When you think of #couplegoals, it’s safe to say you think of people who are actually, you know, together, right? That may be true — but only if you haven’t yet fallen for Martin (Oliver Hudson) and Lena (Jenna Fischer) from ABC’s Splitting Up Together.
Having found a way to co-parent their three children, this duo has decided to go put an end to their marriage. No hard feelings, though! While they're no longer a couple, they decide to continue living under the same roof. I know, right?! It's just crazy enough to be totally genius. To make it work, they've devised a brilliant system: The "parent on duty” will live in the house and tend to the kids, and the “parent off duty” will live the single life in the garage. Nothing like a change of scenery every few days to keep things fresh!
And sure, they claim to be totally and completely out of love ... but we're pretty positive the spark is still there. Their chemistry is undeniable, and only grows more swoon-worthy as they navigate the dating scene, single parenthood, and life without their other half.
So what exactly makes them our favorite TV couple, even though they’re technically not a couple? Here are our top five reasons Martin and Lena had us at “hello” in Season 1 [warning, spoiler alert!]. We can’t wait to see what’s in store on Splitting Up Together, SEASON 2 starting Tuesday, October 16 at 9:30|8:30c on ABC. Pass the popcorn, plz.
1. They Put Their Family First
Despite the apparent awkwardness of their situation, Martin and Lena collaborate to make sound decisions for the good of their family. They're basically the poster-parents for "good co-parenting." They're both prepared to answer questions and take criticism, confident in the choices they’ve made. They do whatever it takes to make sure their kids have a stable and supportive home. Even if it involves living under the same roof despite their in-process divorce, they're willing to take one for the team. Sure, their brilliant arrangement is often less than comfortable for the “off-duty” parent. But hey! Eventually even a garage can feel like home.
2. They're A United Front
Being a couple means being part of a team, which is especially true when children are involved. But it’s easier said than done when your other half is your soon-to-be ex and there are three kids (and three sets of unique feelings) involved. Lena and Martin’s ability to work together against all odds shines when they’re discussing how to handle their youngest son’s upcoming birthday party. In the end, they set their own feelings and preferences aside, deciding to host a joint party to remember.
3. They Balance Each Other Out
As they say, opposites attract. But even when a duo is more alike than not, it’s important to make up for your partner's weaknesses, as they make up for your own. Case in point is when Martin and Lena send their kids off to summer camp for the first time as a separated couple. Where Martin is cool and calm, Lena is hyper-attentive to the details. Each helps the other understand their point of view, and ends up feeling better off for it. Teamwork makes the dream work!
4. They Keep Each Other's Best Interests At Heart
Even when they’re dating other people, they keep the other's feelings in mind. For example, there's the time Lena returns to the garage from her hot date to find that Martin has left the most comfortable master bedroom blanket on the couch for her. There’s also the time they agree to cohabitate to take advantage of the central air in the house during an epic heat wave. It's the little things, you know?
5. They Possibly Still Have The Hots For Each Other
From their great teamwork to the way they look at each other, you can’t deny that Martin and Lena have serious chemistry. Sometimes you just need a bit of distance to remind you of why you were attracted to your mate in the first place. Seeing them date around might awaken a little jealousy, both in Martin and Lena. However, giving themselves the opportunity to grow as people might just set them up for the perfect romantic reunion. TBH, we can't wait to learn more when SEASON 2 of Splitting Up Together airs, starting Tuesday, October 16 at 9:30|8:30c on ABC.
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