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...
- Carissa Pavlica has shown love for Delena.
Now, Matt Richenthal is here to root on an underdog. Come on, Pretty Little Liars fans, show this tandem your love...
Let me be clear:
I do not think Toby and Spencer from Pretty Little Liars will win our poll for Best Teen Couple on television. Their lack of a natural nickname alone (Soby?!?) will pose a challenge, as will this strong argument by Carissa Pavlica on behalf of Delena.
But these two deserve a few moments in the spotlight because they have been through so much. They have less in common than any of the nominees below - she's a straight-A overachiever from a rich family, he's a high school drop-out whose idea of preppy is to wear a clean t-shirt - and yet they've made be a believer.
I legitimately didn't see this pairing coming. A few months ago, PLL fans would have had an easier time convincing me that Toby was A rather than Spencer's future boyfriend, the guy who would break down this young woman's typically serious demeanor.
Unlike the other couples listed below, this one isn't featured prominently on its series. I'm never sick of seeing them interact, never groaning over how writers are dragging out the relationship, contriving a break-up or teasing a potential future.
Instead, Pretty Little Liars gives us little moments in between greater mysteries, such as a glance here or a hand hold there (above). Through Toby and Spencer, the show helps me remember what first love is truly about. It's not fighting for the humanity of your vampire boyfriend, or trying to meet your soul mate atop The Empire State Building. Those things almost never happen in real life. It's simply staring at the clock in final period, dying for the bell to ring, anxious to race over and spend the afternoon with your significant other. Doing nothing, and yet doing everything at once.
That's what Soby means to me.
Who do YOU think is TV's best young couple?