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The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends  

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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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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an American television series which aired from March 10, 1997 until May 20, 2003. The series was created in 1997 by writer-director Joss Whedon under his production ...more
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Skins is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Kaya Scodelario, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Dempsie
Skins is a British teen drama that followed the lives of a group of teenagers in Bristol, South West England, through the two years of sixth form. Each episode generally focuses on a particular ...more
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The Mary Tyler Moore Show is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod
The Mary Tyler Moore Show is an American television sitcom created by James L. Brooks and Allan Burns that aired on CBS from 1970 to 1977. The program was a television breakthrough, with the ...more
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Broad City is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer, Hannibal Buress
Broad City (Comedy Central, 2014) is an American comedy television series, created by Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson. Two Jewish American women in their twenties experience adventures of ...more
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Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander
Laverne & Shirley is an American television sitcom that ran on ABC from January 27, 1976 to May 10, 1983. It starred Penny Marshall as Laverne De Fazio and Cindy Williams as Shirley Feeney, ...more
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3rd Rock from the Sun is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston
3rd Rock from the Sun is an American sitcom that aired from 1996 to 2001 on NBC. The show is about four extraterrestrials who are on an expedition to Earth, which they consider to be a very ...more
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Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman
Parks and Recreation is an American television sitcom starring Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, a perky, mid-level bureaucrat in the parks department of Pawnee, a fictional town in Indiana. Created ...more
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Florida Girls is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Laura Chinn, Patty Guggenheim, Melanie Field
Florida Girls (Pop, 2019) is an American comedy television series. Four girls living in Small Town, Florida re-examine their lives after their only ambitious friend moves away to follow her
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Grace and Frankie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston
Grace and Frankie (Netflix, 2015) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris. Finding out that their husbands have been romantically ...more
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Being Human is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Lenora Crichlow, Russell Tovey, Aidan Turner
Being Human (BBC Three, 2008) is a British supernatural drama television series. It was created and written by Toby Whithouse for broadcast on BBC Three. The show blends elements of flatshare ...more
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Absolutely Fabulous is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Carly Kiel added Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha
Absolutely Fabulous, also known as Ab Fab, is a BBC television sitcom created by Jennifer Saunders, based on an original idea by her and Dawn French, and written by Saunders, who plays the ...more
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Insecure is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Issa Rae, Jay Ellis, Yvonne Orji
Insecure (HBO, 2016) is an American comedy-drama series created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore, based on the web series Awkward Black Girl. Black female friends Issa (Issa Rae) and Molly (Yvonne ...more
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Friends With Better Lives is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
James Van Der Beek, Majandra Delfino, Zoe Lister-Jones
Friends with Better Lives is an American comedy series created by Dana Klein. The multi-camera series premiered on CBS on March 31, 2014, as part of the 2013–14 American television season. On ...more
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Girls is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke
Girls is an American television series that premiered on HBO on April 15, 2012. Created by and starring Lena Dunham, Girls is a comedy-drama following a close group of twenty-somethings living ...more
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Friends from College is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders, Annie Parisse
Friends from College is a Netflix original comedy television series created by Nicholas Stoller and Francesca Delbanco. The series follows a close-knit group of Harvard alumni (Keegan-Michael ...more
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Happy Endings is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton
Happy Endings is an American sitcom television series that ran on ABC from April 13, 2011 to May 3, 2013. The single-camera ensemble comedy originally aired as a mid-season replacement with a ...more
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That '80s Show is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Glenn Howerton, Tinsley Grimes, Chyler Leigh
That '80s Show is an American sitcom that aired from January through May 2002. Despite having a similar name, show structure, and many of the same writers and production staff, it is not ...more