's "10 Most Eligible Widowers," but he hired her on a trial basis after hearing this pitch: "I come from Flushing. There is nothing these kids can throw at me that I haven't seen before—except maybe their trust funds."

He was the straight man to Fran's "Lucy"-like schemes, which included impersonating a nurse and being ordered by a surgeon to shave Sheffield before an appendectomy. (And he wasn't talking about the man's five o'clock shadow.) Fran played the field early in the show's run, but the plan was always to have her get together with Sheffield, and in Season 2, they ended up in bed after a night of drinking. The Nanny teased out their relationship before the inevitable wedding in the Season 5 finale.

Sweetest moment:

On their way home from a trip to Paris in Season 3, Fran and Mr. Sheffield experience heavy turbulence. He panics, fearing he will never see his children again—and tells Fran he loves her.

Bobby and Pam Ewing

Bobby and Pamela Ewing pose in front of a convertible in a scene from Dallas.

Dallas' 'Bobby (Patrick Duffy) and Pamela (Victoria Principal).

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Dallas (CBS, 1978–1991)

When Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) and Pamela Barnes (Victoria Principal) eloped in the pilot for this hit show, their feuding families of oilmen and ranchers were shocked, but the couple proved everybody wrong: Their love did last. They endured soapy standards such as betrayals—which included Bobby's brother J.R.'s (Larry Hagman) attempts to under-mine the marriage by embarrassing his sister-in-law—and cliffhangers. The most dramatic of these was when Katherine Wentworth (Morgan Brittany) tried to hit Pam with her car and ended up killing Bobby when he stepped in to save her (more about that below).

This golden couple proved resilient to the plot twists that saw the series through 357 episodes. As Principal said in a YouTube interview, " We were Romeo and Juliet in Dallas." Duffy agreed. "Even when we weren't together, we knew we should be together. Everybody looked at us and went, 'That's love.'"

Sweetest comeback:

Season 9 brings Pam a new husband, Mark Graison (John Beck), but something funny happens in the cliffhanger. She hears water running and goes to see her husband. He's there, in the shower—but it's Bobby, looking very much alive. Sea-son 10 kicks off with the revelation that Pam had dreamed the entire previous year's events.

Murphy Brown and Eldin Bernecky

Robert Pastorelli and Candice Bergen in Murphy Brown

Murphy Brown's Eldin Bernecky (Robert Pastorelli) and Murphy Brown (Candice Bergen).

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Murphy Brown (1988–1998, 2018)

In some ways, the man who acerbic and ambitious news anchor Murphy Brown (Candice Bergen) was most comfortable with was her house painter, Eldin Bernecky (Robert Pastorelli). He was in her house for years, doing a touch-up here and there and even painting a mural with a socially relevant theme. Because he was always on the premises, Eldin later served as a babysitter for Murphy's son, Avery, and sometimes caught Murphy in her most private moments. In an episode from Season 1, Murphy came home after a long day at the studio and played "Natural Woman" on her tape deck, singing along off-key. Eldin walked into the living room, paintbrush in hand, as Murphy acted out the song. Seeing that she was mimicking Aretha Franklin's soulful delivery, he backed off but came back a minute or so later when Murphy was singing over Aretha's voice and joined her. She nearly had a heart attack when she saw him. "You scared the hell out of me," she said. "I have to tell you, you were getting much better at the end," he replied.

Sweetest moment:

Pastorelli left the series after seven seasons but made a cameo in the Season 7 finale. When Murphy returns home after being successfully treated for breast cancer, Eldin stops by with a marriage proposal. Murphy gently lets him down, but invites him to touch up the place.

Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn stare deeply into each other's eyes in period clothing.

The Tudors' Anne (Natalie Dormer) and Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers).

