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Television’s BFF’s ….Happy Best Friends Day


 We all have besties . They are the ones who are with you through thick and thin. Sometimes you want to kill them , but you know you are nothing without them. Television shows present and old school is full of them. So on this bff day, we at Chitownstarconnections are saluting our favorite best buds….

Jen had to salute her favorite show and that is the late great “Castle.” What would the writer detective be without his partners? Jon Huertas, Seamus Dever, and Jon Huertas

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These two are as close as best friends can be , without being related. They were part of the “MAGIC” that was “Grey’s Anatomy.” Dr. Cristina Yang and Dr. Meredith Grey….”The Twisted Sisters.” Here are stars TR Knight, Katherine Heigl and the Twisted Sisters … Ellen Pompeo and Sandra Oh.

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What is really great is that in real life “Empire’s” Becky and Jamal are really best friends. Gabourney Sidibe and Jussie Smollett are bffs.

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They have known each other for twenty years in real life , but they also play best buds on tv. Together they ran the country for most of seven years on “Scandal”, They are Jeff Perry and Tony Goldwyn or Cyrus Beene and Fitzgerald Grant.

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They were raised together like brothers, but they had remained best buds all during med school. They shared everything, including Addison. Mark eventually ended up in Seattle and had also slept with all of Derek’s sisters. “Grey’s Anatomy” couldn’t had closer buds then the late Dr. Mark Sloane (Eric Dane) and the late Dr. Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey)

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 There was never a better group of friends than the four sexy gals from NYC… Samantha, Miranda, Charlotte, and Carrie…. “Sex and the City”

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There isn’t two more perfect and drunk bff’s in all of Britain than those lovable addicts Patsy and Edwina (Jennifer Saunders and JoAnna Lumley) of “Ab Fab”


They are all geniuses with women problems. But they can count on each other, no matter what. They are Sheldon (Jim Parsons), Leonard (Johnny Galecki) Howard (Simon Helberg) and Raj (Kunal Nayaar)


 They are total opposites , the one was raised in poverty and the other in the lap of luxury, but poverty brought Max and Caroline together. Now they are just “Two Broke Girls” (Beth Behrs and Kat Dennings)

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 That’s what friends are for … like the fun foursome who return to NBC this fall on “Will and Grace” … Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullahy, and Sean Hayes…

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They may have been cousins, but they are the best of buds in ritzy Bel Air… Carlton and Will of the “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air”

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 They are four women from Atlanta with a lot of class and style…Mary Jo (Annie Potts) Charlene (Jean Smart) Julia (the late great Dixie Carter) and Suzanne (Delta Burke) “Designing Women”

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There is no better group of friends than the sexy sextet from the series that is named “Friends” … Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer. true classics …


They are gbbf’s in real life and have played lovers on the screen… they are “Huckleberry Quinn” or Katie Lowes and Guillermo Diaz of “Scandal”

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Two women who were forced to be together when their ex husbands decided to come out are the hilarious stars of Netflix “Grace and Frankie” Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda


 There seems to be a lot of reboots on tv and one of the most popular on Netflix is the reboot of “Full House” called “Fuller House” Dave Coulier , Bob Saget , and John Stamos have reprised their roles as much of the cast has… DJ and Kimmy have grown up and have kids of their own

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They were the cast with the show about ‘nothing” best of buds…. on “Seinfeld” Jerry, George, Elaine, and the inevitable Kramer..

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The wisdom that they spot is pure gold… they are the old ladies who know what’s what.Rose, Blanche, Dorothy, and of course Sophia..”The Golden Girls”

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They are the girls  who live a singles life in a 90’s kind of world … she’s glad she’s got her girls… Maxx, Regine, Kadejah, and Sinclair… Living Single…

Living Single Cast


Finally we end with two buds on the hit CMT show “Nashville” , both are looking for that neon rainbow and chasin that honky tonk dream… Sam Palladio and Chris Carmack

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Did we include your favorite tv buds ? If not write and tell us about them… here is my bff picture… it’s Jen….15589834_10157834996700577_8153654855180318187_n Happy besties day!!!




TV’s Hottest Men


Television brings to us every week some of the most gorgeous hunks. They make it a pleasure to watch and drool at their ripped bodies. There are so many of them to choose from as well. There are firemen and cops, detectives and doctors, musicians and politicians. There is even a President in the mix. Jen and I had fun with this post and we hope it will entertain you. If your faves aren’t here, let us know and then we can do a second article .


My pick for the hottest guy on television is the POTUS on “Scandal” . Fitzgerald Grant or Tony Goldwyn. Now that he is divorced , there has been even more shirtless scenes in the White House as he explores his new freedom. Hopefully we will see him with the love of his life , Olivia Pope again in Season Six. Tony has also starred in the movie , “The Belko Experiment.”


Jen’s man is that man about town and space, Nathan Fillion. Nathan is currently doing a recurring role on another ABC hit , “Modern Family” . Rainer Shine is the local weatherman and he is dating the daughter of Phil. Nathan has also starred on “Castle” and “Firefly”He has also guested on “Brooklyn Nine Nine and played himself on “The Big Bang Theory” Nathan is also a voice in “Cars 3” for Di


Jussie Smollett is the smokin hot piece of chocolate that plays the gay son on “Empire” , Jamal Lyon. Talented , sexy , and gay …we don’t care he likes the boys. He is still great to look at.


Bryshere “Yaz” Grey is the baby of the Lyon family, Hakeem on “Empire” . He is a rapper , a fighter, and a lover. He actually became a daddy very recently.


