TV Bromances Through The Ages

Wednesday, July 27 by

The 1970’s


Benjamin Pierce and B.J. Hunnicut – M*A*S*H

The relationship between Pierce and Hunnicut has become the archetype for most of the bromances we see on television today. When not at work, the two spend all their free time together drinking, playing pranks, and trying to bang nurses. But at the end of the day, no woman will ever come between them.

Arthur Fonzarelli and Richie Cunningham – Happy Days

The bromance between Richie and The Fonz is every parent’s nightmare. You want your son to come home with a nice, clean-cut young man, not some filthy ginzo greaser from the wrong side of town. But despite the fact that the TV show took place in the 1950’s, the Cunningham family was very tolerant of Richie’s unconventional bromance. They eventually went as far as to let the Fonz rent out a room at their home. How progressive.

Starsky and Hutch

As with most buddy-cop shows, a bromance is almost required. But given the sweet 70’s hairstyles and kick-ass clothing, there was little room for doubt that this relationship would blossom into something more than just a workplace acquaintance. Now, if only Huggy Bear could find a nice bro to settle down with.


  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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