12 best TV show friendships that we wish were real
Friendship is a powerful and universal theme that transcends cultures, languages, and time. It is a bond that connects people from all walks of life, forming the basis for some of the most beloved stories ever told. In the world of television, friendships have taken centre stage since the beginning of the medium, offering viewers a window into the lives of characters who share laughter, love, and hardships as they navigate life’s many challenges together. The friendships portrayed on our screens often become an extension of our own lives, as we find ourselves relating to the characters and their experiences, forming deep connections that leave a lasting impression long after the credits have rolled.
It’s the sign of a great TV show where we care about the relationships and the friendships on screen as we do with many in our list below.
The 12 best TV show friendships that we wish were real are more than just entertaining relationships between fictional characters – they are a testament to the power of human connection and the impact it can have on our lives. These friendships span across genres, from sitcoms and dramas to science fiction and fantasy, proving that the bond of friendship is a universal theme that resonates with audiences of all ages and backgrounds (and is something that you need to make all genres of TV work for the audience)
These friendships have captured our hearts and imaginations, providing endless hours of entertainment, laughter, and sometimes even tears. They have become cultural touchstones, influencing popular culture and inspiring countless fan communities to rally around the relationships that have come to define their favourite shows. These friendships remind us of the importance of companionship, loyalty, and empathy, values that transcend the boundaries of fiction and find their way into our everyday lives.
“Friends” – Monica, Chandler, Ross, Rachel, Joey, and Phoebe
The group of six friends navigating life, love, and laughter in New York City has become the epitome of TV friendships. Their enduring bond, despite countless ups and downs, has made them a beloved ensemble that fans continue to adore. There’s a reason that many years after the last episode, this is still a show that is watched again and again on streaming services across the globe.
“Scrubs” – J.D. and Turk
The inseparable duo of J.D. and Turk from “Scrubs” is a perfect example of a lifelong bromance. Their unwavering friendship, filled with humour, support, and understanding, is the backbone of the show and a testament to the power of true friendship. A lovely thing to see on screen and to relate to.
“Parks and Recreation” – Leslie and Ann
The uplifting and empowering friendship between Leslie Knope and Ann Perkins in “Parks and Recreation” showcases the strength of female camaraderie. Their mutual respect, support, and admiration for each other make their bond truly special. It’s also a great way to give the humour of the show balance and depth.
“Sherlock” – Sherlock Holmes and John Watson
The modern adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective stories brings to life the iconic partnership between Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. Their friendship, built on trust, intellect, and mutual respect, forms the foundation of the captivating series – and we love to see that play out between actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman on screen.
“Grey’s Anatomy” – Meredith and Cristina
Meredith Grey and Cristina Yang’s friendship in “Grey’s Anatomy” is an unbreakable bond that transcends the typical TV friendship. Their unwavering support and understanding, despite numerous challenges – some very much life and death in the hospital – make them each other’s “person” and a pair that we as an audience root for in the show.
“The Office” – Jim and Pam
While their romantic relationship takes centre stage, the foundation of Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly’s connection in “The Office” is their genuine friendship. Their playful banter and deep understanding of one another make them a beloved TV duo that we can’t wait to see more of as their romance blossoms. It’s a great portrayal on screen by John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer.
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” – Jake and Charles
Jake Peralta and Charles Boyle’s camaraderie in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is filled with humour – but is really based in loyalty, and an undeniable bromantic bond. Their unwavering support and genuine care for each other make them an unforgettable pair and people that as a viewer you really care about.
“Stranger Things” – Mike, Eleven, Lucas, Dustin, and Will
The friendship between the young characters of “Stranger Things” is a powerful reminder of the magic of childhood bonds. Their loyalty, courage, and willingness to face the unknown together make their connection truly inspiring. This is particularly important when they are fighting evil forces in Hawkins and the adults around them often are no help at all.
“Gilmore Girls” – Rory and Lane
The lifelong friendship between Rory Gilmore and Lane Kim in “Gilmore Girls” showcases the beauty of growing up together. Their bond, filled with understanding, support, and unconditional love, is a true testament to the power of friendship and one we as viewers truly enjoy seeing grow on our screens.
“Community” – The Study Group
The diverse and quirky ensemble of characters in “Community” forms an unlikely yet heartwarming bond as they navigate the trials and tribulations of community college. Their unique friendship is a testament to the power of acceptance and support in the face of adversity – and it’s nice to see people of different ages and from different backgrounds finding common understanding as a group.
“Doctor Who” – The Doctor and their companions
The Doctor has travelled with many different people as companions through 60 years of sci-fi, and in each case they have a very special relationship that through thick and thin is clear to see. We’d all like to see more real-life relationships that have the strength and beauty of those between the Doctor and their companion.
“How I Met Your Mother” – Ted, Marshall, and Barney
Ted Mosby, Marshall Eriksen, and Barney Stinson form a tight-knit trio in “How I Met Your Mother.” Their friendship, filled with laughter, mutual support, and countless adventures, provides the backbone of the series and has left a lasting impact on fans as they watch and rewatch it unfold.
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