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The Tudors (2007–2010)

OK, so this one didn't end well. But the 16th-century royal romance of King Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and Anne Boleyn (Natalie Dormer) was the product of erotic longing and court intrigue. Henry VIII was desperate for a male heir, and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon (Maria Doyle Kennedy), could not give him one. Enter the bewitching Anne, whose conniving father, Thomas (Nick Dunning), described her eyes as "dark hooks for the soul." Love letters and stolen kisses in the palace shadows gave way to gifts of opulent jewelry and a courtship conducted in full view of the king's subjects. Catherine seethed, the pope refused to grant Henry an annulment, and the king offered to make Anne his sole mistress.

The clever Boleyn girl brokered a deal. "I will give you a son," she promised Henry as he pushed her petticoats higher—if he married her. So it was. Henry VIII secretly married Anne in 1533 and broke with the Catholic Church. There was just one problem: Their first—and only—child was a girl, the future Queen Elizabeth I. Henry began cheating on Anne, and the queen lost favor at court. She was executed for treason in 1536.

Hottest seduction:

Henry and Anne chase each other around an empty part of the palace, their fingertips nearly touching on the stone walls. He asks how to woo her. "Write letters to me. And poems," she says. "Ravish me with your words."

Stream all seasons of The Tudors on SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME ANYTIME® apps, as well as via SHOWTIME On Demand.

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Originally published in Watch Magazine, January-February 2021.

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By Kathy Passero

2020 has given us a lot to say "Ew, David!" about. But stop acting like a disgruntled pelican and be glad you're not in one of Alexis' (Annie Murphy) most awkward misadventures.

Next time you feel stuck in your own hell where there's no bellman, remind yourself that you could be …

Schitt's Creek streams on the Pop Now app, plus Netflix and CW Seed.

Trying to escape the Yakuza in high heels

Alexis prances into her parents' room in the Schitt's Creek Motel

Alexis prances into her parents' room in the Schitt's Creek Motel, hands held in her trademark T-Rex pose.

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Arrested because your ex left his Molly in your glove compartment

Alexis gives a doubtful look

Annie Murphy as Alexis, cellphone in hand and looking Boho chic, as usual.

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In a Ugandan diamond smuggler's villa playing pool for your friend's freedom

Alexis taps Stevie on the nose to congratulate her

Alexis taps Stevie on the nose to congratulate her.

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Taken hostage on David Geffen's yacht by Somali pirates and realizing that none of your family will answer your texts

Alexis and David look shocked

Alexis and David react with shock when Moira tells them David's ex, Sebastien Raine, is coming to Schitt's Creek.

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Getting a DUI for driving your car into the Prada store on Rodeo Drive and ordered to do community service in an orange mesh vest

Alexis tries to decline the safety vest Ronnie offers her

Alexis tries to decline the safety vest Ronnie offers her.

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Trying to parallel park in a burka

Alexis enjoys a snack in the car

Alexis enjoys a snack in the car with David.

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Picked up by the South Korean secret police on New Year's and forced to sweet talk the consulate's lawyer to get a passport by midnight

Alexis Rose winks in a flirty way.

Alexis Rose gives a flirty, knowing wink.

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Trapped in the palace of a Saudi prince for two months trying to get to an embassy

Alexis flips through cue cards telling Moira to move on during an interview

Alexis flips through cue cards telling Moira to move on during an interview for The Crows Have Eyes III: The Crowening. Pop Tv GIF by Schitt's Creek.

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Realizing that you got lice from the vet's office where you work

Alexis scratches her head frantically

Alexis scratches her head frantically.

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Trapped in a Thai drug lord's car trunk and forced to bribe him with sex to escape

Alexis and David Rose give each other a puzzled look

Alexis and David Rose give each other a puzzled look.

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BONUS: Forced to go back to high school in your mid-twenties. Love that journey for you!

Alexis Rose in her high school graduation gown and mortar board

Alexis Rose in her high school graduation gown and mortar board.

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Wishing you a happy, healthy New Year. May you channel your inner Alexis—a little bit ingenious, a little bit resourceful, optimistic and openhearted enough to find your way out of all the bad situations life throws at you.

Anyone else longing for a Schitt's Creek prequel about Alexis' early adventures?

Schitt's Creek streams on the Pop Now app, plus Netflix and CW Seed.


