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The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends 

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Updated April 1, 2020 1.8k votes 259 voters 7k views 46 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

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 236

Network: NBC

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

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 184

Network: CBS

How I Met Your Mother is an American sitcom that originally ran on CBS from September 19, 2005, to March 31, 2014. The series follows the main character, Ted Mosby, and his group of friends in ...more

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The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 135

Network: CBS

The Big Bang Theory is an American sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, both of whom serve as executive producers on the show along with Steven Molaro. All three also serve as head ...more

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Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 158

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Boy Meets World is an American television sitcom that chronicles the coming of age events and everyday life-lessons of Cornelius "Cory" Matthews. The show follows Cory and his friends ...more

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That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

Premiered: 1998

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 200

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

That '70s Show is an American television period sitcom that originally aired on Fox from August 23, 1998, to May 18, 2006. The series focused on the lives of a group of teenage friends living in ...more

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Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 180

Network: NBC

Seinfeld is an American television sitcom that originally ran for nine seasons on NBC from July 5, 1989, to May 14, 1998. It was created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the latter starring as ...more

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New Girl is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 33

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

New Girl (Fox, 2011) is an American sitcom television series created by Elizabeth Meriwether. The series revolves around offbeat teacher Jess after her moving into an LA loft with three men, ...more

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The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

Premiered: 1985

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 180

Network: NBC, Lifetime Television

The Golden Girls is an American sitcom, created by Susan Harris, that originally aired on NBC from September 14, 1985, to May 9, 1992. Starring Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and ...more

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Psych is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 109

Network: USA Network, ION Television

Psych is an American detective comedy-drama television series created by Steve Franks and broadcast on USA Network with syndication reruns on ION Television. It is produced by Franks and Tagline ...more

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Gossip Girl is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 121

Network: The CW

Gossip Girl (The CW, 2007) is an American teen drama television series created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, based on the book series by Cecily von Ziegesar. After a mysterious ...more

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Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 181

Network: American Broadcasting Company, NBC

Scrubs is an American medical comedy television series created by Bill Lawrence that aired from October 2, 2001 to March 17, 2010 on NBC and later ABC. The series follows the lives of employees ...more

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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

Premiered: 1982

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 273

Network: NBC

Cheers is an American sitcom that ran for eleven seasons between 1982 and 1993. The show was produced by Charles/Burrows/Charles Productions in association with Paramount Network Television for ...more

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Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis

Premiered: 1998

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 94

Network: HBO

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2 Broke Girls is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs, Garrett Morris

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 48

Network: CBS

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 144

Network: UPN, The WB Television Network

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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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 16

Number of Episodes: 356

Network: ABC

Grey's Anatomy (ABC, 2005) is an American medical soap opera television series. The series focuses on the fictional lives of surgical interns and residents as they gradually evolve into seasoned ...more

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Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 18

Network: NBC

Freaks and Geeks (NBC, 1999) is an American teen comedy-drama television series created by Paul Feig. A gifted high schooler (Linda Cardellini) starts hanging out with a group of burnouts, while ...more

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Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

Premiered: 1974

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 255

Network: Channel 4, American Broadcasting Company

Happy Days is an American television sitcom that aired first-run from January 15, 1974, to September 24, 1984, on ABC. Created by Garry Marshall, the series presents an idealized vision of life ...more

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Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson

Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 153

Network: The WB

Gilmore Girls (The WB, 2000) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino. In the fictional town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, a thirty-something single mother ...more

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Will & Grace is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally

Premiered: 1998

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 228

Network: NBC, Lifetime Television

Will & Grace is an American sitcom, based on the relationship between Will Truman and Grace Adler, and is set in New York City. It was broadcast on NBC from September 21, 1998 to May 18, ...more

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Saved by the Bell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 87

Network: Living TV Group, CITV, Channel 4, Adult Swim, Trouble, + more

Saved by the Bell is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from 1989 to 1993. A retool of the Disney Channel series Good Morning, Miss Bliss, the show follows a group of friends and ...more

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Glee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 88

Network: Fox

Glee (Fox, 2009) is an American musical comedy-drama television series created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan. A group of ambitious misfits try to escape the harsh realities of ...more

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
siddarth.amane1 added Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 6

Network: NBC

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

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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

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 94

Network: FXX

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FXX, 2005) is an American television sitcom created by Rob McElhenney. The series follows "The Gang", a group of five depraved underachievers: twins ...more

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Dawson's Creek is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Best Friends
James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams

Premiered: 1998

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 128

Network: The WB

Dawson's Creek (The WB, 1998) is an American teen drama television series created by Kevin Williamson. Four friends (James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Joshua Jackson, and Michelle Williams) in a ...more

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