The longest-awaited first kisses on TV history!

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How many times, while watching a tv series, you were jumping on the sofa wishing your ships would finally have that first kisses?
The best part – and the most difficult one – is the await before that first kiss. The buildup is everything!

Which tv couple fans had to wait the longest before that first kiss finally happened?

TVLine did the math, considering dozens of Will They/Won’t They pairs and tabulating exactly how many episodes it took them to share that first, big kiss. The current results, updated with several “firsts” from the past 18 months, are detailed in the list below, sorted from the shortest to longest wait.

Here’s the list of 50 first kisses: which couple tops the tally, with 190 episodes before the couple had their first kiss? Scroll to find out!

50. Lucifer and Chloe, Lucifer

Lucifer Kiss

Photo : Netflix screenshot

First Kiss: Season 2, Episode 11

Wait Time: 24 episodes

49. Emma and Hook, Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time Emma and Hook Kiss

Photo : Courtesy of ABC

First Kiss: Season 3, Episode 5

Wait Time: 24 episodes (Note: Hook was introduced in Season 2, Episode 4.)

48. Alex and Jo, Grey’s Anatomy

Greys Alex Jo Kiss

Photo : ABC screenshot

First Kiss: Season 9, Episode 24

Wait Time: 24 episodes (Note: Jo was introduced in Season 9, Episode 1)

47. Kristen and David, Evil

Evil Kiss

Photo : Paramount+ screenshot

First Kiss: Season 2, Episode 13

Wait Time: 26 episodes

46. Chidi and Eleanor, The Good Place

The Good Place Chidi and Eleanor Kiss

Photo : NBC screenshot

First Kiss: Season 2, Episode 13

Wait Time: 26 episodes

45. Pam and Jim, The Office

The Office Jim and Pam Kiss

Photo : Courtesy of NBC

First Kiss: Season 2, Episode 22 (Note: Pam also drunkenly kissed Jim in Season 2, Episode 1.)

Wait Time: 28 episodes

44. Ross and Rachel, Friends

Friends Ross Rachel Kiss

Photo : HBO Max screenshot

First Kiss: Season 2, Episode 7 (Note: Rachel also briefly planted a kiss on Ross at the laundromat in Season 1, Episode 5.)

Wait Time: 31 episodes

43. Amy and Jonah, Superstore

Superstore Amy and Jonah Kiss

Photo : NBC screenshot

First Kiss: Season 2, Episode 22

Wait Time: 33 episodes

42. Sookie and Eric, True Blood

True Blood Sookie and Eric Kiss

Photo : Courtesy of HBO

First Kiss: Season 3, Episode 10

Wait Time: 34 episodes

41. Sydney and Vaughn, Alias

Alias Sydney and Vaughn Kiss

Photo : Courtesy of ABC

First Kiss: Season 2, Episode 13

Wait Time: 35 episodes

40. Stiles and Lydia, Teen Wolf

Teen Wolf Stiles and Lydia Kiss

Photo : Courtesy of MTV

First Kiss: Season 3, Episode 11

Wait Time: 35 episodes

39. Jack and Renee, 24

24 Jack Renee Kiss

Photo : Fox screenshot

First Kiss: Season 8, Episode 17

Wait Time: 36 episodes (Note: Renee first appeared in the Season 7 premiere.)

38. Mindy and Danny, The Mindy Project

Mindy Project Kiss

Photo : YouTube screenshot

First Kiss: Season 2, Episode 14

Wait Time: 38 episodes

37. Spencer and Olivia, All American

All American Kiss

Photo : Courtesy of The CW

First Kiss: Season 3, Episode 7

Wait Time: 39 episodes

36. Jess and Nick, New Girl

New Girl Jess and Nick Kiss

Photo : Courtesy of Fox

First Kiss: Season 2, Episode 15

Wait Time: 39 episodes

35. Jason and Mandy, SEAL Team

SEAL Team Kiss

Photo : CBS screenshot

First Kiss: Season 3, Episode 20 (Watch above at the 3:20 mark.)

Wait Time: 40 episodes (Note: Jason became a widower in early Season 2.)

