10 Best Platonic Relationships on TV

I watch a lot of TV, it’s no secret. And when I’m not actively shipping my favorite romantic couples on my favorite shows, I’m totally shipping what the kids refer to as BROTPS. There are a lot of them out there, which made this list hard to narrow down. What I’ve come to discover is that all of my favorite non-romantic, platonic, best-friend relationships share the common ground of mutual respect and trust. Which, really, shouldn’t all friendships have that in common?! Duh.

So, without further ado, here are some of my favorites from shows currently (or recently concluded this season) on air, in no particular order.

Cristina/Meredith (Grey’s Anatomy): Meredith is her person! That line still chokes me up, even though it’s been repeated throughout the run of the series when the two remind each other of the bond between them if times get hard. Remember when Mer told Cristina that Derek was the love of her life, but Cristina was her soulmate? That’s friendship! These two have been through everything, SERIOUSLY EVERYTHING, together and they are still walking strong. From shootings and saving McDreamy, to plane crashes, to bombs in body cavities, to drowning, to tequila and stupid boys with their stupid boy penises…. this is what friendship is supposed to look like, and it is beautiful. I can’t even with them!

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Image via: Fanpop

Ron/Leslie (Parks and Recreation): A mentor/mentee type relationship that morphed into something more. Ron walking Leslie down the aisle at her wedding had me sobbing. These two really love each other! Ron hated Leslie when she showed up with her big ideas and enthusiasm for government, mainly because that meant he actually had to do his job. Leslie hated Ron because he was always trying to strike down her ideas. But their shared love of breakfast food spawned a beautiful friendship. Leslie is the only one that can talk Ron down off the ledge, be it with Tammy II or sadness over Lil Sebastian’s passing, and she always gets him the best presents. Ron is always there to support and boost Leslie when she needs it. Their trips to Ron’s cabin hit me right with the feelings. Looking at these two, you would never think they’d be besties, but they beat the odds! Ron doesn’t call just anyone his friend, but Leslie is lucky enough to have that title.

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Lady Mary/Anna: Is there a stronger relationship on this show than the one between Lady Mary and Anna? (Maybe Mrs. Patmore and Mrs. Hughes.) You guys, I seriously love the friendship between Mary and Anna – you know they have been there for each other through the worst of times, as well as the happiest of times. Mary arranged for Anna to have a nice room in the house to celebrate her marriage to Mr. Bates! Anna helped Mary move poor Mr. Pamuk’s body from her bed! Seriously, you really do share everything with your maid/servant. Even though they’re from separate worlds in the upstairs/downstairs social ranking, they don’t treat each other as such, and it’s so sweet. Wherever Mary goes, Anna goes; they are together every step of the way… I mean, these two are BFFs for life!

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Liz/Jack (30 Rock): If Liz and Jack had ever dated, it would have been a train wreck, but damn if they weren’t amazing friends. What went from a strictly business relationship – Jack mentoring Liz with his DIHC program – morphed into one of the best platonic relationships on TV. Jack could go to Liz to sort out his problems (usually taking the opposite of her advice) and Liz could go to Jack with her problems, bodily function-related ones included. Remember when she almost derailed Jack’s ‘Reaganing’ with her sexual issues, but he solved the Tom Jones-inspired lock up? And the trip to her high school reunion, or their trip to Stone Mountain, or their trip to clean out Colleen’s house? These two were quite the pair. Jack pretty much is the only reason Liz got through life at TGS. Liz helped Jack with his romantic issues more time than he probably would have liked, but she really knew the way to his heart and helped the ladies get there. I will miss their dynamic, so I’m happy for DVDs and Netflix.

