For Valentine’s Day, TV LINE lists the “19 Best Kisses in TV History.” All lists are subjective, of course, but they really dropped the ball when it came to same-sex inclusion. There are two female/female kisses included (Willow/Tara and Brittany/Santana, but no Xena/Gabrielle?), but the only male/male kiss they include is … Cam and Mitch on Modern Family. Seriously? Not only is that a tepid kiss at best, it only happened because TPTB were pressured into it by fans who were sick of the pair not showing any affection (BTW, they haven’t kissed on screen since).
There are scores of gay TV kisses that should be heralded before that perfunctory peck, so in honor of February 14th, and that bare-assed guy who shoots the arrows, here are 14 of the most memorable gay TV series smooches. Pucker up!
In no particular order
Kurt & Blaine – Glee
Calvin & Grant – Greek
It was short, but Calvin and Grant’s first kiss was sweet and moving. The fact that it took place in the middle of a frat party while no one batted an eye was icing on the cake.
Oliver & Christian – Forbidden Love
I was wavering between this kiss and the wedding kiss, but this one had the added bonus of horrified audience reaction shots, and Christian all hot and sweaty.
Justin & Austin – Ugly Betty
Watching Justin and Austin’s first kiss is so bittersweet, knowing it came in the final season, and we’ll never know what it might have led to, or what happened with Justin (I still firmly believe that he’s now attending NYADA, and just narrowly missing running into Kurt Hummell every week). And I’m sorry to do this, but now you have to watch this scene again.
Luke & Noah – As The World Turns
Remember when we had such high hopes for Luke and Noah? But all of the after-swim clinching and literal bed-hopping couldn’t disguise the fact that the TPTB were not going to treat them like a straight couple. But we did get quite a few good snogs (more than any other gay soap couple in history), including this one … thanks to the absence of mistletoe. I love Luke’s eyegasm.
Luke & Reid – As The World Turns
Unfortunately, things didn’t improve much when Luke moved on from Noah to lovable bastard Reid. TPTB were so skittish they weren’t even allowed to have offscreen sex, but they did allow LuRe a few good kisses, including this one. This is how we like to remember them, even though we can never forget that Last Kiss.
Ianto & Jack – Torchwood
When we think of Jack and Ianto on Torchwood, this is how we like to remember them, even though we can never forget that Last Kiss.
*See Also – Certainly Jack’s most non-Ianto romantic moment was when he went back in time and met his namesake. Before he was pulled back to our time, he shared one last kiss with “Captain Jack,” and it was one of Torchwood’s most memorable scenes.
Kevin & Scotty – Brothers & Sisters
Kevin and Scotty probably kissed more than any other gay couple in broadcast TV history, and it’s impossible to pick just one, but here’s one of the best … and hottest.
Will & Sonny – Days Of Our Lives
Will and Sonny will soon surpass Luke and Noah for the amount of kisses on daytime TV, and some of them have been surprisingly hot, including this one, which heavily features Sonny’s trademark black tank top (which we haven’t seen for a while. Do you think Brent took it as a “souvenir?”)
Kyle & Oliver – One Life To Live
There were a few Kish kisses to choose from, but this was the most dramatic and sensational. We’re just going to assume that there are now fireworks for them every night.
Darren & Todd – Grey’s Anatomy
Who knew that Grey’s Anatomy would lay claim to one of the all-time great TV kisses! Soldiers Darren and Todd have to keep their love a secret, even with Darren battling a brain tumor. The storyline, well, let’s just say it doesn’t end well for Darren. What’s great about this hot kiss is the way that Meredith looks on, wistful, and maybe even a bit jealous.
Brian & Justin – Queer As Folk
Until QAF, the man-on-man kisses we had seen on TV were either chaste, or played for laughs. This show shocked everyone by showing raw sexuality, and the kisses with high-schooler Justin and eternal bad-boy Brian were a sign of better things to come on TV.
Noah & Wade – Noah’s Arc
If it’s rare to see two gay men kiss on TV, it’s even more rare to see two men of color kiss on TV. Wade and Noah make up for lost time by devouring each others’ lips.
Agron & Nasir – Spartacus
Easy guys. Catch your breath.
BONUS 15TH KISS!
Ian & Mickey – Shameless
Aah, youth. It was always an adventure with the impulsive Mickey, who had to endure the wrath of his homophobic father to steal time with Ian. The kisses they had were raw and powerful.
Okay, your turn! What’s your favorite gay TV series kiss?