Olivia Pope has had a difficult decision for about three years now. Scott Foley is part of the Presidential love triangle on “Scandal” as Capt Jake Ballard. Will she choose Jake or his buddy, Fitz?  Jake is also now poised to be VEEP to Mellie Grant’s POTUS. Who will rule the Oval?


How can a guy be sexy as a gay man and a daddy? Well just ask the star of Fox’s “24 Legacy” , Dan Bucatinsky. He is an author , producer, and Emmy award winning actor. Dan is the computer geek Andy Salowitz that helps the team. Before this, Dan won his Emmy for playing sweet, naive James Novak , hubby to political monster, Cyrus on “Scandal” .


It’s been a rough go for Justin Chambers as Dr Alex Karev on “Grey’s Anatomy.” Alex is one of the two original interns of the show. He is leaning toward being with his fellow classmate, Meredith. He has been her person since Cristina left and Derek died.Now Alex is fighting his feelings for Meredith.


It has taken viewers a while to warm up to Cornelius Walker Jr as Olivia’s newest gladiator on “Scandal.” He started as a community agitator on “The Lawn Chair.”  Eventually , he made his case and was brought on when Olivia was trying to defend her image during the whole “mistress” arc. There is one person who has managed to steal Marcus’ heart and that is the former First Lady, Mellie . He and Bellamy Young’s love scenes steam up the screen.


 Jen and I first saw Ed Quinn when he was the futuristic Capt Max on an episode of “Castle.” Ed is now the on again off again boyfriend of Max on “Two Broke Girls” , Randy. Ed was a former model and we hope he will be the guy that sweeps Max away but lets her visit Han and the gang at the diner.


Jack Falahee sizzles up the campus with his scenes on “How to Get Away with Murder.” His love  scenes with his lover, Oliver , have made them the new hot gay couple. Connor definitely belongs with the other ‘boys” in the Keating Five.


“Once a gladiator, always a gladiator.” is the motto on “Scandal.” Abby was the true hero concerning Liv’s kidnapping. She called Stephen (Henry Ian Cusick)  to come and rescue her with the men who wanted to auction her off to the highest bidder. Stephen managed to accomplish the one thing that Jake and the gladiators and the White House couldn’t do, he liberated Olivia and brought her safely back to DC. That’s a real hero.


Kevin McKidd has long been a fixture on “Grey’s Anatomy” ever since he came in and literally swept Cristina Yang off her feet. That’s a real man and so is Owen Hunt.  He is an Army man and was a surgeon over in Afghanistan. Kevin is also a singer and he comes from the land of my ancestors, Scotland. Love to hear that sexy brogue.


There is nothing hotter than someone who risks their lives daily and for five seasons , Taylor Kinney has been causing women to sweat when he fights fires in the Second City on “Chicago Fire.” As Firefighter Kelly Severide, he has been through quite a few personal traumas as well as professional.


Eric Dane was first known as the on call room romeo as Dr Mark Sloane on “Grey’s Anatomy” . But then Eric fell victim to another Shondaland death and Mark was dead. But we can still enjoy Eric on TNT’s “The Last Ship” . Every girl loves a man in uniform.


David Boreanaz started life as a vampire on “Angel” then he graduated to the FBI and Temperance ‘s work partner and eventual  love interest on “Bones.” As Seeley Booth, he helps Emily Deschnel solve crimes. Sadly, this is the final season of the forensic drama.


Peter Crause is the suave and sexy con man Benjamin Jones on “The Catch” . He plays a dangerous game as he woos Alice . But she is never sure who he really is . He is sexy as he is slimy. “The Catch” is part of ABC’s TGIT line up.


All of the Lyon sons of “Empire” are gorgeous. The oldest son, Andre, is the troubled and manic depressive one. You have to feel sorry for how bad he is and want to hold him. Trai Byers plays him to perfection. But hands off ladies, Trai married his co star back in December, Grace who is the temptress “Boo Boo Kitty.” Andre is currently embroiled in a plot that involves getting rid of his father and taking over Empire records.

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There are men and women everyday who fight for justice and defend our country against enemies of the state and terrorists. They are the FBI agents “Quantico” Jake McLaughlin as Agent Ryan Booth fights  and romances the exotic Alex .

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It’s been touch and go and he still isn’t out of the woods for “Scandal’s” Guillermo Diaz as Diego Munoz or “Huck” . He has such a sweet face that hides the heart of a trained killer. But he is also a sexy Hispanic man, who loves Madonna . In other words, sorry gals like Jussie and Dan, he has a devoted man.

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Charles Esten plays the typical country music star , a songwriter with a broken heart . He has had enough tragedy in his life between his alcoholism and his wife’s tragic death. But Charles is also an awesome and sexy guy in real life. Deacon of “Nashville” works with a cause dear to my heart, “Light the Night for Leukemia.”

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 Ben Feldman is a Jewish hottie and I love a little kosher in my men. First , he was heavenly as “Fred” , on “Drop Dead Diva” , then he went back in time on the super hit, “Mad Men” . Now he is glad to serve you on the NBC comedy, “Superstore” as “Jonah”

avery on nashville

We first saw Jonathan Jackson as the son of  soap opera icons “Luke and Laura” on “General Hospital” Today he plays the devoted hubby and producer Avery Barkley  on CMT’s “Nashville” which was renewed for another season.


