There’s no doubt that one of the greatest components to making a TV show likable and relatable is the chemistry of the characters whether that’s through friendships or relationships.
Although let’s be honest, not every friendship portrayed on TV is truly successful. But when it is, it has the potential of becoming a cultural phenomenon, when audiences begin calling each other the peanut butter to their jelly (except substitute ingredients with character names).
Here’s our list of the 15 best friendships on TV that do just that and make us all yearn for that mischief, love, and laughter everyone needs in a best friend. Don’t forget to comment down below any of your favorite TV friendships!
1. Abbi and Ilana (Broad City)
It’s quite rare that on-screen best friends are just as close in real life. However, Ilana and Abbi’s friendship on and off the show is probably one of the cutest most cherishing friendships ever.
Sure, at times they’re probably overly co-dependent– when they’re not hanging out IRL, they’re Facetiming– but that kind of relationship is a must if you’re looking to survive New York City. The chemistry between the two is truly off the charts, and when people talk about friendship love, they’re certainly referring to this iconic duo.
2. Cristina and Meredith (Grey’s Anatomy)
The Twisted Sisters are the greatest love story on the show, any true fan knows this. Their continued friendship even beyond Cristina’s exit is what keeps these two on every list.
The grueling challenges of medical residency and their careers created an unbreakable bond, not to mention all the traumas and tragedies they experienced together including a plane crash and shooting. Between their dance parties and moments of petty judgment, they make a great team.
3. Jen and Judy (Dead to Me)
Friendship doesn’t always mature linearly, and Jen and Judy are the best depiction of this. Despite Judy’s original guilt acting as a catalyst for their friendship, as truths are outed they slowly build a deep friendship.
The secrets they eventually have to share pull them closer together, and no matter how unhealthy that may seem, it works for them. Judy’s spirituality perfectly balances Jen’s pessimism and that seems like the ideal formula of any duo.
4. Callie and Mariana (Good Trouble)
Sister from another mister, literally. But who says your sister can’t be your best friend? Mariana and Callie’s friendship has blossomed considerably on their spinoff TV show Good Trouble. Their sibling dynamic allows for a different level of closeness. The way they can criticize each other or get angry with each other is definitely a level only reserved for sisters.
Similar to Abbi and Ilana, Maia Mitchell and Cierra Ramirez are close in real life and that depth truly translates to the screen. When they have secrets to keep from their moms or have new gossip on one of their other siblings, confiding in the other provides a built-in therapist.
5. Otis and Eric (Sex Education)
These two are just adorable. As both are faced with the challenges of high school and puberty, they lean on each other to get through the hard times. Although they have their flaws, as does every friendship, it keeps things realistic. And no matter what, the other is there to fight back against any bullies that may try and take them down.
Even as they grow separately through relationships and first times, their friendship never suffers. They always come back together to discuss and process the big moments.
6. Penelope and Derek (Criminal Minds)
The fun and flirtatious friendship between these two FBI agents is what makes their friendship so loving. Derek’s pet names for Penelope including “baby girl” warms the heart and because they never pass the friend boundary, it makes it even more special.
Genuinely, the work they do requires close friendships and people who really understand the difficulties of catching serial killers. Arguably, they are the sweetest pairing on the show, even as they become romantically involved with other people. Garcia’s the nerdy computer girl, while Derek’s the attractive cool boy, an unlikely pairing, but one that works because of this.
7. Miriam and Susie (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
This comedic pairing’s banter is the bread and butter of their friendship. Though they lead completely different lives, it somehow works. Susie keeps Miriam grounded and helps her along with her dream of being on stage. They’re not your typical friends all warm and fuzzy, but they’re adult friends who lead separate lives, yet support each other’s careers.
8. Sutton, Jane, and Kat (The Bold Type)
This trio can never be separated, they’re a single unit. They may be the best representation of friendships that transcend the office. As they climbed the career ladder together at Scarlett and began using the fashion closet as a secret quiet corner, their bond became unbreakable.
They don’t always give each other the best advice or the best ideas, but they get in trouble together and that’s what matters. Through heartbreaks, new relationships, and sexual awakenings, they are always lifting each other up.
9. Annie and Fran (Shrill)
Annie and Fran represent the close bonds you can make in college and how they develop and change into adulthood. Shrill explores the nuances in an interracial friendship as well when Annie receives backlash for an article and Fran has to confront Annie for her white privilege.
These young women are simply trying to find their identities, while relationships and careers are put to the test. The only thing they can truly rely on is each other, but by the end, they have to identify whether or not their friendship is stunting their personal growth.
10. Tully and Kate (Firefly Lane)
One of the oldest friendships on this list, Tully and Kate have been best friends since childhood. However, the dynamic holds its own challenges as Kate has always lived in the shadows of Tully, while Tully has always envied Kate’s life.
