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25 of the Most Obsessive Love Stories on TV

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Love is not always love … especially not when it comes to obsessive love.

We’ve seen the formula on many of our TV shows: infatuation turns to an unhealthy obsession which sometimes turns into full-on stalking.

There are various types of obsessive love.

There’s the outright stalker that hopes his good charms win over the girl before he eventually kills her.

There’s also the obsessed lover who hides behind a computer screen or mask, and then there are the subtler stalkers who think their behaviors are totally normal when, in fact, they’re 100% creepy and dangerous.

But the one thing they all have in common?

The desire to possess and control the person they have strong feelings for without accepting rejection.

And this doesn’t just pertain to men; women can be just as psychologically manipulative.

Take a look below at some of the most obsessive love stories on TV!

Which couples would you add to the list?

1. Debra & John – Dirty John

Debra & John - Dirty John
Dirty John is a real-life story that inspired a viral podcast and later, a Bravo TV series. From the outside, Debra had a perfect life, but she couldn’t find love. But when she met John, a charming nurse anesthetist, she was swept off her feet. But John wasn’t what he seemed and her children quickly picked up on his conman-like tendencies. You’ll never believe how this twisted love story ends.

2. Joe & Beck – YOU

Joe & Beck - YOU
Joe was a classic sociopath that did a horrible job at lurking outside of apartments, but Beck never noticed because she was too busy trying to craft the perfect life on social media. She was an easy target — she was impressionable with low self-esteem. She thought she’d hit the jackpot when she met Joe, but little did she know, he was going to be her biggest nightmare. The series allowed you to get inside Joe’s mind and understand his motivations which, at times, made you almost agree with him. Scary.

3. Elena & Damon (and Stefan) – The Vampire Diaries

Elena & Damon (and Stefan) - The Vampire Diaries
While I was a huge #Delena fan, you have to admit that, at times, their relationship was a little creepy. Aside from their massive age difference, Damon spent hundreds of years trying to find Katherine, fell in love with her doppleganger then stole her from his brother Stefan, who also cozied up to Elena because of her resemblance to Katherine. Their relationship was toxic and controlling, but they couldn’t let each other go.

4. Jen and Henry – Dawsons Creek

Jen and Henry - Dawsons Creek
Henry followed Jen around for months, stood outside her house for hours and would show up at her work just so she would talk to him. That’s borderline creepy if you ask me.

5. Chuck and Blair – Gossip Girl

Chuck and Blair - Gossip Girl
We all looked at Chuck Bass through rose-tinted glass because duh, he’s Chuck Bass. But really, the series tried to normalize and write off his controlling, possessive, dominant, and entitled ways as typical ‘bad boy’ behavior. He manipulated Blair on many occasions, tried to buy her affection with expensive gifts, and let’s not forget, tried to sexually assault half the characters.

See the full list at TV Fanatic!


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Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

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Mark Your Calendars – Here’s When Everything is Premiering on ABC This Fall

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ABC’s fall 2022 TV schedule has landed!

Along with some beloved fan faves returning (we’re looking at you, Abbott Elementary), there’s a handful of newbies hoping to make a splash — like Hilary Swank’s Alaska Daily

And we definitely can’t forget about Celebrity Jeopardy, Bachelor in Paradise, Big Sky, and Grey’s Anatomy

Excited enough? Good, you should be. Now, get ready to mark those calendars because here are all the premiere dates: 

Wednesday, September 21

8:00 p.m.          “The Conners”

8:30 p.m.          “The Goldbergs”

9:00 p.m.          “Abbott Elementary”

9:31 p.m.          “Home Economics”

10:00 p.m.        “Big Sky”

 

Friday, September 23

8:00 p.m.         “Shark Tank”

9:01 p.m.         “20/20”

 

Sunday, September 25

8:00 p.m.          “Celebrity Jeopardy!”

9:00 p.m.          “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune”

10:00 p.m.        “The Rookie”

 

Tuesday, September 27   

8:00 p.m.          “Bachelor in Paradise”

10:00 p.m.        “The Rookie: Feds”

 

Sunday, October 2   

7:00 p.m.         “America’s Funniest Home Videos”

 

Monday, October 3        

8:00 p.m.          “Bachelor in Paradise”

10:00 p.m.        “The Good Doctor”

 

Thursday, October 6     

8:00 p.m.          “Station 19”

9:00 p.m.          “Grey’s Anatomy”

10:01 p.m.          “Alaska Daily”


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WATCH: The New ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Is Dark AF

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WATCH: The New 'Pretty Little Liars' Is Dark AF

‘A’ is not messing around in the Pretty Little Liars spinoff Original Sin.

If you thought we’d seen the last of ‘A’… think again. The masked stalker is back to torment a new group of little liars on the HBO Max series. 

The ten-episode season will debut Thursday, July 28 with three episodes. Two new episodes will follow on August 4 and 11, with the final three episodes debuting on August 18.

A new teaser for the series reveals the tone is going to be much darker than the original ever was, and that’s likely thanks to Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Riverdale, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) who serves as writer and co-executive producer. 

Check out the teaser — complete with a new version of the intro song “Secret.”

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WATCH: 'Boo Bitch' Trailer Starring Lana Condor & Zoe Colletti is Hauntingly Hilarious

If we were to give you only one reason why Boo Bitch needs to be on your radar this TV season, it would be the title alone. Name a better show title… I’ll wait. 

A close second? To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before star Lana Condor takes the lead as a ghost… sort of. 

But despite the name, the series is anything but scary. The eight-episode live-action YA limited series is actually a haunting comedy that follows Condor’s Eric Vu, a play-it-safe high school senior who decides the change things up the same night she gets hit by a truck and winds up, well, dead. 

Erika wakes up and finds herself standing over her own body, she realizes she’s now part of the undead. From nerd to ghost, it’s quite the transition, I might add. 

But she’s not a ghost in the typical fashion. For starters, she can’t walk through doors, everyone can see her, and she can touch people, though, she’s not entirely sure if you can get pregnant while being a ghost, which is a fair question when you’re in high school and crushing! Are ghost babies a thing? Again, valid question, and good on her for being responsible when the possibilities are endless when you’re neither living nor dead. 

She realizes she’s landed upon a “loophole,” ie. “I can stick around if I’m more famous in death than in life.”

Can Erika find a way to make something of her second chance and convince the universe that she deserves to be alive?

The series also stars Zoe Margaret Colletti as Erika’s best friend Gia, who gives new meaning to the word “ride or die.”

Condor defintiely dominates the spotlight as Erika, and the role allows her to show off a more comedic side to her acting, but Colletti, who is newer to the screen, presents as a promising sidekick. Colletti’s credits include Annie, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, City on a Hill, and Fear the Walking Dead

Boo, Bitch will be available on Netflix starting July 8.

Check out the trailer below for the full experience: 
 

 


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