Since The Honeymooners made the list, The Flintstones do too by default. Fred and Barney were based off Jackie Gleason and Art Carney, who both starred in The Honeymooners. As far as the bromance is concerned, how else do you explain the fact that Fred and Barney chose to hang out with each other instead of their smoking hot wives?
Andy and Barney were an unlikely pair, but never forget the appeal of a man in uniform. That fact aside, the two put their lives in each other’s hands on a daily basis while patrolling the mean streets of Mayberry. That alone is enough to forge a close bond between two dudes.
Gillian and the Skipper (a.k.a. Jonas Grumby) were close before they became stranded on an uncharted desert isle. A captain and his first mate are almost in a bromance by default. But after spending years together on a rock, the relationship between the Skipper and his “little buddy” was only strengthened. Granted, it wasn’t always smooth sailing, as evidenced by the Skipper’s violent outbursts, but at the end of the day, neither Ginger or Mary Ann could come between these two bros.
This bromance has the distinction of being the only non-fictitious example on the list. These two were so bromatically involved that they created a show together. The result was Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, a groundbreaking sketch-comedy series that paved the way for shows like Saturday Night Live, Mr. Show, and The Human Giant.