TV Fanatic Staff Selection, Take 2: Soby 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, 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.

Toby and Spencer Photo

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?

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

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.


Isn't it "Spoby" and not "Soby"??


I'm really likes this post and even though Chair is my favorite couple I do enjoy watching these two.
I automatically liked Toby and I liked the friendship he and Emily was having I sort of thought there was something there? But I love Him with Spencer they make each happy!
I really would like to see Jason w. Aria!


I agree with Jase. Id add. Rachel and Finn and Chuck/Blair. Let me be clear, I love Chair and Dair. Although Delena takes the cake, strippers and new wheels. Lol. Dude straight up most intense chemistry I've ever seen on tv. Its suffocating, like it feels so private you feel like the fly on the wall and they haven't even started yet. They wont win but only because 1) they aren't and never have been a couple YET 2) To many Chair fans are Delena fans 3) um questionable voting practices, see the original thread lol.


I love this article, you are so right about first love and about Soby.Thanks


Really appreciated this article. Ever since this relationship started, I've been a fan of it. I was never really sure why but you explained it all perfectly. They may not be about huge romantic gestures but the little things make you feel their love so realistically.


This is a tough one so many options
Aria and Ezra (Pretty Little Liars)- I loved these 2 since their first makeout session in that bathroom. I'm just not sure if they make it there are just so many factors against them and then the writers throw in a shirtless Jason DeLaurentis. Fingers crossed that I'm wrong though. Caroline and Tyler (The Vampire Diaries)- The vampire and the werewolf is a story that has not really been explored before and let me tell you it is hot and really physical. Blair and Dan (Gossip Girl)- I like these two when they are at there best they're great. I just wish they could have had more of a story instead of just one kiss and it's over.
Matty and Jenna (Awkward)- I love Jenna and could vote for her and Matty or her and Jake both make adorable couples but I like how open Matty is with Jenna when they're alone. Damon and Elena (The Vampire Diaries)- So hot!! They have so much chemistry Mystic Falls well ignite if something evers happens betweens these 2. Emma and Ethan (The Lying Game)- They are great. I love how he would probably do anything for her even offering to go with her if she had to run away. They make way more sense than he and Sutton. Kurt and Blaine (Glee) - I love the positive gay couple and I want to have Blaine's baby. They are really cute together

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Pretty Little Liars Quotes

Aria: I spent a whole day running on a hamster wheel for you.
Hanna: Well I faced her, for all of us!

He's been going through girls in this school like they're Kleenex.

Aria (on Noel)