TV Fanatic Staff Selection, Take 3: Dare to Dair for Best Teen Couple!

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Welcome to the latest opportunity for a TV Fanatic staff member to defend one of our Best Teen Couple nominees. If you missed previous editions, so far...

Now, Eric Hochberger steps carefully into the world of Gossip Girl fandom and dares to love Dair. Tell us why, Eric...

There's no beating around the bush. I'm just going to come out and say it:

I was a Chair 'shipper at one point. There's no hiding it when there's a thing known as the Internet Archives and a quick Gossip Guy search would reveal me as a fraud. But you know what? It wasn't just Chuck's downward spiral that turned me off to that couple.

Dair Sleeping Together

It was the entertaining chemistry between two frenemies that really dominated season four for me. I don't think a Round Table went by that one of the two didn't steal my quote of the week with their witty banter.

But then something really happened between them. They realized they weren't just intellectual equals and rivals that could give each other a run for their money in a battle of wits.

The two are clearly the most cultured on Gossip Girl, and it was a delight to watch them go from frenemies to full on friends (much to Blair's chagrin) as they bonded over their love of classic movies, art and culture-ish things I'll never get.

Dair Moment

But this poll isn't for favorite teen friends. It's favorite teen couple. And Dair fans will never forget "Empire of the Son." It was the episode that validated years of fan fiction and made these two friends eligible for this poll. It was the kiss that shocked the GG community and sent Chair and Derena fans alike into a frenzy.

No, they may not be the prettiest couple in the poll in the traditional sense. Heck, if all people wanted was that and no substance, Serenate would have been nominated and received 100% of the vote.  

We don't need the blonde hair, big boobs look of Serena. We don't need the pretty boy look of Nate. We need the raw sexiness of Blair and that hipster, hot nerdy guy next door look of Dan. We just need to get him a haircut and Blair to get over the fact he's from Brooklyn.

Dair Picture

Oh, and the legions of you Dair fans out there to Dare to take to the Twittersphere, Facebook, Tumblr, Google Plus, or whatever the heck social networking tool you kids use these days and support the controversial couple that is Dair. Because... you know what? Chair may have end game, but we will have this poll. Let's prove that Blair's minions can take down any vampire, werewolf or Gleek.

Poll is now closed! Here are the results:

Elena and Stefan (The Vampire Diaries)

Blair and Chuck (Gossip Girl)

Finn and Rachel (Glee)

Aria and Ezra (Pretty Little Liars)

Caroline and Tyler (The Vampire Diaries)

Blair and Dan (Gossip Girl)

Spencer and Toby (Pretty Little Liars)

Matty and Jenna (Awkward)

Annie and Liam (90210)

Damon and Elena (The Vampire Diaries)

Emma and Ethan (The Lying Game)

Kurt and Blaine (Glee)

Total Votes: 63262

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Hahahaha, looove all the ridiculous comments about how biased your site is. :D I don't really get it how some people just don't understand the purpose of these articles. I absolutely love it that every one of you gets to choose a couple and defend it. I enjoyed reading every article so far. :) And I absolutely love the work you're doing; you're one of my most visited sites. But not only because of spoilers, more because of the great reviews. :) So keep up the great work, it's very much appreciated. :) Although, I was (and still am) a Chair fan from the very beginning, I do like the idea of Dair. They are just so fun to watch and many of their scenes in especially last, but also this season have been definitely the best part of GG. So I did like your article about them and I hope people would stop trashing each other so much about it! :D

Matt richenthal

@Lana: Do you understand the point of these articles? One writer chooses a couple and defends it. They are 100% biased, admittedly so. There have also been articles written in defense of Delena and Soby and Forwood and, yes, Chair coming soon.
We're having fun and stating our opinions, just as you and everyone else are welcome to do in the Comments section.


I love TVFanatic. I will keep reading spoilers here even when I don't like them. I have suffered through many pro-Chair round tables and some of the pro-Chair comments and articles have angered me. I am happy to see a pro-Dair article.


@Lana - When they announced the DAIR contest.... T.V. fanatic said that a Chair contest would come later, but hey if this site were dairlovers... I would like it so much more. I am a DAIR fan, and I know what I am talking about before I write a rant on this website. You must be a Chair fan, I presume?


Might as well rename this website This article is extremely biased. There are plenty of other Gossip Girl sites to choose from that are just as good and provide news and spoilers not opinions, this isn't a blog. Risky move.


I'm laughing at all these people threatening to quit. Quite funny!
It just shows how much you value other people's opinions. Just because he likes Dair (which by the way is awesome!).
How is one article going to change anything to the way the writers are going to end the show?
Isn't "Chair as endgame" a certainty for many of you guys? Why do you need to insult and threaten to quit if you know Dair isn't going to happen?
And Dair is an atrocity? Really? It's not like either of those two hurt each other beyond what is possible at all right?


It's kind of funny because last week all sorts of Dair folks were saying that this site is biased to Chair.


If you want to quit, quit. Goodness, this is gettng ridiculous


I love Dair, I just like Chair a smidge more. There are things I hate about Chair just as much as the next Blair fan, and I don't even mind if they don't end up together. BUT I'm sick of having to defend myself simply for enjoying Chair scenes. Chair, Dair, who gives a fuck? Why can't we treat each other with respect?


I liked this site for the spoilers. Now, I won't read it again... Too biased!!!!!!!! and this is not professional AT ALL!

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