 Harvey had a good friend  like Jon Huertas when he was on “Sabrina” and the gang on TGIF. But Jon made a bigger splash when he was cast as ex Army “Javier Esposito” on “Castle” .  He would accompany Rick and Kate on almost every case. But now Jon has a new role on the runaway hit , “This is Us” as “Andrew”

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Geek is the new “sexy” and that is exactly what the boys on “The Big Bang Theory” are is a group of overgrown geeks that are scientists. Kunal Nayar is the Indian astronomer , Dr Raj Koothrappali . With that smile and those twinkling eyes, what woman wouldn’t want to gaze at the stars with this man.?

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 Matt McGorry kept the peace on “OITNB”. Now he is the confused law student  Asher Millstone as a member of the “Keating” five on “How to Get Away With Murder” . He is the perfect entitled , spoiled preppy boy who is so adorable.

mon el and caraIt can get lonely when you are galaxies away from home, whether it is one planet or Krypton. But Mon El can find comfort and love in his girlfriend, Kara on “Supergirl”. Hey we can all use someone to rescue us, and if it is someone as hot and cool as Chris Wood.

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Jesse Williams is not only an actor , but an activist. He plays the rich boy surgeon, Dr Jackson Avery on “Grey’s Anatomy”. He is also sweet and sensitive , the best kind of guy.

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Jason George is one sweet piece of chocolate . He is also the man who swept Miranda Bailey off her feet on “Grey’s Anatomy” Look at him, that wasn’t hard to do. I think we would all like to have him to do that to us.


And last but not least is the very handsome and sexy patriarch of the Lyons clan on “Empire” ,” Luscious Lyon  “Terrence Howard is an older man who is still virile and active. Plus look at those clothes, nothing sexier than a sharp dressed man.

“May The Force Be With US” The Effect on Princess Leia and Star Wars on Pop Culture


Today, we said goodbye to the icon of a generation. One that little girls wanted to be like and one that little boys had dirty dreams about. Carrie Fisher died from complications from a heart attack she suffered on Saturday. Always the film queen, Debbie Reynolds  followed her daughter into eternity two days later. We believe she died of a broken heart. Carrie made such an impact, actually everyone from this franchise has made such an impact on our society . Let’s just count the ways that Luke, Darth, Han and of course, Leia have come into pop culture.


“Friends” The One With the Princess Leia Fantasy. Ross Geller (David Schwimmer) was asked by his girlfriend Rachel (Jennifer Anniston) about him having a special fantasy they could stage in the bedroom. Ross gave the answer that every geek boy wanted, Princess Leia in the gold bikini. Shame the fantasy was ruined when Ross imagined the Princess was his mother. Damn you Chandler!


“That Seventies Show”  “A New Hope”  Just like typical boys in the seventies, Eric and the gang go to see the movie and this brings fantasies to Eric of Donna as the Princess.


“Spaceballs” Blame it on the master , Mel Brooks to come up with the ultimate Star Wars spoof. Just like in his other movies, he shows up in the movie. This time he is in a couple of times, as a Yoda type character with the phrase “May the Schwartz be With You” . The late John Candy was Barf , Bill Pullman as Lone Star. Daphne Zuniga from “Melrose Place” played Princess Vespa.


“Blue Harvest” from “Family Guy”  Seth McFarlane has to be the most popular guru in pop culture. He has taken celebrities and made fun of them and McFarlane himself is a sci fi geek. We remember fondly the “Family Guy” spoof where Vader is none other than the evil one himself, “Stewie” Lois makes an awesome Leia.


Wes Craven’s homage to Hollywood in “Scream 3” allowed Carrie to make fun of herself. She played a studio employee that helped Gale and the fake Gale (Parker Posey) look up Maureen Prescott. Carrie claimed that she was close to the part of Leia , but the other girl go the part because she slept with George Lucas.


“The Big Bang Theory “is a tribute to geekdom . There have been many comic book icons and sci fi ones that have guest starred on the show. . These include Stan Lee, Nathan Fillion, and the late Leonard Nimoy . In” The Convention Conundrum” Sheldon wishes to make his own Comic Con and runs into James Earl Jones. They spend a fun day together that ends with them playing a practical joke on Princess Leia herself. Guess the Princess didn’t take it too well.


“My Two Dads”   “Scrubs” took the gang and made them Star Wars characters. It was hilarious to see the opinionated Dr Cox as Obi Wan …JD was of course Luke.


Liz Lemon(played by Tina Fey )worshipped Princess Leia so much she wanted a Star Wars wedding on “30 Rock” .


“How I Met Your Mother’s” Barney actually had a life size storm trooper in his apartment . His buddies, Ted and Marshall tested relationships by asking potential girlfriends questions like , do you like ewoks?


“Freedom” Grey’s Anatomy” Bailey proved that she was a Star Wars fan by explaining to a young man that he is like Han Solo when he has trapped himself in concrete .


“Modern Family”  “Planes Trains and Automobiles” Mitchell  tells Cameron that he left his Luke action figure on a plane and his father never tried to get it back. Cameron surprises him by replacing the toy.


“Castle” Final Frontier” Castle is at a sci fi convention and there is a murder. Beckett and Castle discuss that when Alexis was a little girl she made the cutest Princess Leia and he was Darth Vader when they went to the Comic Cons. We also find out that Castle has a statue of Boba Fette in his bathroom.


“17 Again” Matthew Perry becomes Zac Efron and he has to stay with his geeky friend , Ned. Ned is played by none other than Matthew’s” Odd Couple” co star Thomas Lennon. Fun fact: Thomas was on an episode of “Friends” as Joey’s hand twin when the gang was in Vegas.

