Everybody has a best friend, whether it be the kid next door or someone you’ve known since you were basically born. Here is a list of friendships from television shows that portrayed relationships in some of the best ways possible.
Leslie Knope and Ann Perkins, Parks and Recreation
Oh, the things I could say about Leslie and Ann. They are the epitome of what I imagine best friends as adults should be. The over-the-top Leslie basically fell in love with Ann the first time she ever heard her speak, in the very first episode of the show, and Ann grew to love her right back fairly quickly. We watched them make sacrifices, fall in love, be humiliated, get pregnant, and even work, together. Ann did whatever Leslie
told asked her to, and Leslie went above and beyond to make Ann happy, no matter the cost. Even though Ben and Chris were almost too perfect for this lady-empowering duo, I still ship the best friends together more than with their male counterparts.
Marshall Eriksen and Lily Aldrin, How I Met Your Mother
Technically this list is about friendships, and although this couplet was married on the show, they were the best of friends. If I ever were to do a list of “Best TV Married Couples” in order, these guys would be number one. Marshall and Lily were crazy about each other, but weren’t attached to the hip. That’s personally my favorite kind of couple. They were honest and open to each other; they pushed each other to be their very best, and inspired one another constantly. Lily is very passionate about her dream of being an artist (a job that everyone knows is hard to get by one), and Marshall supported her. Marshall lost his own job at some point during the show, and Lily was there to put him back on his feet. They were the ultimate teammates and each other’s biggest fans, and at least I think that they are top of the line role models for relationships—intimately and friendly alike.
Cristina Yang and Meredith Grey, Grey’s Anatomy
Who would have seen it, two very guarded people come together to be the best of friends? They started off rocky due to their competitiveness, but soon found solace in each other. Both somehow knew exactly what to say to fix each other up, to keep them moving to the next thing, whether it was a surgery or life itself. Meredith and Cristina were real friendship goals: they told each other just about everything, and told each other straight. There were no secrets or lies between them, and they reminded each other that they came first, not everyone else. They gave the word person a whole new meaning to Grey’s viewers, and reminded us that dancing can fix just about anything, even if just for a moment.
Serena Van Der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf, Gossip Girl
I am actually kind of sad that I didn’t watch Gossip Girl until college, because I would have had a lot to talk about in my early teenaged years. If you ever watched the show, you might be wondering why Serena and Blair are even on this list, so I’m going to tell you. Despite the fact that their relationship is a wilder rollercoaster than Ronny and Sam circa Jersey Shore days, they have always been there. If one was seriously in trouble, the other one ran—especially if it were Serena in trouble. (A moment of silence for the amazing character Blair Waldorf is.) They dealt with a lot of each other’s baggage over the many years of their friendship. They were going to be a forever thing, no matter how annoying or petty they got. S and B needed each other, because no one else was going to understand them. They got each other better than the parents or boyfriends of the show ever did. (But let’s be real, Chuck and Blair forever.) So much drama, so little time, but you know you loved them.
Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, Gilmore Girls
Even though this dynamic duo was actually mother and daughter, they definitely had more of a friendship than a parent/child relationship. Their classic banter and bonding over coffee and boy drama was a total constant throughout the whole show, as well as finding solace in each other when problems would arise. Despite the fact that a lot of the time their roles reversed when it came to parenting, I have always loved their partnership a lot; it’s pretty admiring to see how a mother and daughter could be best friends just as well.
Joey Tribbiani and Chandler Bing, Friends
These guys have been my favorite comedic duet on television for as long as I can remember. They’ve fought each other over girls and their living situations, but no matter what, they never let the little things ruin their relationship. They knew each other’s deepest secrets and how to cheer the other one up. They fought like a married couple, and win at friendship in every category. TBH, I ship them more than basically every couple in Friends history.
Raven Baxter and Chelsea Daniels, That’s So Raven
Hands down, Raven and Chelsea had the best friendship on Disney Channel. They were there for each other in hard times as well as got into trouble together. The majority of Raven’s schemes involved her quirky best friend, and Chelsea was usually happy to be a part of the psychic’s plan. I almost made this a trio because Eddie was always up in the mix too, but his friendship with the two girls didn’t match their relationship with each other just as much. This multitalented duo is almost too good to be true; the two actresses that played the characters (Raven Symoné and Anneliese van der Pol) remain friends to this day, almost ten years after the show ended.
Poussey Washington and Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson, Orange Is The New Black
Poussey and Taystee are basically who made the first season of OITNB for me; they are the loud comedic duo that makes the show a little lighter in this dark hole of a story about women in prison. They bonded over their love of books and constantly watched each other’s backs loyally. We did go through that weird period of time where Poussey had a crush on Taystee, but they thankfully got over it. I loved watching them talk about the important things, worry for each other, and be total goof balls.
DJ Tanner and Kimmy Gibbler, Full House and Fuller House
Best friends ‘til the end, right? Wrong—because only more was to come. Candace Cameron Bure, who played Donna Jo “DJ” Tanner, and Andrea Barber, known for her role as Kimberly “Kimmy” Gibbler, played best friends in Full House for the full eight-year run from 1987-1995. They may have not been acting, because they stuck together throughout the following years as Candace and Andrea, and even star in Fuller House together, a Netflix-produced sequel, twenty-one years later. The usually together DJ and eccentric Kimmy went through a lot of arguing, making up, and hugging it out as teenagers—and now live together with their kids and Stephanie, DJ’s younger sister, in the house they grew up in. I guess you can say that they really are best friends forever.
Cory Matthews and Shawn Hunter, Boy Meets World and Girl Meets World
Last, but certainly not least, is my favorite dynamic duo, Cory and Shawn. Similar to Full House/Fuller House, we had the opportunity to watch them grow up through their teenaged years, but also as adults with parenting. Cory and Shawn were very similar kids with very different backgrounds. Shawn grew up in a broken home with just him and his not-always-there dad; whereas, Cory grew up in a loving home with happily married, level-headed parents, a wacky older brother, and sassy baby sister. Their childhood brought them together at a very young age at a playground, and they have barely left each other’s sides until after college. The two boys leveled each other out: Shawn’s rebellious nature encouraged Cory to take risks and let loose, while Cory’s good influence on his best friend reminded him to not go off on the deep end. They were soul mates—so much that Cory and Shawn paused Cory’s wedding to talk about their other best friend and the love of Cory’s life, Topanga (see photo above).