Best Female TV Friendships

15 Top Female Friendships on TV: Liars, OITNB Inmates and More We Love

You’ve all heard the term Peak TV — heck, we’ve got a whole column built around it — but today, we’d like to introduce you to a new term: Peak Friendship.

For with an unfathomable influx of new shows every year also comes a flood of fresh friendships to enjoy. So in honor of National Best Friends Day — a holiday that’s so real, we’re shocked the banks are still open — TVLine is shining a spotlight on 15 female friendships we’re really digging at the moment.

From longtime friendships forged on Orange Is the New Black and Pretty Little Liars to newer pairings from Insecure and The Mick, we’ve gathered a strong list of ladies who could tell each other anything. … Well, almost anything. (I mean, it still has be in the script.)

A few quick notes before we let these ‘ships set sail:

* To make things a little easier on ourselves, we ruled out relatives for this list, causing us to axe some of our favorites — including Great News‘ Katie and Carol, as well as Wynnona Earp‘s Wynnona and Waverly.

* For those same reasons, we’re only including current shows. Even the girls of Girls, which ended less than two months ago, are ineligible.

Browse our gallery of female friendships — you can click here for direct access — then drop a comment with your own favorite pairings below.

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41 Comments
  1. Chris says:

    The picture you included for Younger isn’t Liza and Kelsey but Liza and Emily, the assistant prepared to take her down.

  2. It’s so refreshing to see a list celebrating good old fashioned friendship. Platonic relationships are such an important part of any show but they are rarely discussed. Everybody just wants to talk about “ships”, which I find so nasty and divisive. People constantly have ship wars and they aren’t so much celebrations as they are opportunities to fight with others.
    A classic example of this is The 100 fanbase. The show is about survival and the most significant relationships are the friendships (Jasper/Monty, Bellamy/Clarke) over the years, Raven and Murphy’s growing friendship has acted as a device to reveal their own character developments also. The main focus of the show is, like I said, survival though.
    Unfortunately, whenever I see posts about The 100, it’s always filled with comments about Bellarke and Clexa and people abusing others for not having the same ship. I have never seen a fanbase that is in constant competition with one another and these ships actually undermine the show, which is about so much more than that. You can’t even disagree with the actions of a character without people accusing you of being on some random ship.
    I know that there are still proper fans who don’t ship and actually appreciate the show on a deep level, but they are often lost in a sea of ships.
    So, thankyou for this beautiful list and please never do one on “ships” xoxo

  3. Kay says:

    I was about to feel aghast that there were so many wonderful friendships, when I actually read the article…. No Ann and Leslie? WHAT? OH HEL… oh only current tv shows, gotcha. Carry on. Nice list.

  4. A says:

    No Big Little Lies? Or it doesn’t qualify?

    • Andy Swift says:

      For the sake of narrowing down our options, we went with shows that are *still* on with guaranteed future episodes. So, you’re right, it didn’t make the cut.

  5. Tiffany says:

    no Max and Caroline from 2BG? i know it was cancelled, but still….

  6. Tai says:

    What about Kirsten and Camille from Stitchers? It’s currently airing and Camille was willing to tank her relationship with Linus to get the answers Kirsten needed about her father from Liam.

  7. LADY_in_MD says:

    DJ & Kimmy on Fuller House?

  8. John says:

    Yes actually I looked up Supercorp on twitter and saw that they are one of the most obnoxious fans to ever exist! who bully and harass the writers and cast!

    • SABRINA says:

      true! and they are one of the most toxic fandom.

      • Cate says:

        Not true, just SOME people. All ship wars turn nasty on social media. All! Many Supercorp shippers who are a bit older and have seen LOTS of ships over the years, know it will never happen, it’s just kind of fun.

        • Wordsmith says:

          Groups are inevitably defined by their most outspoken members, which tend to be the most extreme people, rather than the reasonable people in the moderate majority. It applies to politics, religion, and even TV fandoms.

    • For some reason (probably the age of the demographic) shippers on CW are so vicious and rude! I posted my rant above about The 100 and I’ve noticed it with the Arrowverse also. This younger generation can be really toxic when it comes to fandom. They weirdly project themselves onto fictional characters and take ships so seriously, even if they aren’t a significant part of the show. If I ran a TV site, I would have a no-shipping policy because all it does is turn fans against each other, instead of uniting in love and appreciation for the show.

