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Heterosexual Life Partners: Live-Action TV

  • Absolutely Fabulous:
    • Patsy and Edina, although given Eddie's epic inability to relate to anyone else and Patsy's...well, Patsy...there've been a few joking suggestions that the "heterosexual" part of the description might not always have been entirely accurate.
    • Patsy sabotaged at least one of Eddie's potential relationships (Saffy called her on it but couldn't stop her) and it's been implied that she was the main reason both of Eddie's marriages broke down.
      • Which she kind of amended ... by marrying Eddie. Initially this is to help find Eddie's son but they stay married because Eddie asks; being thus married to Patsy longer than she had been married to anybody.
  • Adventures In Wonderland: The Mad Hatter and The March Hare in this 90's Disney television series.
  • Alias Smith and Jones: Hannibal Heyes and Kid Curry are a prime example of this trope.
  • Andy Griffith and Don Knotts' characters Andy Taylor and Barney Fife in The Andy Griffith Show, as well as in Real Life.
  • The A-Team:
    • The A-Team. Given a Lampshade Hanging when they buy a house as part of a scheme, and the head of the neighborhood watch asks if they're gay. The team has to physically restrain B.A..
    • The whole team, but Face and Murdock especially. They run scams together, tease each other constantly, they're almost always together in the background (usually goofing off) and Face even tells Murdock "You were always the one I thought I could count on," during a serious argument.
      • B.A. and Murdock also have this going. With a large helping of Vitriolic Best Buds on the side.
  • Babylon 5: Londo and G'Kar. An antagonistic example until Season 5.
  • Band of Brothers: Winters and Nixon, which was true for their real-life counterparts as well. Same goes for "Wild Bill" Guarnere and Babe Heffron.
  • Battlestar Galactica (Classic):
    • Apollo and Starbuck from the classic show. Aside from almost always being each others wingmen and even playing on the same team at Triad, both warriors appear to be worried about each other often. Starbuck even gives a hint of jealousy when Apollo is to marry Serina in "Lost Planet of the Gods.
    Apollo: Hey. It's me, Apollo. Remember? We talk about things. (in "The Living Legend")
    • Starbuck is also this with Boomer, and the novelizations state that Adama and Tigh were their generation's Starbuck and Boomer, albeit in a somewhat more serious, responsible fashion.
      • Of course, Starbuck and both of his life partners form a trio. There's even a secret handshake between the three. Twice.
    Boomer: We've been in tighter spots.
    Starbuck: We have?
    Apollo: And we'll get out of this one, too. I promise.
  • Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined): Tigh and Adama from the re-imagined show (and in the original version as well, though in a lesser degree). Made abundantly clear by Adama's breakdown over Tigh's revelation that he is a Cylon, though it was obvious before. It's official. William Adama is the one Saul Tigh loves most in the universe. So says Saul's own wife.
    • Apollo and Helo have shades of this.
  • Being Human: Mitchell and George.
    • As well as their American counterparts, Aiden and Josh.
  • The Big Bang Theory:
    • Howard and Raj. They've had their moments before, but half of the episode "The Cornhusker Vortex" is about them being like husband and wife, respectively.
    • Lampshaded in "The Maternal Congruence".
      • Lampshaded even earlier in "The Maternal Capacitance."
    • Leonard and Sheldon show hints of this, too. Or at least, the other characters think so.
      • Leonard and Sheldon's relationship is an odd mix between best friends, highly dysfunctional and co-dependent life partners, and parent/child.
    • It is clear that Amy wants to see her relationship with Penny this way, too (and even that the 'heterosexual' part might be negotiable). Penny is more standoffish, however.
  • Big Wolf on Campus: Tommy Dawkins and Merton Dingle.
  • Black Books: Bernard and Manny appear to be Heterosexual Life-Partners perpetually teetering on the verge of divorce, between the bitter arguments and put-downs, the Ho Yay and the living together thing.
  • Blackadder:
    • Blackadder and Baldrick. While Edmund give Balders a lot of abuse, it's apparent he's at least very used to having him around. One idea Richard Curtis had for a fifth series was "Blackadder as a very fed up and corrupt university don, and Baldrick has been his 'scout' for the past forty years, so in effect they've been married for forty years."
      • Blackadder and Bladrick may be the most extreme example since this relathionship has literally gone on for centuries.
