If there’s one thing moviegoers and TV bingers like more than our OTP, it’s a great friendship. Tomorrow marks one of those fun “holidays” that is National Friendship Day – who among us can keep up with these? Fortunately for me, I’ve had this list in the works for a while, and had already put this on my editorial calendar for today! This means, it’s as good an excuse as any to talk about some favorite on-screen friendships, though let’s be honest, it’s not like we need an excuse to talk about favorite friendships, right? I’d bet on this we’d agree.
I’m trying hard to think of all of my favorites, but I have to be honest, sometimes these things just don’t “click” into place, and that’s the case with this particular collection today. It seems as though on the days you want the mind to engage, it simply won’t. Still, I’m putting forth my best effort today and trying to think of all the besties who have made me laugh and cheer on their friendship over the years of TV binge watching. One thing I try (though cannot promise to avoid all together) to steer clear of is friendships that also act as romances. I wanted to stay only with platonic friendship because, well, I love a solid and memorable friendship in my movie or TV show favorites.
Nonetheless, we’ll jump into the list-ing process, and hope as I go, I’m reminded of all of the friendships I love.
Favorite Friendships: On TV and in Film
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1: Agatha Raisin and Roy [and the rest of Agatha and Co.]
Why I Like Them: They’re just “fun” together. I don’t know that they have anything “special” in comparison to some friendship duos, but sometimes all we need is a friendship duo that makes us laugh.
2: Anne Shirley and Diana Berry
From: L.M Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables (aka the Kevin Sullivan adaptations)
Why I Like Them: I mean I’m pretty sure no matter how many lists of favorite friends I may create, these two will always have to be on it. They’re “classic.”
3: Aurora Teagarden and Sally
Why I Like Them: Again, I’m not sure I’ve seen any kind of “defining” moment between these two, but seeing them play sleuths together always makes for a good time.
4: The Avengers
Why I Like Them: I mean, it’s Team Avengers. Need I say more?
*I also really like Steven and Falcon as a favorite on-screen friendship duo!
5: Emma Woodhouse and Miss Taylor
From: Jane Austen’s Emma
Why I Like Them: Perhaps this is my oddest pair on this list as Miss Taylor is really more of a mother to Emma (in the sense she’s her governess) than friend. That said, as Emma grows to adulthood, their bond and relationship, naturally, changes. In the end, it’s good because while Emma learns a great deal from this woman, Emma is also able to be there for Miss Taylor (later Mrs. Weston) and it’s sweet.
6: Frankie Drake and Trudie Clark
From: Frankie Drake Mysteries
Why I Like Them: Another duo who make me laugh, and another detective pair, too! This Canadian series showcases strong female friendships and a group of great acting form all those involved, so it’s really a solid story all the way around.
7: Hailey Dean and Fincher Garland
From: Hallmark’s Hailey Dean Mysteries
Why I Like Them: I’ve liked these two from the get-go. They are probably my favorite friends duo on these mystery series, and I appreciate that Fincher is protective of Hailey while still
8: Judy Hobbs and Nick Wilde
Why I Like Them: Because, adorable! Also, surprisingly, Judy is able to help Nick see something he never before imagined, and he is able to give her a reality check when she forgets her core principle.
9: Lola Buckley and Chelsea
From: Netflix’s Wanted
Why I Like Them: Really these two have more of a mother-daughter relationship as Lola is the caregiver that Chelsea never had. That said, there is also the strength of friendship here as these two come to be willing to do anything for each other.
10: Lorelai Gilmore and Sookie St. James
From: Gilmore Girls
Why I Like Them: Really, I just like Sookie. She’s hilarious. But in all seriousness, these two do share some great story threads in which one is there for the other when the circumstances call for it, even if that means speaking a truth the person doesn’t want to hear.
11: Neal Caffrey and Peter Burke
Why I Like Them: This is an interesting friendship because Neal is the “criminal” who receives leniency in exchange for working for the FBI, and he also picks up the careful watch of the by-the-book FBI agent Peter Burke. There’s always a sense of distrust between them, but I really felt as though the end changed this between them.
12: New Girl and Company
From: Fox’s New Girl
Why I Like Them: Who doesn’t love these characters?
13: Oliver Queen and John Diggle
From: CW’s Arrow
Why I Like Them: These two have a really strong friendship even in season one, though as this show progresses, and the darker it becomes (still haven’t finished the last two – I think – seasons yet) so does their friendship encounter strife. Still, I have hope all will end well between them. Plus, I think Diggle is just, all around a great friend, as he proves to be to all of Team Arrow.
14: Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson
Why I Like Them: I like these two in both of the more recent TV adaptations from America and British studios. In CBS’ version, Watson is a woman while BBC’s opts for the consulting male detecting duo, but either way, these friends are a favorite. I like that Watson pushes Sherlock to be the best version of human he can be.
15: [She-Wolf Trio] DJ, Stephanie and Kimmy
From: Netflix’s Fuller House
Why I Like Them: If I ever watched an episode of the 90s sitcom Full House, I don’t’ remember it, but a while back I did start to watch some of Fuller House (the Netflix revival), and it’s really cute. Especially the themes of friendship, which show the good and bad (in a comical way) side of living with a bestie.
16: The Sweet Magnolias
From: Netflix’s Sweet Magnolias
Why I Like Them: The friendships on this book-to-Netflix adaptation are so strong. I haven’t quite finished this show… yet, but so far, it’s wonderful. I love the deep-seated respect and solid friendships it portrays between its three leads.
17: Tammy and Sebastian Lund
From: CBS’ NCIS: New Orleans
Why I Like Them: These two very different people (she a call-it-like-it-is-temper-at-the-ready agent, and he a geek-turned-agent) somehow get along, and eventually, become roommates, which in my opinion is not played up enough on this show. We need more of Sebastian trying to get Tammy to do her dishes…!
18: Thomas Magnum, T.C. and Rick [and Higgns, too!]
Why I Like Them: These three are bonded through the horrors of a war, and I love that, even though Thomas annoys them (a lot!) with his queries for favors, T.C. and Rick are there for their friend, no matter the circumstance.
19: Veronica Mars and Wallace
Why I Like Them: These two! I love them. Of course, there’s also Mac who makes the rest of a friendship trio, but it’s really Veronica and Wallace that I best love. He’s so supportive of Veronica, and I love that their friendship stands all the time.
Which friendships do you like most? Do you have any favorite on-screen friendships that are underrated? Have you met any of these besties? Comment all of your thoughts below.
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