For a show that is ostensibly about ‘nerds’ who have no social skills and struggle to get dates, there’s a whole lot of dating in The Big Bang Theory! Pretty much every main character has multiple relationships (however long or short they may be) and of the main characters, only Raj ends the series unmarried.
Of all these relationships over the years, though, which ones were fans always behind? Sometimes, a pairing would pop up that no one saw coming, whether it works out in the end or not. And sometimes, it was clear from the start that a pair was endgame – or that they should have been!
In the early seasons, Raj barely dated at all, because he struggled with selective mutism and was unable to talk around women unless he was under the influence. Later, this became significantly less of an issue, and he was actually able to have a few decent relationships – and it was rare that fans didn’t root for them to work out. Raj is adorable, and everyone wanted to see him find happiness – and Lucy seemed like a good possibility for that. She was even more socially anxious and awkward than Raj, and it seemed like they were a perfect fit, both completely understanding the other’s fears and issues. In the end, though, these ended up driving them apart.
Penny definitely had some less than ideal boyfriends in the early seasons of the show, with a tendency to date men who were physically gorgeous, but intellectually less-than-impressive. Seeing her date the gorgeous-but-dumb Zack, then, wasn’t a huge surprise… but the surprising part of their relationship was how long it lasted, and how they end up being good friends. Fans expected Zack to be a short-term addition to the show, but in the end, he is a true friend to the gang, and is still spending time with Leonard and Penny in the final season.
Stuart is another awkward, lonely guy, and as the show continued, he became more and more of a sad sack… which just left fans rooting for him to find a little happiness!
Luckily, he managed that with Denise, a lovely woman who worked for him at the comic book store. The two don’t always have the easiest relationship, given how anxious Stuart is about the whole thing, but fans knew from the start that they would be perfect together.