      • dansue says:

        Shippers can be annoying and irrational but they bring in the clicks and comments and that = $$ for sites. I also suspect the cw loves ship wars esp for the superhero shows, free advertising when people rant on social media

      • Angela says:

        This younger generation can be really toxic when it comes to fandom. They weirdly project themselves onto fictional characters and take ships so seriously, even if they aren’t a significant part of the show.
        .
        Sadly, that behavior isn’t just relegated to younger people. I’ve seen people in their 30s and 40s who get weirdly nasty and rude about ships.
        .
        I hesitate to lump all shippers in with the more extreme fans, though, because there are those of us out there who like certain pairings, be they canon or non-canon, het or gay/bi, whatever, yet don’t feel a need to harass other people over them. Mind, I’m not in the “100”, “Arrow”, or “Supergirl” fandoms ’cause I haven’t seen those shows, so I can’t comment on the stuff that goes on there. The shipper debates may well be especially bad there in comparison to other fandoms. But even so, respectful shippers do exist out there. They just get drowned out by the louder, more obnoxious voices, unfortunately, as somebody else noted elsewhere.

    • Wordsmith says:

      It’s interesting to note that the Supercorp fandom is essentially demanding that the pairing become ineligible for this list.
      Meaningful non-romantic relationships are healthy and we should see more of them!

      • N. says:

        i agree! non-romantic friendships are important and great to watch. but sadly some viewers always end up shipping and misinterpreting/misunderstanding things, example the supercorp fandom! who just can’t accept that Kara and Lena are just friends, and are blinded to the plot of the show! Kara doesn’t even trust Lena with her secret identity! just like Clark and Lex were friends first, but now they are enemies…. I have even seen some fans who ship Kara with her sister Alex! and some with Cat! (which is like a mother figure to her) …so they end up constantly bullying the writers about it.

    • Mara says:

      Yes they are!!!

    • Mara says:

      They are not fans. They are trolls!!

  9. Ally Oop says:

    Here are a few I would have liked to see on here:
    Jessica Jones (Jessica & Patsy)
    When Calls the Heart (Elizabeth & Abigail)
    Call the Midwife (the women of Nonautus House)
    Fuller House (DJ, Kimmy & Stephanie)
    Fresh off the Boat (Jessica & Honey)
    Young & Hungry (Gabi & Sophia)

  10. Wordsmith says:

    I was thinking that there MUST be a worthy entry from Grey’s Anatomy, but these days, basically all of the interesting platonic relationships are male-female (or quasi-relatives)

    • T. says:

      Meredith and Cristina ! Oh wait…

      • Wordsmith says:

        Exactly! I feel like that is the quintessential example of deep female friendship in modern television. but the show doesn’t have anything quite like it anymore. At least not between female peers who aren’t sisters.

  11. Drew says:

    Great list! I would add Petra and Jane from “Jane the Virgin”. A very complicated friendship, but a very real one nonetheless!

  12. Corinne says:

    Abbi and Ilana are the best!! yas kweens

  13. Josh says:

    I think Betty and Veronica on Riverdale have great potential. I really like their friendship and hopefully Writers listen and keep them great friends

    • Wordsmith says:

      I agree that they’re off to a great start, though with such a turbulent and eventful show, who knows whether it will stick.
      I love that the writers consciously resisted the pull to make them enemies, as they are possibly the most iconic female rivals in 20th century pop culture.

  14. Angela says:

    Nice topic for an article! One of my favorite female friendships is the one among Emily, JJ, and Garcia on “Criminal Minds”. Those women have a “Three Musketeers” sort of bond, and they’ve been there for each other through some real ups and downs.

  15. fightfan3 says:

    How about Nancy and Barb from Stranger Things?

  16. Rex the Wonder Dog says:

    Maggie and Alex don’t count because they are romantic partners? It’s interesting that the only female lead CW comic book show is also the only one with good female friendships. There are plenty of female characters on Arrow, Flash, and LoT, but none of them are close friends.

  17. Erin says:

    Glad to see Liza and Kelsey from
    Younger on this. Such a great show and their friendship is too sweet. I can’t wait to see the new season!!