On more and more series, we are seeing women who prioritize their fellow queens high above finding Prince Charming.
I’ve already touted the importance and joy of female friendships in real life, and it’s wonderful to see the types of relationships I value so much reflected in the media. Representation matters in impacting people’s perceptions of themselves and the world at large, and so let’s keep celebrating mainstream TV relationships between strong, supportive women.
Here are five of my favorites!
1. Abbi and Ilana, Broad City
As the ladies who launched a thousand thinkpieces on the power of female friendship, of course Abbi and Ilana top the list. Whether they’re fighting off catcallers, hiding the evidence of a clogged toilet from a crush, or Skyping no mattering the time or place, their support for each other always comes first, above any other relationship.
Every time I watch Abbi heroically carry Ilana, poisoned by her seafood allergy, out of that fancy restaurant in a pinnacle moment of devotion, I am convinced that no truer love exists.
2. Leslie and Ann, Parks and Recreation
Of course the inventor of Galentine’s Day herself needs to make this list. Leslie Knope and her bestie Ann Perkins know how to bring out the best in each other, with Leslie helping Ann reach her full potential and Ann helping Leslie stay grounded. It’s a best friendship that is truly about making each other better people.
That, and Leslie showering Ann with the most gloriously intense compliments. A personal favorite: “Ann, you cunning, pliable, chestnut-haired sunfish.” We all deserve a chestnut-haired sunfish of a best friend.
3. Meredith and Cristina, Grey’s Anatomy
Sure, Grey’s has given us its fair share of time with McDreamy, McSteamy, and countless other objects of romantic affection. But the best relationship moments on the show always come from the friendships, specifically the one between Meredith and Crisitina. Theirs is more than a friendship and better than a romance: they’re each other’s “person.” Between medical rounds and rounds of tequila shots, Mer and Cristina found in each other their soulmates.
4. Poussey and Taystee, Orange is the New Black
When prison life gets tough the only way to make it through is with your best friend, and no one know that better than Taystee and Poussey. They’re more than just buddies slogging through together; they’ve got each other’s backs through all of life’s toughest moments, from addiction to family issues.
And, Taystee and Poussey know that a lot of the time the most important thing is a little humor, and they always know how to make each other laugh with an impression or two.
5. Monica, Rachel, and Phoebe, Friends
I mean, the name of the show is Friends, so obviously friendship is built right into the show’s DNA. And, of course, the guys are there too, but the gal pals are really where it’s at. Their slumber parties and roomie quirks and chilling in wedding dresses and undying love for each other is the stuff of bestie dreams. Like they remind us, after all, “I’ll be there for you.”
Any favorite female friendships on TV that I missed? Let us know!