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Guy Love: TV's Most Epic Bromances

Check out the best bros who ever bro'd

Angelique Anest
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Sam and Dean Winchester, Supernatural

Sit down Castiel. Back off Crowley. The real bromance of Supernatural is between real blood brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles). Is that cheating? Maybe. Are they a little too co-dependent? Yes. But no other bros on this list have risked it all (and died) to save one another while also fighting off the forces of evil to save the world.

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Troy Barnes and Abed Nadir, Community

The relationship between best friends Troy (Donald Glover) and Abed (Danny Pudi) is one we can all aspire to, be it in the morning, in the afternoon, or at night.

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Shawn Hunter and Cory Matthews, Boy Meets World

Like Mr. Feeny's teachings, Shawn (Rider Strong) and Cory's (Ben Savage) bromance--which started from a young age and has continued on well into adulthood thanks to Girl Meets World--will stand the test of time. Sorry, Topanga, but you've got nothing on the friendship that bonds these two bros, one from the wrong side of the tracks and one who opened his arms and his family to welcome the other in.

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Seth Cohen and Ryan Atwood, The O.C

Seth (Adam Brody) and Ryan (Ben McKenzie) were nothing alike--Seth was a nerd armed with the perfect sarcastic retort and Ryan was quieter and had a penchant for solving problems with his fists--but these two real life brothers gave us major friendship envy. Seth may have left Ryan funnier than when he found him, but they both gave us bro goals to aspire to.

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Chandler Bing and Joey Tribbiani, Friends

Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and Chandler (Matthew Perry) started off as roommates but became iconic bros by the end of the series. Together they traversed the New York single life, adopted a chicken and a duck, and won Monica and Rachel's apartment right from under their noses. Their recliner bachelor lifestyle and the way they always had each other's back are total #FriendshipGoals.

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Turk and J.D., Scrubs

Eeeeaaaagle! Turk (Donald Faison) may have been married Carla, but even she knew enough to admit their marriage came in second to Turk's bromance with fellow doctor J.D. (Zach Braff). Their guy love wasn't just mutual, it was one for the ages, and is the only bromance on this list to be immortalized in song.

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Scott McCall and Stiles Stilinski, Teen Wolf

You'll never convince us that Scott (Tyler Posey) and Stiles (Dylan O'Brien) were ever the losers of Beacon Hills, but as long as they have each other, it also doesn't matter. They do more than defend one another from supernatural terrors--they are willing to follow each other into the darkness of their own souls. Stiles stopped Scott from killing himself, while Scott refused to give up on Stiles as a Nogitsune. That's real brotherly love.

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Nick Miller and Schmidt, New Girl

College roommates turned loftmates, Nick (Jake Johnson) and Schmidt's (Max Greenfield) bromance often feels one-sided--like when Schmidt planned an elaborate anniversary party to celebrate 10 years of living together, and Nick dropped the ball because it didn't mean as much to him--but in the end, their friendship evens out because Schmidt feels too much and Nick gives too little. And sometimes that leads to great moments, like Nick's "Gave me cookie, got you cookie!" speech.

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Shawn Spencer and Burton "Gus" Guster, Psych

Shawn (James Roday) took Gus (Dule Hill) for granted over and over again during the tenure of their friendship, but Gus (usually) willingly followed Shawn from one ridiculous scheme to the next as a proper sidekick should. Whether they were dressing up in costume to solve a case or chasing folks down in the Blueberry, we've never been more jealous of a bromance than we are of the one between Shawn and Gus.

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Jason Street and Tim Riggins, Friday Night Lights

From the football field to the waters of Mexico and the streets of New York, Street (Scott Porter) and Riggins (Taylor Kitsch) were true best friends who endured hardships but came out stronger. Sure, there was that time Riggins slept with Street's girlfriend, but Six and his fullback were eventually able to reconcile and sustain their bromance, thus making our hearts full but our eyes a little blurry. #TexasForever

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Sugar and Job, Banshee

You're more likely to discover Hood's real name than hear Job (Hoon Lee) and Sugar (Frankie Faison) admit to liking one another, let alone having a bromance, but they do. Bound together by Hood and his inability to stay out of trouble, Job and Sugar's bromance is built on snark, but when it really counts--like when one of them is in danger--the guards come down and the love their share is pretty damn evident.