    • On the other hand, the back cover of Blackadder: The Whole Damn Dynasty calls Baldrick Blackadder's catamite...
  • Blake's 7: Avon and Vila, anyone?
  • Bones: Zack Addy and Jack Hodgins were this before Zack was written out.
  • Bosom Buddies: Kip and Henry (AKA "Buffy and Hildy").
  • Boston Legal:
    • Denny Crane and Alan Shore. They discuss their relationship, as well as social opinion of such relationships, frequently. Alan even discussed the English word "love", and how it's a shame that people use it lightly and a further shame that you can't be precise about your meaning, and then firmly applied it to Denny: "I love you." (Or so this editor recalls.) All in a non-sexual way, and yet these two are more intimate than a good number of television married couples. And in the series finale, they do get married, making them literal heterosexual life partners.
    • The two do end a lot of episodes with some pretty heavy duty male bonding moments—sitting on the balcony, drinking Scotch and...well, without more to go on we'll just have to assume that in this case, a cigar (or rather two cigars) is just a cigar. Probably.
    • They have sleepovers on occasion, in addition to everything else, and have gone at least once on an extended fishing trip.
  • Boston Public: Steven Harper and Scott Guber.
  • Boy Meets World: Cory and Shawn. And, oddly enough, so are their older brothers, Jack and Eric.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Buffy Summers and Willow Rosenberg. It made for a bit of awkwardness when Willow came out as gay, partially because they had grown apart quite a bit during that season and Buffy had no clue until then. It's given shippers more ammunition than every bullet in every war ever.
    • Angelus and Spike were this at one point. When Angelus got a soul and became Angel they didn't see each other much for about a hundred years. Their mutual hatred of each other (and subsequent Ho Yay) was only escalated because they used to be this trope.
  • Burn Notice: Michael Westen and Sam Axe.
  • Byker Grove: PJ and Duncan, played by Real Life Heterosexual Life-Partners Ant & Dec.
  • Cagney & Lacey.
  • Castle: Detectives Kevin Ryan and Javier Esposito, to the point where they have the same lottery numbers ("That way we both win and it's not awkward"). Lampshaded in "The Double Down":
    Castle: (to Esposito, after Ryan left abruptly) Don't worry, he still loves you.
  • Charlie's Angels: The three gals.
  • Cheers: Norm Peterson and Cliff Clavin.
  • Chips: Jon Baker and Frank Poncherello. But their actors...it's probably best if not mentioned.
  • Chuck: Chuck and Morgan.
  • The Closer: Lts. Provenza and Flynn of the LAPD in this crime drama. In fact, it is not uncommon to hear Chief Johnson bellowing, "Provenza and Flynn!!" when she hears about their wacky hijinx (one of which involved a dead body, Provenza's garage, skybox tickets to a Dodgers game, and Johnson more furious than anyone's seen her), and when they're not assigned to work alone, she virtually always pairs them up. A Season 7 episode reveals that Provenza's four ex-wives consider Flynn to be their Fifth Ranger and invite him to their get-togethers.
    Brenda: Now don't get angry. Lieutenants Flynn and Provenza...
    Pope: Already angry.
  • Community: Troy and Abed are the epitome of this trope. They even get their own segment during the credits at the end of each episode.
  • Conan: Conan and Andy.
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Nick Stokes and Warrick Brown. Similarly, Tim Speedle and Eric Delko of CSI: Miami. Warrick and Nick are another couple that even the actors playing them appear to ship, calling it "good, healthy man love".
  • CSI NY: Flack and Danny.
  • Davy Crockett: Davy and Georgie in this Disney mini-series.
  • Degrassi The Next Generation: JT and Toby. Even more so with Emma and Manny, who have been best friends since they were four. At one point in high school, Manny lived with Emma and slept in the same bed. And than when they went to college, Emma made sure that they were roomates. Emma ended up marrying Spinner, who was heterosexual life partners with Jay, who ended up enganged to Manny.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Second Doctor and Jamie, just as their actors were in real life.
    • Also, the Doctor (Third and Fourth especially) and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.
    • You could class the Eleventh Doctor and Rory Williams as this.
      • Even more so with Eleventh Doctor and Craig Owens. The two times he appeared, despite not being a true companion. The Doctor truly cares about him and admitted Craig as one of his best friends. Heck, a running gag between them is that people keep thinking they're a gay couple.
