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8 great TV bromances that put regular romances to shame

From Joey and Chandler on Friends to the guys of Parks and Rec, bromances have become a staple in television that cannot be ignored. Filled with love, hilarious jokes, and great advice, these eight bromances are some of the best to make it on the small screen. TV wouldn’t be the same without them.

Joey Tribbiani and Chandler Bing (Friends)

Joey and Chandler

Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and Chandler (Matthew Perry) are the definition of a bromance and, dare I say it, the start of it all. Although the whole Friends group was awesome, no one was closer than Joey and Chandler. They lived together, watched Baywatch together, had identical comfy chairs, and raised a duck and a chick together. Nothing says bromance like sharing pets. And let’s not forget the nice man-jewelry they shared for that one episode. These two brought out the best in each other, and I can only hope a bromance like theirs comes along again. Until then, I’ll continue to rewatch Friends on Netflix. —Zakiya Jamal

Shawn Hunter and Cory Matthews (Boy Meets World)

Shawn and Corey

When most people think of Boy Meets World, they think of Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danielle Fisher). But for those of us really paying attention, we know the real love story of BMW is between Shawn (Rider Strong) and Cory. The boys have been best friends since they were kids, making Shawn an honorary Matthews. And their bromance runs deep; the boys are unashamed to share their affection for each other very publicly—in the middle of Cory’s wedding. And beautiful, perfect Topanga knows—and embraces—that she plays second fiddle to Shawn. Their friendship is that strong. Samantha Swank

The Parks and Rec Guys (Parks and Recreation)

Parks and Rec

I know that technically a bromance is between two bros, but I think the love between all the males in the Parks Department of Pawnee, Indiana, makes the relationship between Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt), Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman), Chris Trager (Rob Lowe), Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott), Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari), and even Jerry/Gary/Larry/Terry Gergich (Jim O’Heir) pretty bromantic. They all served as the best man at each other’s bachelor parties. They go camping together. They shoot guns together (bulla, bulla!). They shoot each other in the head (by accident, of course). They celebrate “treat yo’ self” together, and don’t make fun of Ben’s batman obsession.

They even kind of like Jerry. Well, Ben is the only one to actually admit he likes Jerry, but secretly, I think they all do. If they didn’t like Jerry, they wouldn’t have helped raise so much money for him after his fart attack. Most important, these guys all care about each other enough to remain friends no matter how far apart they may be. They celebrate the highs together, and get drunk to drown out the lows together. They’re the perfect bromantic group of bros, no matter how much Ron would hate to admit it. Cara Cooper

Ryan Atwood and Seth Cohen (The O.C.)

The O.C.

No teen drama can compare to the bromantic friendship that was between Ryan Atwood (Benjamin McKenzie) and Seth Cohen (Adam Brody) on Fox’s The O.C. After being taken in by Seth’s father, Sandy, Ryan soon became an important mainstay and “brother” in Seth’s life. Seth had no friends and no siblings; he felt alone without anyone to talk to who understood him. Ryan brought Seth out of his shell, and the pair became the dynamic duo. Whether it was playing video games, listening to Sandy talk about life, or discussing their relationships with Marissa and Summer, the boys could rely on each other. They were brothers, and it became real once Ryan was adopted by Sandy and Kirsten. It was the perfect end to a perfect bromance. Justin Carreiro

Matt Saracen and Landry Clarke (Friday Night Lights)


Friday Night Lights is a show overflowing with beautiful and complex relationships. Among them all, the friendship between Matt Saracen (Zach Gilford) and Landry Clarke (Jesse Plemons) stands out. Matt’s transition from obscurity to fame was not an easy one, and no one felt the struggle more than Landry. But even if Matt forgot momentarily who he was, Landry never did. Plus, they have exchanges like this one, regarding the Members Only jacket that Landry convinced Matt to wear on his first date with Julie:

Matt: I totally blew it, and that stupid jacket didn’t help any.
Landry: Well, Matt, there’s no reason to blame the couture just because you couldn’t pull it off.

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Steve McGarrett and Danny Williams (Hawaii Five-0)


I could write an entire post about how much McDanno’s relationship means to me. (I have, actually.) Steve (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danny (Scott Caan) are the essence of a bromance. They’re equal parts best friends, brothers, partners, and old married couple. They bicker, they’re overly affectionate, and they would (literally) go to the ends of the earth for each other. And they’re so shippable. (That’s a plus for any bromance.) Steve and Danny just get each other. Although the beginning of their relationship was rocky, they now casually exchange “I love yous” and risk death on the daily so their partner won’t be alone. I could go on forever, but I’ll stop now. —Samanatha Swank

Matt Casey and Kelly Severide (Chicago Fire)


The magical bromance of Lieutenants Casey (Jesse Spencer) and Severide (Taylor Kinney) began as most classic love stories do: They hated each other. But soon, the hate turned into begrudging respect, the respect into friendship, the friendship into full-blown bromancing. The best buds/roommates have been through a lot together: death, a Vegas marriage, more death, Hawaiian shirts, house divisions, and enough harrowing calls to last a lifetime. Casey and Severide have each other’s back, and their support for one another sets the tone for the entire firehouse. Also, when they hug, the heavens open up and all of our dreams are possible. What? I’m not crying, you’re crying. Maggie Fremont

Scott McCall and Stiles Stilinski (Teen Wolf)

Scott and Stiles

Scott (Tyler Posey) and Stiles (Dylan O’Brien) were the original pack. Before there were other werewolves and banshees and werecoyotes, there was just Scott and Stiles, trying to survive in high school and their crazy town. They’ve always had each other’s back and supported each other through thick and thin. Remember when Stiles was possessed and Scott stood by his side the whole time and did everything he could to save Stiles? Or when Scott was about to kill himself with the flare and Stiles asked him not to because Scott is his brother? These two have been to hell and back with each other, and it’s only made them stronger. Although they’ll probably always have their differences (Scott is a werewolf, after all), this bromance is one that’s bound to stay. —Zakiya Jamal

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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