It’s going to be really hard to beat the age difference here. We’ve had old men and young women, young men and old women, high schoolers, and two-hundred-year-old vampires, but what about a mortal man and an angel who is millions of years old? Such is the case with Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) and Anna Milton (Julie McNiven).
The actor and actress are around the same age, but seeing as Anna is actually a fallen angel – millions of years old at best and timeless and unaging at worst – it raises some questions. Lots of questions. Do angels age? We shouldn’t be surprised that “Supernatural” would play fast and loose with angelology.
Francis and Mattie in the UK “House of Cards”
Much like the US version of the show, the UK “House of Cards” deals with conniving members of government to rise to greater heights of power. Francis Urquhart (Ian Richardson) has plenty of dirt to dish out about the current Prime Minister, and his contact in the press is Mattie Storin (Susannah Harker).
Over the course of the show, Francis and Mattie engage in a relationship, despite Francis being more than thirty years older than Mattie. It’s one of the reasons Mattie was attracted to him. However, Mattie becomes a liability, and Francis ultimately pushes her off a roof to her death.
Nathan and Stuart in the UK “Queer as Folk”
The original version of the show “Queer as Folk” from the UK was a hotbed of controversy, in part because of the hot scenes that took place. The very first episode also caused a stink due to the ages of two characters involved in one of the scenes. Stuart Jones (Aiden Gillen) is a twenty-nine-year-old gay man who, in a nightclub, meets the fifteen-year-old Nathan (Charlie Hunnam).
Even after learning Nathan’s true age, the two continue the relationship, and while the show took place at a time when many thought the age of consent was discriminatory toward gay couples, the relationship was still illegal no matter what people thought.
Malcolm and Nikki on “Malcolm in the Middle”
Their characters might have been of similar ages, but that doesn't stop this on-screen relationship from having a mild dose of the creep factor. Frankie Muniz, who played Malcolm, was born in December of 1985, while Reagan Dale Neis, who played Nikki – Malcolm's girlfriend for some time on the show – was born in September of 1976.
That makes them a full nine years different in age, and the on-screen relationship, including kisses, began when Muniz was seventeen. Even dressed up and acting as a teenager, it's hard to see someone that old kissing someone that young and not squint at it. In fact, dressing up as a teenager might make it worse.
Devi and Paxton in “Never Have I Ever”
Based on and produced by Mindy Kaling, “Never Have I Ever” had the main character Devi Vishwakumar learn about life, love, high school, and plenty more, including what it was like to be with an older man.
Not too much older in the grand scheme of things, but when Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Devi's actress, was cast, she was only seventeen. Darren Barnet, who played love interest Paxton Hall-Yoshida, was more than ten years older than her, closer to thirty than to twenty-five.