1. Alan Shore & Denny Crane “Boston Legal”
Alan Shore (James Spader) and Denny Crane (William Shatner) was the ultimate TV bromance on ABC’s legal drama “Boston Legal.” You know it’s the ultimate bromance when you’re comfortable enough sharing a bed together. While it might have been the perfect bromance, it also turned out to quite possibly be the strangest with Shore being TV’s most austere liberal and Crane being a staunch conservative. It led to many quirky and funny conversations between the two that were often the show’s highlights.
2. Hawkeye Pierce & B.J. Hunnicutt “M*A*S*H”
War brings people together as de facto brothers. That’s exactly what happened with Army doctors Hawkeye Pierce (Alan Alda) and B.J. Hunnicutt (Mike Farrell) in the CBS Korean War dramedy “M*A*S*H.” Hunnicutt joined the 4077th M*A*S*H Unit in the show’s fourth season after Hawkeye’s previous brother in arms Trapper John (Wayne Rogers) left the show and the two formed a bond that might be the closest between two friends in TV history.
3. J.D. & Turk “Scrubs”
J.D. (Zach Braff) and Turk (Donald Faison) from NBC and later ABC’s medical comedy “Scrubs” are probably the most popular bromance of recent years and pretty much revolutionized the term “bromance” to explain the love between two straight males. They were sort of like a more wacky and wild version of Hawkeye and B.J. sans all seriousness. Because of their “guy love,” we can be assured that Vanilla Bear and Chocolate Bear will live on in the annals of bromance history.
4. Andy Taylor & Barney Fife “The Andy Griffith Show”
Sheriff Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith) and deputy Barney Fife (Don Knotts) might be the oldest bromance in TV history. The friendship between Griffith and Knotts didn’t just remain in fictional Mayberry, as the two were real-life best friends for a few years before the series and all the way up until Knotts died in 2006. The two were probably the best bromance when it came to playing off of each other and kidding around with each other on screen with Knotts playing the funny man while Griffith played the straight man effortlessly.
5. Jerry Seinfeld & George Costanza “Seinfeld”
Jerry Seinfeld (playing himself) and George Costanza (Jason Alexander) were so close on NBC’s ‘90s sitcom “Seinfeld” that many characters often mistakenly thought that they were a couple, to which Jerry and George always denied with the catchphrase “not that there’s anything wrong with that.” It’s certain that Jerry and George are the most neurotic bromance in TV history and probably not a duo you would ever want to be friends with, but they are sure funny to watch.