  • Dollhouse: In flashbacks shown, Caroline (the future Echo) and Bennett (Echo's future foil) became fast friends in college and were heading in this direction - until a certain bomb went off....
  • Drake & Josh: The eponymous characters. Also the two nerds Craig and Eric.
  • The Drew Carey Show: Lewis and Oswald, and many a joke was made on the show about it.
    Oswald: "So I was drinkin' the other night, and I got to throwin' up and I got to thinkin'..." (long, rambling exposition about him wanting to move back in follows)
    Lewis: "Hey. You had me at 'throwin' up'."
  • Due South: Fraser and both Rays.
  • Emergency!: John and Roy.
  • ER: Mark Green and Doug Ross. To the point where as Doug prepared to resign in disgrace, he mourned the likely loss of his best friend as much as the possible loss of the love of his life, Carol. Meanwhile, Mark almost tearfully declared, "I love him like a brother, but I can't do this anymore. It's too hard."
  • Flight of the Conchords: Bret and Jemaine live together, even sharing a bedroom if not a bed. Jemaine in particular tends to get jealous of Bret's girlfriends, and they will often accompany each other on dates. The lyrics to "Bret You've Got it Goin' On", which is supposedly a platonic attempt to make Bret feel better about his looks, reveal that sometimes when Bret is sleeping Jemaine puts a wig on him and spoons him.
  • Frasier:
    • Frasier and Niles Crane fit this trope perfetly. Granted, they are brothers, but they are also best friends and constant companions. The fact that they act very much like a married couple gets a Lampshade Hanging more than once, and after Niles marries Daphne, he spends as much time with his brother as he does with his wife.
    • Made all the more clear when Frasier becomes more and more depressed and jealous during the later seasons after Daphne starts living with Niles, who no longer has quite as much time for his brother as he used to, although this is more because Frasier's unreasonably clingy rather than any real distancing, as the two of them fit this trope through the last season:
    Roz: I need to talk to you. You're not with Frasier are you?
    Niles: Why does everyone treat us like we're joined at the hip? I do have coffee with people other than my brother, you know.
    Roz: Oh good, because I'm avoiding him.
    Niles: Well then talk fast, because he's meeting me in five minutes.
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air:
    • Will and Jazz.
    • Although Will was slow to admit it, he was also this with Carlton after a while.
  • Friends:
    • Chandler and Joey. Roomates who do everything together, up to and including buying joint furniture and raising their chick and duck. Season 2 even has a 'break up' story. While Joey is quite happy when Chandler marries Monica (with whom Joey has a Like Brother and Sister relationship with), he's upset when they announce they're moving away...until Chandler and Monica show him his 'Joey Room' at their house. (Sort of extending it into One True Threesome territory).
    • Rachel and Monica count having been friends their whole lives but, unlike Chandler and Joey, they don't stay quite as close after Chandler and Monica get together. (Probably because Joey had a lot of affection for Monica, while Rachel didn't get on as well with Chandler). They also drifted apart during their college years.
  • Fringe: Walter Bishop and William Bell in this show by J. J. Abrams. In Season 3, Alt-Charlie and Alt-Lincoln.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon were this in their youth, though by the time the series begins, they haven't seen one another in nine years. Robert tells Ned that he chose him as his brother over his actual brothers, and Ned is fiercely loyal to him.
    • Jon Snow and Samwell Tarly. Jon's actor, Kit Harrington, claims that Jon would fall apart without Sam.
    • Beric Dondarrion and Thoros of Myr. It helps that Thoros is responsible for bringing Beric back from the dead six times.
  • General Hospital: Sonny Corinthos and Jason Morgan. Despite the numerous women in their lives, they will always choose each other. Fans call them Sason.
  • Gilligan's Island has Gilligan and the Skipper. Granted, it's mixed with Vitriolic Best Buds (at least on the Skipper's end), but they bunk together, work together, stick up for each other, and panic when they believe the other is in danger.
  • Gilmore Girls: Everyone's favorite Mother/Daughter duo, The Gilmore Girls.
  • Gossip Girl:
    • Serena and Blair. Would rather spend their prom with each other than their boyfriends/love interests.
    • Also Nate and Chuck. Highly debatable. Nate is rather an example of With Friends Like These.... Even Dan Humphrey has been there for Chuck more than Nate has.