There are obvious toxicities between the two, but they’ve always been each other’s rocks when life wasn’t smooth. Despite their ended friendship revealed in the finale, we know that the second season will explore the elements that led up to this division. Plus, these two will make up, there’s no doubt about it.
11. Ted and Marshall (How I Met Your Mother)
The entire show highlight’s an entire group of friends, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t branches. Ted and Marshall happen to be the oldest branch and thus their friendship is probably the deepest. While Marshall has his forever person, Ted is always striving to find his own.
Ted’s the official third wheel to Marshall and Lily, but somehow Marshall still makes time for his best friend. Barney’s always trying to make his presence known in the friend group as Ted’s best friend, but he knows deep down that Marshall will always take that spot.
12. Liza and Maggie (Younger)
Most might assume Liza and Kelsey are the friends of the show, but you can’t forget about Liza’s friendship with Maggie. Maggie’s always there to support Liza and push her to do great things. After all, she’s the one who suggested she lie about her age.
They portray a middle-aged friendship in a beautiful way. As they both navigate singledom and the dating world, they always know the other will be home to comfort them. When Liza’s life seems to be falling apart when people find out her real age, Maggie’s there to help pick her up.
13. Emily and Hannah (Pretty Little Liars)
Now, this one might be influenced by Buttabenzo (Shay Mitchell and Ashley Benson’s friendship name), but if you rewatch the show, you’ll see Hannah and Emily always held a stronger connection.
Emily stayed with Hannah while her parents were away. But also, Aria and Spencer always just felt worlds away in their own drama, and Hannah and Emily were left in the dust finding their own ways to stay safe from A.
14. Kate and Anne (Workin’ Moms)
Friends since college and now making their way through motherhood together, Anne and Kate keep each other on solid ground. As they are pulled in separate directions in life by careers, husbands, and children, they still manage to stay in close contact.
As they’re in a stage in life when family takes over their entire life and it seems like friendships fall by the wayside, they’ve made sure to never lose sight of each other. When one needs advice or to vent about the weird new habit their child has picked up, the other is on the other end ready to listen.
15. Gary and Eddie (A Million Little Things)
Let’s be honest, Gary’s the most loyal friend in general no matter who he’s paired with. But, because Eddie’s struggled so much with his addiction and his car accident, Gary’s had to step up as his only form of support, while Eddie’s marriage with Katherine is falling apart simultaneously.
Gary’s the Godfather of Theo and he knows how special that is. And although Eddie’s his best friend, he recognizes Eddie’s flaws and is somehow still able to be there for Katherine. Get you a best friend that can do both!
Your Guide to All the Must-Watch Christmas Movies of 2022
When the weather outside is frightful, holiday rom-coms are surely delightful.
There’s a reason why those predictable Hallmark-esque movies continue to be a holiday tradition—there’s nothing better than cozying up on the couch with some hot cocoa (or Gluhwein) and getting lost in the magic of the season.
And since there are so many good Christmas 2022 movies to choose from, we put together this little movie guide to help you so that you don’t miss any of the holiday goodness!
Fa la la la—enjoy!
Falling for Christmas (Netflix) – Nov 10
Lindsay Lohan triumphantly returns to the screen in this original Netflix rom-com, which hit the streamer on Nov. 10. In the flick, the Mean Girls star is a newly engaged heiress who suffers an accident at a ski resort and must figure out her identity with the help of, you guessed it, a charming hunk. The film is the first of two-projects that Lohan has secured for Netflix. Her other film, Irish Wish, is set to premiere in 2023.
Christmas with the Campbells (AMC+ and in theaters) – Dec 2
Brittany Snow will star in the upcoming holiday romantic comedy alongside Justin Long. Snow stars as Jess, who is dumped right before the holidays by her boyfriend Shawn (Alex Moffat) but is convinced by his parents to still spend the holidays with them and Shawn’s cousin (Long) while he’s away. While we expect feelings to develop, thing take a turn when a blast from the past, played by Sweet Magnolias’ JoAnna Garcia Swisher, arrives with her sights set on him. Co-writer Vince Vaughn called it almost a parody of the Hallmark movies.
Christmas With You (Netflix) – Nov 17
Aimee Garcia is Angelina, a pop star that escapes from her daily life to grant a young fan’s wish in small city, where she finds inspiration for the career burn out she’s feeling and even finds herself smitten with a new love, played by Freddie Prinze Jr.
Hotel for the Holidays (Amazon’s Freevee) – Dec 2
Riverdale’s Madeline Petsch is Georgia, the manager of a high-end hotel whose guests for the season include heartbroken singles, an infamous pop star, and a European ex-prince who recently abdicated his throne. As they look for an escape from their everyday lives, Georgia finds herself entangled in the madness and in a love triangle with the hotel chef and the ex-prince!
