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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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‘Glee’ Cast Speaks Out on Naya Rivera’s Death, Sends Condolences

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Glee Cast speak out after Naya Rivera's tragic disappearance

The Glee cast is coming together in support of Naya Rivera. 

After authorities confirmed the body of Naya Rivera was found at Lake Piru concluding a 6-day search,Jane Lynch, who played Sue Silverman, tweeted “rest sweet, Naya. What a force you were. Love and peace to your family. ”

Other cast members Amber Riley and Kevin McHale asked the fanbase to show some compassion in light of the tragic events. 

“Show some respect. All our energy is going toward helping find Naya and praying for her safe return and for her family,” Riley wrote on Twitter. “No one owes anyone online a performance of grief. This is very real and devastating. Focus on Naya and her family. Not us. We don’t matter right now.”

McHale retweeted and added:

“I cannot begin to understand what Naya’s family must be feeling. I know the rest of us are completely shattered, but not without hope. Please respect her family & their privacy in this moment. Please refrain from judging those who don’t show their pain on social media.”

The comments defended Lea Michele’s silence in the wake of Rivera’s disappearance. Fans called her out for not speaking out, which forced her to delete her Twitter account. 

Earlier this year, Michele was dragged for comments made by former actress Samantha Ware who said the actress was a bully and made her life a “living hell.” The comments were supported by other members of the cast. 

Heather Morris also updated fans writing: 
 
“I have spoken to Sheriff Eric Buschow and rest assured they are using every single one of their resources to locate our Naya. I have full confidence that they’re doing everything they can, and probably more. We will hold off on the citizen search and rescue until we get the go ahead that they’ll allow volunteers. Understand it’s 110 degrees here and if you’re not highly trained in search and rescue, this could end up a much more dangerous situation for everybody involved. Please be kind, compassionate and caring for those who are looking for our Naya.”
 

Earlier today, authorities revealed they found a body at Lake Piru where Rivera was last seen. 

The timing is chilling considering today marks 7 years since Corey Monteith overdosed at the age of 31. Many fans have pointed to a Glee curse placed on the cast as Rivera marks the third cast member to die in her 30s. In addition to Rivera and Monteith, Mark Salling committed suicide in 2018 at the age of 35 after pleading guilty to child pornography. 


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Body Found at Lake Identified as Former ‘Glee’ Star Naya Rivera, 33, Authorities Say

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Naya Rivera Missing, Presumed Drowning

A body has been found at Lake Piru, the Southern California lake where former Glee actress Naya Rivera was reported missing, according to authorities. 

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office made the announcement on Monday, three days after search and rescue efforts began. Authorities have not confirmed the identity of the body, but TMZ is reporting that it is Rivera.

“A body has been found at Lake Piru this morning. The recovery is in progress. There will be a news conference at 2 pm at the lake,” they tweeted. The conference will happen at 5 pm ET.

The 33-year-old actress has been missing since Wednesday. She was last seen on CCTV footage getting into a rented pontoon boat with her 4-year-old son, Josey Dorsey, who was found sleeping on the boat alone without his mother by another boater. 
 
After search and efforts failed to turn up a body after 24 hours, authorities said she was “presumed dead.”
 
Divers and specialty teams are using sonar equipment and specially-trained dogs to search for the actress but explained that the murky waters with a visibility of roughly 2 feet have made it difficult, per CNN. 
 
Authorities ruled out a suicide, per Just Jared
 
If declared dead, Rivera, who played Santana Lopez, would be the third Glee cast member to die in her 30s. Cory Monteith passed away at 31 in 2013 from an overdose while Mark Salling committed suicide in 2018 at the age of 35 after pleading guilty to child pornography. 
 
Jane Lynch, who played Sue Sylvester on the series, tweeted her condolences likely confirming TMZ’s report of Rivera’s death. 
 


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Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ Will Continue Its Reign Until Season 6

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The Crown Will Return for Season 6 on Netflix

Queen Elizabeth II’s reign is far from over. 

Netflix’s critically acclaimed historical drama The Crown won’t be ending with season 5 after all. 

The streaming giant’s UK social media platform announced the series is being extended by one more season so the sixth season will now serve as the final season. 

“News from the palace: we can confirm there will be a sixth (and final) season of @TheCrownNetflix, in addition to the previously announced five,” the post read.

We can all thank the series creator and executive producer Peter Morgan or changing his mind. 

“As we started to discuss the storylines for Series 5, it soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons,” Morgan said per the streamer. 

For those who were anticipating that the season might near present-day or even give us a straight-from-the-palace look at the Megxit drama, don’t get your hopes up. While season 5 will bring us into the 21st center, the EP said the additional season will allow the team to creatively explore the current period in greater detail. 

This mean, Olivia Colman will stay on as the Queen for one more season before giving the crown over to Imelda Staunton (Professor Umbridge for you Harry Potter fans) for two seasons. 

Colman took over from Claire Foy, who portrayed the younger version of the monarch. 

Last week, it was announced that Lesley Manville will play Princess Margaret.

Since season 4 was able to complete production prior to the COVID-19 pandemic halting everything, there’s a huge chance it will air sometime later this year. 

The fourth season begins the reign of Princess Diana and will welcome newcomer Emma Corrin in the role of Prince Charles’ wife. 


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