If you’ve ever had a roommate, you know that it takes a certain combination of friendship, patience, acceptance and trust to make it work. And if you’ve ever had a roommate who is romantically involved with someone, all those factors must be doubled and combined with an internal muzzle that kicks in when things go wrong. TV comedies have been full of amazing couples over the years that we’d love to have spent more time with, but then there are those that we can only assume are absolute horrors to live with.

Here are ten couples that each personify in different ways all of the things that we would abhor in a dual-roommate system. We went with established couples – both troublesome and loving – rather than just one-episode flings. And while this is in no way a comprehensive list of terrible comedy couples, thinking any further about the subject would have inspired a steep rise in blood pressure.

10. Kirk and Luann (The Simpsons)
In no one’s universe are Kirk and Luann Van Houten “cool people;” not even their own. Their obnoxious squabbling is a true grind, even when disastrous games of Pictionary aren’t involved. (Kirk’s voice also grates my nerves for some all the reasons.) The only good thing about living with this doomed couple would be getting to hang out with Milhouse for a while, but then I’d realize that joy would partly come from laughing at how devolved he is, and I’d feel bad. Temporarily.

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