TV’s Best Bromances
TV just wouldn’t be the same without the charge that comes from a really great bromance.
While female friends have always been centre-screen, throughout the last twenty years TV has seen some of the greatest love stories come from a connection between a man, and well, to quote How I Met Your Mother’s Barney Stinson, his ‘bro.’
In celebration of the International Day of Friendship, TV Daily has collected 10 of the greatest bromances on television.
1. Joey and Chandler – F.R.I.E.N.D.S
Not even moving out could bring these bros apart. When Chandler took things to the next level with Monica he made sure to stay true to Joey and only moved four steps across the hall. And who could forget their mutual commitment to living in a box to prove their devotion to one another? Bracelet buddies forever.
2. JD and Turk – Scrubs
Nobody loves Turk the way JD does, and even Carla knows it. Roommates in college, roommates in med school, lifemates for eternity – one just doesn’t work without the other cos’ they’re always in sync.
3. Tyrion and Bronn – Game of Thrones
You need a man who is gonna have your back when everyone in the kingdom wants your family’s heads. Aside from a shared love of booze and naked women, Bronn partook in combat to save Tyrion’s honour (admittedly for money) but the pair get each other and get laughing. And that’s not a common thing in King’s Landing.
4. Dwight and Michael – The Office
Both are locked in their own worlds, where neither of them actually has any idea what they are doing. But in this fantasy world, Michael is Dwight’s demi-god, and he wouldn’t ever let him down. Even in THAT series finale, which we’re all still pretending we didn’t cry over.
5. Nick and Schmidt – New Girl
Nick was getting Schmidtty way back when ‘fros were in. No woman can bring them apart (except, you know, Jess) and no woman will ever love Nick, physically and emotionally, the way Schmidt does.
6. Raj and Howard – The Big Bang Theory
An all-consuming relationship that isn’t even thwarted by Howard’s marriage. Whether Raj is riding pillion on Howard’s vesper, or the pair are lovingly feeding each other in the university canteen, they are constantly in tandem – right down to matching cosplay.
7. Will and Simon – The Inbetweeners
Forced together by Neil and Jay’s stupidity, this unlikely bromance arose as necessity more than anything, but blossomed into a modern day fairytale built on mutual humiliation, adoration and social survival.
8. Sherlock and John Watson – Sherlock
Nothing says old married couple quite like a good bicker, which Sherlock and John are famed for. It’s a tale as old as time: man and bro meet, man exercises superiority and bro knocks him back into place with a few (choice) sassy comments. Bromance for life.
9. Ted and Marshall – How I Met Your Mother
The buffer to each other’s weirdness, both Ted and Marshall derive total confidence in their strange habits by the fact the other loves them regardless. Red cowboy boots? The existence of the Loch Ness monster? They just don’t care. Sorry Lily, you’re doomed to be the third wheel in this love affair.
10. Gavin and Smithy – Gavin and Stacey
Gavlaaaaar’s love for the Smithster, unlike lots of our bromances, transcends the UK borders with the pair resorting to many a slag-tastic phone call to keep up their connection. But these guys prove that absence only makes the heart grow fonder, with the pair still in-sync and in love though so many miles apart.