If we're honest, there is nothing quite like sitting at home and binge-watching TV shows. But, as fun as that is, we know the value of a good friendship. So, that's why we binge watch shows about amazing TV friend groups! It's the same thing as hanging out with our real friends, right?! Okay, maybe not so much. But can you blame us when there are so many great shows about groups of friends? Some of the best comedies of all time center on groups of people that we would kill to hang out with!
Television shows always benefit from an ensemble of actors who mesh well together. That chemistry is clear and present in these TV friend groups. While many are comedies, there are also several dramas and even a few supernatural series that have amazing friendships at the heart of the show. Friends are the family we get to make for ourselves in this world, and TV friend groups are virtual comfort food. It always gives us the warm and fuzzies to watch thriving friendships on TV! The TV friend groups we love the most help to combat all the cynicism on TV (and in the world). TBH, we need that right now. Here are all of the TV friend groups we'd kill to hand out with!
Growing up there was no greater TV friendship than the one between Cory (Ben Savage), Shawn (Rider Strong), and Topanga (Danielle Fishel). While many people rotated in and out of their lives, this core three was #friendshipgoals. The one episode where Cory and Shawn got in a fist fight a teacher asked them if they even knew they were fighting each other. That's how close their friendship was! But the amazing thing here is the fact that Cory, Shawn, and Cory's girlfriend Topanga were friends. It wasn't two-sided with Topanga just hanging around or Shawn feeling like a third wheel. They grew up together and, as Girl Meets World proved, that bond is for life!
This group of friends may not be particularly likable, but they sure are fun! We'd love to hang out with the Paddy's gang while they get into all sorts of shenanigans and trouble. Well, except that time they got addicted to crack. We're not so into that. These guys are wild, though, and it may be the biggest reason they're one of our favorite TV friend groups. They all accept one another for who they are — no matter how terrible or selfish that may be! There's no doubt that this group belongs together. Especially when they're all enabling each other's ridiculous behavior!
There's no friendship like the kind you form while fighting evil supernatural beings together! Scott (Tyler Posey) and Stiles (Dylan O'Brien) set their lives on a wholly different path when they travel into the woods alone one night. Scott's subsequent change into a werewolf after that night (yeah, it's that kinda show) changes his life, including in ways you'd never expect! His condition helps him to form a close-knit group of friends who know and accept what he is. Not only that, but these guys go through some crazy sh*t together and that can also really bring people together! When you're almost murdered on the daily, it can be hard to relate to kids your own age. That's why this group is lucky they have each other!
Work friends are some of the most important friends in life. You spend 40 hours a week or more with these people, and they're the only ones who understand what you do for a living. Those friendships are sacred, and Superstore knows it. They're involved in each other's milestone moments and never shy away from helping each other outside of work. Some of them have even found love with a co-worker! From management to the backroom, this is a workplace that truly feels like a family. Work brought them together, but their friendships keep them together!
The tight Capeside friendship between hormonal teens Dawson (James Van Der Beek), Joey (Katy Holmes), Pacey (Joshua Jackson), and Jen (Michelle Williams) is iconic. They traverse their formative years together, forming friendships you can only have with the people who stand by your side while you go through puberty. Some of their friendships turn to love and, at times, hate. But no matter where life takes them they've still always been the largest parts of each other's lives. Plus, anyone who still wants to be friends with Dawson after seeing his crying face is a real one for life.
Male friendships are a complicated beast on television. Most shows tackle it with stereotypical behavior, treating it like it's unimportant. Entourage had plenty of glitz, glamour, and women but at the end of the day, it was about these four guys and their lives in Hollywood. During Vinny's (Adrian Grenier) rise from Queens kid to the hottest actor in Hollywood his friends never changed. Well, sure, Vinny funded their lifestyle. But they still acted like the same New York kids and treated Vin the way they always had. This meant they were especially happy to call him on his BS when necessary! Those are exactly the kinds of friends you need when you go from a virtual nobody to Aquaman!
Roommates can be hit or miss. Sometimes living with another person is a nightmare. But, on rare occasions, you find a special type of friendship with who you share a home with. On New Girl, Jess (Zoey Deschanel) moves in with a bunch of guys she doesn't know on a whim. But it soon turns out to be the best decision she could ever make. Those random guys became the best friends she's ever had. She also falls in love with one of them and, amazingly enough, the dynamic of the group isn't destroyed by it. They support and encourage one another at every turn. Our fave TV friend groups are the ones that accept each other for who they are!