RIP Princess and her mother from Chitownstarconnections

For Caskett Fans- There Is an “Always”

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Last night, the doors of NYPD Precinct 12 closed forever. “Castle” fans have been outraged ever since it was announced that stars Stana Katic and Tamela Jones had been fired from the ABC crime drama. Fans have been very active on social media and made it known that they have not been happy with this decision. Some had gotten quite literal and took their anger out on actor , Nathan Fillion. But last week, ABC had made their final decision and decided that this Monday would be the last show. Fans were very happy with the happily ever after for the couple. In salute to this show,  Chitownstarconnections is proud to present “Castle’s Best Moments” A Journey.”

castle meets beckett

In “Flowers For Your Grave” the detective and writer meet for the first time. Beckett is to solve a murder that mirrors Richard Castle’s novels. Castle is mesmerized by the woman and wants to use her for his next novel as the character . Nikki Heat

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Season One also brought in the episode “Nanny McDead” . This included two stars from the ABC family. “Grey’s Anatomy’s ” own April Kepner was the murderous nanny.

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George Newbern of “Scandal” was the philandering husband.

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In “Home is Where the Heart Stops” , “Grey’s Anatomy’s” Amelia, Caterina Scorsone is the daughter of a murder victim.

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Quinn from “Scandal” was also in Season One as a socialite. Katie Lowes was in the same episode as Caterina.

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Today Darby is the power behind the throne on “Scandal” as Abby. But Darby also played Meredith Castle, Alexis’s mother and Castle’s first wife

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The gang explores the world of S and M in “The Mistress Always Spanks Twice”

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“Vampire Weekend” was a fun Halloween episode.

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Castle saves Beckett’s life for the first time in a two parter, “Tick Tick Tick” and “Boom”


The very talented and gorgeous star of “Scandal” , Bellamy Young made an appearance in “Pretty Dead” as a pageant official

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And “Dr Ken’s” very funny nurse , Jonathan Slavin was a pageant coach


Laura Prepon of “Orange is the New Black” was an actress who wanted to play  Nikki Heat in the movie based on Beckett.


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Jason Beghe of “Chicago PD” played Mike Royce , Beckett’s mentor

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After Royce’s murder, Castle and Beckett visit Hollywood in “To Live and Die in LA”

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“Chicago Fire’s ” David Eigenberg was a writer in a tribute to the dying art of soaps in “One Life to Lose” . The title was a nod to the long running soap “One Life to Live” which Nathan starred on as Joey Buchanan.

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“Countdown” was an episode where Beckett and Castle were thrown together in a freezer where they would die together

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At Montgomery’s funeral, Beckett is gunned down as Castle tells her he loves her in “Knockout”.

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Castle and the boys investigate a murder in Atlantic City in “Heartbreak Hotel”

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 Flashback to the forties in “The Blue Butterfly” . Tamala Jones’s gorgeous singing voice was spotlighted in this episode as well

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In “47 seconds” Castle finds out that Beckett knew he told her he loved her. This was a major setback in their relationship.


In “Headhunters” Nathan is reunited with fellow Serenity shipmate, Adam Baldwin. Baldwin is a reckless cop by the name of Slaughter who takes on Castle as a temporary partner while Beckett prepares for trial.

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In “Always” ,  the walls come tumbling down and the couple consummate their relationship.

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“Final Frontier” was when Beckett and Castle were investigating a murder at a Sci Fi convention. Captain Max , Ed Quinn was recently seen as Max’s boyfriend on “Two Broke Girls” .

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Alexis has been kidnapped and Castle travels all the way to Paris to rescue her in “Hunt” . The husband of pop diva , Barbra Streisand , James Brolin first appeared as Jackson Hunt. Hunt was the father of the famous writer.

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Ryan goes undercover as a member of the Irish mob in “The Wild Rover.” He helps to trap a vicious mob member who is played by “Scandal” star, Brian Letscher . Brian is best known as Tom , the former Secret Service agent who was a double agent for B613.

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The clock ticks when Beckett is stuck on a bomb with a limited amount time before it explodes. But Castle shows he loves her in “Still” . She tells him that she loves him for the first time.

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Castle usually has crazy theories and in “The Fast and the Furriest” , he encounters a killer that mirrors the legend of “Bigfoot” .

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Season Five ends in “Watershed” when Beckett receives an offer to join the FBI in Washington . She contemplates the move and the direction their relationship has gone. Castle makes the next move and proposes.

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Season Six began with “Valkyrie” Beckett accepts Castle’s proposal and off she is to Washington and working for the FBI. Lisa Edelstein of Bravo’s awesome show , “Girlfriends Guide to Divorce” is her new partner as they try to preserve the republic.

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“Under Fire” welcomed the first baby to the team. Esposito and Ryan were trapped in a fiery building while Jenny gives birth with the help of Lainie . The little girl was named Sarah Grace. Jenny Ryan is played by real life wife of Seamus Dever, Juliana Dever.


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In “Dressed to Kill” the team is called on to solve a fashion magazine editor’s murder. At the same time, Castle must make a decision on the place for the wedding. It turns out Beckett used to model and Francis Fisher plays the Vogue type editor who recruits Beckett and as a reward gives her the dress of her dreams.

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“Smells Like Teen Spirit” takes Castle back to his prep school days and solving a crime as well as taking Beckett to his dance.

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Beckett plays a dangerous game in “The Belly of the Beast” as her mother’s murderers try to eliminate her. She poses as a dangerous drug dealer.

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Castle and his cats investigate a murder from the days of disco in “That Seventies Show” The star witness claims to be in a time warp so to get him to be a witness, Castle turns the 12th into a precinct from the 70’s. Junior from “The Sopranos”, Dominic Chianese and Dawn Lewis from “A Different World ” are guest stars.

