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Our first BattleShips tournament was a huge success. Hundreds of thousands of votes were cast in a battle to find the greatest relationship on today’s television shows.

Now, it’s time for our next BattleShips tournament, and this time the theme is Classic Television!

We’re going to set out to find the ultimate relationship in classic television. It’s up to you and your fandom to ensure the best Ship wins! Hypable’s staff came up with a list of 49 television shows where some of your favorite relationships were seen in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s.

There is one important rule with these shows: All of them have already ended. Merlin is not included because it was in our last BattleShips tournament.

How will this work?

Before we nominate couples, we have to select which television shows will compete. In the poll below, you can select up to 15 shows. This poll will close Monday, February 4 at 12 p.m. ET.

Beginning Tuesday, February 5 we will begin voting on which Ship will represent each fandom. We will split the polls over three days (February 5 through February 7). The first head-to-head Ship battles will begin February 11, and fans will have 48 hours to support their Ship in each poll.


If you’re still unsure what’s going on, take a look at our very first BattleShips post! It gives a thorough explanation of what shipping is and what will happen. And if you’re still lost, feel free to comment below with any questions you might have!

Voting is now closed!

  • abl


  • http://twitter.com/plischt plischt

    No Dawson’s Creek? What a pity!

  • guest

    Gossip Girl didnt end over a year ago……

    • http://www.hypable.com/ Andrew Sims

      Good point – we’ve adjusted.

  • http://twitter.com/Neela149 Tova Rich

    I am boycotting this because there is no ER!!!!

  • guest

    My So-Called Life should be on here!

  • y0david6

    No Doctor Who or No Will and Grace – are you guys crazy

    • http://www.facebook.com/lilliempeterson Lillie Marie Peterson

      Doctor Who is still running…

    • Boot

      I agree on Will and Grace… But as far as Doctor Who goes: “There is one important rule with these shows: All of them no longer produce new episodes, and have ended over a year ago.”

    • Carilyn

      Doctor Who was in the last Hypable ships, and Rose/10 even got to the final round

  • Meghan036

    If Merlin doesn’t qualify then neither does Gossip Girl both just ended in December 2012.

    • ravenclaw1991

      Merlin was part of the last Battleships…

      • http://www.hypable.com/ Andrew Sims


    • http://twitter.com/StarkidSims Simone

      Merlin isn’t on the list because it was in the last Battleships Tournament, not ’cause of how long ago it aired. Just to clear that up :)

  • ravenclaw1991

    I watched very few of these shows, but I’m glad some I watched made the list.

    Wizards of Waverly Place, that made me insanely happy for some reason. I can see either Alex/Mason or Justin/Juilet for that one. Although, it is returning for a special in March.

  • Lucija

    LOVE THIS! Though it needs some Sabrina, because Sabrina and Harvey are 4eva!!!!!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/Super_Lulu1 Lupita

      This is so true! Shipper name HarBrina LOL!

    • http://twitter.com/StarkidSims Simone

      OMG YES!!!

  • Jacob

    classic television where is Cheers

  • Phantomfluteplayer

    I can’t pick *just* 15. I loved so many of the above shows!

  • http://www.hypable.com/ Andrew Sims

    By request, we’ve added Dawson’s Creek, Will and Grace, and Cheers to the poll.

    We can’t include EVERY show, so we’re selecting ones that we think will have a shot.

  • guest

    BBC Robin Hood! <3

  • Carilyn

    PUSHING DAISIES! YES!! Oh, I miss that show so much. I’m hoping the little fandom it had will turn out for this. Much as I respect the Writer’s Guild of America for standing up for their rights back in 07-08, their strike effectively killed that show waaaayyy too soon! Still holding out for the possible comic or musical continuation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GyE21TYvzo

    • http://twitter.com/AsiaAAhmed Asia A Ahmed

      OMG. I loved this show so much too. The cancellation to me, hit me out nowhere!

