The 18 Best TV Marriage Proposals of All Time

For your viewing pleasure, we scoured our favorite shows to bring you the most romantic proposals to ever air on television. You're welcome.

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Television has a way of captivating us like no other medium. With each episode, we grow to know and love the characters so much that we rejoice (and yes, ugly-cry) when they find love and decide to spend forever together in syndication. Here, the most memorable engagements ever to light up the small screen.

Chandler and Monica, Friends

One of TV's favorite couples, Monica and Chandler's proposal just wouldn't have been the same without a few funny hiccups. After Monica's ex Richard thwarts the first attempt, Monica later sets the scene for a second try, filling the apartment with candles and attempting to pop the question herself before dissolving into happy tears. "There's a reason girls don't do this," she quips, so Chandler jumps in: "I thought that it mattered what I said or where I said it," he says, "but then I realized the only thing that matters is that you make me happier than I ever thought I could be, and if you let me, I will spend the rest of my life trying to make you feel the same way." Anyone else just get chills?

Kurt and Blaine, Glee

Naturally, this Glee proposal featuring an  incredible cover of "All You Need is Love" was truly gleeful. (Sorry, we had to.) "It's never really felt like I've been getting to know you," Blaine says to Kurt in the very spot where they met, "it's always felt like I was remembering you from something. As if in every lifetime that you and I have ever lived, we've chosen to come back and find each other and fall in love all over again, over and over, for all eternity."

Meredith and Derek, Grey's Anatomy

When the elevator doors open, Meredith gets a McDreamy greeting: Derek has decorated the cube with scans of the pair's most pivotal surgeries. "If there's a crisis, you don't freeze. You move forward," he says. "You get the rest of us to move forward because you've seen worse, you've survived worse, and you know we'll survive, too. You say you're all dark and twisty, but it's not a flaw. It's a strength. It makes you who you are. I'm not going to get down on one knee. I'm not going to ask a question. I love you, Meredith Grey, and I want to spend the rest of my life with you."

Mitch and Cam, Modern Family

With gay marriage legalized, the longtime partners both plan to propose to each other, but neither does. It's actually while changing a flat tire on the way home from a date that they reminisce about their life together, share a knowing smile, and say "yes" at the same time. No question needed.

Carson and Mrs. Hughes, Downton Abbey

"I do want to be stuck with you," Carson tells Mrs. Hughes in a long-awaited proposal during the season six finale of Downton Abbey. "Of course I'll marry you, you old booby," she replies.

Lorelai and Max, Gilmore Girls

So it was a little early for a proposal, and we all saw how well the relationship turned out (which is to say, not well at all), but we've got to give it up for Max Medina's technique. After fighting with Lorelai, he casually asks her to marry him (yikes). Then Lorelai explains that a proposal should have more, throwing out "one thousand yellow daisies" as an example. Max follows through by sending a stunning display of the blooms to her inn. We do have one complaint, though: He should've been there, physically, rather than asking over the phone. Come on, man!

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Barney and Robin, How I Met Your Mother

Ever the player, Barney tells his friends he's proposing to another girl, but it turns out Robin is the girl he chooses—on a rooftop, with rose petals and a "Robin" page for his playbook, of course.

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Jim and Pam, The Office

Maybe a gas station in the rain isn't the most idyllic setting for a proposal, but The Office made it look absolutely magical when Jim asked Pam to marry him, halfway between Scranton and New York. It was especially satisfying after Jim's cute yet cruel fake proposal.

Cece and Schmidt, New Girl

Schmidt gave the "douchebag jar" a much sweeter meaning when he referenced it in his proposal. Recalling a moment when he told Cece, "Girl, I'mma marry you," and had to deposit money in the jar, Schmidt asks, "Girl, will you marry me?" When their friends begin to cheer, he yells, "WOULD YOU PLEASE SHUT UP I CAN'T HEAR THE ANSWER!" So very Schmidt.

Ron and Diane, Parks and Recreation

He may be a man of few words, but it wasn't difficult for Ron to dream up a thoughtful proposal when he learned Diane was expecting a baby. The answer? Yes, with a condition. "Ask me anything, my love," Ron says. "Ask me for anything in the world, and I'll give it to you. Except a destination wedding." Luckily, Diane wants the opposite, a small, simple ceremony—so small and simple, in fact, that the two head up to the fourth floor and get married, just like that.

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Charlotte and Harry, Sex and the City

After a huge fight and a tough breakup, Charlotte spots Harry at a Jewish singles' night, where she pleads for forgiveness and for another chance to date him. "That's not good enough," he says, before dropping down on one knee, proposing, and giving hope to singles' event attendees everywhere. 

Chuck and Sarah, Chuck

After their beautiful balcony proposal didn't end exactly as planned (Sarah was arrested for treason!), it was a modest proposal in a hospital hallway that sealed the deal for these characters.

Jules and Grayson, Cougar Town

In the ultimate prankster proposal, Grayson anticipates that Jules will toilet-paper a house in revenge for her car, which had suffered the same fate, at his hands. Then he shows up and "busts" her. "Didn't you say you wanted a life full of surprises?" Grayson asks. "Look, everyone you love is here. Isn't this all kind of like a fairy tale?"

Turk and Carla, Scrubs

Turk asks Carla to marry him multiple times, but he doesn't get a "yes" until she finally calls him and tells him to ask her again. You gotta love his persistence, and it pays off with a pretty adorable engagement in the park, complete with J.D. circling them with sparklers, of course.

April and Matthew, Grey's Anatomy

We've seen plenty of engagements in the 12 seasons of Grey's Anatomy (so far!), including the elevator proposal, an operating room proposal, and yes, even a car-crash proposal. But this unexpected performance was certainly a memorable one—even if the marriage didn't come to fruition. "Who would've thought Kepner would've found somebody as dorky as she is?" Alex Karev remarks of the Disney-esque flash mob proposal that paramedic Matthew planned for April.

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Matthew and Lady Mary, Downton Abbey

Snowflakes swirled around the couple while Downton Abbey's Matthew offered Lady Mary a dignified, romantic marriage proposal.

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Will and Emma, Glee

Will made a splash with his musical proposal to Emma in the high school gym, for which he naturally enlisted the help of his ultra-talented students who are also apparently professional synchronized swimmers.

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Aidan and Carrie, Sex and the City

We're willing to overlook Carrie's snobbery about the ring Aidan originally chose and the fact that the relationship never actually pans out—because this engagement is charming in its simplicity. "I love you, Carrie. There's no one I could love more," Aidan says, crouching down in the middle of walking his dog, Pete. "I want to live my life with you. What do you think?"


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