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.