34. Root and Shaw, Person of Interest

Person Interest Kiss

Photo : CBS screenshot

First Kiss: Season 4, Episode 11

Wait Time: 41 episodes (Note: Shaw was introduced in Season 2, Episode 16, which is when she first crossed paths with Root.)

33. Peter and Olivia, Fringe

Fringe Kiss

Photo : Fox screenshot

First Kiss: Season 2, Episode 22  TV

Wait Time: 43 episodes

32. Jake and Amy, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Brooklyn Nine Nine Kiss

Photo : Courtesy of Universal Television

First Kiss: Season 2, Episode 23

Wait Time: 45 episodes

31. Oliver and Felicity, Arrow

Arrow Olicity First Kiss

Photo : Courtesy of The CW

First Kiss: Season 3, Episode 1

Wait Time: 45 episodes (Note: Felicity was introduced in Season 1, Episode 3.)

30. AJ and Mina, The Resident

Resident Kiss

Photo : Fox screenshot

First Kiss: Season 4, Episode 1

Wait Time: 47 episodes (Note: AJ was introduced in Season 1, Episode 12.)

29. Rick and Kate, Castle

Castle Kiss

Photo : Courtesy of ABC

First Kiss: Season 3, Episode 13

Wait Time: 47 episodes

28. Barry and Iris, The Flash

Flash Kiss

Photo : CW screenshot

First Kiss: Season 3, Episode 2 (Note: Barry and Iris kissed in Season 1, Episode 15, but Barry’s subsequent and accidental travel backwards in time erased it from the main timeline. Either way, they make the cut!)

Wait Time: 48 episodes

27. Fitz and Simmons, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Fitz and Simmons Kiss

Photo : Courtesy of ABC

First Kiss: Season 3, Episode 8

Wait Time: 52 episodes

26. Booth and Brennan, Bones

Bones Booth and Brennan Kiss

Photo : Courtesy of Fox

First Kiss: Season 3, Episode 9 (Note: Viewers found out in a later episode that the pair had kissed before this kiss.)

Wait Time: 52 episodes

25. Joey and Pacey, Dawson’s Creek

Dawsons Creek Kiss

Photo : Columbia TriStar Television

First Kiss: Season 3, Episode 17 (Note: Pacey also briefly kissed Joey in Season 1, but she pushed him away.)

Wait Time: 52 episodes

24. Michonne and Rick, The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead Rick and Michonne Kiss

Photo : AMC screenshot

First Kiss: Season 6, Episode 10

Wait Time: 52 episodes (Note: Michonne was introduced in Season 2, Episode 13, but didn’t meet Rick until Season 3, Episode 7.)

23. Klaus and Cami, The Originals

Originals Kiss

Photo : CW screenshot

First Kiss: Season 3, Episode 9

Wait Time: 53 episodes

22. Damon and Elena, The Vampire Diaries

The Vampire Diaries Damon and Elena Kiss

Photo : Courtesy of The CW

First Kiss: Season 3, Episode 10 (Note: Elena also kissed Damon while he was asleep in Season 2, Episode 22.)

Wait Time: 54 episodes

21. Max and Helen, New Amsterdam

New Amsterdam Max/Helen Kiss

Photo : NBC screenshot

First Kiss: Season 3, Episode 14 T

Wait Time: 54 episodes

20. Brienne and Jaime, Game of Thrones

Brienne Jaime Kiss Thrones

Photo : HBO screenshot

First Kiss: Season 8, Episode 4  (Note: Brienne was introduced in Season 2, Episode 3, but did not meet Jaime until Season 2, Episode 7.)

Wait Time: 55 episodes

19. Halstead and Upton, Chicago P.D.

Chicago PD Upstead First Kiss

Photo : NBC screenshot

First Kiss: Season 8, Episode 3

Wait Time: 70 episodes (Note: Upton was introduced in Season 4, Episode 21.)

18. Shawn and Juliet, Psych

Psych Kiss

Photo : USA Network screenshot

First Kiss: Season 5, Episode 9 (Watch it above, starting around the 1:50 mark.)

Wait Time: 72

17. Dwayne and Whitley, A Different World

Different World Kiss

Photo : Carsey-Werner Productions

First Kiss: Season 4, Episode 8 (Note: Though Whitley gave Dwayne a coquettish peck on at least two separate occasions prior, we counted this as the couple’s first kiss because it’s the first one in which they both participated.)