  • Graduados: Loli and Vicky.
  • Greek: Ashleigh Howard and Casey Cartwright. This is most explicit in the final season, when they declare each other to be their soulmates and are both visibly horrified at the idea that their friendship might be a "college relationship".
  • Grey's Anatomy:
    • Has a Patient of the Week and her best friend, who are both runaways from a small religious group, and have pledged to be together "cradle to grave." Too bad one of 'em's dying.
    • It also has, well, a good portion of the doctors. Yang and Meredith seem to fit this trope best, even though it's actually Izzie (and George, for that matter) that shares an apartment with Meredith.
    • Christina and Meredith have gotten even closer in later seasons, declaring each other soul mates and more than once sleeping in the same bed. Along with Mer's husband. Their husbands call them "The Twisted Sisters".
    • Mark and Callie really count as this, despite being opposite genders and Callie being bi. She gives birth to Mark's baby and fully intends for him to raise the baby with her and Arizona (whom she later marries), leading to one of the most beautiful family dynamics on the show. And then Mark dies.
    • Not to mention Derek and Mark, once they finally moved past that whole Mark-slept-with-his-wife thing. Derek and Owen are somewhat this as well, though there is a hiccup during the time Derek blames Owen for the plane crash. He moves past that eventually though.
      • Mark even admits later that he came to Seattle to get Derek back not Addison. He has no other friends (until Callie) and even considers Derek's mother to be his surrogate mother. Not that it stops him from sleeping with Derek's sisters (one for sure and one implies it).
  • Hannah Montana: Miley and Lilly. So much so that, in the series finale, neither appears fazed by leaving their boyfriends, but can't stand the thought of leaving each other. Their decision of where to go to college was heavily influenced by where the other would go.
  • Hawaii Five-0: Steve and Danny were initially Vitriolic Best Buds (with Danny in particular constantly complaining about Steve), yet they simply cannot seem to spend enough time together, to the extent that their work and personal lives have no separation at all. Steve is an Honorary Uncle to Danny's daughter Grace. They are both willing to die for (or simply with) each other. Also, they Man Hug regularly and recently they have taken to openly saying "I love you" to each other.
  • Hercules: The Legendary Journeys: Hercules and Iolaus.
  • Heroes: Hiro and Ando. In one episode, Ando even commented, "That is how we roll." As a reply to something to the effect of, "You guys go to the bathroom together...?" Hiro used the same words in response to Ando saying, "You came back for me." It helps that he has a thing for Hiro's sister.
  • Highlander: Has several: Mac and Richie, Mac and Joe, Mac and Connor, all four Horsemen, arguably Mac and Methos....
  • Horatio Hornblower: Horatio Hornblower and Archie Kennedy — and as has been mentioned under "Literature," Horatio and William Bush later on. During Mutiny and Retribution they form a Power Trio, until Archie is killed.
  • House:
    • House and Wilson. In the second and third seasons, the writers make light of the shipping.
    Stacy: What are you hiding?
    House: I'm gay. (Stacy glares at him) Oh! That's not what you meant. It does explain a lot though. No girlfriend, always with Wilson, obsession with sneakers...
    • Considering that the creators have said that there is a decent chance that House will end up with Wilson, and that Hugh Laurie ships it, the heterosexual part of this trope is highly debatable. It seems possible that House/Wilson could become canon.
    • The fourth season goes well beyond "making light of," as House ends up demanding visitation rights from Wilson's new girlfriend.
      • "My God! You're dating me!"
      • That season also implies that House tries to sabotage Wilson's relationships so that he won't lose him to a woman.
      • 5th season, Cuddy puts House and Wilson in "couples therapy" because Wilson doesn't want to be House's friend anymore.
      • On the 6th season, House moves in with Wilson, and it seems that they're actually going to stay together for a while.
      • In the final season, Wilson is diagnosed with terminal cancer. House fakes his own death (he was about to be sent back to jail), losing any chance to practice medicine in the future, so he and Wilson could spend Wilson's final months together.
  • How I Met Your Mother:
    • Barney, Marshall and Ted.
    • Probably the longest running gag in the show, starting from the pilot, is Marshall and Barney's never-ending, recurring turf war over which of them is Ted's best friend (it's always Marshall, but Barney doesn't take "no" for an answer).