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Bracken is finally tracked down as Beckett finds out his Presidential campaign is funded by drug money and murderers in “Veritas”. You might recognize the actor who played Bracken as Jack Coleman. Jack was on “Dynasty”, “Heroes” and most recently the deceased husband of Sally Langston , Daniel , on “Scandal”

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Season Six ended with Kate Beckett on the happiest and saddest day of her life. It was supposed to be her wedding , but she sees her grooms car burst into flames with him in it.

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Channeling “It’s A Wonderful Life” , Castle lands in an alternate universe where he never existed. In the course of the episode, he finds his way back and in the presence of his most loved ones , him and Kate are married.

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 Nathan embraces his OLTL roots in “Once Upon Time in the West”. On their honeymoon, the couple investigate a murder at a dude ranch.

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In “Reckoning” Kate is kidnapped  and Neiman wants to take her face.


In “The Wrong Stuff” there is a murder in a Mission to Mars simulator and the team dons spacesuits to help solve the crime.


“At Close Range” mirrored a “Scandal” episode. Ryan takes a job as security at a political fundraiser. The campaign manager is murdered to cover the affair with the candidate. Ricardo Chivera plays the candidate. He is most known for Gabby’s lover on “Desperate Housewives’ but currently he is Mellie ‘s opponent for the run for the White House on “Scandal” .

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Singer Carly Rae Jensen serenaded a fake late night comedy audience in “Dead From New York” . The team investigates a murder of the show’s legendary producer. Gregory Harrison and Jaleel White are the guest stars.


A murder in the woods takes Castle back to his childhood in “Hollander’s Woods”. He is also honored for his writing at a banquet as Season 7 comes to an end.

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The final season began with Beckett’s promotion to Captain and then her sudden disappearance that he investigates with the team. A new member joins the team as Captain Gates leaves the show.

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“Cool Boys” reunited the former “Firefly” buddies , Adam Baldwin and Nathan Fillion


Castle is the ‘king of the world” as him and Beckett are on a cruise ship and are trapped with a killer in “Mr and Mrs Castle”

And in the series finale, the audience is made to think that Castle and Beckett are shot, but surprise we are taken seven years into the future to see the Castle family….

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The couple is together and they are joined by twins , Reese and Jake and daughter , Lily

This is a show that has surely made its mark. Fans have been enchanted by the romance and mysteries that have been part of the show for eight seasons. It has won People Choice Awards and more importantly , it has made its mark by making statements on pop culture. It has done wonders for the world of sci fi with legendary actors from this realm playing parts and Nathan being reunited with stars from “Firefly” Many of the stars in the television realm played earlier parts on this show before they played the characters that they were known for. These include Sarah Drew, Caterina Scorsone from “Grey’s ” Bellamy Young , Brian Letscher, Katie Lowes, and George Newbern from “Scandal” . It will definitely be missed and at least in this fandom , their couple gets a happy ending. So we hope to see these talented actors and actresses on the screen soon. I have a feeling we will.

 We will remember these lovable characters  “Always”

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Actors and Actresses Who Played Doctors

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In special honor of National Doctor Day, we are proud to present our favorite  actors and actresses who have played doctors through the years



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He has made people laugh in movies like Role Models . but Ken Jeong keeps everyone in stitches on ABC’s Dr Ken. He was also a real doctor

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They may never lift a scalpel , but these science guys and gals have PHds in comedy.  Plus Amy Farrah Fowler aka Mayim Bialik has a real PHd .


You can’t talk about doctor shows without talking about those sexy surgeons on “Grey’s Anatomy” Many of these actors have gone on to other pursuits including Chyler Leigh on “Supergirl” and Eric Dane on “The Last Ship”. McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey) is starring in the third Bridget Jones movie since his “death”


tony on matlock

Today he is the President on “Scandal” but here is Tony Goldwyn as a young intern on “Matlock ” in the eighties

bellamy young on scrubs

Bellamy Young broke quite a few hearts as a female surgeon on “Scrubs” Today she aims for the White House on “Scandal”

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Here Joshua Malina helps the team on “Bones” out as a psychiatrist

joe morton as dr charles richmond

Joe Morton has caused the cast members of “Scandal” much grief as Rowan Pope . Here he is as Dr Charles Richmond  on “Proof” last year

kate burton as ellis grey

As Sally Langston, Kate Burton terrorizes everyone on “The Liberty Report” Let’s not forget that she was the brilliant Dr Ellis Grey who was the mother of Meredith on “Grey’s”

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Emily Deschnel is Dr Temperance Brennan , a doctor who loves to mess with dead things like “Bones”

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From the indie movie “Waitress” is the woman behind the man on “Scandal” Darby Stanchfield and TV’s favorite writer/ investigator Nathan Fillion from “Castle”. They played husband and wife gynecologists

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Tamala Jones is the doc who helps solve crimes on “Castle” as Dr Lainie Parrish.

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Debbie Allen has had a long career and currently she wears two hats . She is producer on “Grey’s Anatomy”where she plays Dr Katherine Avery

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Before there was sex in the on call rooms of “Grey’s” ER “was the medical show for 15 seasons. “Good Wife’s Julianne Marguilles played Nurse Carol to the original McDreamy George Clooney.

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She runs the unit in LA called “Major Crimes” , but she also was a doctor looking to be the new cardio attending on “Grey’s” Mary McDonnell


I think everyone can name these doctors as among their favorite tv doctors. It’s the doctors of the 4077th of the classic tv series “M*A*S*H*” G W Bailey of “Major Crimes” played a happy sergeant by the name of Rizzo.

