Ship Tease Season 4, Episode 1: “Our Top 10 Favorite Slow Burns”

Slow-burn romances (where two characters take their sweet time getting together) are catnip to shippers who enjoy a buildup of anticipation before collecting their endgame. Jennifer and Heather discuss their love for the trope and share their top 10 favorite slow-burn ships, including Nancy/Ace from Nancy Drew, Tim/Lucy (aka Chenford) from The Rookie, Janine/Gregory from Abbott Elementary, Pacey/Joey from Dawson’s Creek, and many more.

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Show notes & couples discussed in the episode (by timestamp)

  • 15:04 – Couple #1: Janine and Gregory, Abbott Elementary
  • 17:40 – Janine/Gregory sexy dance gifsets
  • 20:36 – Couple #2: Mindy and Danny, The Mindy Project
  • 25:34 – Couple #3: Nancy and Ace, Nancy Drew
  • 32:57 – Couple #4: Lucy and Tim (aka Chenford), The Rookie
  • 38:15 – Couple #5: Anna and Shtolman, Anna the Detective
    • 39:14 Clarification! Detective Anna season 1 is available on both YouTube and Amazon Prime for free with ads. Season 2 is available for free with ads on YouTube or for purchase on Amazon Prime.
  • 42:20 – Couple #6: Mulder and Scully, The X-Files 
  • 44:39 – Couple #7: Phyrne and Jack, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
  • 51:42 – Couple #8: Pacey and Joey, Dawson’s Creek
  • 58:00 – Couple #9: Harry and Sally, When Harry Met Sally
  • 01:02:15 – Couple #10: Josh and Donna, The West Wing
  • 01:08:22 – Honorable Mentions #1: Sydney & Vaughn, Alias
  • Honorable Mention #2: JJ & Kiara, Outer Banks
  • Honorable Mention #3: Kara & Lee, Battlestar Galactica
  • Honorable Mention #4: Jude & Cardan, The Cruel Prince series by Holly Black
  • Honorable Mention #5: Sal & Kulti, Kulti by Mariana Zapata
  • We would love to hear from you! Drop us a line at our email address ( or on Twitter (at @ShipTeasePod) about your favorite slow-burn couples and we may read your note in a future episode of the podcast.

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