Never Have I Ever: Debating Ben vs. Paxton based on TV’s best love triangles

Never Have I Ever on Netflix. Photo courtesy Netflix
Never Have I Ever on Netflix. Photo courtesy Netflix /
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – AUGUST 04: Actors Scott Porter (L) and Rachel Bilson speak during the ‘Hart of Dixie’ panel during the CW portion of the 2011 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 4, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – AUGUST 04: Actors Scott Porter (L) and Rachel Bilson speak during the ‘Hart of Dixie’ panel during the CW portion of the 2011 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 4, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images) /

Hart of Dixie

The triangle: Zoe and Wade vs. Zoe and George

The gist: When New York cardiothoracic surgeon Zoe Hart (Rachel Bilson) discovers she failed to score a coveted fellowship due to her poor bedside manner, she moves to Bluebell, Alabama to take over the family practice her biological father left her when he passed. She immediately becomes enamored with town golden boy, lawyer George Tucker (Scott Porter), but drowns her sorrows by hooking up with her womanizing neighbor, Wade Kinsella (Wilson Bethel).

In the beginning, Zoe and George were the forbidden fruit of Hart of Dixie. George was in a life-long committed relationship with Bluebell society gatekeeper Lemon Breeland (Jaime King), who had a vocal distaste for Zoe. Despite their mutual attraction and the series’s plan to get Zorge together, Wade’s continued evolution from immature Lothario to sweet one-woman man made him a fan-favorite match for Zoe. After weathering cheating scandals and an unplanned pregnancy, Zoe and Wade end the series as a family and not as the front-seat hookup they started out.

The consensus: Clearly, George represents Never Have I Ever’s Ben and Wade fits the bill for Paxton. While Zoe and George weren’t built on competition and mutual contempt like Devi and Ben, the reality of their early spark wasn’t as magical as they’d hoped. Zoe resented her indistinguishable pull to Wade, who wasn’t attentive to her feelings and would later cheat on her (a real blemish on his character development). Paxton’s similarly guarded and in need of internal growth, but Hart of Dixie helps prove a path for the protagonist to end up with the frequently shirtless but largely misunderstood heartthrob. If only we knew Paxton better…