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12 celebrity couples who dated on TV — and became an item in real life

Your favorite TV couples might be that way for a reason: Sometimes when cameras stop rolling, they're still an item.

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GILMORE GIRLS, Milo Ventimiglia, Alexis Bledel, 'Lorelai's Graduation Day', (Season 2), 2000-2007, photo: WB/Carol Kaelson, © Warner Bros./Everett Collection

Take "Gilmore Girls," for example. Playing Rory Gilmore and Jess Mariano, respectively, Alexis Bledel and Milo Ventimiglia were each other's love interests on and off the set for a stretch.

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Their real-life 2006 breakup, however, may require them to keep things professional should Ventimiglia return for the show's Netflix limited revival, because Bledel wound up marrying another on-screen beau. (More about that in a moment.)

The following list of 11 resilient TV couples — still together as of press time, as far as we know — isn't comprehensive, as Melissa Benoist and Blake Jenner ("Glee"); Amanda Abbington and Martin Freeman ("Sherlock"); and Mary Elizabeth Ellis and Charlie Day ("It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia") can attest. But they are a reminder that, at least for now, Hollywood love stories are still possible after the director shouts "Cut!" Warning: mild spoilers ahead.

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Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser (“Mad Men”)

Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser ("Mad Men")

On the show: Kartheiser's flawed Pete Campbell is married, but can't resist the charms of Beth Dawes (Bledel), who has troubles of her own.

In real life: With a courtship that began around the time Bledel showed up on the "Mad Men" set in 2012, the couple married in June 2014.

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MAD MEN, (from left): John Slattery, Talia Balsam, 'A Night To Remember', (Season 2, aired Sept. 14, 2008), 2007-. photo: Carin Baer / © AMC / Courtesy: Everett Collection

Talia Balsam and John Slattery ("Mad Men")

On the show: Roger Sterling's wife Mona became his understandably exasperated ex-wife, but they did their best to keep things civil in times of trouble.

In real life: The "Mad Men" set seems particularly conducive to relationships. Slattery and Balsam were married in 1998 and, despite their characters' conflicts, seem anything but "Mad" off-camera.

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THAT '70S SHOW, Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, (Season 2), 1998-. TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. Courtesy: Everett Collection.

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher ("That '70s Show")

On the show: Kunis' Jackie Burkhart and Kutcher's Michael Kelso shared a natural chemistry on the sitcom.

In real life: That may be the reason they started dating six years after "That '70s Show" wrapped in 2006; they put a ring on it in July.

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TRUE BLOOD, (from left): Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, (Season 1), 2008-. photo: Jamie Trueblood / © HBO / Courtesy: Everett Collection

Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer ("True Blood")

On the show: Paquin's Sookie Stackhouse and Moyer's Bill Compton vamped it up in the fictional southwest-Louisiana town of Bon Temps.

In real life: Beginning their relationship in 2007, the couple promised to be "True" at a 2010 wedding.

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ONCE UPON A TIME - "Best Laid Plans" - Hook tells Emma that her fate is at stake in Gold's plan while Regina leads the villains on a wild goose chase. Henry makes a breakthrough in his search to find the Author, but Mary Margaret and David need a moment to reconsider the best course of action. In a Fairy Tale Land flashback, Snow and Charming search for a way to ensure their child will grow-up to be a hero. When a travelling peddler directs them to visit a kindly old hermit, Snow and Charming are presented with a choice that could secure their child's goodness, but at a price that will haunt them for years to come on "Once Upon a Time," SUNDAY, MARCH 29 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Jack Rowand/ABC via Getty Images)

Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas ("Once Upon a Time")

On the show: Snow White and Prince Charming's storybook romance was pretty much a given.

In real life: So why should real life be any different? Goodwin and Dallas began their relationship in 2011, married in April 2014, and welcomed a son the next month.

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THE AMERICANS -- Pictured: (L-R) Keri Russell as Elizabeth Jennings, Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings. CR: James Minchin/FX

Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys ("The Americans")

On the show: They're married KGB agents with multiple identities.

In real life: They've been in a relationship for about two years, but like their characters' professional lives, they try not to draw additional attention to it.

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THE OFFICE -- "A Benihana Christmas" Episode 9 -- Aired 12/14/06 -- Pictured: (l-r) Nancy Walls as Carol Stills, Steve Carell as Michael Scott -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank

Nancy Carell and Steve Carell ("The Office")

On the show: Carole Stills and Michael Scott had only gone on a few dates when he popped the question; she declined.

In real life: Nancy Carell (née Walls) and the "Crazy, Stupid, Love" star are celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary this year.

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REVENGE - "Surrender" - As the wedding of the century quickly approaches, Emily puts the finishing touches on her final takedown. But the tighter Emily holds the Graysons in her grasp, the more they slip through her fingers, on "Revenge," SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Richard Cartwright/ABC via Getty Images) EMILY VANCAMP, JOSH BOWMAN

Emily VanCamp and Josh Bowman ("Revenge")

On the show: Emily Thorne and Daniel Greyson got engaged, but that's as far as it got before all kinds of drama went down.

In real life: VanCamp and Bowman have been dating since 2011.

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ALL MY CHILDREN - Brooke's Woman of the Year Award - 6/13/95 Kelly Ripa (Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (Mateo) in a scene on ABC Daytime's "All My Children". "All My Children" airs Monday-Friday, 1-2 p.m., ET, on the ABC Television Network. AMC95 (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) KELLY RIPA, MARK CONSUELOS

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos ("All My Children")

On the show: Hayley Vaughan Santos and Mateo Santos Sr. heated up the small screen soon after his 1995 arrival in Pine Valley, Pennsylvania.

In real life: Married for almost two decades, their love appears to have all of the soap-opera passion and little of the drama.

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PARKS AND RECREATION -- "Ron & Tammy, Part 2" Episode 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Megan Mullally as Tammy Swanson, Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman ("Parks and Recreation")

On the show: Tammy Two earned that moniker for being Ron Swanson's second consecutive ex-wife named Tammy. Their dysfunctional relationship was frequently toxic, occasionally torrid and always hilarious.

In real life: Married since 2003, the duo showed off their real-life chemistry when they visited "Late Night with Seth Meyers" last year.

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Harry Hamlin as Aaron Echolls and Lisa Rina as Lynn Echolls.

Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin ("Veronica Mars")

On the show: Movie stars Lynn and Aaron Echolls appeared to be the perfect Hollywood power couple, but in truth, they were anything but.

In real life: Their relationship is no mystery: They've been married since 1997.

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