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Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, Sherlock

Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) constantly takes Watson (Martin Freeman) for granted, but as one of history's most loyal sidekicks and bros, Watson is still there when it counts. And although Sherlock doesn't always know how to show his appreciation for his bro, his best man speech at Watson's wedding revealed that Sherlock is at least aware of how lucky he is to have a best friend like Watson.

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Ted Mosby and Marshall Eriksen, How I Met Your Mother

Let's face it, Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) never would have met the mother of his children if Marshall (Jason Segel) wasn't there to inspire him and look out for him. Only a real bro will travel thousands of miles with you with "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" on repeat the whole way for a slice of pizza. They are the epitome of Best Man bros.

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Mike Ross and Harvey Specter, Suits

Sure, a bro is someone there for the fun times, but you know that you have a bro for life when they commit felony fraud with you. Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) and Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) have a high stakes friendship, but it's their ability to have fun while doing it that keeps them on the list. We live for their movie quote banter and the fact they are literally willing to go to prison for each other.

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Damon Salvatore and Alaric Saltzman, The Vampire Diaries

The bromance between Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Alaric (Matt Davis) started as a turbulent relationship. Believing that Damon killed his wife, Alaric initially set out to kill Damon, but over the years, the two men found common ground in their sorrows--and usually at the bottom of a bottle of bourbon. When Alaric died, a piece of Damon broke--as did our hearts. Until Alaric came back anyway.

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Hank Dolworth and Britt Pollack, Terriers

As determined, underdog private investigators trying to take on big business in Southern California, Hank (Donal Logue) and Britt (Michael Raymond-James) found themselves in one scrape after another. They weren't perfect--Hank was a recovering alcoholic and Britt was a former thief--but like true brothers, they stuck together and always had each other's backs, like when Britt was hauled off to Mexico by the cartel and Hank went to rescue him. Their dedication to doing the right thing for the greated good was admirable, but so was their bromance.

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Reese and Finch, Person of Interest

Before Shaw, before Root--even before Bear--there was just John Reese (Jim Caviezel) and Harold Finch (Michael Emerson), the ex-military muscle and the brainiac billionaire, saving lives with help from the Machine. Their opposite-ness attracted, and more than once they put their lives on the line for each other like true friends.

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Pete, Derrick and Randy Hill, Enlisted

Enlisted only lasted one season, but the Hill brothers -- who were nothing alike but were all equally great in their own way -- remain one of our favorite bromances, and the only one on the list to include three people.

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Cappie and Dale, Greek

There were a few great bromances on Greek but Cappie and Dale take the cake for the sheer weirdness of the relationship. What do a fraternity chapter president and a nerdy religious zealot have in common? It turns out quite a bit! Cappie and Dale proved you can be from complete opposite ends of the social spectrum and still create a special bond if you're willing to listen to and respect your common man. We could all learn a lot from their bromance.

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Chuck Bartowski and Morgan Grimes, Chuck

Chuck made us wish for a lot of things: to become a spy, to find someone as all-around great as Captain Awesome, to never again have to look at a Subway sandwich. But most of all, it made us wish for the kind of deep friendship that existed between Buy More employees and best friends Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Morgan (Joshua Gomez). Between the adventures, that time Morgan had the Intersect and everything in between, those guys were the ultimate cool nerd bros.

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Major Lilywhite and Ravi Chakrabarti, iZombie

In the shadow of the threat of a potential zombie apocalypse, Major (Robert Buckley) and Ravi's (Rahul Kohli)'s bromance is a shining beacon of light and happiness. Whether they're doing drugs for scientific purposes, digging for corpses (it's not as weird as it sounds, we promise), or just chillin' in a brief moment of downtime, Rajor is the gift that keeps on giving and hands down one of our favorite bromances currently on TV.

