If a show is built on the premise of "Will They, Won't They?", then it will often fall apart once they do get together. If a show is built on the idea of more than the sexual tension, then it will survive beyond their eventual pairing. An infamous case of this was the 80's comedy-drama "Moonlighting" when Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepard's characters got together at the end of season two. Those types of shows are about the destination. However it was also a bit of a necessity. But other shows such as the sitcom "Friends", managed to survive the relationship between David Scwhimmer and Jennifer Aniston, where they got together in the second season and then split up in the third season. The show managed to run ten seasons and maintained the strong ratings from start to finish.Originally Posted by Fate's Faith
Likewise the idea of a married couple having adventures was the subject of "Heart To Heart" on television and in film and books with "The Thin Man", both of which featured married couples solving mysteries together. "Lois & Clark" only began to falter not because they got married, but because the show "jumped the shark" with the clone eating frog storyline.
Did you, by chance, actually read any of the marriage? There were problems with the relationship throughout, but it always ended in the two reconciling. The very first time a problem came up was shortly after they got engaged and Clark revealed his dual identity to Lois. This was covered in Superman #59, when Clark kept ducking out on Lois and it resulted in Liri Lee of the Linear Men going out of her way to pay back Clark for all that he lost during "Time & Time Again", by slowing time around them while they had a long talk atop of Mt. Fuji. Clark was able to explain why he was Superman and what the importance is of what he does. Lois had long believed in his being a hero and now that they were a couple, he could explain it to her in a way that he couldn't before without revealing too much. The relationship was patched up as a result of this and when Clark found out about what Liri did in Superman #61, he thanked her for it.I'm glad you brought that up. This is why I don't mind the marriage being over because it wasn't handled that way to me. Marriage fail for people in those professions especially if the job gets in the way. Like I've said before, Lois was never allowed to be selfish in her own marriage because she had to justify that against Superman saving someone's life. And if you can't feel selfish with the time with your own husband then what kind of marriage was it. Married life with those professions is stressful on the spouse. Certainly it demands constant work on both parts to just have some time together. But back to movies and television as examples, those professions bring drama to the relationship making it more journey to get through together. I don't think that drama was significate in the marriage between Clark and Lois (up till I read). I don't remember the arc but I did read the issues immediantly following Infinite Crisis in which their marriage was almost perfect. Both seemed happy and successful individually but that was seen as not as important as when he got his powers back. Then it was nicely tucked away when I would have been angry to have to give it up. That's why I can agree the marriage was problematic and deserved to be done away with. It wasn't written truthfully to their situation. Its akin to a spouse being happy when their partner is about to be shipped overseas for a couple of years.
The next time it was an issue was in 1996 starting with Action Comics #719 and running through Superman #118. During this period, Lois became concerned with the status of their relationship. Starting with finding out that Clark had been engaged to Lori Lemaris when they were college, continuing with her near death at the Joker's hands and cumulating with his dashing off as Superman a lot while she was trying to talk to him. This story focused on Lois feeling as if she was being forced to be the doting wife back home, while Clark was always going off as Superman and that she was afraid that she'd lose her independence and winding up like her mother. This ran six months and ended with Lois realizing that she was wrong. She hadn't lost her independence and that the lesson of Clark Kent that he imparted to another fifteen years earlier, was still true today. Something that she had forgotten. Hence she returned to Metropolis and they got married.
Then we had the whole ordeal with Lois feeling jealous of Diana, which Clark had to put her mind at ease in Action Comics #761. Then there was "Our Worlds At War", when she thought that her father had been killed and was upset at Clark for going to help the Amazons. The tension between them lasted for a while both during the rest of the war and for a few months afterwards, in 2001 and 2002. Then we had "Up, Up & Away", where a powerless Clark was able to spend a year with Lois. And she even said that she was glad to have had him all to herself during that period. But then she approved of his desire to return when his powers came back and that was that. So Lois was sometimes selfish and often times not.
The only reason a certain fanbase called her a bitch, was because the other writers had portrayed the marriage in a positive light. But when other writers came into the mix, they felt that they were getting her character wrong. This is understandable because of how well written Lois had been both before and after the marriage took place.