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The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends 

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Updated July 30, 2020 2.5k votes 375 voters 10.8k views 57 items

Everyone's got at least one of them and that's why we love to watch TV shows about best friends. Whether you're talking about a TV show like The Wonder Years that features two buddies growing up like Kevin Arnold and Paul Pfeiffer or more adult fare like the aptly named Friends, there are hundreds of examples of TV shows about friends to watch on television. What TV shows about BFFs can you think of?

This list compiles the very best shows about best friends by getting rid of the formulaic fluff found on television and focusing on the truly good shows we all know and love. Shows like Seinfeld may be "about nothing" but when you strip away that so-called premise, the series is all about the friendship and wacky adventures of Jerry, George, Kramer, and Elaine. Whether your interests lie in watching a TV show about childhood best friends, folks in their twenties, senior citizens, or platonic best friends, there are plenty of TV shows about best friends to watch! 

For more recommendations on good shows about best friends, browse this list and feel free to add any similar shows you think are missing!

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Friends is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

Premiered: 1994

Friends (NBC, 1994) is an American sitcom television series created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman. The personal and professional lives of six friends (Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa ...more

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How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders

Premiered: 2005

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Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels

Premiered: 1993

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New Girl is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield

Premiered: 2011

New Girl (Fox, 2011) is an American sitcom television series created by Elizabeth Meriwether. A quirky teacher (Zooey Deschanel) moves into a Los Angeles loft with three men (Jake Johnson, Max ...more

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The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

Premiered: 2007

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That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

Premiered: 1998

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Psych is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson

Premiered: 2006

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Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

Premiered: 1989

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
siddarth.amane1 added Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews

Premiered: 2013

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC, 2013) is an American police procedural comedy television series created by Dan Goor and Michael Schur. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), an immature but talented NYPD ...more

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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson

Premiered: 2005

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Gossip Girl is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley

Premiered: 2007

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The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

Premiered: 1985

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Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

Premiered: 2009

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Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson

Premiered: 2000

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Community is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi

Premiered: 2009

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Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco

Premiered: 1999

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2 Broke Girls is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs, Garrett Morris

Premiered: 2011

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One Tree Hill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Chad Michael Murray, James Lafferty, Hilarie Burton

Premiered: 2003

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Glee is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison

Premiered: 2009

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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

Premiered: 1982

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Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis

Premiered: 1998

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

Premiered: 1997

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Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

Premiered: 2001

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It's Always Sunny in Phi... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney

Premiered: 2005

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Grace and Frankie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston

Premiered: 2015

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