It is a nightly ritual. At approximately 9:12 p.m., my husband will pause whatever is on the TV (one of the beautiful perks of digital cable) and head to the kitchen to make his usual dessert, The Concoction. He'll survey the fridge, the freezer, the pantry, toss some sugary goodies into a bowl, and mix it all up. Sometimes Jello pudding, whipped cream, and caramel cereal. Other times, ice cream, chocolate bits, and graham crackers. Last night, he had a special ingredient to include: cupcakes. As I sat on the couch, I heard him say in his best Homer Simpson impression, "Mmmmmmm ... cupcakes!" Now, he is nothing like Homer Simpson and I am nothing like Marge, but he does a great imitation and I do wear my hair (though not blue) piled up high on my head. But it got me wondering: what TV cartoon couple are we like?
So, I rounded up some of the best couples in animated TV -- any of these TV cartoon marriages like your marriage?
Homer and Marge Simpson from The Simpsons -- Their marriage began with a shotgun wedding, but it's lasted all of these years. Homer can be an oaf, he likes his beer a bit too much, and he's a tad radioactive. So, what's Homer and Marge's secret? Why is their marriage strong? Marge has unconditional love for her "Homey" and the feeling is mutual. That kind of love makes you blind to, well, everything else.
Peter and Lois Griffin from Family Guy -- Typical opposites attract kind of situation. In many episodes, it mentions how the upper-middle class Lois had been dating wealthy, stuffy, boring types and then silly, fun, blue-collar Peter came along, and the rest was history. Little did she know just how silly he could be. She stands by her man no matter what stunts he manages to get himself into. What is the key to their marriage? I'm not sure, but I think it has something to do with their love of musical numbers and trying to make sure Stewie doesn't take over the world.
Fred and Wilma Flintstone from The Flintstones -- One of the first cartoon marriages, Wilma and Fred are your classic idea of a '50s couple: she maintains the house and deals with Pebbles, while he works at the stone quarry. They seem to argue about the usuals: Fred not helping enough around the house, Wilma's spending, the in-laws. As Fred yells a little too much and constantly tries to figure out schemes on how to make more money, Wilma helps him out of the sticky situations he always finds himself in ... and reminds him their life is pretty great as it is.
Peggy and Hank Hill from King of the Hill -- Peggy is pretty outspoken, sometimes a bit too much for her own good, while Hank is a bit more mild-mannered. Not as lovey-dovey as many of the other couples on this list and definitely low on the PDA-scale, they seem to have have a healthy relationship. Each one has their own issues (Hank is uncomfortable with intimacy and Peggy has a bit of an off-sense of her own intelligence), but somehow, they make it work. Peggy and Hank are happy and content and love to grill.
Linda Flynn-Fletcher and Lawrence Fletcher from Phineas and Ferb -- Together, Linda and Lawrence have created one of the few blended families on TV today (though we don't know the details of exactly where Ferb's mom is). Despite raising two genius sons and a boy-obsessed, crafty, tattling teenage daughter, they manage to devote time to their own interests, ones they enjoy together and solo, which seems to be the key to their union.
Which TV cartoon couple are you and your partner most like?
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