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Kurt/Santana (Glee): These two idiots are a perfect match. Santana is a snarky bitch with all the best one liners, Kurt is just as snarky, with the perfect ‘are you kidding me’ face, and they both have hearts of gold. Santana and Kurt always had a quietly strong relationship, based on their common ground of coming to terms with their sexuality while still in a bully laden high school in the Midwest. From the Bully Whips and razor blades in her hair remark, to the sneaky, MJ-inspired revenge for Blaine’s eye injury, to agreeing that Brody was up to no good, Santana has always had Kurt’s back. And Kurt has always accepted Santana, from singing to her when she was struggling to come out, to welcoming her to the Brooklyn loft and buying her a girlfriend pillow for those lonely nights, to worrying about her finding her dreams. Santana and Kurt in NYC has been a highlight of season four, and hopefully season five will feature them much more prominently.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=601026822 Mike Zellers

    You missed number 1: Fred and Carrie on Portlandia!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10034404 Sarah Rhea Reveles

    When I read the title of this article my first thought was Sherlock/Watson. Other than Glee and Grey’s I’m not really familiar with the other couples on this list.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=641520288 Leslie Jones-Lissack

    Don’t forget Arthur and Merlin (Bradley James and Colin Morgan) from “Merlin”. Ultimate medieval Bromance.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=803389520 Estrella Garay Morales

    What about Penelope García and Derek Morgan from Criminal Minds? best relationship EVER!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002993192651 Kayla Tabb

    Turk and J.D. from Scrubs!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005205640153 Samantha Halpenny

      Agreed! I wanted to be best friends with those two! They had one of the best friendships ever on television.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1567291007 Tracey White

    The Doctor and Donna Noble. Pure gold!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1437625257 Shannon McMahan

      Yes! She must only be talking about American television, because some of the greatest platonic relationships have been on British shows! Doctor Donna friends! And then we have Merlin and Arthur, and Sherlock and John (I refuse to watch Elementary. I am sure it is fine, but I just can’t. Haha)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1101470738 Crissi Mora

    Hello!!! Fred and Carrie! BFFs on a show and in real life!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=613830039 Alyssa Johnson

    Troy and Abed from Community, hands down.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1789145970 Mariha Lowe

      ALL the way. They should be #1.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1437625257 Shannon McMahan

        YES! Seriously the best television friendship on any shows here in the US! Troy and Abed in the moooooorning! 😉

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=602305875 Ashley Dodge

      I was just getting ready to say Troy and Ahbed too!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001080649034 Abigail Brennan

    Mer and Cristina all the way!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1789145970 Mariha Lowe

    Turk and JD. Although, that was borderline romantic…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1015442705 Rebecca Taylor

    Meredith and Christina are awesome! I have loved their dynamic from day one.

    What about the friendships between Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte on Sex in the City? They were all different yet stuck together through thick and thin.

    I would also include Sherlock and Watson, Garcia and Morgan on Criminal Minds (how cute are they?), and Will and Grace.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1015442705 Rebecca Taylor

      Oh I just realized there was a page 2 and Sherlock and Watson were on it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=597133284 Beth Louise MacKenzie

    How can you forget Harvey and Mike/Donna from Suits, Sheldon and Leonard from BBT or Ted and Marshall/Barney from HIMYM?!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1818407818 Kelly Hartley

    I am VERY disappointed that J.D. and Turk did not make your list. I doubt any of the other couples on your list have a musical number celebrating their special connection.

    • Shannon Robb

      Thanks for the comment, I wanted to focus on current shows that were on air this past TV season, but if I ever do another one, I’ll branch out!

  • Shannon Robb

    Loving all these comments, guys! I am writing these suggestions down for a part 2! There were only so many I could narrow down for the first installment!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001908835647 Molly Newcomb

    Benson and Stabler from Law and Order SVU, if you ever do another list!
    Also of course as everyone else has mentioned, Turk and JD.

    For current shows though, this was spot on!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=548282827 Jaime Cox

    I love Nick and Schmidt from New Girl (and that line is one of my faves as well). As much as I love the Nick/Jess relationship, Nick/Schmidt is by far my fave friendship and I hope to see more of them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=663000976 Malvina Piaskowski

    Rizzoli & Isles !!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1035864522 Lucy Hobbs

    Phoebe and Joey in Friends. Their friendship outside of the rest of the group seems so sweet.

  • Sofia Venegas

    what about Jerry and Elaine?

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