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By Kathy Passero

The year 2020 has left a lot of us feeling like the Rose family did when they took their first look at the rooms in the Schitt's Creek Motel. But despite their bleak beginning, Johnny (Eugene Levy), Moira (Catherine O'Hara), David (Daniel Levy), and Alexis (Annie Murphy) have buoyed our spirits through our own dark moments in recent months.

What could be more fitting for the year we'd like to forget than a roundup of memorable quotes from the multi-Emmy-winning cast?

Schitt's Creek streams on the Pop Now app, plus Netflix and CW Seed.

1. Liquid Courage

David tells Stevie he needs a drink to get through his first night at a townie party

David reacts to Stevie (Emily Hampshire) dragging him to his first townie party in Schitt's Creek.

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"I'm gonna need a stiff drink to get through this. Stiff!" — David Rose

2. Coma Envy

Johnny looks on as Moira peruses the menu at Cafe Tropical

Johnny looks on as Moira peruses the menu at Cafe Tropical.

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"Oh, I'd kill for a good coma right now." — Moira Rose

3. Big Fish, Small Creek

Chris Elliott as Schitts Creek Mayor Roland Schitt with Eugene Levy as Johnny Rose

Chris Elliott as Mayor Roland Schitt and Eugene Levy as his reluctant BFF, Johnny Rose.

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"Things seem to be going downhill fast. Which is what the town must've been thinking when Roland elected himself mayor." — Johnny Rose (The Roast)

4. Razzle Dazzle ’Em

Moira models the glamorous sequined gown she bought for her movie premiere

Moira models her budget-busting ostrich feather-trimmed premiere gown.

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"The last time I felt this emotionally encumbered, I was playing Lady Macbeth on a Crystal Skies cruise ship during Shakespeare at Sea week." — Moira Rose

5. Birthday Woes

David describes the evening he plans after learning that his family forgot his birthday

David describes the evening he plans after learning that his family forgot his birthday.

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"I plan on popping a pill, crying a bit, and falling asleep early. Just a regular weeknight." — David Rose

6. A Little Bit Alexis

Alexis holds her cellphone in front of the motel vacancy sign

Once she has been replanted in Schitt's Creek, former party girl Alexis truly blossoms.

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"What now? Do I leave everything behind and move to some random island to be with the love of my life? Because I did that with Harry Styles in England, and it was, like, too rainy." — Alexis Rose

7. Meltdown Moment

Moira in the motel lobby shortly after her arrival in Schitts Creek

Moira has a minor meltdown in the motel lobby before the Rose family adjusts to their new surroundings.

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"I just want a bathtub and a long extension cord, please." — Moira Rose

8. Karma Carnage?

Daniel Levy as David Rose with Noah Reid as Patrick Brewer in Rose Apothecary

Daniel Levy as David Rose and Noah Reid as Patrick Brewer.

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"It's just one long string of really bad luck and I don't know what kind of carnage I inflicted in my past life to deserve it. I must have been Dracula or a spin instructor or something." — David Rose

9. Chorus Lines

Moira auditions for the Jazzagals

Moira auditions for the Jazzagals.

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"We're all pitching in these days, dear. Like communists or non-union actors." — Moira Rose

10. Socially Distant

David crouches in a field holding a pitchfork and wearing a black hoodie with faux hawk

After running away, David is discovered living with an Amish family that is eager to get rid of him.

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"I'm trying very hard not to connect with people right now." — David Rose

11. Red-Carpet Ready

Moira poses on the red carpet while adoring fans admire her from behind a velvet rope

Moira might have lost her luxe lifestyle, but she never gives up her flamboyant fashion sense.

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"You must prepare for life, and whatever it will throw at you." — Moira Rose

12. Serving Up Laughs

The Roses in a booth at Cafe Tropical

The Roses dining at Cafe Tropical…as usual.

Photo Credit: 2020 Pop Media Group LLC.

"I don't think we could have gotten through without you all." — Johnny Rose

Schitt's Creek streams on the Pop Now app, plus Netflix and CW Seed.