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Jax Teller and Opie Winston, Sons of Anarchy

As the sons of two of SAMCRO's founding members, Jax (Charlie Hunnam) and Opie (Ryan Hurst) were born into a brotherhood, but their bromance was really built on the back of a lifelong friendship that could only come from shared experience. They lived a wild and dangerous lifestyle, and that tends to bond people more quickly and more deeply. Opie was never the same after his wife's death, and Jax was never the same after Opie sacrificed himself for the club. Shut up, we're not crying, you are.

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Raylan Givens and Boyd Crowder, Justified

Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) and Boyd's (Walton Goggins) relationship isn't a real bromance--it's probably best described as a relationship built on respect but fueled by mutual dislike. Still, their chemistry was the best thing about FX's western and we can't ignore that. Bound by common ground, they dug coal together in Eastern Kentucky before their paths diverged, with Raylan leaving Harlan to become a lawman and Boyd becoming an outlaw hamstrung by his surroundings. For most of Justified's run, the two were pitted against one another on opposite sides of the law, but it's hard to ignore history.

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Neal Caffrey and Peter Burke, White Collar

Who would have expected that a con artist and the FBI agent who put him in prison would eventually come to form one of the greatest TV bromances of all time? Well, probably the creator of White Collar, since that's exactly what happened. Over the six-season run of the show, Neal (Matt Bomer) and Peter's (Tim DeKay) friendship warmed our hearts, as Peter never gave up on Neal and eventually became the only person Neal ever really trusted. If those dudes can make it work, maybe there's hope out there for the rest of us.

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Damien Scott and Michael Stonebridge, Strike Back

The relationship between brothers in arms Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) and Stonebridge (Philip Winchester) was probably the most traditional bromance in all of TV--and it's probably the one that most people don't even know existed. Facing down danger and saving the world on multiple occasions is what gave birth to their brotherly bond, but it was Scott's ability to crack a joke in desperate times and Mikey's level-headed ability to save their butts in the most dire of situations that made them a bromance for the ages. Plus: They literally road off into the sunset together. Beat that.

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Michael Cordero and Rogelio De La Vega, Jane the Virgin

Too often fathers hate their daughter's love interest, but Rogelio (Jaime Camil) fully embraces Michael (Brett Dier). In fact, Rogelio might love him even more than Jane and his fondness for Michael -- and Michael's willingness to go along with Rogelio's crazy attempts at bonding -- is one of the most heartwarming bromances on television. We are here for the matching purple shirts and spa visits.

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Cisco and Harry, The Flash

Like sarcasm and barbs with your bromance? Then you need to look no further than the sassy bromance fo Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and Harry (Tom Cavanagh) on The Flash. They're both geniuses but have completely different ways of attacking a problem, which makes their butting heads a battle of wits and barbs that is beautiful to watch.

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Frank and Charlie, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Regardless of whether or not Frank (Danny DeVito) is actually Charlie's (Charlie Day) father, their special bromance has become a mainstay of It's Always Sunny. They live together, share a bed despite mystery poops, eat cat food, collect trash and generally bring out the best of the worst in one another. Yes, Frank often manipulates Charlie, but he was also the most affected by Charlie's supposed death--he even carried around a Charlie-esque mannequin!

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Jamie and Murtagh, Outlander

Rough and tumble is the very definition of these Scottish bros. Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix) are willing to storm castles, kill enemies and go to France for each other. Changing history requires you to have people you can trust by your side and Jamie would never have survived the rebellion if it weren't for Murtagh.

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Brian and Stewie, Family Guy

A cartoon talking dog and a baby obsessed with violence may not sound like your typical TV bromance, but who are we to argue? Not only does the heart want what the heart wants, but dogs are man's best friend. Stewie views Brian as an equal, and he may even be in love with him, but at the end of the day, there's no one who loves Brian more than Stewie, and there's no Family Guy relationship we love more than that between a matricidal baby and his dog.

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Michael Scott and Dwight Schrute, The Office

Jim's rivalry with Dwight may have been the best thing about The Office, but Dwight's (Rainn Wilson) bromance with Michael (Steve Carell) was definitely second (sorry Jim and Pam 'shippers). Neither Michael nor Dwight really could grasp how out of touch they both were with the rest of the world, but at least they had each other. Or, well, Michael had Dwight, his trusty incompetent sidekick.