      • http://twitter.com/Tygridia Tygridia

        I miss the Pie Maker…

  • Em

    Where is 3rd rock from the sun???

    P.s. I love this idea :) should be interesting and fun

    • MeAgain

      Yes! 3rd Rock From The Sun. Pwetty pwease with passionate cuddles on top, Hypable.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rachel-Whelen/514317641 Rachel Whelen

    Spike and Buffy will always be the winners of my heart <3

  • http://twitter.com/Dillon_Mays Dillon Mays

    Pushing Daisies all the way.

  • Carilyn

    I had a problem voting. First it said that I could only pick one, which didn’t seem right based on the instructions, and now it’s saying that I voted, and all the wrong shows are highlighted. I’ve tried refreshing. Help?

    • http://twitter.com/akacj7 Caroline J.

      both have just happened to me and my non-technical solution is try again later when they’re more likely to work the kinks out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rachel-Whelen/514317641 Rachel Whelen

    Um It says pick 15 shows, when I try to vote it says maximum choice allowed 1?

    • Stacie

      I’m having the same issue. I really want to vote!

      Robin Hood BBC all the way, yah!

    • http://twitter.com/AsiaAAhmed Asia A Ahmed

      I have the same problem too!!

    • http://Hypable.com/ James Bean

      We’ve fixed this issue, so now you can vote to your heart’s content!

  • potterjay

    Is Grey’s Anatomy on there? Would be really interesting to see what the favourite ship is that comes out of that!

  • Kyle

    I was only allowed to vote once….

  • andrea

    Where’s one tree hill? When it come to ship war how on earth people forget about one of the worst ship war in tv history

  • Shelby Walker

    Lizzie McGuire!!! Yes! Boy Meets World!!!! Chuck!!! I’m a little disappointed there’s no One Tree Hill or older classic sitcoms… Oh well.

  • Elphaba Thropp

    So not CLASSIC classic…I was a little disappointed, I thought we’d have things like Scarecrow and Mrs King, and I Love Lucy :/ Oh well! This will be fun anyway!

  • http://twitter.com/rosaliedavid12 Rosalie David

    “WE HAVE TO GO BACK!!!!!”

  • Ruby

    I’m sorry, but if X-Files Scully and Mulder don’t win this, I will be really surprised…hopefully enough people are fans of the show that they at least get in!

    • Phantomfluteplayer

      The X-Files isn’t even in the running currently! It’s like 23rd most popular right now. More people need to vote for it. Mulder and Scully are so perfect together.

  • http://blackrapture.tumblr.com/ thegoodshipdestiel

    Seriously, guys? I’m only 23 and even I am perfectly aware that referring to TV this recent as classic is ridiculous.

  • Laura Jones

    it says i’ve already voted, which i haven’t :/ It’s even got some highlighted as if i’ve picked them ?

  • guest


  • http://twitter.com/NatashaPeartree Natasha Pereira

    OMG ALIAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SYD+VAUGHN<3

  • Pete.

    LOL…save your time Frinds is going to win XD

    • Pete.


  • Gary65

    Meh. I never really liked what little of my life I had reclaimed since the last Battleship tournament anyway.


    How does anything after the 90′s qualify as classic? Come on! Moonlighting, Bewitched, I Dream of Genie, The Avengers(OMG), The Man From U.N.C.L.E, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Xena: Warrior Princess, Get Smart, MASH. This is what I grew up watching and I’m 19. This list could use a rename from classic to…not on the air.

  • http://twitter.com/Tygridia Tygridia

    I’m really not sure who I want to win this one… I know you are supposed to have one OTP, but those are THE OTPs. ALL OF THEM!

  • sam

    NO PRISON BREAK?? what is this???

