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    TV love triangles audiences love to love

    By Patrick Garvin | Globe Staff

    As TV's new season kicks off next month, there will inevitably be the usual intrigue, plot twists, and, of course, love triangles. It’s unlikely, however, that this fall’s romantic entanglements will stick like those in "My So-Called Life" did when the show debuted 20 years ago this month. Whether Angela Chase should be with brooding hunk Jordan Catalano or sweet-if-nerdy Brian Krakow, it’s hard to find a 30-something today without an opinion. (Team Krakow all the way.)

    But what is it about love triangles that makes us take sides? Why do we favor underdogs, dark horses, or, in rare exceptions, prom kings? Maybe it’s that we root for chemistry or maybe, as in real life, it simply comes down to which mate is more likable. Here are some of the most debated TV pairings since that golden era. The bold line is how the pairing should have, obviously, gone.

    Warning: This contains many huge spoilers, the biggest of which have been redacted. Click on the redacted items to view the spoilers.
    Beverly Hills, 90210
    1990–2000
    Melrose Place
    1992-1999
    My So-Called Life
    1994-1995
    Friends
    1994–2004
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    1997-2003
    Dawson's Creek
    1998–2003
    Sex and the City
    1998–2004
    Felicity
    1998–2002
    Gilmore Girls
    2000–2007
    Smallville
    2001–2011
    The O.C.
    2003–2007
    Veronica Mars
    2004-2007
    Lost
    2004–2010
    Battlestar Galactica
    2004–2009
    The Office
    2005-2013
    Grey's Anatomy
    2005-present
    How I Met Your Mother
    2005–2014
    True Blood
    2008–present
    Glee
    2009–present
    The Vampire Diaries
    2009–present
    The Good Wife
    2009–present
    Revenge
    2011-2015
    Once Upon A Time
    2011-present
    Scandal
    2012-present
    Orange Is The New Black
    2013-present

    Patrick Garvin/Globe Staff