7 Reasons Rob And Sharon From Catastrophe Are Relationship Goals

Even though they suck at their relationship

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If you haven't seen Catastrophe, the British sitcom co-created by Sharon Horgan and American comedian Rob Delaney about a hapless pair who end up having a baby after a one night stand, you're really missing out.

The Channel 4 comedy follows the two as they become a (fairly shambolic) couple and negotiate the journey from trans-Atlantic, to co-habiting, to parents, with basically as many slip ups and weirdnesses as you might expect along the way.

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For all their totally inept moments, though, we think they're bloody perfect. And real. Because not every relationship has to be a Disney story.

So here are 7 reasons why theirs is actually a pretty great relationship to aspire to.

1. They don't hold hands in public

And they spend every anniversary crying at each other over the dinner table, instead of making eyes. And they're prone to a bit of bickering in the street. In fact, they're grasp of the old PDA is a tenuous one, proving you don't always need to be snogging all over the place to show you love each other.

2. They forgive each other for their flaws – and their mistakes (**SPOILER ALERT**)

When, in the latest season, Sharon gets really hammered and gets off with a hot student and can't exactly remember whether she had sex with him or not and then goes and buys the morning after pill just in case and then Rob finds it… well, he doesn't lose his shit. He sulks, and he makes it clear she's got some making up to do. But when she asks if he wants to break up with her?

"What are we like, fourteen?"

3. Sometimes they don't have time for each other

And that's okay. Rob admitting that his head is so full of thoughts of the kids and thoughts of work that sometimes there isn't any room for thoughts of Sharon was a real pin drop moment – and reminded us all that maybe expecting our S.O. to be interested in how our pedicure went might be asking a bit much.

4. Their sex life dries up

In Hollywood, hot couples have hot sex, and there's never any thoughts of their wild sexcapades reducing in frequency because of work schedules or saggy boobs. In East London, where it rains over Christmas and people get the Overground to work, sex isn't the be-all-and-end-all and Sharon and Robs' mismatched libido's are adorably relatable.


5. But they always say the right thing

"I still really fancy you."

6. Their housing debacle hits right in the feels

Finally, something set in London where the fact that crippling housing costs are central to the lives of literally everyone who lives here is acknowledged! Admittedly, Sharon's bachelorette pad on a teachers salary in the first series is a little unrealistic – and the palatial period property they move into as newlyweds ("We have rooms we don't use") is probably not something most people will be able to afford by their late 30s, but it's comforting when even they have to downsize.

7. They really love each other

And that much is obvious. They're thoughtful and sometimes thoughtless, they know how to piss each other right off but always how to make up in a way that feels meaningful. We can only hope our own lovers' tiffs are as loving as theirs.


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