TV Bromances Through The Ages

Wednesday, July 27 by

The 1960’s


Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble – The Flintstones

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 Taylor and Barney Fife – The Andy Griffith Show

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.

Gilligan and The Skipper – Gilligan’s Island

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.

Dan Rowan and Dick Martin – Laugh-In

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.


  1. July 27, 2011 2:58 pm


    I’m a little disappointed JD and Turk from Scrubs isn’t on here…

  2. July 27, 2011 2:58 pm


    Wild Bill and Charlie Utter? They were only in like 4 episodes together. And it wasn’t even like this friendship was a focal point of the show (Seth and Sol anyone). They were an afterthought that played more as a self-destructive brother and his levelheaded keeper dynamic.
    Outside of that and the head-scratcher of a last pick, decent list.

  3. July 27, 2011 2:58 pm


    Damn, that’s a good one.

  4. July 27, 2011 2:58 pm


    List is not complete with Turk and JD missing

  5. July 27, 2011 2:58 pm


    Charlie goes to visit Bill’s grave like a mourning widow.  I always
    thought they had a bromance going. You are right about Seth and Sol,
    though. I was going to go with them instead.

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