Wait Time: 77 episodes

16. Kensi and Deeks, NCIS: Los Angeles

NCIS Densi Kiss

Photo : YouTube screenshot

First Kiss: Season 4, Episode 24 (Note: “Densi” kissed in Season 3, Episode 22, but as part of an undercover ruse.)

Wait Time: 78 episodes

15. Luke and Lorelai, Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls Luke and Lorelai Kiss

Photo : Courtesy of Warner Bros. Television

First Kiss: Season 4, Episode 22

Wait Time: 87 episodes

14. House and Cuddy, House

House Cuddy Kiss

Photo : Fox screenshot

First Kiss: Season 5, Episode 6

Wait Time: 92 episodes

13. Buffy and Spike, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy Spike Kiss

Photo : 20th Century Fox TV

First Kiss: Season 6, Episode 7 (Note: The pair also kissed under a spell in Season 4’s “Something Blue,” and Buffy kissed Spike while pretending to be the BuffyBot in Season 5.)

Wait Time: 93 episodes (Note: Spike was introduced in Season 2, Episode 3.)

12. Donna and Harvey, Suits

Suits Kiss

Photo : USA Network

First Kiss: Season 7, Episode 10 (Note: The pair also shared a dream kiss in Season 6, Episode 11, and viewers learned via a flashback in Season 4, Episode 16, that Donna and Harvey once had sex in the past.)

Wait Time: 102 episodes

11. Nick and Ellie, NCIS

NCIS How Gibbs Boat

Photo : CBS screenshot

First Kiss: Season 18, Episode 16

Wait Time: 108 episodes (Note: Nick was introduced in Season 14.)

10. Coulson and May, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Agents SHIELD Kiss

Photo : ABC screenshot

First Kiss: Season 5, Episode 21 (Note: “Philinda” previously appeared to kiss in Season 4, Episode 12, but May turned out to be an LMD.)

Wait Time: 109 episodes

9. Clark and Lois, Smallville

Smallville Clark and Lois Kiss

Photo : Warner Bros. Television screenshot

First Kiss: Season 9, Episode 6

Wait Time: 114 episodes (Note: Lois was introduced in Season 4.)

8. Stefan and Caroline, The Vampire Diaries

Steroline Vampire Kiss

Photo : CW screenshot

First Kiss: Season 6, Episode 14

Wait Time: 125 episodes

7. Casey and Brett, Chicago Fire

Chicago Fire Brett Casey

First Kiss: Season 9, Episode 2

Wait Time: 135 episodes (Note: Brett was introduced in Season 3.)

6. Jane and Lisbon, The Mentalist

Mentalist Kiss

Photo : CBS screenshot

First Kiss: Season 6, Episode 22

Wait Time: 138 episodes

5. Scully and Mulder, The X-Files

X-Files Kiss

Photo : Fox screenshot

First Kiss: Season 7, Episode 4

Wait Time: 143 episodes

4. Rollins and Carisi, Law & Order: SVU

SVU Kiss

Photo : NBC screenshot

First Kiss: Season 22, Episode 16

Wait Time: 145 episodes (Note: Kelli Giddish joined the cast in Season 13, Peter Scanavino became a series regular in early Season 16.)

3. Josh and Donna, The West Wing

West Wing kiss

Photo : NBC

First Kiss: Season 7, Episode 13

Wait Time: 146 episodes

2. Niles and Daphne, Frasier

Frasier Kiss

Photo : NBC screenshot

First Kiss: Season 7, Episode 24

Wait Time: 168 episodes

1. Tony and Ziva, NCIS

NCIS Tiva Kiss

Photo : CBS

First Kiss: Season 11, Episode 02 (Note: “Tiva” kissed in Season 3, Episode 8, but as part of an undercover ruse.)

Wait Time: 190 episodes (Note: Ziva first appeared in Season 3.)

Which of these first kisses is your favorite? Which of these have you waited for the most?

1 COMMENT

  1. Technically, Castle and Beckett first kissed as part of an undercover ruse as well. They didn’t *kiss* kiss until the end of season 4, which means it was episode 81.

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