Watching a love story unfold on TV is magical. Some keep you waiting on the edge of your seat through breakups and makeups and back again. Others seem fated right from the start, and some have been together forever, providing an anchor for the show.
So much tension, so much betrayal, so many make-ups and too many break-ups. Or when D. Tanner accused Steve Hale of canoodling with an ex-girlfriend at the school dance?
This has been a hot point of contention in my office. Who doesn't love a torrid love affair?? Ever since I watched Rory and Jess date on Gilmore Girlsall I've ever wanted was a boyfriend who likes to read as much as I do and waits for me on benches in worn-denim jackets.
I get drawn straight back to that time of first love — how complicated, confusing, awkward, but totally romantic it all was. In Heartside Bay I get to bring this all to life again through lots of different couples. Love is a story that never ages.
Skip navigation! You might have liked your fictional high school dramas to play out in a world of beautiful people, in even more beautiful clothes. Or, maybe you wanted some fangs and fur in the mix.
The best teen dramas are the ones that embrace the awkwardness, the unnecessary cruelty and the uncontrollable emotions that are an unavoidable part of wading through the treacherous waters of adolescence. Although we may leave those experiences in our rearview mirror, those years have an intense effect on all of us, which is why these shows continue to resonate with people of all ages. Much like real life, one of the most vital aspects of any teen drama is the romantic relationships.
W ith his baby face and stubble-less cheeks, Charlie Hyett looks young for his age. Anyone watching the year-old student and his year-old girlfriend, Abbie, as they sit shyly holding hands in the Gloucester Family Support Centre, would be forgiven for assuming they were waiting for their parents to pick them up. But when two-year-old Tia runs into the room and throws herself into Charlie's arms, there is no mistaking the paternal pride and love in his eyes.
Young love is a strange thing. Some of them actually stay married, too, believe it or not. Yet, for many others, that first love turns into nothing more than a fond memory, like so many other things from high school.
To judge from the current state of romantic comedy, the modern American couple reproduces first and reconciles to love later — morning sickness before mornings after. This six-part series, which begins on Wednesday, has the cleverest conceit of any reality show in a long time and almost feels necessary. It asks five couples in their late teens, with varying ideas about time frames for marriage and family, to road-test adult life by becoming caregivers — of babies, then toddlers, then older children and the elderly — who rotate in and out of their lives over the course of a few weeks.