The Five Best TV Kisses of 2011

Come on, admit it. You don't watch TV for the dialogue or the plot or continuity or anything complicated like that . . . You watch TV for the kissing. And I'm here to tell you: THAT IS OKAY. Below are my favorite TV kisses of 2011, those kisses that brought joy to my heart (over and over again, usually at least five times in a row, if not more -- thank you, DVR).

Richard Castle and Detective Kate Beckett

"Knockdown," Castle, ABC

In the grand tradition of the will-they, won't-they, Castle viewers tune in just as much for the back and forth sparks between leads Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic as they do the wacky mysteries and Fillion's over the top charisma. So when Castle and Beckett finally locked lips for the first time last January -- even if it was faked so the two could distract a guard and rescue fellow cops Ryan and Esposito from a torturey death -- the collective fan joy was palpable. [Watch the kissing here.]

Annie Edison and Abed "Han Solo" Nadir

"For a Few Paintballs More," Community, NBC

During their second annual paintball war (only time will tell if there will be a third), the students of Greendale Community College went full-Western, and Abed (Danny Pudi) went full Han Solo. And when Abed commits to a role? He's all in. He's so good at pretending to be other people (Don Draper in season one, the titular character from My Dinner With Andre in season two) that those around him actually seem to forget he's Abed. So was the case with the beautiful but susceptible Annie Edison (Alison Brie), who behaves as if it were actually Harrison Ford standing next to her. Their kiss is grand, epic, and completely ridiculous . . . all the more so when Abed abrubtly drops the Solo persona upon completion, leaving Annie breathless and confused. "Cool," he says. Cool cool cool. [Watch the kissing here.]

Ben Wyatt and Leslie Knope

"Smallest Park," Parks and Recreation, NBC

Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) and Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) are the nerdiest, most adorable couple on television. It was completely heartbreaking (and hilarious) when the two had to break up so Leslie could run for public office without fear of a scandal hanging over her head (Ben is, after all, her superior at work), and watching them give in and not care about the consequences is an absolutely triumphant moment. It even trumps their wonderful first kiss in the spring, which at least deserves an honorable mention here. [Watch the kissing here.]

The Doctor and River Song

"The Wedding of River Song," Doctor Who, BBC America

Doctor Who has always been more concerned with the emotional logic of storytelling than it is with actual logic, and the climactic scene of "The Wedding of River Song" is a key example of that. I don't want to spoil you (or confuse you with details you won't understand) by getting to into a long explanation here, but I think it's enough to say that the Doctor (Matt Smith) literally marries River Song (Alex Kingston) to save the universe, and their kiss reverses time itself. It is probably the most out-there romantic thing I've ever seen on television. [Watch the kissing here.]

Sheriff Graham (aka The Huntsman) and Deputy Emma Swan

"The Heart is a Lonely Hunter," Once Upon a Time, ABC

Their first kiss made him go on a journey of self-discovery. Their second killed him. Well, not really, but it sounds nice, doesn't it? Actually what really kills Sheriff Graham (Jamie Dornan) is the jealousy of the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla), who crushes his beautiful heart between her cold, angry fingers at the very moment he remembers who he is. But hey, at least he dies happy? And at least we get to see Emma (Jennifer Morrison) exact her revenge? God, I hope so. If she's half as angry as I am about this, Regina is in SERIOUS trouble. [Watch the kissing here.]

What were your favorite kisses this year, dear readers? Sound off in the comments.