While the word “bromance” might be a fairly new addition to the television dictionary, the idea of male power couples on TV is nothing new. But it wasn’t until recent years that show runners really started to play up the friendships of leading men within the shows. Not that any of the fans (especially the females) are complaining.
Now, as an avid fan of several television shows I’ve grown to love a few bromances myself. But just to clarify, the bromance isn’t an actually romance between the guys, as much as some fandoms want them to be. The bromance is more about two characters who fans can’t imagine being without the other in general.
It’d kind of be like Tom without Jerry, or Shaggy without Scooby Doo.
Here are my Top 5 TV bromances.
#5: Zach and Screech
These two are the first bromance I can ever remember appreciating. And really, it wasn’t until I got older that I could see Zach and Screech’s relationship for what it really was.
The best friends anyone could ever ask for.
Mark Paul Gosselaar and Dustin Diamond did a wonderful job acting together, bringing this lasting friendship alive during the wonderful Saved By The Bell years.
Sadly, my wonderful image, and the image of anyone else who watched the show as a young person, had their dreams smashed back in 2009 when Diamond’s tell-all book, “Behind the Bell” was released. Diamond made several accusations against his fellow Bell cast mates, including Gosselaar, that didn’t sit well with the bromance portrayed on the show.
But either way, we’ll always have the memories of Zach and Screech to get us through, even if the actors themselves didn’t quite live up to what we expected.
Zach: Hey, Screech, I thought I knew every hiding place in this school. How’d you find it?
Screech: Oh, a bully dumped me down the garbage shoot. One day I’m gonna get even with that girl.
#4: Sweets and Booth
John Francis Daley stole my heart the first time he stepped on screen during the third season of Bones, and actor David Boreanaz had been taking my breathe away since his Buffy the Vampire Slayer days.
But together, these two men give me goosebumps as Seeley Booth and Lance Sweets, two of the most adorable men the FBI has to offer. Working off of a relationship similar to that of brothers, the pair often go to each other for advice or support, willingly or otherwise.
So while their characters don’t always get along, and at the best of times they are bickering over ideals or upbringings, Booth and Sweets will always make my list of favorite bromances.
Booth: [Sweets is eating a chocolate bar] Do you have to eat that? I just imagine you chomping down on her cheek or something. Just put it away.
Sweets: If we don’t face and overcome unsettling events in our lives, we are ruled by them. I’m not gonna let some ruthless killer destroy my enjoyment of chocolate. It’s not gonna happen. I love chocolate too much.
[Booth grabs Sweets’s chocolate bar]
Sweets: Come on! I was about to get to the nuts.
#3: Damon and Alaric
Damon Salvatore and Alaric Saltzman. A vampire and a vampire hunter. The killer and the killed.
Sounds about right for a bromance, don’t you think?
Ian Somerhalder and Matt Davis bring together two characters who were designed to loathe one another. Damon kills Alaric’s wife (or at least makes her undead), and then he kills Alaric. Not that it makes a difference since Alaric has his special ring. And then Alaric tries to kill Damon, to no avail. And yet the two characters manage to make one of the strongest and most level-headed teams on TV, hard to stop and even harder to kill. And as the episodes go on, the two form a bond that gets closer and closer towards friendship.
But really, who says you’re supposed to actually like your best friend anyway?
Damon: Perfect. Give me the address.
Alaric: Oh, so you can go without me? I don’t think so.
Damon: I’m not going with you. You tried to kill me.
Alaric: Yeah, well, you did kill me.
#2: Dean and Castiel
The literal bromance on the CW’s Supernatural is between the lead characters of the series, Sam and Dean Winchester. But since were obviously not looking for literal brothers, the next best thing (and obviously loved) relationship on the series is that between Dean and the angel, Castiel.
Now, as most fans of the series will know, the bromance between Cas and Dean is in ruins. And it’s probably a relationship that can never be fixed, as actors Misha Collins (Castiel) and Jensen Ackles (Dean) have pointed out themselves. And with the news that Collins won’t be returning as a regular for season seven, the show runners just continue to confirm our worst fears.
But we can always hang on to the memories we made during seasons four, five and a little bit of six when Dean and Cas were at their strongest. Because we’ll always love our dropout with six bucks to his name and Mr. Comatose.
Dean: So what, you’re like a Delorian without enough plutonium?
Castiel: [frustrated] I don’t understand that reference.
#1: Arthur and Merlin
You know that you’ve found an epic bromance when you can’t decide which kind of clip to put in your post, because neither a funny or serious clip manages to encompass the kind of relationship the characters have. And in BBC’s Merlin, actors Bradley James and Colin Morgan do such an excellent job of showing how much Merlin and Prince Arthur rely on one another that one episode could very well break your heart and then sew it back together all in one go.
They have the kind of on screen chemistry that could rot teeth with all of its sweetness. It’s all in the mixture of reliance, annoyance, comfort and camaraderie that a nobleman and his servant share. Not to mention the fact that they save one another from time to time.
Arthur: Now remember, in here you’re not my servant. I’m just a simple peasant like everyone else.
Merlin: Simple parts right.
Merlin: I said the sun is very bright.