It is true that storylines in many TV series exist only in the fictional world. At the opening or closing credit, viewers are reminded everything is fake and that any similarity in characters’ names or events are purely coincidental.
Even if the series is based on a true story, there are bound to be some dramatizations to make it more entertaining and attractive.
It happens in many types of scene such as a fist fight, shootout, deaths, injuries, and of course romantic relationships.
When it comes a storyline involving courtship, fictional series have the freedom to take somewhat bizarre route of pairing a very young actor with a much older counterpart.
Guaranteed such a relationship happens quite a lot in real life, but many viewers still cannot stop wondering if the decision is ideal, controversial, or outright inappropriate.
You have seen quite a lot of cringe-worthy age gaps on many different TV series over the year, and the following are arguably the most uncomfortable to watch.
10 Monica And Richard – Friends
One of the most recurring themes on Friends is the ups and downs of a love relationship. Ross and Rachel have that, and the same thing applies to Chandler and Monica.
As for Phoebe and Joey, they too share similar events with their respective love interests.
If you are only a casual viewer of the re-run, perhaps you don’t know that at a time Monica is involved in a romantic relationship with a man named Richard (portrayed by Tom Selleck).
On their first date, Richard actually says he is a-whole-person-who-can-drink older than Monica.
9 Paris And Asher – Gilmore Girls
It is who Rory’s grandfather who introduces Asher to Paris. Here are some important notes: Rory is Paris’ high school classmate, while Asher was the grandfather’s classmate; so you do the math.
Despite the uncomfortable age gap, Asher and Paris developed a rather serious romantic relationship during her first year at Yale.
Remember that Asher is a professor at the university. In the series, the relationship has positive impact of Paris; in an interview with Cosmopolitan, Liza Weil – who portrays Paris – says the relationship is well-handed and that it warms her character.
8 Puck And Shelby – Glee
At a time when the storylines start to get easier to digest on Glee, fans are surprised to figure out Puck has a feeling for Shelby.
Instead of getting much simpler, the whole premise gets a lot more complicated because Shelby adopts Puck’s daughter (from his previous relationship with Quinn).
For a short while prior to his current relationship, Puck actually had a romantic thing going on with another club member of glee named Rachel, who is Shelby’s daughter.
Bottom line is, Puck dating Shelby is like a young man dating a woman old enough to be his mother. It sounds like a real complicated story revolving around Puck, because it indeed is.
7 Pacey And Tamara – Dawson's Creek
Right from the first episode, Dawson’s Creek jumps right into the drama.
Pacey meets with his English teacher at a video store where he works, and falls in love with her.
A little later on, the teacher Tamara Jacobs gives Pacey what he wants, and so they have s*x.
Put in mind that Pacey is only a 15-year-old boy, while his teacher is already in her late 30s or early 40s.
ome will say it is an obvious form of s*x abuse on her part.