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Hanging out in Eric Foreman's (Topher Grace) basement has always seemed like the coolest thing in the world! This group of groovy friends definitely weren't cookie cutter. They were more like a band of misfits, pranking each other and smoking a whole lot of pot together! Even when they all started pairing off, they still kept the same levity to their friendships that had always been there. Getting through high school is a little bit easier when you have great friends. Luckily for Eric Forman and his buddies, they all had each other — and his awesome basement!
Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld), Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), George (Jason Alexander), and Kramer (Michael Richards) definitely don't have a friendship all about nothing! This group of cynical New Yorkers has formed one of the most unique adult friendships on TV. Yet, something about it their bond seems so relatable! Sometimes you just want someone to complain to, and that's what Jerry and his pals do all the damn time. They feel like real people — flaws and all. Because of that, their friendship feels authentic, for better or for worse!
Supernatural phenomenon is enough to bring anyone together! This group of friends has been through the wringer. They've faced the end of the world countless times and gone up against more immortal beings than I can count. Those kinds of shared experiences make your friendships pretty tight! Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley) taking his vampiric self to Mystic Falls changed everyone in that towns life forever and formed one of our fave TV friend groups. Through deaths (and resurrections) and more than a few hookups, this group of friends has remained loyal to one another. No matter what you throw at them they'll get through it together!
It's amazing how much your life can change by simply having a certain job. Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) met her best friend and her husband through her work in the Pawnee, Indiana parks and recreation department. She also helped to form one of the most heartwarming TV friend groups of all time. This group is always there for each other and the town. They're almost too supportive! I mean, who else but Leslie Knope has gifts for her friends for every. single. occasion? They work together, play together, and change the world together. What more could you want in a group of friends?
We won't lie — this friend group hasn't always stuck together like glue. They've been torn apart by rumors, bad decisions, and all kinds of drama. But at the end of the day, they always come back together. No matter what happens, they will drop everything to help out one of their Tree Hill buddies. The series also expertly depicts what it's like moving from high school to adult life with your friends, and how it's not always an easy transition! Their friendships grow into adulthood with them, evolving and constantly changing just as real friendships do.
Adulthood is hard, friendships make it easier. But it can be hard to make friends when you're out of school and in the real world. Luckily for Ted (Josh Radner) and Marshall (Jason Segal), they cemented their friendship in college. As they grew up together, they took on new friends (and girlfriends!) and created a one-of-a-kind group. This group of friends always keeps life interesting. Whether they're holding slap bets or pursuing the perfect party, they're having a great time! Sure, the show is technically about Ted finding his future wife and mother of his children. But, let's be honest, it's really about this group of friends and how they help each other through life.
This friend group has always had to endure comparisons to Friends. In reality, the group of pals on Happy Endings could not be more different than Ross (David Schwimmer), Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), & Co.! They have infinite inside jokes and accept the extreme weirdness inside of all them. They even survive Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) leaving Dave (Zachary Knighton) at the alter — something that splintered their entire shared friend group. The fact that they pieced it back together because their friendships were strong enough is incredible!
Hawkins, Indiana is a hotbed for weird stuff. Oh, and it's connected to a parallel universe called "the Upside Down." So, yeah, not a normal town. It'd be pretty understandable if the kids in the town didn't get to live normal lives. To be honest — they don't. But they do manage to have normal, exceptionally deep friendships. When Will (Noah Schnapp) goes missing his friends take on the arduous job of finding him. They're all eventually reunited, and thus begins even crazier stuff to deal with! Instead of letting it break them they face it all together. It's easy for middle school friendships to form and dissolve with fickle ease, but not for Will and his buddies. They have an unbreakable bond that not even a Demogorgon could destroy!
Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte (Kim Davis), and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) are the epitome of female friendship goals. They always make time for each other (weekly brunches FTW) and are always honest with each other. It's refreshing to see a group of women on television that defy stereotype. Their friendship, especially, is different than most other female TV friend groups. They speak openly about sex, money, and difficult situations. They remain one of our fave friend groups because they feel like us and our girlfriends. Except our shoes aren't nearly as fabulous!
The show is literally named "Friends" so it's no surprise it has one of our favorite TV friend groups of all time! The seeds of Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) and Monica's (Courtney Cox) lifelong friendship began in high school and helped set the stage for one of TV's greatest groups of friends. With the inclusion of Monica's brother Ross (David Schwimmer), his BFF Chandler (Matthew Perry), and adulthood friends Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) this group braved every storm that came their way. The gang dealt with breakups, babies, birthdays and everything in between. Oh, and they made us laugh along the way! The theme song was right — they'll always be there for each other!