Best Friendships In The History of TV!!!

Sheldon Cooper and Leonard Hofstadter- The Big Bang Theory

You know these two love each other by the simple fact that they live with each other. While that isn’t necessarily the case most of the time, it’s unquestionable here. Throughout the show, it’s pretty evident that Sheldon has a hard time dealing with people and vise versa, is quite hard to deal with himself. While Sheldon and Leonard do fight and bicker constantly, bickering is kind of a trademark for both of these characters so I’m not going to count that against either of them.

Marriage Compatible? No

Sheldon and Leonard would not work well as a married couple at all. For as much as they love each other, they annoy each other way too much to function in marriage. The bickering, arguing and constant fighting over tiny insignificant things would eventuallylead both guys crazy and result in an unhappy marriage. Just imagine these two trying to make a decision about their child’s education, it’s already a nightmare. Luckily they both found their counterparts in the show so we don’t have to worry about it.

Spongebob and Patrick – SpongeBob Squarepants

Maybe the best friends television has ever seen, Spongebob and Patrick do almost everything together. Aside from being neighbours with one another, the two go jellyfishing constantly, are as close to expert level bubble blowers as possible and basically go wherever their imagination can take them. When you can spend an entire day in a cardboard box with someone without getting annoyed at them, you can be pretty sure they’re your best friend. Even the few fights these two get into eventually blow over because they can’t stay mad at each other for too long.

Marriage Compatible? Yes

Spongebob and Patrick are compatible in every sense of the word. They love each other unconditionally, have the same interests and hobbies, always enjoy each other’s presence, and just overall make each other happier. If this was asking if the marriage would be functional however, the answer would be unequivocally no. While both Spongebob and Patrick are adults, there are still many instances where the struggle to take care of themselves which would make marriage difficult.

Sherlock Holmes and Dr.John Watson – Sherlock

Sherlock is hard man to get to know. Without intimate knowledge of how his brain functions, you’d think he was certifiably insane, and even with that knowledge you wouldn’t be blamed for thinking he was insane occasionally. Watson has overcome Sherlock’s overly literal, and therefore extremely demeaning, method of speaking and thinking to become his close friends and confidant. When your best friend fakes his own death and then disappears afterwards for an extended amount of time leaving you to think he’s really dead, then after he comes back, you eventually accept him as your best friend again, you know you have a special relationship.

Marriage Compatible? No

Although this may sound harsh, I don’t know that there is a single person that’s marriage compatible with this version of Sherlock, but if there is it’s definitely not John Watson. As friends and partners, these two work because John can go home, recharge, and be ready for another day with Sherlock when he wakes up. If they were married, that option would obviously be unavailable to John which would make spending extended amounts of time with Sherlock much more difficult.

John J.D Dorian and Christopher Turk – Scrubs

If the word bromance was in the dictionary, there would be a picture of JD and Turk with the definition being  their relationship.  They completely get each other in every single way, to the point where at certain instances in the show it seemed like Turk was in more of a relationship with JD than he was with his own girlfriend/wife Carla. You’ve found a true best friend when you’re more comfortable around them than you are when you’re alone and that’s the kind of relationship these two have. They hold nothing back and are exactly what you envision when you think of best friends.

Marriage Compatible? HELL YES

JD and Turk are by far the most marriage compatible friends on this list. As previously mentioned, its a running joke throughout the show that JD and Turk are in more of a relationship than Turks actual relationship with Carla. Carla even asks JD permission to take Turk out because of how close they are. These guys are as married as two straight males can be and they don’t hide it for a second.

Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson- Parks and Recreation

While it may seem like Leslie is best friends with everyone in “Parks and Rec”, this particular best friendship always stood out to me. Leslie and Ron have nothing in common and are polar opposites, yet somehow they respect each other in a way that isn’t apparent for others in the office, and as well all know, Ron Swanson’s respect is hard to earn.  Leslie helped take care of Ron at his lowest points, creating a bond between these two that will never be broken.

Marriage Compatible? No

There’s just something about their relationship that lets you know there’s no possibility for romance here. If I was to compare it to anything, I’d say it was more of a brother and sister relationship and since we’re not talking about “Game of Thrones” (which is going to come up later on this best friend list), that makes these two incompatible for marriage. Aside from that, Leslie’s name isn’t Tammy so it would be hard for Ron to marry her anyways.

