As Valentine's Day fast approaches, it's a time for us to celebrate our love lives (or the lack thereof) this February 14.

And while plenty of us could write a series or two about our various romantic escapades, it always makes us feel slightly better when a character on our TV screens is suffering more than ourselves. Luckily for us, there are a plethora of characters from some of our most popular TV shows for us to take mental notes never to copy.

Here are just 10 of the most unlucky-in-love people we've noticed over the years, who you'll recognise as being fairly unfortunate when it comes to matters of the heart.

Ross Geller

In a choice of six singletons living in New York City through the '90s and 2000s, any one of them could have been described as unlucky-in-love with the number of guest appearances we saw during the 10-year run of 'Friends'. However, Ross Geller's love story is the winner of the most entertaining of the lot.

From getting stuck in a toilet while wearing leather trousers, to his glow-in-the-dark teeth, to a love triangle between himself, Joey, and Charlie... he's had his fair share of bad luck. And that's even before you include the Rachel "we were on a break" situation. Certainly, he gets the girl in the end, but that journey for the goofball is something to applaud.


A more recent entry, Fleabag from the series of the same name sees Phoebe Waller-Bridge tackle life, love, and most definitely lust throughout her two-season run.

And while when we first meet the 30-something Londoner attempt to get over her past grievances, season two puts her love life firmly at the centre of her agenda. It's a sign for all of us that you can't help falling in love with people that you really shouldn't.

Andy Bernard

The latter seasons of 'The US Office' firmly set aside, Andy Bernard is your classic "wears his heart on his sleeve" lover. However, all of his good intentions often land him in a world of pain.

During his engagement with the cold-hearted Angela, he tries to pull out all of the stops to make their dream wedding day a success. However, Andy is challenged to a duel by Dwight, with Angela as the prize. Oh, and he sent Erin every animal from the 'The 12 Days of Christmas' song. Not a great idea.

Waylon Smithers

While there are plenty of unlucky-in-love characters in 'The Simpsons', such as Milhouse Van Houten, Edna Krabappel, Ned Flanders, and Ralph Wiggum, none of these have an unrequited love as big as Waylon Smithers.

The president of the Malibu Stacey fan club has had numerous moments of daydreaming about his elderly boss Mr. Burns, who really couldn't care less about his assistant.

Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes

4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42 - numbers forever etched into our minds and never to be used on the Lotto. Unbeknownst to him, Hurley was the catalyst that caused (potentially) everything to happen in 'Lost'.

Holding out until the very end, Hugo had a bad streak of luck from the very beginning. One of his most heartbreaking moments of course if when Libby, a certain love interest for the happy-go-lucky character, headed into the bunker at the exact moment Michael decided to act all crazy. Worst. Timing. Ever.

Rosa Diaz

Rosa Diaz has never been successful in relationships, which might be down to her positively steely exterior and constant poker face.

However, following a number of relationships with men, the character has hit a turning point in the most recent season of 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' whereby she has come out as a bisexual. It'll be interesting to see how her story continues in later seasons, and if she gets the happily ever after she claims she doesn't want, but really, really wants.

Maeve Wiley

Being a teenager is never easy, what with all of the hormones and awkward moments that you hope will not scar you for life - but 'Sex Education' on Netflix is a whole other ball game.

The organiser of her and Otis' sexual advice clinic at school, Maeve Wiley's problem is that she's fallen for one boy while currently being in a relationship with someone else - and the blowout of the situation ends up being every teenager's worst nightmare.

Chidi Anagonye

You would think to be dead would sort out all of your problems, but unfortunately for Chidi Anagonye in 'The Good Place', it only makes matters worse.

Quite a nervous individual during his time on earth, he's somehow managed to bring this energy tenfold into his afterlife. His indecisiveness has landed him in some sticky situations as TV characters go, with him and Eleanor in particular never managing to catch a break.

Simon Cooper

Right, let's get one thing straight here - it's probably best to never, ever take relationship advice for any one of these four Horsemen of the Apocalypse because destruction follows them wherever they go.

The most unlucky of the foursome when it comes to matters of the heart always seems to be Simon however, who asks his friends for advice while they give him the worst advice ever. He's also got quite an anger issue, which continues to build up until it ultimately explodes into a tirade of ill-timed shouting. Just your average teenager then.

Daenerys Targaryen

How much time have you got? To single out one character on 'Game of Thrones' who has had a rough time of it is quite difficult. However, when you count up all of the betrayals and deaths that have followed in her wake, the obvious choice is The Mother of Dragons herself.

Daenerys Targaryen is one of TV's most unlucky-in-love characters because from the moment we meet her, she is doomed for misery. From her brother Viserys becoming unbearable, her Dothraki husband Khal Drogo becoming catatonic from a crazy priestess, to Jorah Mormont's alliances becoming clear - everyone who claims to love her lets her down. The cherry on top is one final betrayal in her last moments on screen.