You'll always remember your own proposal, but we re also willing to bet that you'll always remember a few engagements that happened in your favorite TV shows, too. After all, you become invested in the lives — particularly the love lives — of your favorite characters, and root for them to find their happy ending.
Some shows leave you hanging until the very end, culminating in that one big moment, while others gave us nearly one breathtaking, awe-inspiring proposal per season. But no matter how long it took our favorite characters to finally get down on one knee, our hearts inevitably skip a beat when that stunning engagement ring is revealed and the somehow perfectly chosen music starts to swell.
With so many shows to choose from, narrowing down the 25 most iconic TV proposals was no easy feat. There were the proposals that happened more than once (or three times if you re Meredith and Derek from Grey s Anatomy) and those proposals you waited nine frustratingly long seasons for like Ted and Robin in How I Met Your Mother. There were those proposals that were never meant to happen like Joey and Rachel from Friends and the characters that were fated to come together all along like Jim and Pam from The Office.
And sure, there were some of the least romantic, but most memorable proposals ever, too — we re still cringing at Charlotte and Trey s alrighty moment from Sex and the City.
Whether or not these couples lived happily ever after (or even until the series finale!) hardly matters, since these dramatic, funny, or sweet proposal moments will be seared in our brains forever.
Pull up YouTube now, because we have a strong feeling you re about to take a trip down memory lane. Click through to see 25 of our all-time favorite TV proposals.