Ted Mosby and Marshall Eriksen- How I Met Your Mother

Ted and Marshall have been best friends since college having met after Ted walked in on Marshall “eating a sandwich”. They’d go on road trips, sit down for a nice relaxing beer at MacLaren’s or just hang out at their apartment. They are pretty standard best friends, always there for each other, making sure the other doesn’t get too down and being there to hang out when the other is bored. While they may seem like your standard bros, they love each other as best friends should.

Marriage Compatible? Yes but No

 Hypothetically, if Ted and Marshall were to act as a married couple it would work fine and they would both be happy. The only issue is that we’ve run into a variable we haven’t encountered yet. Marshall and Lily are more of a couple than Ted and Marshall are best friends. That doesn’t downplay Ted and Marshall’s friendship, it’s as strong and sturdy as can be but when you think of Marshall, you think of Marshall and Lily. For that reason I have to say they aren’t compatible, it’s just unfair to say Marshall should be with anyone besides for Lily.

Troy Barnes and Abed Nadir – Community

Troy and Abed are like your two little brothers that always seem to be in their own world and having the best time. The only difference is that in the world of “Community”, often times their own world extends to the world of the college and furthers into a school wide war between pillow and blanket forts. These two are on the same page in a way I’ve never seen with television characters which bodes well for the next section.

Marriage Compatible? Yes

Of every pair of best friends in television, I don’t think there are two that are more generally compatible than Troy and Abed. They have all the exact same interests, enjoy each others company to the utmost degree and have essentially found each others soul mate in one another. The main issue is similar to that of Spongebob and Patrick, while they are both adults, I’m not confident they would be able to take care of themselves.

Jake Peralta and Charles Boyle – Brooklyn 99

What started out as a weird obsession (as everything does with Boyle) has blossomed into a beautiful bromance. They take care of each other during missions, not only tactically but also emotionally and mentally. While Boyle has always had more motherly instincts than most middle aged men, those instincts seem to unveil themselves even more when it comes to Jake. Jake is somehow able to reciprocate those feelings and make Boyle feel just as special which is pretty amazing.

Marriage Compatible? No

I don’t think these besties would be very compatible as a married couple. For starters, they are just too different, Boyle has very niche interests and hobbies while Jake doesn’t. To be marriage compatible with Boyle, you’d have to be a very specific person because of his unique interests and personality. On the other hand, I could see Jake just lounging around while allowing Boyle to cook him some exotic dish. Either way, I don’t think this would work long term.

Harvey Specter and Michael Ross- Suits

There’s just something about breaking the law and not telling anyone else about it that brings people together. In Harvey and Mike’s case, it launched a friendship that couldn’t be kept purely professional no matter how hard they tried at the beginning. While the pairs professional positions have obviously shifted in an astronomical sense, these two are still extremely close friends and after what they’ve been through together, most likely always will be. Luckily(or unluckily depending on how you view it) for both of them, they have their professional appearances to upkeep, so they can never stay mad at each other for too long.

Marriage Compatible? No

The fact that a friendship blossomed between Harvey and Mike  is a complete and total accident. What was meant to be strictly professional turned into something much more than that but it was never intentional. Even while they had a personal relationship, the fact that they operated almost solely in a professional environment caused this pair to treat each other just as such. Professionalism is not a recipe for compatibility when it comes to marriage.

Joey Tribbiani and Chandler Bing – Friends

If JD and Turk are bromance example 1A, then Joey and Chandler are 1B. While the two relationships really don’t have much in common, you can’t argue that they’re two of the biggest bromances in T.V history. Joey and Chandler are the best roommates, then not roommates, then roommates again a person could ever ask for. They love the same show (those slow motion scenes in Baywatch), have a completely understandable obsession with La-Z-Boy’s, and are foosball masters. These two are a big reason “Friends” is one of the most popular shows of all time.

Marriage Compatible? Yes

I feel as though I don’t need to explain this simply because of the amount of jokes made throughout the show about these two being married. If the show is even acknowledging the potential for marriage compatibility, I don’t see how this could be anything besides for a yes. There’s even an entire episode where Joey and Chandler raise a baby chick together, essentially acting as a married couple. While that might not have gone incredibly, with more time these two would assuredly be able to find a system that works.