    • sam

      ok so i’ve decided that i’m not voting until Prison break and Malcom in the middle is on the list. pity because i’d go hard voting for Buffy and scrubs among others !! PLEEEEEEEEZ fix it? i’ll be checking

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=17127641 Laura Jurgensmeyer

    I’m so excited about this! I need Friends, Veronica Mars, Buffy and Charmed to make it to the next round!

  • http://about.me/dshana Shana Debusschere

    It’s quite funny Gossip Girl is listed as “classic television”, but I appreciate that they made the cut.

  • Marie

    I’m just gonna say, if Queer as Folk gets in, The L Word (aka the Lesbian Queer as Folk) should be in as well.

  • http://twitter.com/JonHike jghike

    If LOST makes it that is going to be one LOOOOONG list of pairings, lol.

  • Gabbi

    Torchwood! I miss the old team!

  • http://hypable.com John Thrasher

    Who’s going to make…the TOP 15. *LOST credit music*

  • feeeels


  • http://twitter.com/Super_Lulu1 Lupita

    Veronica Mars, Buffy, Angel, Torchwood, Lost, Firefly, Smallville, Friday Night Lights, that 70s show and Heroes oh my!!!!! Such great shows

  • Samma

    This list could be so much longer, and so much more specific. Cancelled Nick shows, cancelled primetime dramas, cancelled comedies…it’s kind of crazy to put my love for Freaks and Geeks up against my love for Hey Arnold and my love for Buffy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001344528873 Wynona de la Calzada

    I am sooooo excited for this! I’m pretty sure Buffy and Friends will get in, but I really hope That 70s show makes it too!

  • normalizboring

    The Cosby Show, good clean family values, i watch an hour of it everyday after school

  • GirlWhoCriedWhenSiriusDied

    Pleasseeeeee X Files has to get through this. I need them to. :(

  • http://twitter.com/emilyecstasyTM Emily Bryan


  • Alissa

    Friends! Monica and Chandler!!!

  • guy of gisborne


  • http://twitter.com/agoosewrangler Jessica L

    No Arrested Development? Sigh. Bad, Hypable :(

    Edit: (Unless it’s not there because you’re counting at as currently in production, because of season 4 and therefore not eligible?)

  • Alyssamz

    Pushing daises yes!!

    And Sex In The City!!!

    Mr. Big <33333 Vs Aiden <33333

  • Jill

    I’m so excited for this and I agree, Sabrina should have been included but you can’t remember every single awesome show out there. I’m shocked and happy that Lizzie McGuire has as many votes as it does, please fix the spelling I can’t stand when people spell the last name wrong. Ethan Craft calls her Lizzie McG, not Lizzie Mac G.

  • http://hypable.com Selina

    But… Dark Angel. Okay I’m pretty much the only person who loved this show. But I feel like it deserved a mention. :)

  • http://mrsreidstartedposting.tumblr.com/ Loony


  • http://www.twitter.com/starlysh Lysh

    Haha when you say “classic,” I’m thinking The Dick Van Dyke show or something. Glad The X-Files are on their though. Mulder and Scully are the ORIGINAL SHIP.

  • Carrie89

    CORY AND TOPANGA. Best. Couple. EVER. There, I said it.

  • chuck-you are a gift

    1- CHUCK AND SARAH. I don’t think you can define a more perfect OTP in recent television.
    2- Isn’t it lizzie mcguire?

  • http://twitter.com/StarkidSims Simone

    YOU CAN DO IT CHARMED!! Pleeeasseeee!

  • Viola

    Torchwood hasn’t officially ended though, according to RTD. He says its just on an extended hiatus but will return sometime soon…either way JANTO FTW!!!!!

  • https://twitter.com/JassyPugh Jasmine P

    When I first saw classic TV shows circa the 80s and 90s, I thought Full House, so glad it was included. Thanks for including Gilmore Girls- so excited :D

  • http://twitter.com/maricelag21 Maricela Gonzalez

    One word. Compound noun. Torchwood.

  • allyson


  • allysonkat

    Seriously if the X Files is not on here…

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