The Noel Diary (Netflix) – Nov 24
Kevin Pearson, er, Justin Hartley is a best-selling author who returns home for Christmas and is forced to sort out his mother’s estate. When he finds a diary, he’s “led down a path of self-discovery.”
ABC, FOX, NBC, and CBS Reveal Midseason TV Schedule—Mark Your Calendars
With the holidays around the corner, the wind-down of many of your favorite shows is also fast approaching, meaning the midseason schedule is not far behind.
Networks are already looking to 2023 to unveil all their exciting new programming, along with the return of many favorites, some in different time slots.
Here’s what is on tap for the ABC, FOX, CBS and NBC 2023 midseason:
MONDAY, JAN. 2 — NCIS Crossover Event
8 pm NCIS (winter premiere, special time)
9 pm NCIS: Hawai’i (winter premiere, special time)
10 pm NCIS: Los Angeles (winter premiere, special night and time)
TUESDAY, JAN. 3
8 pm FBI (winter premiere)
9 pm FBI: International (winter premiere)
10 pm FBI: Most Wanted (winter premiere)
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4
8 pm The Price Is Right at Night (new episode)
9 pm Tough as Nails Season 4 premiere (two hours)
THURSDAY, JAN. 5
8 pm Young Sheldon (winter premiere)
8:30 pm Ghosts (winter premiere)
9 pm So Help Me Todd (winter premiere)
10 pm CSI: Vegas (winter premiere)
FRIDAY, JAN. 6
8 pm S.W.A.T. (winter premiere)
9 pm Fire Country (winter premiere)
10 pm Blue Bloods (winter premiere)
SUNDAY, JAN. 8
7:30 pm ET / 7 pm PT 60 Minutes (winter premiere, immediately following NFL doubleheader on East Coast)
8:30 pm ET / 8 pm PT East New York (winter premiere)
9:30 pm ET / 9 pm PT NCIS: Los Angeles (new episode)
THURSDAY, DEC. 15
10:00 pm THE PARENT TEST (special series premiere )
TUESDAY, JAN. 3
8:00 pm The Rookie
9:00 pm The Rookie: Feds
10:00 pm WILL TRENT
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4
9:00 pm Abbott Elementary
9:30 pm Home Economics
10 pm Big Sky: Deadly Trails
THURSDAY, JAN. 5
8:00 pm Celebrity Jeopardy! (temporary new night)
9:00 pm THE PARENT TEST (regular time period premiere)
10:00 pm The Chase (temporary new night)
FRIDAY, JAN. 6
8:00 pm Shark Tank
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11
8:00 pm The Conners
8:30 pm The Goldbergs
MONDAY, JAN. 23
8:00 pm The Bachelor
10:00 pm The Good Doctor
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8
8:30 pm NOT DEAD YET (special series premiere)
9:31 pm NOT DEAD YET (regular time period premiere)
10:00 PM A Million Little Things (final season!)
SUNDAY, FEB. 19
7:00 pm America’s Funniest Home Videos
8:00 pm American Idol
10:00 pm THE COMPANY YOU KEEP
THURSDAY, FEB. 23
8:00 pm Station 19
9:00 pm Grey’s Anatomy
10:00 pm Alaska Daily
MONDAY, Jan. 2
8 pm Fantasy Island (Season 2 premiere)
8 pm The Resident (winter premiere)
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4
8 pm SPECIAL FORCES: WORLD’S TOUGHEST TEST (2-hour series premiere)
THURSDAY, Jan. 5
8 pm Hell’s Kitchen (winter premiere)
9 pm Welcome to Flatch (winter premiere)
9:30 pm Call Me Kat (winter premiere)
SUNDAY, Jan. 8
8 pm ET / 5 pm PT ALERT (series premiere, live in all time zones)
MONDAY, Jan. 9
9 pm ALERT (regular time slot premiere)
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11
8 pm Celebrity Name That Tune (series premiere)
9 pm SPECIAL FORCES: WORLD’S TOUGHEST TEST (regular time slot premiere)
TUESDAY, Jan. 17
8 pm 9-1-1: Lone Star (Season 4 premiere)
SUNDAY, Jan. 22
9 pm ACCUSED (series premiere)
TUESDAY, Jan. 24
9 pm ACCUSED (regular time slot premiere)
SUNDAY, Feb. 12
10:30 pm ET / 7:30 pm PT Next Level Chef (Season 2 premiere, live in all time zones following Super Bowl LVII)
THURSDAY, Feb. 16
8 pm Next Level Chef (regular time slot premiere)
9 pm ANIMAL CONTROL (series premiere)
MONDAY, JAN. 2
8 pm AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: ALL-STARS
10 pm Quantum Leap
TUESDAY, JAN. 3
8 pm America’s Got Talent: All-Stars (encore)
10 pm New Amsterdam
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4
8 pm Chicago Med
9 pm Chicago Fire
10 pm Chicago P.D.