Samwell Tarly  and Jon Snow – Game of Thrones

While “Game of Thrones” doesn’t allow a lot of space for budding friendships with the constant killing of characters and serious tone of the show, Sam and Jon managed last from beginning to end, all while being besties. Being two of the most beloved characters on the show, fans probably would’ve rioted if the writers had killed I(and not resurrected) either of these guys anyway. Still, in a place like Westeros it feels like having a friend who hasn’t tried to betray or kill you is truly rare and that’s exactly what we have here.

Marriage Compatible? No

They just don’t have that kind of relationship. Sam and Jon could sit down and have a laugh together over a couple of ales but this isn’t a bromance kind of thing. That could be a result of the world they’re living in but at the end of the day it’s a fact. Both characters have way too much on their shoulders to be marriage compatible to each other. In the world of Westeros you can barely take care of yourself, they just wouldn’t be able to pay the proper amount of attention to one another.

Meredith Grey and Cristina Yang – Grey’s Anatomy

The twisted sisters are what a female bromance looks like. They cuddle, they drink, they dance and they even kind of play baseball.  Anything a best friend could ever be is what these two have in each other. Working in Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital together, there’s always another disaster just around the corner, so these two have been through a fair share more traumatic events than most, but that just brings them closer together in the end.

Marriage Compatible? Yes

This one falls into the “I don’t really have to explain it” category but I’m going to anyways. No matter what happens these two are always by each other’s side, whether they have incredible news or are actively being heartbroken, they’re still right next to each other. Christina even once imagined the two as old women just hanging out and talking. If these two aren’t marriage compatible friends, I don’t know if anybody would be.

Cory Matthews & Shawn Hunter – Boy Meets World

This is one of those friendships that proceeds passed the word friend and extends into family. Shawn basically invited Cory into his family since Cory never had such a great home life. They were always intimately involved in each other’s romantic relationships as well because when you started dating one of them, the other came in a package deal. It’s very rare to have a best friendship continue from adolescence into adulthood but these two have found a way to beat the odds.

Marriage Compatible? Yes

While Shawn getting married really put a dent in their friendship, it didn’t create a single nick when it came to their marriage compatibility. These two have done absolutely everything possible a pair of best friends can do together. Even when people try to keep them apart, they sneak phone calls to each other because of how much they miss each other. If that’s not love and marriage compatibility, I don’t know what is.

Jerry Seinfeld and George Costanza – Seinfeld

Jerry and George are pretty iconic as far as T.V friendships go. They may be polar opposites but they somehow find ways to tolerate each other when it seems like no one else can. While both can easily be described as narcissistic, Jerry and George found a little dance where they can talk about their own ridiculous issues without annoying the other too much. You know they have to love each other as well because Jerry isn’t generally very patient when it comes to people who annoy him and on the flip side, George is very adept at annoying people.

Marriage Compatible? No

George is just too dysfunctional for Jerry to deal with in a marriage. To be honest, there isn’t a single functional character in “Seinfeld” and almost nothing goes right anyways so I’d feel dishonest writing that this marriage could be compatible. The amount of scenarios where  both guys would just lie to each other about something stupid and make the situation ten times worse rather than just explain what actually happened are endless. That’s the definition of an incompatible marriage.

Michael Scott and Dwight Schrute – The Office

This is one of the stranger best friendships on the list. Although both are definitely each other’s best friend, Michael isn’t able to acknowledge it in the slightest. Dwight takes his position as “Assistant to the Regional Manager” as literally as possible and Michael takes full and entire advantage of it. While Dwight idolizes Michael simply for being his boss, Michael just thinks Dwight is a weirdo and tries to ignore his friendship, the only issue is that Michael doesn’t really have very many other friends.

Marriage Compatible? Surprisingly Yes

Throughout the show, these two just seem to drift together because they are both so ridiculous, no one else can handle them, and that’s saying a lot when you’re talking about “The Office”.  While on the surface it feels like they wouldn’t get along at all, at the end of the day I feel like they would be able to work it out. Michael, for all his taking advantage of Dwight, understands and respects the relationship they have. While it might take time, I can honestly see this eventually being a compatible marriage.