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24th Mar '16 10:59:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/TheWire'': Lt. Daniels and his wife are seperated, but they still pretend to be happily married to keep up appearances so she can get her political career off the ground.
24th Mar '16 10:56:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* This is the situation behind ''LosExitososPells''. The husband is gay, the wife is just on there for the career bust, and both are planing to elope with their real love interest at the first chance, but both are forced to being together because their network contracts, and have to keep the happy charade for ratings sake. The hero, who is forced by the same network to secretly impersonate the husband after an accident, is quite on shock when he discovers all of the above.
* John And Mary on ''FatherTed'', married shopkeepers who are always plotting to murder each other, but who go into over-the-top perfect couple mode whenever anyone else is around.

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* This is the situation behind ''LosExitososPells''.''Series/LosExitososPells''. The husband is gay, the wife is just on there for the career bust, and both are planing to elope with their real love interest at the first chance, but both are forced to being together because their network contracts, and have to keep the happy charade for ratings sake. The hero, who is forced by the same network to secretly impersonate the husband after an accident, is quite on shock when he discovers all of the above.
* John And Mary on ''FatherTed'', ''Series/FatherTed'', married shopkeepers who are always plotting to murder each other, but who go into over-the-top perfect couple mode whenever anyone else is around.



* Lindsey and Melanie do this in ''QueerAsFolk'' after they separate when Lindsey cheated on Melanie with a man. Needless to say, they got found out.

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* Lindsey and Melanie do this in ''QueerAsFolk'' ''Series/QueerAsFolk'' after they separate when Lindsey cheated on Melanie with a man. Needless to say, they got found out.
28th Feb '16 8:15:04 PM DrOO7
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* ''Literature/TheAgeOfInnocence: Newland and May Archer, though he "honestly mourned her" when she dies.
27th Jan '16 10:49:39 AM LongTallShorty64
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* In ''Film/TheodoraGoesWild'' Michael Grant is stuck in a loveless marriage, but has to keep up appearances because his father holds public office.
9th Jan '16 7:37:06 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Webcomic/{{AGENCY}}'', [[spoiler: [[StarFox Fox and Krystal McCloud]]]] have a very rocky marriage, but they put on a happy face in public. They are, after all, heroes and have a young son to care for. [[SpongeBobSquarePants Sandy Cheeks]] is quick to pick up on this, but so far, the charade hasn't affected the plot much. With one of them kidnapped and held in an unknown location, it might not come up for a while.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{AGENCY}}'', [[spoiler: [[StarFox Fox and Krystal McCloud]]]] have a very rocky marriage, but they put on a happy face in public. They are, after all, heroes and have a young son to care for. [[SpongeBobSquarePants [[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants Sandy Cheeks]] is quick to pick up on this, but so far, the charade hasn't affected the plot much. With one of them kidnapped and held in an unknown location, it might not come up for a while.
8th Dec '15 3:50:57 PM TinyTedDanson
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* A reccuring arc in ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' is how Jerry and Beth married because he got her pregnant [[PromBaby on their prom date]] and they agreed to keep it -- and as such, they're more like co-habiting adults rather than married as they refuse to even consider divorce. However, each round often resolves with [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther their problems disappearing and their love seemingly getting stronger]] and everyone thinking they're better, only to [[StatusQuoIsGot revert straight back]] in a few episodes when they're back to snarking and arguing.