THURSDAY, JAN. 5
8 pm Law & Order
9 pm Law & Order: SVU
10 pm Law & Order: Organized Crime
FRIDAY, JAN. 6
8 pm Lopez vs. Lopez
8:30 pm Young Rock
9 pm Dateline NBC
TUESDAY, JAN. 17
8 pm NIGHT COURT
8:30 pm NIGHT COURT (special bonus episode)
9 pm New Amsterdam (two-hour series finale)
TUESDAY, JAN. 24
8:30 pm American Auto
TUESDAY, JAN. 31
9 pm La Brea
10 pm La Brea (special bonus episode)
SUNDAY, FEB. 19
9 pm Magnum P.I.
10 pm FOUND
SUNDAY, FEB. 26
8 pm The Blacklist
MONDAY, MARCH 6
8 pm The Voice
TUESDAY, MARCH 7
9 pm The Voice
10 pm That’s My Jam
5 Characters Who Exited ‘Chicago Med’ in 2022
Chicago Med’s mass exodus continues with several characters exiting the medical drama in 2022 alone.
Some of the exits were preplanned and announced in advance, allowing fans to prepare mentally, but a handful caught viewers by complete surprise, without much of a sendoff for the beloved characters.
While hospitals typically see a rotation of doctors in real life, it’s understandable that fans aren’t exactly thrilled with the constant shakeups on the One Chicago show.
Here are all the stars who have departed (or are departing) Chicago Med Season 8:
Rafferty starred as Dr. Pamela Blake, the Head of Transplant Surgery. She made her debut in the fifth episode of season 7 before exiting in the premiere episode of season 8. And it felt abrupt considering the promising relationship she built up with Crockett (Dominic Rains). The couple had a bit of a falling out after she didn’t agree with the decision he made as her power of attorney during an operation, so fans would’ve understood if she wanted to end things and get a fresh start, but the writers didn’t do these two characters justice by addressing her decision to leave before she just packed her things and left. There was no goodbye or closure. Crockett went to her house to apologize for making a poor decision influenced by his own selfish reasons, but Blake’s daughter, Avery, informed him that she had already left town. It was weak and left fans scratching their heads, which wasn’t fair to the incredible pairing they built up ahead of this moment.
Locked portrayed Dr. Dylan Scott on the series after joining the cast in season 7, but he also exited the drama one season later in the premiere of season 8. Scott went through a bit of a heartbreaking situation when he lost the woman he loved, Jo, who was undercover as Milena (played by Riley Voelkel). Upon her death, he realized he’d constantly be pulled back into his former life as a cop, so he resigned to get a fresh start.
Executive producer Andrew Schneider defended his exit to TVLine saying they “played” his character out and felt it “would be a good time for him to move on,” but honestly, Will Halstead is still here, so they surely could’ve taken Scott’s character in another direction if they wanted to.
Cooper’s exit was a total shocker and a lot of fans may not have realized that handing her birth mom, Maggie, papers for vaccinations she needed to get in order to accept a job as a clinic nurse in the Philippines meant that this was Vanessa Taylor’s final episode. Why did Asjha Cooper leave Chicago Med? It’s unclear, but what we do know is that we’ll miss her. And maybe she’ll swing back around the next time she’s in the Windy City to visit her mom!
Tee might be the biggest character exit to date as he’s been with the show since 2015. Sadly, his final episode as Dr. Ethan Choi will air on December 7. Tee told Deadline that he will be pursuing other projects and spending time with his family as his daughter was just a few weeks old when he joined the series. The comforting thing is that he’ll be back to direct an episode later in the season, but it’ll be hard to say goodbye to one of the OGs. Choi’s on-again, off-again love interest April (Yaya DaCosta) made a few guest appearances on season 8, even rekindling her romance with the ED doctor, so hopefully, the writers will tee-up Tee’s exit by noting that he’s going to be following his heart.
Hager joined the medical drama alongside Scott in season 7 as Stevie Hammer, an ER physician, but she didn’t even last the season, exiting halfway through without as much as a goodbye. In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it-moment, Stevie decided to go to Michigan to give her marriage with her estranged husband another try, which was so odd considering the series was building up a love story between her and Halstead. We invested so much time into this storyline simply to have it fizzle out with an explanation. The show’s executive producers noted that they’d love to have Hager back on the show at some point, but they never gave a reason for her abrupt exit. However, a quick glance at her Instagram page reveals that she was very far along in her pregnancy at the time and gave birth over the summer to a beautiful baby girl!
Which Chicago Med cast members’ exits hurt the most? Who would you like to see return?
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