    • Played With as well: good bit of the first and third seasons' undertones is Ted coming to terms with the fact that he and Marshall can't be the exact same dynamic duo they had been since college anymore now that Marshall's marrying Lily (although it doesn't negatively affect their friendship — it just alters it a bit) and gravitating towards Barney in his quest to meet the woman he'll marry. In "Okay Awesome", after Marshall worries that Ted might be drifting away from him now that he's engaged, Ted says he wants nothing more than to do fun couple stuff with Marshall and Lily, but he can only do that if he himself is part of a couple too, so he has to first run around doing stupid single things with Barney in order to meet enough girls to find "the one". However, halfway through the third season he realizes what a horrible influence Barney is on him after spending a night behaving like a sleazy, Barney-esque jackass, and since then has firmly stuck to Marshall as his best friend and role model, although he has admitted that Barney is for all intents and purposes his brother.
    • As for Barney, he considers himself to be Ted's best friend. Ever since meeting Ted, he has immediately latched on to him and is constantly bothering him to hang out. When Ted finally gets sick of it note  and breaks off their friendship, Barney is heartbroken. Then, when he catches word that Ted's been admitted to the hospital he runs from work to get there. He almost makes it too, before he gets hit by a bus. Ted welcomes him back into the group after that. The sad thing is, it's implied that Barney's past and self-problems force him into a state of complete denial, causing him to act the way he does. Ted and the others are the only things keeping him from going too far.
    • As stated above, Barney runs all the way to the hospital Ted is in in the third season finale "Miracles", only to be hit by a bus and sustain injuries far more serious than Ted's. Afterwards, he, Marshall and Ted have a moment Ted later admits got really mushy, which involves all three of them crying and hugging while exclaiming they are brothers.
    • Lily and Robin could be this (they've both declared the other their best friend and clearly stay very good friends in thirty-odd years) if it weren't for Lily's undisguised crush on Robin.
  • How To Make It In America: Ben and Cam. Pointed out at various points by other characters.
  • The Inbetweeners: Will and Simon.
  • The IT Crowd: Moss and Roy seem this way, even though Roy tries to deny it and Moss seems oblivious when it is mentioned:
    Moss: I do like Roy; I'm just not "curious."
    Roy: We are not a married couple ... and if anything I'm the husband!
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia:
    • Mac and Dennis.
    • They even broke up in Season 5. Charlie and Frank might also qualify for this, but they're freaky beyond description, so it's hard to say either way.
    Dee So you don’t think that two thirty-year-old men who spend every waking moment together is a little bit pathetic?
  • Jackass: Chris Pontius and Steve-O sometimes give off this vibe, especially inasmuch as they eventually got their own show together, Wildboyz. Watch the "shark-fishing" skit in the second Jackass movie, when Pontius is helping Steve-O get the fishhook through his cheek. Pontius seems to be having sympathy pains.
  • Jeeves and Wooster: The title characters.
  • Kaamelott: Perceval and Karadoc in this French show spend so much time with each other, they end up founding their own clan together.
  • Kamen Rider:
    • Most protagonists and their deuteragnists have this dynamic.
    • Shinji and Ren are more often at each other's throats than not, but they do have their odd moments together. Especially when Shinji dies.
    • Kenzaki and Hajime are very similar to the above, and likewise it's hard to deny the depths of their friendship when the former turns himself into a monster so the latter can continue to live among humanity.
    • Shoutaro and Phillip of Kamen Rider Double. Their apartment has only one bed, so not only is it possible that they share that sometimes, they regularly share a body - their catchphrase being "The two of us are a single Kamen Rider!"
    • Yuuki and Tomoko from Kamen Rider Fourze, though at times Tomoko's reactions come off more like a Stalker with a Crush. This trope applies even more to their actresses Fumika Shimizu and Shiho; in the Fourze Quiz segments included on the DVDs, they tell each other "I love you" a lot, and when they're on the same team they spend most of the short holding hands, semi-snuggling, giggling, and whispering to each other.
  • Keen Eddie: The professional friendship between Eddie Arlette and Monty Pippin is a prime example. Mark Valley: "You got to admit, whenever two guys have to spend an awful lot of time together, the question is going to come up. There's always that thing of, 'Oh my God, are we gay?' Like, not physically, but you're enjoying each other's company — you know what I mean? It could be read that way, and we joke about it, but they're just two regular guys hanging out, spending an awful lot of time together."
