Usually, there's a fairly complicated reason why two people on television can't be together.
While it can be because of underlying problems, it's often because of outside forces.
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Dating a certain someone could easily put your job in jeopardy, hurt a close friend, or even stir up talk that you don't want to deal with.
We created a slideshow of 23 couples who kept their relationship on the DL!
Jake and Amy - Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Jake and Amy's secret didn't last long. As soon as they decided to keep their new relationship under wraps, their boss walked in and suffered a heart attack after seeing them kiss. That's not easy to explain.
Ben and Leslie - Parks and Recreation
Ben and Leslie couldn't date because they worked together, but the bigger problem was that it could turn into a scandal and hurt Leslie's campaign for city council. They eventually decided to tell everyone the truth because, despite everything, they were miserable without each other.
June and Nick - The Handmaid's Tale
June is only allowed to be touched by the commander and is forbidden to be in any type of relationship. The penalty is death, so June and Nick really put it all out on the line. But they had to hold on to their feelings for each other as they're relationship is one of the only lights in what has become a dark world for both of them.
Annie and Gregg - Good Girls
Gregg was cheating on his wife, so Annie and Gregg's reason for being on the DL was kind of horrible. But it's hard to deny that the two have insane chemistry, and if they weren't so dishonest, we would be totally on board.
Winston and Aly - New Girl
Well, this didn't last long. Winston and Aly tried to keep their relationship a secret since it was against the rules of the police department, but they're both the least subtle people ever.
Doug and Carol - ER
What's more entertaining than a couple who tries to keep their relationship a secret? When all of their friends have a bet going on about when they'll come out and admit it.
Dwight and Angela - The Office
We're not quite sure how they did it considering how obvious they were, but Dwight and Angela were able to keep their love a secret for seasons. Jim and Pam were the only two people who knew, and they both found out at different times.
Charles and Liza - Younger
Charles and Liza's relationship is complicated, to say the least. They had to keep their connection a secret as Charles is her boss, but the secret threatened to tear them apart. Now that they're finally going public, we're excited to see what the next season brings for them.
Veronica and Logan - Veronica Mars
Afraid of what people may say about them, Veronica and Logan decided not to tell anyone that they were into each other. But of course, everything comes out eventually.
Ava and Nolan - The Perfectionists
We still don't completely understand why Ava and Nolan kept their relationship under wraps, other than to keep up appearances. But considering that the show started with his death, they never got the chance to go public together.
Aria and Ezra - Pretty Little Liars
Aria and Ezra couldn't go public with their relationship because Ezra would literally go to jail for statutory rape. That alone is enough reason why these two should never have happened in the first place.
Jessica and Irving - The Resident
This relationship was only kept a secret by one party. When Irving realized how wrong he was for it and how much it hurt Jessica's feelings, he happily proclaimed their love to the hospital.
Arthur and Gwen - Merlin
Arthur and Gwen successfully kept their secret for a while. But that all fell apart when the two decided to have a very public makeout session.
Iris and Eddie - The Flash
Eddie may be gone, but his love for Iris will live on forever. The two initially kept their relationship from Iris' dad, as Eddie was his partner and they were worried about how he would react to the news.
Jim and Pam - The Office
Jim and Pam's reasoning is entirely understandable. Their co-workers are a bit ... intense, to say the least, and they weren't wrong when they thought everyone would act a bit crazy.
Lori and Shane - The Walking Dead
This one's a bit different because Lori and Shane had to keep their past relationship on the DL. They both believed Lori's husband and Shane's best friend to be dead, so it was quite a shock to see him walk into their camp to reunite with his family.
Chandler and Monica - Friends
It's still a miracle that Chandler and Monica were able to pull this off for as long as they did. They were caught kissing each other multiple times, and Chandler just kissed everyone else as a way to normalize it. Because that makes sense.
Brandon and Callie - The Fosters
Brandon and Callie were foster siblings, so Callie couldn't be adopted if the two were in a relationship. That didn't stop them from trying, and they were on and off for years.
Amy and Jonah - Superstore
Afraid of their co-workers' reactions, Amy and Jonah managed to keep this secret for quite some time. But when they told everyone the truth, everyone already assumed they were together, and no one seemed to care.
Luke and Lorelai - Gilmore Girls
Luke and Lorelai tried. Unsuccessfully, but they still tried. After finally sleeping together and deciding to keep it between them, Lorelai heads downstairs to the diner for coffee, not realizing that it's open to customers. Oops.
Barney and Robin - How I Met Your Mother
Although they refused to define their relationship, Barney and Robin were secretly dating all summer before the gang finally walked in on them making out on the couch.
Sutton and Richard - The Bold Type
Richard was Sutton's superior and also significantly older than her. Besides getting into trouble at work, Richard and Sutton also didn't want to deal with rumors about their relationship. They did go public eventually, and although some people still don't take them seriously, most came to accept them as a couple.
Kara and Mon-El - Supergirl
Kara tried, at least. They may have agreed to keep their relationship quiet, but Mon-El was so excited that he couldn't help but announce it the moment they got to work.