The characters are, of course, a big part of why we enjoy watching television and movies. There are certain stories that we can’t help but wish we were in the middle of, and at times we feel as though we know the protagonists as if they were our closest friends. Indeed, we’d like to be friends with such characters in real life. If you’re looking for the ideal BFFs from television and cinema, we’ve got you covered. At least once, we’ve wished we were part of their teams. However, there’s something extra-special about being able to see your relationship on the big screen. Here are all of the characters who are the epitome of what it means to have a great friendship.
When you’ve finished reading this, feel free to send all the heart and sparkle emojis to the Lane to your Rory, the Shawn to your Cory,…
1. Rory and Lane from Gilmore Girls
Despite the ups and downs of life, best friends Rory and Lane prove that nothing has to change. While Rory was away at college, they remained close to each other as if nothing had happened. They went through everything together, from their first date, to their first job, to marriage, and even the birth of their first child (Lane, that is). As a Gilmore Girls fan, I can’t wait to see what happens to Rory and Lane in the show’s upcoming revival.
2. Cory and Shawn from Boy Meets World
Boy Meets World’s Cory and Shawn
We learned a lot about friendship from Cory Matthews and Shawn Hunter as we grew up. Using their example, they showed us that your best buddy from elementary school can be your best friend throughout college and beyond. As despite the fact that Cory and Shawn came from such different backgrounds, they formed a strong bond of loyalty that lasted for decades. Even though they fought frequently, they were always able to work things out.
3. Seth and Ryan from The OC
After four seasons on The OC, Ryan evolved from being a total stranger to Seth’s best friend and his own younger brother. Despite the fact that they experienced far more turmoil than the average high school student, their experiences together forged a stronger bond. Both Seth and Ryan were always there for each other, even when the water polo squad fought back against them. Inseparable brothers.
4. Blair and Serena from Gossip Girl
A turbulent connection between Blair and Serena may have existed at times, but they were always there for one another no matter what. “We got through it together,” Serena said to Blair. “We grew up together.” Serena and Blair’s connection is one that can never be severed.
5. Aria, Spencer, Emily, Hanna, and Ali from Pretty Little Liars
PLL’s female characters have been through it all together. After burying their best buddy, they discover that she hasn’t passed away. The number of times they’ve lied to their parents is well over a million. A slew of crimes, including murder, have been committed by this heinous group (Yikes). They’ve got at least 85 of them in terms of secrets. We’ve done the math. These five are probably the closest you’ll get.
6. Daria and Jane from Daria
What do you know, even cartoons may be good friends! Daria and Jane’s sarcastic humor and cynical outlook on life are impossible to resist. Sometimes all you need is someone with whom to vent your frustrations. (Also, Daria will be returning to television soon.) Thank you for your time.
7. Carrie, Miranda, Samantha, and Charlotte from Sex and the City
It wouldn’t be complete without Sex and the City’s four core characters. There’s a reason it’s a classic. Season 4’s best line comes from Charlotte, who says to her companions, “Maybe we can be each other’s soul mates.” Honestly, if you think your best friend is more like a soul mate than a romantic partner, raise your hand. That was our initial assumption.
8. Schmidt, Winston, and Nick from New Girl
The three men in this friendship couldn’t be more dissimilar, yet that’s part of what makes them so great. To put it mildly, it’s easy to see why Schmidt a.k.a. Zooey Deschanel has so much fun living with Nick, Winston, and their assortment of one-liners. Need a subletter, Jess?
9. DJ and Kimmy from Full(er) House
We now know that DJ and Kimmy’s friendship has lasted a lifetime thanks to Fuller House. After storming into DJ’s house uninvited, Kimmy now lives there as an adult, and she’s even odd than she was before. After viewing the first season of Fuller House, it’s impossible not to fantasize about living with our best friend.
10. Scott and Stiles from Teen Wolf
What’s up, Scillies? The answer is a resounding yes. These two embody the term “bromance” to its fullest extent. Remember when Stiles was taken away from Scott’s mother in an attempt to discipline him? Taking away his phone, or his computer, or his Xbox reveals that Stiles and Scott are actually one of the greatest BFFs of all time.
11. Q, Radar, and Ben from Paper Towns
Our favorite three-some from Paper Towns is here to remind us that lads are just as capable of having fun in a group as girls. In order to show their devotion to Q, Radar and Ben took a cross-country road journey to find the girl Q had a crush on. That’s a level of dedication that you don’t see every day.
12. The Pink Ladies from Grease
The Pink Ladies do rule in a repressive manner, yes. Rizzo was clearly in charge of the entire audience, and she could even get Marty to do her bidding. However, it would be a lot of fun to wear one of those bright pink coats around the hallways of our high school.
13. Romy and Michelle from Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion
When it comes to high school besties, Romy and Michelle prove that it’s possible to keep in touch even after more than a decade. Our high school reunion was just around the corner, and so were our plans to “create” something new for the event.
14. Cher and Dionne from Clueless
The first time we saw Clueless, we all remember. We probably didn’t pay attention to their attire at the time (but seriously, what was up with those hats?). We yearned for a bond with Cher and D that we could call our own. As if that wasn’t awkward enough, they ended up bumping into each other in the hallway at school just seconds after making a phone call to each other. Perfect for a bestie.
15. Meredith and Cristina from Grey’s Anatomy
You don’t have to have fun with your best friend all the time—sometimes you need to cry together or give each other tough love. Meredith and Cristina exemplify that. A decent dance party is always an option if that doesn’t work. Another phrase for our best friends has been coined owing to these two. “She’s my person,” Cristina said. Aww.
16. Abbi and Ilana from Broad City
When you watch Broad City, you can’t help but wish that you could join Abbi and Ilana at their favorite bar. Simply said, they seem to be having a blast. There is no denying that they get into trouble (like the time Ilana accidentally hooked herself to the back of a truck, or when Abbi fell down a hole while roller-blading). Abbi and Ilana, on the other hand, have the ability to make light of any circumstance, which is an invaluable quality in a best friend.
17. Gabriella and Taylor from High School Musical
We learned a valuable lesson from Gabriella and Taylor’s friendship: it’s crucial to be friendly to the new girl at school. What if she becomes your best friend (and the science team’s star)? We also learned from Gabriella and Taylor that we should always encourage our friends to be true to themselves.