  • Kenan & Kel.
  • Laverne and Shirley.
  • Life on Mars (2006)/Ashes to Ashes: Ray Carling and Chris Skelton, although as of season 2 the hints have been flying thick and fast that there might be a little more than that going on with Ray's chronic resentment of Chris's girlfriend (which admittedly got better during the third season - the resentment, though, not the hints). To wit, Alex's letters for the entire team to be opened in the event of her departure; everyone opens theirs right away, and all we hear about Ray's is that it contains the word "repressed." This bit of dialogue from the season 3 finale:
    Shaz: Don't panic, Ray. I ain't going to be no gooseberry. Blimey, I'm amazed you two never tied the knot.
    Chris: It's legal in Holland.
    Ray: Can we talk about something else like...women, or snooker?
  • The Lone Ranger: The Lone Ranger and Tonto.
  • Lost Girl: Kenzi and Bo are very clearly the most important people in each other's lives. Both have put themselves into incredible danger to help the other one out.
  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E.:
    • Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin. Napoleon's steady stream of girlfriends (and Illya's occasional fling) does nothing to deter shippers, naturally.
    • Especially considering that Illya repeatedly proves to be a more effective bait for Napoleon than the Girl of the Week.
    • Add in the fact that the last time Illya actively pursues a girl is early in the second season and that Napoleon's dating steadily decreases to nothing, and the slash begins to look intentional.
      • By season four Napoleon only dates twice: once to steal a girl from Illya and in the other he takes Illya along as chauffeur.
  • M*A*S*H: Hawkeye and BJ. "I'll never be able to shake you," Hawkeye says to BJ in the last episode.
  • Merlin:
    • Merlin and Arthur... according to the writers, anyway. Some would disagree.
    • It would help that their two actors are very close in real life.
    • There has also been vibes of Merlin and Lancelot. Also Merlin and Gwaine.
    • Morgana and her servant Guinevere (yes THAT one) start out as this but it sadly doesn't last thanks to Morgana's Face-Heel Turn.
    • Morgana and her (possibly) half sister Morgause.
  • Miami Vice: Crockett and Tubbs.
  • The Middleman: Wendy and Lacey. Years later the actresses were hired(?) by David Lynch to have an epic romantic falling out in a music video.
  • The Mighty Boosh: Howard Moon and Vince Noir. They work together, live together, go on adventures together, throw satsumas (tangerines) at each other in the snow while wearing only underwear together...Vince is also often mistaken for Howard's girlfriend or wife (since Dude Looks Like a Lady). Lance Dior claims to have heard that Howard is Vince's wife, that he cooks his meals, cuts his hair, and bakes him "little cakes". The relationship remains strictly platonic, despite a few close calls. Once (infamously) in Party, and once in Boosh Live, when Howard's technique with the ladies is described by Vince as a rude invitation to get into his wheelbarrow (he's from Leeds, you see). Howard protests, claiming he was drunk, and Vince laughs, "I know, so was I — I was in the wheelbarrow."
  • Morecambe and Wise:
    • This show make this older than a LOT of people think, apparently. As do Flanders and Swann.
    • Morecambe and Wise were always shown as very close and as quarreling like an old married couple, but were reluctant for years to do their first sharing a bed skit, even though their relationship is clearly platonic.
      • Supposedly they were both immediately brought round to the idea by one of their writers pointing out that Laurel and Hardy shared a bed on film.
  • The Muppet Show: Statler and Waldorf.
    • Muppets Tonight: Pepe the Prawn and Seymour the elephant. They were stage partners and did almost everything together. Though while Pepe went on to star in more muppety stuff, Seymour was put on a bus.
    • Also Gonzo and Rizzo the Rat especially in The Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppets from Space.
  • My Life In Film: Jones and Art.
  • The Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nóg: Rohan and Angus, "friends for life."
  • The Naked Trucker and T-Bones: In both their live stage show and the short-lived television show.
  • NCIS:
    • "Guilty Pleasure" lampshades this one with Tony and McGee (Ziva provides the lampshades). The two have a falling out (which Ziva describes as a "seven-year itch") during which Tony spends a lot more time working with Phil McCadden, scheduling "hang out time" together after hours and starting to dress the same. But after McCadden dares insult McGee's skills as an agent, Tony backs away and is soon back by McGee's side, refusing to answer McCadden's calls.
