Ranking Teen Mom and Teen Mom 2 couples through the years is a challenging, arduous task, but one The Hollywood Gossip is up for.
Hey, someone's gotta.
If you're a fan of the MTV franchise, you've seen quite a few significant others come and go, while some have been longtime staples.
Some relationships have been terrific, while others were (or are) utter train wrecks. Here, we break them all down from worst to first.
NOTE: Due to his tragic death before Farrah Abraham gave birth to their daughter Sophia, Derek Underwood has been left off this list.
Also notably absent is Andrew Lewis, the father of Jenelle Evans' son Jace, and a man of whom almost nothing is known to this day.
Everyone else, however, is fair game ... from the present to the distant past! Who do you think ranks number one? Do you agree?
Jenelle Evans and Courtland Rogers
The worst of the worst right here. Even by her standards, Jenelle Evans and Courtland Rogers were a total and complete disaster ... worse than any couple in franchise history. Multiple arrests, massive drug abuse, one long stint in prison and a pregnancy that ended in an abortion tell you all you need to know. Jenelle, who has kids by three other sketchy dudes, would not go there with Courtland. Enough said.
Jenelle Evans and Kieffer Delp
Jenelle Evans and Kieffer Delp weren't much better. It's really amazing that she survived some of these toxic relationships to become as stable as she is today (which is relatively unstable by regular person standards, sure, but much improved). Delp, to his credit, did give us Barbara Evans' hilarious pronunciation of his name during her frequent rants to Jenelle at least. YA HIGH! YA BOTH HIGH! I SEE YOU WIFF KIEFFAH!! Classic.
Amber Portwood and Matt Baier
Where do we even begin with this disaster? Amber Portwood's boyfriend/fiance/Deadbeat Dad Extraordinaire Matt Baier has the dubious distinction of being SO BEYOND BAD for her that we're ranking her relationship with her high school boyfriend - who she beat on camera - much higher on this list. It's frankly amazing that Amber and Matt lasted as long as they did, considering how he hit on other Teen Mom cast members, had betweeen 7-9 kids from previous relationships, was never fully honest about his addiction issues, is 20 years her senior, and failed a lie detector test.
Maci Bookout and Ryan Edwards
Ryan Edwards, for a time, competed for the title of the worst of the worst, the absolute lowest guy on the Teen Mom ladder. He's still battling drug abuse, if you believe his exes (including Maci Bookout). He has made some strides in the parenting department, and is married to what seems like a nice girl in Mackenzie Standifer (more on that later), but Maci and Ryan were not a good match and have feuded for years. Years. He's got a plethora of issues, too.
Jenelle Evans and Nathan Griffith
Yes, Evans is in a league of her own with these winners. This one fathered her second child and is engaged in a never-ending battle for custody of Kaiser. Nathan is no prize himself, of course, so that's tantamount to a war of attrition. Por Kaiser. This list is not all Jenelle, we swear. Eventually, the couples improve somewhat.
Kailyn Lowry and Chris Lopez
Kailyn Lowry and Chris Lopez dated for like a few weeks, and he wouldn't even show his face on Teen Mom 2, but they were a couple at one point, and she did have his baby, so ... he's been around a little bit here and there since she had his child and hopefully will take to fatherhood more than it initially seemed. Kail likes to complain that he's just an "Instagram dad" but at least he's shown some effort at all, and he and Kail apparently still bone from time to time, so there's that. Not a healthy or normal situation at all, but he still has so much opportunity to prove himself as this relationship plays out, so here's hoping.