In a time where cat-fights and girl-on-girl drama seems to always be front page news, it’s nice to know that some TV writers are more interested in creating female characters that who build each other up — instead of tear them down.
There’s nothing like watching two fierce females on screen strive together — whether they share a sisterhood, a friendship or a romantic relationship.
These ladies are smart, sexy, supportive and badass all in their own right and we want to celebrate them because… what would our favourite TV shows be without these incredible female duos?
Waddup title reference.
We’re HERE for these TV women who support each other no matter what. These “dream teams” are better together, plain and simple.
Here are 12 fierce female TV duos we can’t help but love:
Stef & Lena (The Fosters)
These mothers of five children — four adopted, one biological — uphold fun and discipline in their home while both balancing demanding careers. Stef is a police officer and Lena is the Vice Principal at their kids’ school — yeah, these ladies are pretty badass. These partners-in-crime prove day in and day out that you truly can have it all, as long as you work together.
Portrayed by Teri Polo & Sherri Saum
Max & Caroline (2 Broke Girls)
These gal pals are a classic example of how opposites attract. Sarcastic Max Black is quick to make jokes about her lack of finances, while Caroline Channing is more of the “born into money type” — but together, they just seem to work. After Caroline’s father lands himself in jail thanks to an involvement in a ponzi scheme, she ends up living with Max and, well, the rest is history.
Portrayed by Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs
Jess & Cece (New Girl)
Bubbly Jessica Day and her best friend/model Cece Parekh make a beautiful BFF pair because of how often they look out for one another. Their different personalities, just seem to balance them out. Cece’s honesty grounds Jess while Cece learns to not take herself too seriously thanks to Jess’s quirky nature.
Portrayed by Zooey Deschanel and Hannah Simone
Emma & Manny (Degrassi)
Degrassi: The Next Generation OG’s Emma Nelson and Manny Santos was the friendship that kickstarted the show’s continuation. Together, the gal pals go through growing pains and experience all those teenage hardships that you can only get through with a friend. Through puberty, boys and social changes, Emma and Manny grew together — then apart — then back together again.
Portrayed by Miriam McDonald and Cassie Steele
Brittany & Santana (Glee)
Over the course of Glee we saw Brittana grow as friends, fall in love, break up — and get married. Who wouldn’t want to marry their best friend? These ladies helped show the world that love is love — you can’t choose who you fall in love with, you just need to go with your heart and be with the person who you can truly call your best friend.
Portrayed by Heather Morris and Naya Rivera
Serena & Blair (Gossip Girl)
You’d think it would be difficult to find trustworthy friends in Manhattan’s Upper East Side — and you’re right. Serena van der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf had their problems but when the going got tough, they turned to each other. These ladies and their struggles made them of the most tumultuous friendships but will go down in history because, in the end, they showed us that almost everything is forgivable and nothing can tear apart friends — who are more like sisters.
Portrayed by Blake Lively and Leighton Meester
Clarke & Lexa (The 100)
We know. We know. It still hurts. But we can’t write this list without mentioning Clarke and Lexa’s relationship that caught us by surprise but ending up meaning so much. The strong leaders who banned together for the same cause had some downfalls at times, but in the end their love for one another was so strong that it impacted a lot of their decisions, and made them grow as people. This relationship showed that sometimes you find love when you least expect it, and that, well, females are SERIOUSLY badass. These two leaders never needed men to help them make decisions. They acted with conviction and pushed one another to be the best versions of themselves.
Portrayed by Eliza Taylor and Alycia Debnam-Carey
Poussey & Taystee (Orange Is The New Black)
No spoilers here — we loved this friendship. In an environment where friendships aren’t easily made (#prisonproblems), Tasha Jefferson, aka Taystee and Poussey Washington’s friendship shined. Together, these two stole each and every scene they shared. Even romantic feeling couldn’t shake this solid friendship. Their support, love and loyalty to one another was true representation of what every female friendship should be about. Unabashed and unconditional support.
Portrayed by Danielle Brooks and Samira Wiley
Marissa & Summer (The O.C)
Marissa Cooper and Summer Roberts were the popular girls — until they weren’t. Marissa’s life was far from perfect, and everyone eventually found out — but that never stopped Summer from ripping apart anyone who dared to say anything badd to Marissa. These two just go to show that you NEVER mess with a girl’s BFF.
Portrayed by Mischa Barton and Rachel Bilson
Fiona & Veronica (Shameless)
Neighbours and best friends? Shameless’ Fiona and Veronica (better known as V) have hearts as big as the parties they throw. Living in a lower income area in Chicago, this friendship has overcome struggles with money, family, love, jail, homelessness, drugs — the list goes on. They may not agree with one another life choices always but in the end, their friendship is judgement free (mostly) because, in the end, they ALWAYS have each other’s backs.
Portrayed by Emmy Rossum and Shanola Hampton
Lorelei & Rory (Gilmore Girls)
We’ve learned a lot about life thanks to Lorelei and Rory Gilmore. Unlike any female duo we’ve ever seen before, these two promoted something that is VERY rarely shown: a girl and her mother CAN be best friends. Rory’s relationship with her mother showed the world that it’s cool to be BFF’s with your mom because who better to be your complete and total weird self with.
Portrayed by Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel
Bridget & Kerry (8 Simple Rules)
Bridget and Kerry Hennessy… close in age, but complete opposites. There is no TV duo quite like these sisters who accurately represent the unique bond that exists between sisters. In a matter of minutes these two would go from hating one another to putting everything on the line to help the other out. Being a sister is no easy thing, but Bridget and Kerry just went to show that a dysfunctional friendship with your sibling is the healthiest — because your love is unconditional and at the end of the day you will always, ALWAYS, forget what you were even fighting about in the first place.
Portrayed by Kaley Cuoco and Amy Davidson