    • Meanwhile, Gibbs and Fornell visit each other's houses with offers of dinner on the pretense of exchanging case information that could have been traded over the phone.
    • Gibbs and Ducky. They've worked together for years, and Ducky's the only person who gets to call Gibbs "Jethro".
    • Gibbs and Franks.
  • NCIS: Los Angeles: Callan and Sam are this trope, written that way intentionally, even to the point other characters make comments about them being a married couple.
  • Neighbours: Harold and Lou. They actually started off as fierce love rivals but now they're like an old married couple. Also, from the same show, Steph and Libby.
  • New Girl: Nick and Schmidt. To the point of Schmidt throwing a wedding-like party to celebrate their having been roommates for ten years. At least one guest had to explain to his mother that despite what it sounded like they were not a couple.
  • Nickelodeon and Disney teen sitcoms are full of these: Zeke and Luther, Drake & Josh, Pair Of Kings..
  • North and South (Trilogy): The two principle characters of the series, Orry Main and George Hazard. There is also Orry's cousin, Charles Main, and George's younger brother, Billy Hazard. Of course, things get awkward when the two brothers end up siding with the Union and the cousins with the Confederacy when the Civil War kicks off.
  • NUMB3RS: Colby and David fit the trope to a "T", even displaying jealousy at each other's outside friendships and acting heartbroken when one or the other is removed from the group.
  • The Odd Couple: Oscar and Felix.
    • Falani and Eric during season six, this being outrageous fortune everyone ignores the first word when talking about them.
  • The Old Guys: Tom and Roy, mostly by process of elimination (spousal death, divorce and being incredibly unlucky with women).
  • Once Upon a Time: Red and Snow. They meet when Snow is fresh on the run from her evil stepmother, and remain close friends until the curse takes them. At one point Red even risks her life by going into wolf form to give Charming time to escape and find Snow. It helps that it's also implied that Red's grandmother ends up being a Parental Substitute to Snow.
  • One Tree Hill: Brooke and Peyton. Also, Marvin "Mouth" McFadden and Antwon "Skills" Taylor.
  • Oz: Busmalis and Rebadow. Despite Rebadow once trying to kill Busmalis, they've got the "old married couple" thing down pat.
  • Parks and Recreation: Ann and Leslie.
  • Pawn Stars: Chumlee and Corey. Despite the fact that Chum annoys Corey, they care about each other.
  • Peep Show: Mark and Jeremy. In the season 5 finale, Sophie is pregnant and it might be either Mark's or Jeremy's. Mark comments on Sophie's increasingly erratic behavior and says that if she continues like that, they can just adopt the baby "like those gay dads"
  • Distant cousins Balki and Larry from Perfect Strangers, of an Odd Couple variation.
  • Finch and Reece is Person of Interest are both very lonely characters, one an ex-CIA operative Badass in a Nice Suit and the other a reclusive computer genuis who have both lost people they care about. They become very close friends after Finch hires Reece and over time have not only helped each other heal old emotional wounds, but also have become very protective over one another, especially Reece to Finch, who suffers from a limp and backpain [[spoilers: due to an explosion which killed his best friend]] and cannot run (which is dangerous, considering the explosions and gunfire which follow them around)
    Reece: [To Finch, who is on a stakeout alone] Finch, you know that I don't like you going out on missions without me there.
  • Popular: Josh and Sugardaddy. In one episode, Sugardaddy is jealous of all the time Josh spends with his girlfriend.
  • Power Rangers:
    • Jason and Tommy. Several seasons had the Red Ranger have this relationship with the Sixth Ranger. Funnily enough, this went both ways with these two: in the first season, Jason was Red and Tommy was Sixth; in Zeo, Tommy was Red while Jason was Sixth (a replacement Sixth, but still).
    • Interestingly, the source material for the first season Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger, had their counterparts (Geki and Burai) as long-lost brothers.
    • In Space had Andros and Zhane. Zhane was injured and placed in cryogenic freeze, Andros' looking at his tube had a "lost love" look to it.
    • Also, it's not just Power Rangers who have this trope. Even their enemies can also do it, such as Rito Revolto and Goldar, despite the latter hating to hang around with the former.
    • Bulk and Skull.
