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Will they or won't they: An examination of NBC's character pairing in the 1980's, 90's and beyond

NBC ruled the airwaves back in the 1980's, '90's and part of the 2000's, thanks in large part to shows that relied on a good, old-fashioned, "will-they-or-won't-they" trope involving main characters. The characters you'll likely know by first name only. Ross and Rachel from Friends became synonymous with the will-they-or-won't-they question, helping the sitcom become one of the most watched shows ever.
It wasn't the first time, however, that NBC trotted out this trope on one of their television shows.
In fact, for a good stretch, the network paraded out this types of relationships on hit-show, after hit-show. It started back in the 1980's and stretched into the 2000's with a bevy of characters many of us are on a first-name basis with.
Sam and Diane (Ted Danson and Shelley Long) from Cheers. Sam and Rebecca, for that matter (Danson and Kirstie Alley). There was Joe and Helen from Wings. Skippy and Mallory (Marc Price and Justine Batem…