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.
Without diving into any sort of spoiler territory, it's safe to say the four central characters (Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani, and Jason) might not make the best of friends if they ever found themselves out at the same bar in real life. At one point, Eleanor describes each respectively as "[an] Arizona dirt bag, a human turtleneck, a narcissistic monster, and literally the dumbest person I've ever met."
While their chemistry on-screen has undeniably made for some of the best television in years, this is one group whose members wouldn't even be on each others' radars if fate hadn't intervened and thrown them all together.
They say "keep your friends close, but your enemies closer." In the case of Serena van der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf from The CW's Gossip Girl, it's hard to imagine these two being anything but the latter.
They two high school socialites have seen countless ups and downs, most of which only ever generated more friction between the two. As a result, these two are more like "frenemies" than anything else, which may mirror some relationships in real life, but not healthy ones.
"Haaaaave you met Ted?" Chances are, if you're actually the Barney Stinson type, the answer is yes - but there's no way you're going to end up as friends with that Ted. Womanizing Barney became a better person on the show because he was surrounded by better people.
But even with a chance encounter in a men's bathroom that sparked their friendship (specifically, Barney's intention to help Ted), Barney never would have become the person he was by the end of the series. Not only that, but it's hard to believe Barney would ever take the time to help out someone like Ted in the first place. In his mind, it's more akin to descending from his golden palace to helping a lowly, sexless peasant. And if you're someone like Barney, would you ever dedicate any time of your life to helping a total stranger like this?
It's one thing to keep ragging on your friends, but it's something else to continuously openly insult them, which is the primary dynamic between Sheldon Cooper and Leonard Hofstadter. In several instances, a small fight between the two erupts into situations that would destroy real-world friendships.
Just take "The Bus Pants Utilization" or "The Viewing Party Combustion" episodes, for example. Small moments snowball into big-scale fights that, in real life, would certainly create a lasting rift that - like an actual black hole created by the actual Big Bang - would only get stronger and stronger before it completely devoured them both.