Television makes it look easy to form lifelong friendships as adults. Exciting, tragic, or altogether hilarious situations can turn polar opposites into instant BFFs. After 30 to 60 minutes, even the most intense of conflicts are resolved, and everyone's ready to start fresh on the next adventure.
Sure, the bond between friends on television is supposed to overcome all obstacles, but when we really take them out of their element, would many of these characters actually be able to stand one another in real life? Would Joey and Chandler from Friends really get along? Would Barney and Ted on How I Met Your Mother actually find the time to bond over anything if in reality, they would have likely dismissed each other on the streets of New York? And would anyone on It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia ever make it a single day without pushing everyone in their lives to the brink of insanity?
Television can be an unrealistic, fantastical escape, but if these characters existed outside the confines of your screen, they would not give each other the time of day, let alone be friends.
Eric Cartman & Kyle Broflovski are barely friends on South Park, but if these two kids encountered each other in real life, chances are they would be taking lots of trips to the nurse's office, principal's office, detention, and potentially even juvenile hall.
While Kyle often takes Cartman's anti-Semitic insults in stride, he's been known to snap every so often, which would make this particular friendship nearly impossible to sustain - not to mention the multitude of other crimes committed by Cartman that Kyle must endure.
Over the course of Breaking Bad, these two go to Hell and back - and almost all of it's due to Walter White's steady transformation into his own monstrous "Heisenberg" creation. While a common ground (and some might say, a "friendship") forms over their tumultuous journey, it's safe to say they would never cross paths with one another in real life from the get-go, let alone when things truly start to unravel towards the end.
On top of Jesse Pinkman's relationship with Walt, it's hard to imagine anyone staying within his same orbit, including his "closest" friends, Badger, Combo, and Skinny Pete. If drugs were the only things keeping them together, it's not exactly a friendship built to last.
Let's get straight to the point: this is an unhealthy relationship. Ren, the miserable, conniving, and cruel Chihuahua constantly mistreats his "friend" and roommate, Stimpy the cat. He slaps him, takes things from him, berates him - and always apologizes to keep Stimpy from leaving.
Stimpson J. Cat, on the other hand, is known for leaving his kitty litter and "magic nose goblins" in the fridge, next to all of the duo's food. We've all left food in the fridge for too long, or done any number of disgusting things our roommate or significant other doesn't approve of, but Stimpy takes things too far.
Between Ren's sociopathic behavior and Stimpy's, well, Stimpy-ness, there's no way these two personalities could ever function together in the real world.
We all have that one friend who loves to push us a little too far, but in the case of Sex and the City's Carrie Bradshaw and Miranda Hobbes, it's hard to believe these two would get to the point where they could even call one another "friend" to begin with.
Miranda is career-focused and cynical, while Carrie can be impulsive, impractical, and narcissistic, which means these two characters probably wouldn't even be in the same social circles.