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* A reccuring arc in ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' is how Jerry and Beth married because he got her pregnant [[PromBaby on their prom date]] and they agreed to keep it -- and as such, they're more like co-habiting adults rather than married as they refuse to even consider divorce. However, each round often resolves with [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther their problems disappearing and their love seemingly getting stronger]] and everyone thinking they're better, only to [[StatusQuoIsGot [[StatusQuoIsGod revert straight back]] in a few episodes when they're back to snarking and arguing.
8th Dec '15 3:50:02 PM TinyTedDanson
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->'''Jerry''': I wasn't paying attention, which you would know, if you ever paid attention to me.\\
'''Beth''': Oh, here we go, right to the victim role.\\
'''Jerry''': Am I a victim, Beth, or am I married to a mean, unfair monster that always hurts me?\\
'''Rick''': (shouting) ''Jesus Christ! Will you fix your marriage or get a divorce already?!''
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty''




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* A reccuring arc in ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' is how Jerry and Beth married because he got her pregnant [[PromBaby on their prom date]] and they agreed to keep it -- and as such, they're more like co-habiting adults rather than married as they refuse to even consider divorce. However, each round often resolves with [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther their problems disappearing and their love seemingly getting stronger]] and everyone thinking they're better, only to [[StatusQuoIsGot revert straight back]] in a few episodes when they're back to snarking and arguing.
** Also bumped UpToEleven in ''Rixty Minutes'': inter-dimensional goggles show that, in every timeline where Summer exists, Beth and Jerry are pretending they're happily married for the kids, yet in realities where Summer doesn't exist they're free to pursue their dreams, increasing the rift between Beth and Jerry. [[spoiler:It's then {{inverted}} when their parallel-universe selves are pretending to be happy with success and single life, when in reality they've never stopped loving each other.]]
2nd Dec '15 2:37:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{Dave}}'' had the (real) President and First Lady unable to stay in the same room or look at each other unless the press was watching, at which time they both play the loving couple. He only stays married for his career image (and has plenty of affairs) and she only stays so she can do important work with charities.

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* ''{{Dave}}'' ''Film/{{Dave}}'' had the (real) President and First Lady unable to stay in the same room or look at each other unless the press was watching, at which time they both play the loving couple. He only stays married for his career image (and has plenty of affairs) and she only stays so she can do important work with charities.



* Nick and Honey from ''WhosAfraidOfVirginiaWoolf'', unlike George and Martha who fight bitterly in front of everyone, and yet they are too emotionally dependent on each other to seriously consider divorcing. They seem to be happily married, yet Nick only married Honey for her father's money (the fact that she was pregnant was a convenient excuse) and Honey is implied to have [[spoiler:aborted her baby after marrying Nick]], and when Honey drinks herself sick, Nick goes to bed with Martha.

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* Nick and Honey from ''WhosAfraidOfVirginiaWoolf'', ''Film/WhosAfraidOfVirginiaWoolf'', unlike George and Martha who fight bitterly in front of everyone, and yet they are too emotionally dependent on each other to seriously consider divorcing. They seem to be happily married, yet Nick only married Honey for her father's money (the fact that she was pregnant was a convenient excuse) and Honey is implied to have [[spoiler:aborted her baby after marrying Nick]], and when Honey drinks herself sick, Nick goes to bed with Martha.
16th Nov '15 7:26:15 AM Iris
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* One of the themes in the song ''Dollhouse'' by Melanie Martinez is an unhappy marriage; the husband is cheating on the wife, and the wife simply goes with it; hiding it with expensive jewelry and alcohol.

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* One of the themes in the song ''Dollhouse'' "Dollhouse" by Melanie Martinez Music/MelanieMartinez is an unhappy marriage; the husband is cheating on the wife, and the wife simply goes with it; hiding it with expensive jewelry and alcohol.
18th Aug '15 3:36:21 PM Prfnoff
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* ''SteppingOnRoses'':
** Soichiro and Sumi's marriage [[spoiler: at first.]] Soichirou needs to get married to inherit his fortune, Sumi needs money to support her very poor family, and they reach an angreement over marrying without love.

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* ''SteppingOnRoses'':
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''Manga/SteppingOnRoses'':
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Soichiro and Sumi's marriage [[spoiler: at first.]] Soichirou needs to get married to inherit his fortune, Sumi needs money to support her very poor family, and they reach an angreement over marrying without love.
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