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A quick scroll through your Facebook feed will confirm that ‘tis the season not only for candy canes and last minute Amazon panic buys but also for everyone in the whole world to get engaged. Click through our gallery of TV’s most memorable proposals to see who liked it so much they put a ring on it – with flair.
Jim and Pam, The Office (Season 5, Episode 1, “Weight Loss”)
Does love get more abiding than Jim Halpert’s for longtime workplace crush Pam Beasley? We submit that it does not. So when Jim finally got down on one knee at a rain-battered gas station, we played the clip over and over again until our computers crashed from exhaustion.
Derek and Meredith, Grey’s Anatomy (Season 5, Episode 19, “Elevator Love Letter”) Grey’s OTP Mer-and-Der get engaged in an elevator papered with CAT scans that trace the history of their relationship. Later, they get married via post-it note. And after that they live HAPPILY EVER AFTER FOREVER AND NOTHING BAD HAPPENS, OKAY?
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Ben and Leslie, Parks and Recreation (Season 5, Episode 5, “Halloween Surprise”) “WAIT,” shouts Leslie Knope, interrupting boyfriend Ben’s emotional proposal in their empty house-to-be in order to take a few mental pictures of the moment. “I need to remember everything.” Us too, Leslie. That’s why we bought the DVD.
Seth and Stefon, Saturday Night Live (Season 38, Episode 21, “Ben Affleck/Kanye West”) Like New York’s hottest club, Seth Myers had everything: a cushy job as the anchor for SNL’s Weekend Update, a closetful of impeccably tailored suits, an adorably chronic inability to not laugh at his own jokes. But something was missing. After realizing his love for local tourism correspondent Stefon, Seth dashes into the night to stage a Graduate-style interruption of Stefon’s wedding to Anderson Cooper.
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Monica and Chandler, Friends (Season 6, Episode 25, “The One With The Proposal, Part 2”) Chandler faked a bout of his classic commitment phobia to surprise best-friend-turned-true-love Monica with a proposal, but in the end it was she who got down on her knees to ask for his hand in marriage. And then they slow dance to Eric Clapton and WE’RE NOT CRYING YOU’RE CRYING.
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Matt and Julie, Friday Night Lights (Season 5, Episode 13, “Always”) You could argue that the series finale engagement of QB1 Matt Saracen and coach’s daughter Julie Taylor was premature, and that the pavement outside the Alamo Freeze isn’t exactly the most romantic place to propose. You could argue that, but you’d be wrong. So very, very wrong.
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Jason and Melissa (and Molly), The Bachelor (Season 13, Episode 8, “The Finale”/ “After the Final Rose”) Lucky Bachelor number 13 Jason Mesnick was the definition of inoffensive – he had a nice smile and a normal job and a cute kid named Ty who seemed to like him well enough. And his poolside engagement to technical winner Melissa Rycroft was perfectly sweet – that is, until he retracted it on live TV for a chance to date runner-up Molly Malaney. Jason and Molly are married now, and Melissa found love in the arms of a former flame, so we suppose all’s well that ends well. But that Bachelor finale will be seared into our memories forever.
Kevin and Scotty, Brothers and Sisters (Season 2, Episode 15, “Moral Hazard”) If you’re looking for your partner to pop the question, try changing a light bulb. Worked for Scotty, whose small and unthinking act of love inspires a spontaneous proposal from boyfriend Kevin.
Max and Lorelai, Gilmore Girls (Season 1, Episode 21, “Love, Daisies and Troubadours”) It may not have turned out to be all roses for Gilmore Girls’s Lorelai and Max. But for a brief, beautiful moment it was all daisies – when Rory’s favorite teacher proposed with the help of 1,000 yellow flowers.