The best television shows include rich character studies that help draw viewers into the storyline. The best characters, however, don't always have to be terrible people. Here are our picks for the television characters who might just qualify for best friend status.
on How I Met Your Mother
Lily may be slightly manipulative, but she's also a tender-hearted individual who is good at navigating conflict and caring for the feelings of others. Every woman needs a Lily in her life to help her through tough times and relationship snafus.
On the other end of the character spectrum is BFF-candidate Emily Thorne on the primetime soap opera Revenge. Emily is tough as nails and can hatch a revenge scheme with the best of 'em. A friend like Emily would let you know she's got your back.
on Parks and Recreation
Sweet Leslie Knope is fiercely loyal and principled, but she doesn't take herself too seriously. You could count on her for a Saturday morning waffle date, and also for a few laughs (whether or not she actually means for you to laugh is another issue entirely).
Grabbing dinner with a best friend like Bones might impede your social life since she lacks any discernible social skills, but she also has many wonderful qualities. She is driven, smart as a whip and has figured out how to succeed in a man's world. If nothing else, a bestie like Bones could provide a few career tips for the working woman.
on The Walking Dead
If you ever find yourself in a zombie apocalypse, you'll be glad that Lori is on your side. First, and most obviously, she's fierce and brave for surviving an apocalypse. But she has also managed to fight for decency in the midst of life or death situations, which is brave in and of itself.
True, Olivia Pope hasn't made the best relationship decisions, but the woman is street smart and driven. She has a keen eye for addressing difficult conflict — and even scandals — in a way that leaves both her and her allies untarnished. Now, that's a good friend.
on Breaking Bad
He has his problems, but we'll always have a soft spot in our hearts for Jesse Pinkman. Just look into those soulful eyes and recognize a good heart underneath some truly terrible experiences. We bet you'll be a Jesse's girl too, if you can see past the drug addiction and murders.
on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Every time we tune in to It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, we can't help but think, "There's no way these people have any friends." But Deandra knows how to hold her own with a group of disgusting men, and she actually addresses their moral bankruptcy through bankruptcy of her own. We could all learn a thing or two about male-female relationships by watching Sweet Dee in action.
You can find all of these BFFs and more by tuning in to streaming television shows on Netflix!
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