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Another great doctor show was “St Elsewhere” . Superstar Denzel Washington got his start from this show . CSI’s Mark Harmon was also a cast member as a playboy doctor who got AIDS.This was also the starting place of comic Howie Mandel as well.

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Everyone’s favorite shrinks were obviously Dr Niles Crane, Dr Lilith Sternin , and of course the king of radio shrinks Frasier Crane

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Before ER, there was another hospital that was open in the Windy City, “Chicago Hope” . Mandy Pantinkin of “Homeland” was a surgeon . Adam Arkin spent a large part of the season this year on “How to Get Away With Murder” .

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Khandi Alexander used to help Horatio and the guys on “CSI Miami” . Most recently . she has been known as  the escaped Maya Pope on “Scandal” , the mother of Olivia

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Bill Lawrence wanted to write a medical show not only with heart , but with laughter. So he created “Scrubs” . Northwestern ‘s Zach Braff headed a cast of looney hospital staffers as he looked for love.

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One of the most popular shows of the seventies was “Marcus Welby MD “. Robert Young was the old fashioned doctor with a new associate . James Brolin of “Life in Pieces” and also the father of “Castle” played Dr Steven Kiley


The modern black woman is played by Tracee Ellis Ross on “Blackish” Her doctor is constantly at comic odds with her ad man hubby.

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A “M*A*S*H*” spin off that was successful was “Trapper John MD” Pernell Roberts was the third actor to play the iconic doctor. Trap was now in San Francisco and Chief of Surgery . He had a young upstart played by Gregory Harrison who has recently guest starred on “Castle” . Aaron Sorkin stallworth Timothy Busfield was his son and Broadway actor Brian Stokes Mitchell played a young intern.


Shonda Rhimes second series “Private Practice”  was a spin off of “Grey’s” Kate Walsh as Addison Montgomery let Seattle and her hubby go . She settled at a clinic in LA with her best friend Naomi and her colleagues. Today three of these actors are currently on tv. Tim Daly is the husband of “Madam Secretary” Paul Adelstein is the fixer boyfriend of Abby on “Scandal’ and Caterina Scorsone reprises her role of Dr. Amelia Shepherd on “Grey’s Anatomy”

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Gates McFadden played another Star Trek doctor ,Commander  Beverly Crusher on “Star Trek  the Next Generation”

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Deforrest Kelley as Dr. Leonard  Bones McCoy kept the original crew of the Enterprise  healthy on “Star Trek”

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The two men in Rachel Green’s life on “Friends” were both doctors. Ron Leibman played Dr Leonard Green, her father and David Schwimmer played Dr Ross Geller , her paleontologist boyfriend and father of her child.

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We finish up this salute to doctors with Dr Simon Tam aka Sean Maher on the legendary sci fi show “Firefly”  He took care of the crew of the Serenity.

A Salute on International Women’s Day- Prime Time’s Strongest Women


Today is a day of celebration. It is a day to celebrate being a woman and being a survivor . We are all survivors, no matter the battles we have to fight. We are all shapes, all colors, all ethnicities, and also sexual orientations. Today is truly a day to be proud. On this special day, Chitownstarconnections salutes the women of prime time who are our heroes, our role models, our sisters.

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Stana Katic as Captain Kate Beckett from “Castle”

Kate Beckett has spent her life trying to fight for justice. She became a cop to get justice for her mother’s murder. She is the hot cop with the gun who has risen through the ranks to become a captain in the NYPD. On the way she has been tortured, shot, and found the love of her life, Richard or as she calls him “Castle”



Julianna Marguilies as Alicia Flores on “The Good Wife”

Alicia had the perfect life and a model politician for a husband. That is until her husband was framed in a sex scandal. Her life was turned upside down. She was now the breadwinner for her family while her husband was sitting in prison. After many years, she took her law degree and went back to work at a prestigious law firm in Chicago. She stood by her man despite these setbacks and continued to support him in an unsuccessful run for the Presidency.



Ellen Pompeo as Dr Meredith Grey on “Grey’s Anatomy”

For twelve seasons, Meredith Grey has traveled a journey that began when she met her new boss in a bar and slept with him. But on this journey, she has learned a lot and finally healed from her toxic childhood and gained a new family filled with sisters, brothers, children, and a husband. Meredith will never be alone and she will have the love around her forever . She is truly a survivor for everything she has went through.


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Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope on “Scandal”

Olivia is one of the world’s best fixers. She has created a President, solved the problems of dictators and queens, but she can’t fix her biggest problem, her life. She has survived kidnappers and lived to tell the tale. Her parents have proven to be her biggest enemies and have definitely left a trail of damage in their wake. Someone needs to teach her how to love but the problem is there is a man who is willing to show her, but she is too blind to see it. He has definitely moved on, let’s hope its not too late for this woman.

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Taraji P Henson as Loretha “Cookie” Lyons on “Empire”

Cookie was raised on the mean streets of the ghetto. She sold drugs and then met her soul mate, Lucious. The two married , had three sons, and then Cookie took the fall for her man and was sentenced for 17 years to prison. Recently she was paroled and returned to take her own piece of the “Empire” .

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Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs as Max Black and Caroline Channing on “Two  Broke Girls”

These two girls prove that you can be strong without shooting a gun or yelling at the President. Caroline was an heiress who lost it all and then she found Max who showed her how to survive. Max has lived a hard knock life and the two are a modern “Laverne and Shirley”. With Max’s cupcakes and Caroline’s business savvy, these girls try daily to make all their dreams come true.

