If Leslie and Ann are the best example of a comedy show friendship, then Cristina and Meredith might top the list for dramas. They are, quite literally, each other’s person. They’ve been there for each other through thick and thin, through breakups and marriages, through life-threatening scenarios and through saving lives. Even though Cristina has left for Switzerland and a return seems unlikely, they’ll always have the memories of “dancing it out.”
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Amy Santiago, Rosa Diaz and Gina Linetti (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Amy and Rosa have known each other for a long time — since their first days at the precinct — and since then have grown even closer, as Rosa helped Amy prepare for her wedding. Gina might not be quite as close to either of them as they are to each other, but she’s shown she cares; she helped Amy try to fix one of the precinct’s toilets for Rosa when the badass detective responded to an active shooter situation. The Nine-Nine are one big family, and these girls care about each other like sisters… whether or not Gina and Rosa would admit it!
Eleanor Shellstrop and Tahani Al-Jamil (The Good Place)
Though it’s not always clear if these two are just friends or headed for something more (after all, Tahani was Eleanor’s soulmate in one of Michael’s simulations), at the moment, these two are a great example of a great friendship that grew from a pretty powerful one-sided hatred. To say Eleanor didn’t like Tahani at first might be putting it mildly, but gradually she grew to trust and confide in her, and Tahani found a friend who liked her for who she is, not her money or her powerful family.
Leslie Knope and Ann Perkins (Parks and Recreation)
Leslie and Ann might be one of the best examples of true friendship on a comedy show in recent years. They’re never afraid to let the other person know how much their friendship means to them, and though they fought at times, there was no disagreement too big for them to solve. Plus, Leslie’s nicknames alone prove how close they are — who wouldn’t love being called a “poetic, noble land mermaid,” a “beautiful rule-breaking moth” or a “beautiful, talented, brilliant powerful musk-ox”?
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Clarke Griffin and Raven Reyes (The 100)
Though they didn’t spend much time together in the show’s most recent episodes, Clarke and Raven’s camaraderie has been a cornerstone of The 100’s past seasons. Their decision to be friends instead of fighting over Finn was commendable, and they aren’t afraid to speak up when they see the other person making a bad decision — not to mention that they’ve saved each other’s lives on several occasions.
Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge (Riverdale)
Riverdale wouldn’t have had to let its female leads be friends. At first, their feelings for Archie could have torn them apart (though Betty’s quite happy with Jughead now), but rather than drifting, the two became closer than they had been before. Of course, that doesn’t mean there’s no drama between the two, but at the end of the day, both girls are trying to keep their friendship strong.
Jessica Jones and Trish Walker (Jessica Jones)
Jessica and Trish aren’t just friends; they’re all but sisters. After her parents’ deaths, Trish’s family took Jessica in. While they didn’t like each other at first, they grew to understand and appreciate each other, emotions that then turned to a deep friendship. Though Season 2 left that friendship in a precarious place, it seems likely they’ll resolve their differences in the third installment.
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Kara Danvers and Lena Luthor (Supergirl)
Much like Eleanor and Tahani, this is a pairing some fans would like to see turn romantic. Though that step hasn’t been taken, Kara and Lena have been great pals — though it’s unclear whether they’ll stay that way, since Lena still doesn’t know Kara is Supergirl. Still, Kara has believed in Lena when no one else did, and their friendship has often been a bright spot on the show.
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Jane Villanueva and Petra Solano (Jane the Virgin)
Like Betty and Veronica, Petra and Jane’s friendship was tested by — and in fact, founded on — romantic rivalry. Since then, the pair have moved past that drama and formed a friendship, and Jane has even told Petra she loves her. Quite an evolution!
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Penny, Amy Farrah Fowler and Bernadette Rostenkowski (The Big Bang Theory)
Penny, Amy and Bernadette might have met because of their boyfriends (and now husbands) friendships, but now they’re bonded by much more than that. The girls support each other through the ups and downs of life and have taken fun trips together to Vegas and Disneyland. They’ve stayed friends even when there was drama in their various relationships, proving that no matter what happens between the women and the men, these girls have each other’s backs.
National Women's Friendship Day, celebrated on September 16, is meant to be spent with your bestie — or besties. But why not invite some fictional friends along for the fun?
In honor of a day celebrating strong bonds between women, we're taking a look at some of TV's best female friendships in recent years. Click through the gallery above for all of our picks!