TV best friends we're totally in love with

Apr 18, 2014 at 5:09 p.m. ET

We’d like to think you have a best friend — someone to share life’s experiences with who is always willing to help a sister out. But hey, even if you don’t have a best friend, you can live vicariously through television. OK, it might sound a little sad, but honestly, any real-life friendship would have a hard time standing up to these gung-ho gal pals and bromances.

Ann and Leslie – Parks and Recreation

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Ann and Leslie, portrayed by Rashida Jones and Amy Poehler, were in probably the most committed friendship on television. So maybe Leslie Knope went a little overboard with the gifts, compliments and love for her bestie Ann Perkins, but Ann had a huge amount of love for Leslie, too. Plus, together they created a national holiday around Valentine’s Day to celebrate their gal pals called (what else?) Galentine’s Day.

Now that Ann has moved away from the town’s setting of Pawnee, Indiana, Leslie is having a hard time replacing the “beautiful tropical fish” that is Ann, but that hasn’t stopped her from trying. The search is still very much on.

Emma and Maggie – Playing House

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Playing House doesn’t premiere until April 29, but we already have the impression that it’s totally our jam. After all, the show’s stars, Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair, are already huge in the Los Angeles improv scene. Plus, they’re sort of “in real life” besties, too.

The duo had an NBC series in 2012, Best Friends Forever, which was cancelled after just two months, but now they’re moving to USA with a totally fresh concept. Playing House details the lives of Maggie Caruso (Parham) and Emma Crawford (St. Clair), both struggling with serious relationship problems, but they’re always there to confide in each other. It’s safe to say we’re totally stoked about this one.

Troy and Abed – Community

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Oh, Troy and Abed. One is a film-obsessed weirdo and the other is a lovable idiot. It’s a match made in heaven. As part of the main cast of Community, Troy and Abed form an unusual friendship that involves such antics as the “Dreamatorium,” a pillow vs. blanket fort war and, of course, their non-televised morning wake-up program, “Troy and Abed in the Morning.”

Now that Troy (Donald Glover) has left the show, there’s a huge void in Abed’s heart. And we have to admit, there’s one in ours, too.

Abbi and Illana – Broad City

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One of the newest girl-ationships to hit TV is that of Abbi and Illana on Broad City. Produced by Amy Poehler, you know the story of these 20-something girls making their way in New York City is bound to be hilarious.

Illana is completely in love with Abbi in a totally-not-sexual (but kind of strangely sexual?) way. Abbi relies on Illana to get her through the tough times (and they’re almost always tough times.) Together the girls get into the most bizarre hi-jinks, along with comedian friends like the hilarious Hannibal Buress and cameos from Poehler. The show proves that girls can be just as crass and sexually desperate as the boys, but in the most hysterical way.

This post was sponsored by USA Network.

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