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By Nate Millado

As they say in the biz: The show must go on. So despite the coronavirus pandemic nixing the typically glitzy, red carpet affair, the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards will still be handed out on Sept. 20—albeit virtually.

PopTV's critically acclaimed cult fave Schitt's Creek landed a whopping 15 nominations for its final season, including acting notices for all four fictional Rose family members (Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Daniel Levy, and Annie Murphy).

Both leading ladies of Netflix's dark comedy Dead to Me (Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini) were recognized for their roles as star-crossed besties Jen and Judy.

Perennial Emmy nominee Don Cheadle scored a second straight nod for playing Black Monday's ruthless stock broker, Mo Monroe. Will the 10th time be a charm?

Finally, Toni Collette turned in yet another Unbelievable performance in Netflix's searing limited series as a hard-nosed detective tracking a serial rapist.

Read on to find out how these eight incredible actors reacted to their Emmy nominations—and how they plan to celebrate on the big night—in their own words.

Eugene Levy (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy, Schitt's Creek)

Eugene Levy (Schitt's Creek patriarch Johnny, the most rational Rose) already has two writing Emmys on his mantel for SCTV. But the elder Levy tells Gold Derby "it felt pretty damn good" to finally score a nomination for acting:

"I spent a career playing the comic relief. I come into projects. I come in for a few scenes. I get my laughs. I don't have to carry any story, no exposition, and that's what I'm paid to do, and that was kind of a fun thing for me. I wasn't really expecting any trophies for that work. Just doing that work was rewarding enough to be able to come in and do that. So listen, I don't know, this is all a shock to me, to be honest, at this stage in my career, to have this kind of work, what you're doing on camera, recognized by the other people who are doing the same kind of work is pretty amazing. I have to say, if it's going to happen, I'd rather have it happen now at this stage in my life than if I had been 20 and had it happen."

Watch every episode of Schitt's Creek on Pop TV and on the Pop Now App.

Catherine O'Hara (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy, Schitt's Creek)

Catherine O'Hara deserves an Emmy for the way she pulls off Moira's over-the-top fashion and unique lexicon (one word: pettifogging.) The legendary improv queen tells The Hollywood Reporter she's "happy to be a late bloomer":

"Isn't that really the best way to experience on your show? We got to build the show and develop the characters without worrying about expectations, from anyone. We got to make the show the best we could make it ... There's so many projects that get a ton of attention right at the beginning, maybe before they're even quite ready for it, and then it's kind of downhill attention-wise from there. We're so lucky to do the show we wanted and, apparently, leaving people wanting more ... You have to have a bit of patience in life or just don't have any big expectations, just carry along and do the best you can and maybe someone will notice, maybe they won't, but if you enjoy the work itself, then that's enough of a gift."

Watch every episode of Schitt's Creek on Pop TV and on the Pop Now App.

Christina Applegate (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy, Dead to Me)

As sardonic, wine-chugging widow Jen Harding in Dead to Me, Christina Applegate absolutely kills it. In a bit of a role reversal in Season 2, it's Jen (not Linda Cardellini's Judy) keeping a terrible secret, and Applegate delivers an Emmy-worthy performance when it all inevitably unravels. She considers the nomination a silver lining in these increasingly tricky times, as she tweeted:

"I'm so proud of my wonderful friends @lindacardellini and @thelizfeldman and the entire cast and crew of @deadtome These are strange times. Sad times. But it's nice to have some good news. Much love."

Dead to Me streams on Netflix.

Don Cheadle (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy, Black Monday)

Don Cheadle at the 2019 Emmy Eve party

Photo Credit: Michael Buckner/SHOWTIME.

