5.07.2014

The 20 Best TV Friend Ensembles

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B1LN8WY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00B1LN8WY&linkCode=as2&tag=abbyrose-20&linkId=ABAPZWUSMLZEOO4XYesterday was the 10th anniversary of the series finale episode of the show Friends. I loved Friends growing up (and still watch re-runs almost every day). I own the box set and quote the characters way more than I'd like to admit. I've always seen a lot of my own friends in the show - even though my circle of friends have changed and evolved over the years, they always seemed to remind me of TV ensembles like the cast of Friends.

Growing up watching Friends I dreamed of friendships like those on the show. After Friends ended, I saw a lot of myself and my buddies in How I Met Your Mother and Happy Endings. Now I watch New Girl and Big Bang Theory and even see my friends there. In fact, I've always resonated with the quirky ensembles of friendship-based TV shows probably because I've always resonated with quirky people in real life. (I'm not necessarily sure if this is indicative of my unhealthy obsession with television or my uncanny ability to surround by people who resemble sitcom characters.) On paper, a lot of these friendships don't seem to make sense and yet they totally do and that's sort of how my friendships have usually been too.  My favorite thing about most of these shows is the fact that the friendships are so enduring; they come first. Through relationships, breakups, casual sex, fights, new jobs, significant others, children, moving, illness and injury, at the basis of each of these ensembles is true friendship.

In honor of Friends and all the amazing groups of crazy friends who came after them, here is my totally incomplete but totally awesome list of the 20 best TV friend groups ever. (Okay, maybe they're not all the best friends... but these are definitely my favorite TV friend groups.) Here they are in no particular order - except that Friends is obviously #1....

(Click on any image to purchase or view the series.)

Friends

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B1LN8WY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00B1LN8WY&linkCode=as2&tag=abbyrose-20&linkId=ABAPZWUSMLZEOO4X

How I Met Your Mother

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FE5N09Y/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00FE5N09Y&linkCode=as2&tag=abbyrose-20&linkId=7LISGF4W4NZOTSOF 

Happy Endings

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003UD7J62/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B003UD7J62&linkCode=as2&tag=abbyrose-20&linkId=YRYJ3B2ZKV7SZQMJ

New Girl


Seinfeld

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EIJTLK4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00EIJTLK4&linkCode=as2&tag=abbyrose-20&linkId=WI2SWT5WPCDFVA5R

Will and Grace

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001BNFR6W/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B001BNFR6W&linkCode=as2&tag=abbyrose-20&linkId=Y2Z6SKSX2O4ETYI6

Girlfriends

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002TQKL4S/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B002TQKL4S&linkCode=as2&tag=abbyrose-20&linkId=EYPKK3P6MRKY6G6K

Golden Girls

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002N8WLYK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B002N8WLYK&linkCode=as2&tag=abbyrose-20&linkId=4N6KTKH7A4LQSKSM

Sex and the City

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003Z8ZCG6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B003Z8ZCG6&linkCode=as2&tag=abbyrose-20&linkId=XOMQTZTOJMYDXPFI

 Big Bang Theory

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000W91RUG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B000W91RUG&linkCode=as2&tag=abbyrose-20&linkId=IUFTSGT73BGV4HLM

Friends With Benefits

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005G6L1NI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B005G6L1NI&linkCode=as2&tag=abbyrose-20&linkId=H7EQDLOPYKFTOW2H

Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FPUN57K/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00FPUN57K&linkCode=as2&tag=abbyrose-20&linkId=ISEQQ7CK5FYDMVM4

Cougar Town

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003F3NDOO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B003F3NDOO&linkCode=as2&tag=abbyrose-20&linkId=7KMFP3PA4ADZHO6B 

Living Single

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BYA4I8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B000BYA4I8&linkCode=as2&tag=abbyrose-20&linkId=6IKABFZUH2ABZLFT 

Rules of Engagement

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000RXZL0O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B000RXZL0O&linkCode=as2&tag=abbyrose-20&linkId=UH2BLTLBPFJGR2TQ

Community

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002N5N5LG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B002N5N5LG&linkCode=as2&tag=abbyrose-20&linkId=RIZ6FB4LCKYTLJDG

Friends With Better Lives

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JBKXNA4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00JBKXNA4&linkCode=as2&tag=abbyrose-20&linkId=Z7SM324OPGWMUGBZ

Baby Daddy

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0093WR31A/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0093WR31A&linkCode=as2&tag=abbyrose-20&linkId=HXGGIWJTW6JZFKTB

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000RW3VDE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B000RW3VDE&linkCode=as2&tag=abbyrose-20&linkId=RPFOIMW2WHK3EKBS

Entourage

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008BLCTOU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B008BLCTOU&linkCode=as2&tag=abbyrose-20&linkId=LSN5XJMYCQRGANRQ
 


To avoid making this a top 100 instead of top 20, I excluded any children/teenagers and any best friend "duos" (instead of strong ensemble casts). Did I leave out any of your favorite "friends"?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I would argue that many of my most lasting and valued friendships started as co-workers, so I'd (ahem dump) change some of these to include things like, The Mindy Project, Parks & Rec, The Office, Better Off Ted, Scrubs...God, it's a whole new post so, yeah sorry.