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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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Chess Boards Are Sold Out and You Can Thank Netflix’s ‘The Queen’s Gambit’

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Queen's Gambit Causes Major Spike in Chess Board Sales

Queen’s Gambit is taking the chess world by storm.

In a case of art influences life, sales of chess boards have skyrocketed thanks to the Netflix limited series. 

The series, set in the 1950s, trails the rise of a young orphan, Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy), who finds chess to be an outlet, leading her to become a female prodigy. 

Spin Master, a Toronto-based toy merchant, said that chess sales have increased by “triple digits” since the show’s premiere on October 23. 

Goliath Games has also noted a surge of more than 1,000 percent, NPR notes. 

“Our October sales for chess were up 178% over the same period last year,” Mary Higbe, director of marketing at Goliath Games, said. “That’s a big increase. But something else unexpected happened at the end of the month. Now, she says, “our chess sales are up 1,048%.

EBay has made similar findings, reporting a 215 percent spike in sales of chess sets. 

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The New York Times found that wooden sets have trumped plastic sets. 

Even before the series debuted, interest in chess sets was spiking due to COVID.

Will this make finding a Christmas present harder?

Toy analyst Gerrick Johnnson told NPR: “Good luck finding a chess set this holiday!”

The popularity also extends to groups such as the US Chess Federation, which revealed that membership also jumped for the first time since the onset of the pandemic. 

To sum it up… 2020 is the year where both chess sets and toilet paper are scarce. 


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You Can Get Free Streaming Subscriptions in December Thanks to Beautyrest

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Beautyrest Upgrade My Streaming this Holiday Season

The one thing that has been keeping us all sane through what feels like a never-ending pandemic? TV shows!

Especially now as the winter months creep in and it becomes darker earlier than every, we’re turning to streaming services to find some comfort. 

If you’re a TV show lover, like myself, you’re probably subscribed to several services because you watch an array of shows and the costs ADD UP! 

Well, how would you like it if all of those streaming services were free in December? That means all the Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, and more for free!

Doesn’t that sound like the perfect Christmas gift?!

Beautyrest, the ultimate brand in luxury mattresses, wants to cover streaming subscriptions during the month for 100 lucky people. 10 of those lucky people will even snag a Beautyrest mattress so that they can catch some R&R this winter (while watching shows, of course).

How can you enter the contest?

Now through December 5, send an email to BeautyrestUpgrade@icfnext.com with one sentence on why you deserve an upgrade for a chance to win.

Beautyrest will choose 100 winners through a random drawing on or around Monday, Dec. 7. If you’re a winner, you’ll be notified via email. You’ll need to reply within 48 hours to the email, so make sure you check your inbox! 

Visit Beautyrest.com/FirstClassUpgrade for full rules and additional information on how you can score the ultimate binge-watching experience in bed. 

 


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‘Freddy Krueger’ Actor Robert Englund is Coming to ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4

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Freddy Krueger is coming to Stranger Things

We already know Stranger Things Season 4 is going to be the scariest to date — that’s what Joe Keery (Steve Harrington told us months back!), but this takes the scare-factor to a whole new level.

Why? Because Freddy Krueger is headed to Hawkins to haunt your nightmares!

Horror icon Robert Englund is joining the Netflix series in a recurring role, according to TV Line. He’ll be playing a convicted murderer. He will play Victor Creel, “a disturbed and intimidating man who is imprisoned in a psychiatric hospital for a gruesome murder in the 1950s.”

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Englund isn’t the only new face that we’ll be seeing. The series, which is filming in Georgia after a long COVID-19 production delay, is adding seven new series regulars. 

Here’s the breakdown of each character. 

Jamie Campbell Bower of Twilight joins as Peter Ballard, a caring man working at the psychiatric hospital who is tired of all the brutality he witnesses.

Eduardo Franco from American Vandal is Jonathan’s new bestie, a stoner and pizza delivery driver.

Joseph Quinn from Howard’s End is Eddie Munson, an 80’s metalhead who runs The Hellfire Club, Hawkins High’s official D&D club. Obviously, this means he’ll find himself right in the middle of the mystery.

Sherman Augustus from Into the Badlands is Lt. Colonel Sullivan, a man who believes he can stop the evil in Hawkins once and for all. 

Mason Dye from Bosch is a handsome and rich sports star dating the most popular girl in school. But the evil brewing in town begins to unravel his perfect life. 

Nikola Djuricko from Legends is Yuri, a Russian smuggler. 

Tom Wlaschiha from Game of Thrones is a Dmitri, a Russian prison guard who befriends our favorite Sheriff. 

 

While the cast sounds promising, let’s hope this doesn’t mean less screen time for our faves like Eleven, Will, and Hopper (who yes, is alive, but not well somewhere in Russia). 


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