"Given that it's been announced on a Tuesday, I hereby regretfully decline my nomination for 'Black Monday.' I am a dayist. Been one for many years. My principles are my bedrock and sacrosanct." —Don Cheadle quipped in a statement the day the Emmy nominations were announced. All joking aside, Cheadle tells Gold Derby the entire crew deserves a pat on the back for any love Black Monday receives:

"We do this show on a five-day schedule, which is Herculean and really, really not possible to do without the crew that we have, putting in the kinds of hours that they do. They're there before we get there and they're there after the actors leave, putting the show together and giving it the look that it has and not just the crew that's on the set during the time, but also our post-production people are very gifted. We have a lot of effects that we do on the show. The music is a big part of the show. The editing clearly, obviously, is a big part of the show. These are all things that happen once the actors get to take their makeup off and go home. So we would not have what we have without their support and without their creativity ... So it's always them. Whenever we get any sort of accolades, to not turn around and thank them, we'd be incredibly remiss."

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Linda Cardellini (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy, Dead to Me)

We've loved Linda Cardellini ever since she was hanging out with Freaks and Geeks, but as Judy Hale in Dead to Me, she gets to sink her teeth into her juiciest role yet. Of course, she faces stiff competition in the category—including co-star Christina Applegate. Still, she welcomed her second Emmy nod with total humility in a statement:

"I am thrilled and humbled to be nominated this morning with all of these incredible women whom I admire so much. Especially my dear friend and partner in crime Christina Applegate. You're my person. I feel so fortunate to collaborate every day with all of the incredible women who run this show. Liz Feldman, thank you for your genius and for giving life to 'Jen and Judy.' What a wild ride. This show is truly a team effort and I am so grateful to everyone involved. Especially our hardworking cast and crew. This is a celebration of everyone's work today. Love and congrats to all."

Dead to Me streams on Netflix.

Annie Murphy (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy, Schitt's Creek)

Had Annie Murphy not scored a nod for playing former socialite-turned-PR-maven Alexis, Schittheads everywhere would have let out a collective "ew." In an interview with Vulture, Murphy waxes poetic over her wonderful ride. "It's all ... a lot. But a wonderful lot." So, how will she celebrate come Emmy night?

"There will be pizza and pajamas. That'll be the extent of my plans. I'll put that out in the open right now. It's kind of my natural state anyway, so that's what I'm looking forward to. Did I mention the pizza?"

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Toni Collette (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series, Unbelievable)

Toni Collette as a steely detective in Unbelievable

Toni Collette plays tough and tireless detective Grace Rasmussen in the Netflix limited series Unbelievable.

Photo Credit: Beth Dubber/Netflix.

Scroll through Toni Collette's IMDB credits and you'll agree she is the definition of versatility: Hereditary, The Sixth Sense, Muriel's Wedding, Knives Out, The United States of Tara, the list goes on. So it's no surprise the Aussie actress landed her fourth career Emmy nom for playing a steely detective in Netflix's Unbelievable. Her statement on nomination morning says it all:

"I've been acting for 30 years now. I love telling all kinds of stories about all kinds of people. It still excites me to get up at 3, 4, or 5 a.m. to go hunt out obscure parking lots where we set up a whole new world each day. But working on something like Unbelievable makes it all the sweeter. I am so proud to be part of a ridiculously talented team telling a story that really matters. It has been a thrill for all of us knowing that this story has resonated far and wide with both women and men all around the globe. And so, I'm truly over the moon to be nominated. We must celebrate all that we can in this unstable time of real struggle."

Unbelievable streams on Netflix.

Dan Levy (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series, Schitt's Creek)

Talk about multi-hyphenate! Not only did Dan Levy co-create Schitt's Creek with dad, Eugene Levy, he's also a showrunner, writer, director, and, of course, actor. Cynical, lovable, and GIF-able David Rose is—in the words of the great Tina Turner—"Simply the Best." The younger Levy tells The Hollywood Reporter how he plans on celebrating his show's 15 noms:

"For a tiny show out of Canada that never saw it coming, and then to actually not be able to go to the Emmys, is an incredibly Schitt's Creek way of winding this whole thing down. So on one hand I'm like, 'This tracks.' It's our crew that would have been so fun to see all dressed up and there. I would have loved for our team to get to have that 'pinch me' moment. My dad and I have already been talking about potentially doing a socially distanced event in his backyard in Toronto, so maybe we can all dress up and pretend, six feet apart, that we're there."

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