Sometimes I think television (and film) writers have a very narrow view of what they think viewers will be interested in. Or maybe it's the studio executives who see things that way, I don't know.
Regardless, I wish they'd realize that there are more facets to a relationship than soap opera drama (continuously breaking up and making up, jealous fighting, and cheating on each other.) There are other, fresher, more interesting angles that could be explored.
I think about something Kimber once said, probably on her LJ rather than here. She was celebrating the show Scrubs, and especially how one of the most consistent, loving relationships on the program is Turk and Carla, who are married. The show followed the evolution of their relationship from careers to dating to marriage to having children, and everything that comes in between, lots of loss, love and hilarity, but it was never boring or flat. It just goes to show that when two characters finally get together as a couple, it doesn't have to become boring, or melodramatic, and it certainly doesn't mean that the vibrant energy of their relationship goes away. There's plenty to explore, if writers are willing to open their minds to it.
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