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Tyrion and Bronn, Game of Thrones

Bronn (Jerome Flynn) recently noted that he preferred Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) to Jaime, and we have to agree. Tyrion and Bronn's bromance was a match for the ages. They had similar thought processes, always said exactly what we were thinking, and in a world where everyone's always at each other's throats, it's always nice to see some folks having a good time.

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Josh Lyman and Sam Seaborn, The West Wing

Politics is a tough and dirty game but the bromance between Josh (Bradley Whitford) and Sam (Rob Lowe) in Aaron Sorkin's White House-set drama was one of the relationships that kept the ship afloat, providing a light to cast out some of the uglier aspects of the political arena (not that the idealistic drama ever played that dirty). We'll be forever thankful that Josh recruited his old buddy Sam to join Bartlet's first campaign.

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Dan Rydell and Casey McCall, Sports Night

As the anchors of a late-night sports program, Dan (Josh Charles) and Casey (Peter Krause) spent a lot of time together, and when Dan was miffed because he thought Casey forgot the anniversary of their first broadcast together, Casey came clean and told him he'd been offered a late-night job but chose to stay with Dan. That decision may have been the beginning of the end of Casey's marriage, and while we're not laughing at a man's divorce, we do take pleasure in knowing that Casey's friendship with Dan meant that much to him.

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Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson, Marvel's Daredevil

Matt (Charlie Cox) and Foggy (Elden Henson) put us through the ringer in Daredevil Season 2, but inevitably they'd never turn their back on each other. Matt is the dark and brooding superhero who needs Foggy's realism to keep him grounded and remind him of his priorities. They're avocados from the same tree.

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Raj and Howard, The Big Bang Theory

Forget Leonard and Sheldon, Raj (Kunal Nayyar) and Howard (Simon Helberg) are the true bromance of The Big Bang Theory. They are always cooking up the best schemes together and trying to find Raj his happily ever after. Honestly, Howard never would have landed Bernadette if Raj's earnest romanticism hadn't helped Howard temper his creepy ways. When Sheldon and Leonard eventually kill each other, we know that Raj and Howard will be there holding down the bromance fort.

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Dinesh and Gilfoyle, Silicon Valley

Do they hate each other, or do they like each other? Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani) and Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) are in constant competition, but the antagonistic behavior is their way of showing how much they love each other. Besides, who else are they going to be friends with? Jared? Nope.

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Mike and Josh, Man Seeking Woman

Mike (Eric Andre) and Josh (Jay Baruchel) may have different approaches when it comes to attracting the opposite sex (Josh prefers awkward conversation while Mike likes to send pictures of his penis), but when it comes to hanging out and having a good time, they're on the same page. And when a woman finally came between them, they let her go and stopped their kaiju robot fight to bro hug it out.

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Oliver Queen and John Diggle, Arrow

No bromance is perfect all the time, and Ollie (Stephen Amell) and Diggle (David Ramsey) have definitely encountered hurdles over the years, but they continue to be there for each other in the big moments. Yes, sometimes Oliver is a frustrating hero who thinks too much and yet not enough about what really matters, and it's true that Diggle's brother's return from the grave complicated matters, but they're still one of TV's best bromances for the simple reason that they overcome their issues and come out stronger.

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Liam and Shane, Faking It

A true bromance is based on your bro accepting you for exactly who you are -- and no one did that better than Liam (Gregg Sulkin) and Shane (Michael Willett) on Faking It. They loved each other as they were, but they were also not afraid to call each other out when one of them went off the deep end. Plus, it was great to see Faking It defy stereotypes and allow a heterosexual jock to have a loving and totally normal best friendship with an openly gay classmate. There was no weirdness between them at all, and it represented the accepting world we all should strive for.

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Lucas and Nathan Scott, One Tree Hill

Lucas (Chad Michael Murray) and Nathan (James Lafferty) were half-brothers -- their father knocked up two women around the same time -- who initially hated one another for existing. Once they realized that their father was an awful waste of space and that they had more in common than not, their bromance came to be a staple of the long-running teen drama.