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Sandra Oh as Dr Cristina Yang on “Grey’s Anatomy”

Yes, Cristina is no longer on the show and we sure could have used her. (For her twisted sister when she lost her husband and and also for her man) But no character has made more of an impression then Yang. Frenemies from day one, the two surgeons have had each other’s back numerous times. Cristina stepped up when Meredith’s husband , Derek , was shot and operated on him while Gary Clark held a gun on her. She is truly a rock star cardio goddess.

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Monica Raymund as Gabrielle Dawson on “Chicago Fire”

Gabrielle started out as a paramedic at 51. But she knew that she was destined to be more and then started her course to become a firefighter. With the support of her brother , Antonio and her fellow firefighters, she managed to become a fire fighter . She has survived her partner’s death and a very risky surgery that took her child’s life. At least , she still has her man , Casey.

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Chandra Wilson as Dr Miranda Bailey on “Grey’s Anatomy”

You have to hand it to Shonda Rhimes, she may create characters that you want to kill her for pairing and torturing, but her characters are definitely endearing and touch the viewer’s heart. This is the reason why two of her series, “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” are represented by more than one character here. Miranda was first called “The Nazi” because she wanted to scare her interns. Bailey ended up as their mother and friend and has had all of her babies on her “table’ for various reasons. She gave birth while her ex was in surgery and a bomb was in the hospital. To save her life, she lied to a gunman and said she was a nurse. But she did it for her child, not for selfish reasons. Today, Bailey runs the show as the Chief.


Emily Deschanel as Dr Temperance Bones Brennan Booth on “Bones”

It is the classic love story. Someone is paired up through fate to work with someone . They usually don’t agree or get along. In the course of time, love finally wins and the couple stops fighting their feelings and give in to their passion. Temperance lost her parents as a child and fought finding love. She fought the odds to become a famous anthropologist and become a leading expert in forensic anthropologist. This is when she met her soul mate , Seeley Booth while working on a case. Today the two continue to solve crimes , as well as raise their children together.

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Bellamy Young as Senator Mellie Grant on “Scandal”

Some people would argue that this woman was not strong. For twenty some years, she was married to a man just for the sake of power. Her father made a deal with Big Jerry and a political super couple was born.Fitzgerald and Mellie . The union provided the couple with three children. But if you consider what Mellie had to endure , a father who left her mother for another family, a rape from her father in law that left her to question if her son was her husband’s or his brother. One thing endured in the back of her mind, one day she would be the President. Mellie is no longer in her ex husband, Fitz’s  shadow. She has made her mark with a historical fillibuster for women’s rights. Now she is on her way to the White House again. But this time she is doing it on her own.

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Sophia Bush as Erin Lindsay on “Chicago PD”

Erin is truly a survivor since she grew up on the streets until she was taken in by Hank Voight and his wife. Inspired by Voight, she became a Chicago cop and then a member of the Intelligence unit.  Because of her troubled childhood, she had reached out time after time to help other kids in trouble.


Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan on “Scandal”

Abby used to be a victim. She was brought on as a trophy wife to Charles “Chip” Putney for his political career. Charles had one little problem , he liked to beat his wife when angered. Abby had enough and drafted her friend , Olivia to take care of the man. Olivia took her in and made her one of her “gladiators”. Today thanks to her friend, Abby is the voice of the White House and can consider herself fortunate to call the President by his name, Fitz. She has come a long way.

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Viola Davis as Professor Analise Keating on “How to Get Away With Murder”

If anyone could be described as bad ass, it would have to be Analise. Fighting poverty and sexual abuse, she left her sad childhood behind to attend Harvard and become a law professor. In the courtroom, she is a shark and she hides as many secrets as cases. She is a mentor to her students and she has brought her students into her complicated life.

Romantic Beginnings…

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All television couples have to start somewhere. They have to be hired to work for someone, be just a boy and a girl who meet in a bar, or fixed up. In honor of Valentines Day, we are honoring the humble beginnings of television’s most beloved couples.

Dr Derek Shepherd and Dr Meredith Grey- Grey’s Anatomy

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Even though Derek is now deceased, theirs is one of television’s greatest love stories. Hard to believe that next day job anxiety caused this couple to have their first hook up. Meredith was drinking her precious tequila at Joe’s where she met the recently separated Derek. Imagine her surprise when she shows up at work and finds out her new boss was her one night stand. All fairy tales should start this way.


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Monica Geller and Chandler Bing  FRIENDS

In 1987, Monica’s big brother , Ross brought his roommate home for the holidays. Monica had a crush on the debonair Chandler Bing, but her size slowed things down considerably. Flash forward a few years and its Ross’s wedding day, the friends become friends with benefits and love develops. Chandler moves in, proposes, and then the couple get married with their friends in attendance.

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Richard Alexander Rogers  aka Richard Edgar Castle  and Katherine Houghton Beckett Castle- CASTLE

Katherine’s life had been turned upside down since the death of her mother, JoAnna. There was one salvation in her life and that was enjoying the mysteries of Richard Castle. One day she went to the book launch of “Flowers For Your Grave” where she requested the help in solving a murder that had a scene eerily similiar to the book’s setting. It is also where she met the author. Needing inspiration, Castle asks his friend the Mayor to tag along with the detective and use her as the muse for his next novel. Four years later, the two finally dance a horizontal tango and then marry.

