The Best Bromances on TV
One of the best parts of television is watching a friendship blossom over the course of episodes, seasons, and sometimes even different series. Seeing these friendships in their various forms shows us that there’s no wrong way to be a friend as long as it starts with a basis of love and support. Moreover, it gives us encouragement that there’s really a kindred spirit out there for everyone.
Even if romantic relationships on TV are so often exaggerated and unrealistic, we can at least count on the writers to keep us both entertained and engaged. Here are some of the most memorable TV bromances of all time.
Chris Traeger and Ben Wyatt – Parks and Recreation
Just like Ann and Leslie are #friendshipgoals for women across America, their respective partners Chris and Ben also have a beautiful but slightly more understated relationship.
Both support each other through times of depression and personal crisis. Also, they advocate for each other in the workplace and with their mutual friend group. They were friends before they moved to Pawnee, but they allowed each other the space to make other friendships, which eventually lead to romantic relationships for each of them.
Even as they’re pursuing romantic partners, they actively maintain their friendship. When they’re separated, manage to find the perfect way to say goodbye.
Shawn and Gus – Psych
There are tons of shows out there that use male friendship as the source of material for the plot. Unfortunately, not all of them are great.
Many people find it easier to write about male friendship. However, it takes a great writer to not only write a friendship that’s believable from the start but also show how the characters grow and influence each other along the way. Shawn and Gus from Psych grow from a strait-laced guy and his goofy friend into a duo who actually cares about the crimes that they solve, mostly because of their influence on each other.
Bernard Black and Manny Bianco – Black Books
Although it’s hard to see how professional curmudgeon Bernard Black changes over the course of Black Books‘ brief three-season run, it’s easy to see how much he comes to value Manny. This in itself a huge leap forward in his social skills.
The implausible friendship between the two of them is cemented at the end of the first episode. Over the course of the show’s next 17 episodes, the audience gets to see just how different they are. Despite their differences, they quickly learn what friend Fran knew from the very start: they’re better together.
Hank Moody and Charlie Runkle – Californication
Despite the fact that Californication starts out focusing entirely on Hank Moody’s wide variety of faults, it’s clear that he is capable of loyalty to one person — his best friend and agent, Charlie. Even though Hank messed up most of his other relationships, his relationship with Charlie is the one constant in his life. This is unusual because we usually see women in the role of caretaker.
Michael Scott and Dwight Schrute – The Office
It seems to make a certain amount of sense that Michael and Dwight — undoubtedly the two oddest characters on The Office (other than Creed, of course) — have a bond that grows in a totally beautiful and human way throughout the show. Throughout the seven seasons of the show, we see how Michael moves from an idol to a coworker and finally a friend in Dwight’s eyes.
Their influence on each other starts out as a damaging force. Later, they learn to work together and even improve the lives of their friends and coworkers through their bond.
Jemaine and Bret – Flight of the Conchords
There aren’t many songs that are dedicated to the sheer beauty and masculine appeal of your best friend. But, the song “Bret, You’ve It Going On” from Flight of the Conchords, a short-lived HBO show about two Kiwi musicians living in New York, is definitely one of the best.
Jemaine and Bret are fictional versions of Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, whose real-life story is told over the course of the two seasons of the show. The song is Jemaine’s way of cheering up his friend. It also serves as the perfect anthem for platonic bros who just want their friends to know that they got it goin’ on.
Tyrion Lannister and Bronn – Game of Thrones
There aren’t many friendships that have lasted from the beginning of Game of Thrones. For one, characters don’t tend to survive long enough to form lasting bonds. Plus, when they are alive, they’re too busy trying to survive the harsh reality of life in Westeros to care too much about who they’re spending time with.
The one real bromance on Game of Thrones is Tyrion and Bronn. Although there is money involved, Bronn can always be counted on to have Tyrion’s back.
Walter White and Jesse Pinkman – Breaking Bad
No TV show in the last 10 years has given us an anti-hero as devilishly good as Walter White, the small-time drug dealer turned kingpin from Breaking Bad. The show, which featured a small cast of actors that were so amazing that they held up five full seasons is captained by Bryan Cranston as Walt and Aaron Paul as his protegee Jesse Pinkman. Most of their scenes are together, so we eventually start to think of them as a unit.
Jake Peralta and Charles Boyle – Brooklyn Nine-Nine
There’s something so beautiful about a bromance between two friends who choose to celebrate their bond every day. The unstoppable connection between Jake Peralta and Charles Boyle on Brooklyn Nine-Nine is presented as one of the comedic elements of the show, but it’s also the heart of the entire series.
Charles’ worship of Jake gives him the energy — and, let’s be honest, ego boost — that he needs to grow as a person and detective. Jake’s support, honesty, and compassion gives Charles the space to be himself. Plus, Jake ensures that Charles always has a place at the table, no matter what weird food he has for lunch.
The Fab Five – Queer Eye
One of the best parts about tuning into Netflix’s revival of Queer Eye is the love that’s so evident between the Fab Five. Whether it’s the excited, natural banter between them in the car on the way to a new client or their comfortable snuggling on the couch as they watch the tape of their Straight Guy’s evening, we can’t help but want to be a part of their group.
Sherlock Holmes and John Watson – Sherlock
Even though their personalities are shockingly different, the bond between Sherlock and John Watson in BBC’s Sherlock is one of the most appealing aspects of the show. Sure, it’s fun to watch them piece together mysteries and solve crimes together. But, the scenes where we see them in more everyday moments allow us to watch two men who cannot live without each other.
Although they protest that they’re not a couple many times during the show, they are for all intents and purposes each other’s soulmate.
Jack Donaghy and Liz Lemon – 30 Rock
We’re going to go out on a limb here and say one that of the best bromances on TV in the last 10 years is not a bromance between two men. The enduring friendship between Jack Donaghy and Liz Lemon on 30 Rock is the backbone of the long-running show, despite the fact that the characters are polar opposites.
Although they influence each other throughout the show, their love allows them to grow in their own way. Their friendship isn’t contingent on them becoming more similar. Plus, only the best kind of friend ends a date early to pick up their buddy from oral surgery.