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Rayna James and Deacon Claybourne – NASHVILLE

They make beautiful music together and have been doing it for years. Deacon and his sister Beverly, used to perform together until he met Rayna. They left their southern town and headed to Nashville where they started their careers. The pressures of stardom got to Deacon , so he hit the bottle . Rayna couldn’t handle his drinking , so she put him in rehab. She found out she was pregnant with his child. Instead of giving Deacon another chance, she married Teddy. Years later, Deacon finds out that Maddie is his. After a divorce from Teddy, Deacon proposed and Rayna accepted. They will be marrying soon .

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Fitzgerald Thomas Grant iii and Olivia Pope -SCANDAL

One of the most tempestuous romances on television began with a phone call to Olivia from her mentor. Cyrus called her to come and help with the campaign of his candidate, Fitzgerald Grant as he runs for the White House. The California governor is a true dark horse going into the primaries. But with her magic, Olivia makes this Naval hero a contender. Another con is that Grant and his wife can’t stand to be in the same room. Olivia notices this and forces them to play nice. While all of this is happening, Olivia and Fitz begin to fall for each other. He is in a loveless marriage that was arranged by his father. Olivia truly makes him a better man. Now divorced and at the present time, single, will Olivia and Fitz find their way back to each other?

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Loretha “Cookie” Hathaway  and Lucious Lyon of EMPIRE

Loretha was born in Philly in the hood and was heavily into the drug business. This is where she met aspiring musician  Lusious Lyon. Lyon was also a dealer and eventually the two fell in love and married. They became parents to three sons, Andre, Jamal, and Hakeem. They were so successful that Cookie put up the money for the budding Empire dynasty. Unfortunately, Cookie would take the rap and was imprisoned. Returning to society, she finds out that her ex has some boo boo kitty and her sons have forgotten her. Cookie makes her demands and returns to Empire. Now the family Lyon is caught up in scandals that threaten their very existence. Will the Empire survive?

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Dr Sheldon Cooper and Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler “The Big Bang Theory”

 Sheldon’s friends Raj and Howard had made a bet that they could find a woman who would go for him. Sheldon is a little eccentric and has quirks like no one sits on his part of the couch and roommate agreements. When the two of them filled out a questionaire for an on line dating service, only one woman showed up and that was Amy. It has been a rough road with one breakup and a first kiss on VD , but they have finally made it. They had coitus. What is next for this interesting couple.


 Dr Ben Warren was an anesthesiologist at Seattle Grace and he started to fall for the newly divorced Dr.  Miranda Bailey.  The two began a romance that ended right after the shooting in Season 6. Bailey felt they needed a break so she could fix herself after the trauma. She then started to see a nurse and then Ben found out. He wanted to fight for her and she came back to him. Then he tried to propose with a crossword puzzle and there was the long distance romance while he interned in LA. He came back and the two married.

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James Novak and Cyrus Rutherford Beane -SCANDAL

Just like the ill fated marriage of Meredith and Derek, this story ended tragically . But it started at the same time of another great romance. Cyrus was the campaign manager of Governor Grant, as he , Olivia , and the Grant team were on the Trail. Unbeknowst to Fitz, another romance was budding. James was a reporter hired to cover the campaign and candidate. Cyrus had spent many years denying who he was and flirted with the young reporter. Love hit and the two were married in Vermont. It made an interesting marriage as Cyrus hid his secrets from James and took care of his own child, the married President who wanted to rendevouz with his former Communications Director. Cyrus and James became the fathers of a little baby girl  while James sought to find the truth about Defiance. One fine day, James’ sleuthing resulted in Jake killing him and covering it up as a car jacking. James will always be the love of Cyrus ‘s life.

ross and rachel friendsDr Ross Geller and Rachel Green – FRIENDS

They had only known each other forever. She was the best friend of his baby sister and when he turned 15, something changed. Ross was in love . But Rachel just saw him as her friend’s geeky older brother. Flash ahead a few years and Rachel is more mature and realizes Ross is in love with her or as Phoebe says “Her Lobster” . It is a roller coaster ride as Rachel and Ross break up, Ross gets married, they have a baby, she dates Joey etc.. Rachel makes Ross take note when she is leaving for Paris and he begs her not to go. She thinks and then she gets off the plane.

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Dr Owen Hunt and Dr Cristina Yang- GREY’S ANATOMY

Cristina had decided that she was cursed and would die alone. She also cursed her twisted sisters decision to have Derek move in to her house. Fate stepped in and an icicle stabs her in the belly. But after that, a soldier comes to her rescue. Major Owen Hunt is brought in and takes charge of the situation of a wounded soldier. Cristina is turned on by his cave man approach and falls hard. The relationship is not without its problems as Owen fights PTSD from Afghanistan. Cristina and him finally marry but the problems continue since Owen wants children and Cristina doesn’t.  Finally after he cheats on her, the two separate , and he has to divorce her so his friends can collect from the airplane crash. Today, Cristina is in Switzerland, but not far from his heart. One day  we hope they will reconcile.


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Dr. Mark Sloan and Dr. Lexie Grey- GREY’S ANATOMY

Lexie had come to SGMW Hospital to better know her half sister, Meredith. She had started a relationship/friendship with George O Malley. George saw her as only a friend to help him study for his boards. After wards he dumped her, then she started a flirtation with the older surgeon. Passion took over and then the two started toward a relationship. Mark had other fish to fry as his teenage daughter returned pregnant. Lexi wans’t ready to be a grandmother and ended things. Next Mark gets his lesbian best friend, Callie pregnant and couldn’t be happier. The two fought their feelings until they were forced together on a plane that crashed. Today the two are together united for eternity after Mark died from injuries sustained in the crash. The hospital was renamed Sloan- Grey after the courageous doctors who perished.