    • Jake and Noah in Megaforce.
  • The Professionals: Bodie and Doyle.
  • Psych: Shawn and Gus, who have been best friends since they were six years old and are practically joined at the hip at all times.
    • Gus later feels betrayed when he finds out that his sister had a fling with Shawn.
  • Pushing Daisies: Chuck and Olive become this. Yes, Chuck's a woman.
  • Quantum Leap: Sam Beckett and Al Calavicci. Al is about the only thing from his time Sam consistently remembers throughout the series, and both of them sacrificed a lot for one another.
  • Ready Or Not: This show ran on Busy and Amanda being this.
  • Red Dwarf:
    • Although Olaf Petersen only makes a handful of appearances, a strong impression is given that, before the accident, he and Lister were Heterosexual Life-Partners. Lister apparently has a tattoo that says "I Love Petersen".
    • Rimmer and Lister could be considered involuntary Heterosexual Life-Partners; there's simply no-one else for them to talk to. They live (well, in Rimmer's case, exist) in a mile-long abandoned spaceship, but still sleep in their old crew bunks in the same room.
  • Rizzoli & Isles:
    • Maura Isles and Jane Rizzoli of the eponymous crime show. Oh, boy, Rizzoli and Isles.
    • Rizzoli gets threatened by a serial killer? Goes to stay with Isles. Isles' friend gets killed? Reaches straight for Rizzoli. Eat together, run together, have drinks together, Fight Crime(!) together, far and away each other's Most Important Person. Isles is the product of a Friendless Background: she has never had a best friend before Rizzoli, and has a worrying tendency of pointing out to any potential Love Interest that they have a dire, undiagnosed medical condition - Rizzoli claims that men either run away from the badge or want to misuse the handcuffs. Some people see Les Yay, others merely intense friendship, but either way, very, very close - and hilariously codependent. They can't seem to do a thing without each other.
  • Robin Hood: Robin and Much.
  • Rome: Features Titus Pullo and Lucius Vorenus. It's even given a Lampshade Hanging by Pullo's wife.
  • Scrubs:
    • J.D. and Turk: even after Turk gets married and J.D. moves out, Carla, Turk's wife, calls J.D. "Turk's boyfriend" and often jokes about it on the show. This culminated in a musical number that celebrated their "Guy Love". In some early episodes, however, Turk was paranoid they might be Mistaken for Gay. One of the series' oldest running gags is that the two are gay for each other.
    • Recently, J.D. and Elliot got back together, but J.D. was having a tough time saying the l-word. However, he later confessed that he loves Elliot more than Turk, which is a big deal to her.
    • In the finale of the original run, this dialogue ensues:
    Carla: Please tell me my husband loves me more than you.
    J.D.: It's about even.
    • Enforced even further by the fact that actors Zach Braff and Donald Faison are exactly the same way in reality.
    • An interesting thing to note is that the show creator mentioned in an interview that while the two were always supposed be close, it wasn't until they had seen it happening on screen they realized just how gay the characters actually were with one another.
  • Seinfeld: George and Jerry. Not that there's anything wrong with that.... They even go as far as to spend large part of an episode on George having a girlfriend who looks an awful lot like Jerry. It turns out to be more than he is able handle, though.
  • The Sentinel: Jim Ellison and Blair Sandburg; Blair actually moves in with Jim early in the series.
    • It's clearly visible in the scene where Jim tries to revive Blair, who was shot by Jim's Evil Counterpart.
  • Sesame Street: Bert and Ernie, and many a joke has been made about this one. Word of God says that Bert & Ernie were originally conceived to be brothers, but the show's creators saw more storyline potential with them as an Odd Couple pairing.
  • Shake It Up: CeCe and Rocky, who do absolutely everything together, and have the same hopes and dreams. Reinforced by Rocky's refusal to be on the show if Ce Ce couldn't be on.
  • Sharpe: Richard Sharpe and Patrick Harper. After brief enmity and beating the crap out of each other, they settle into a friendship that leads them to walk into combat zones for each other after they each leave the army, and the exchange "Are you with me, Patrick?" "Yes, always." There's a strong implication that when Sharpe is should-be-mortally wounded, he only lives because of Harper's determination that he will.
  • Sherlock: Sherlock and John, in keeping with their historic portrayals, as very much this — especially by the end of the second season.
    • Irene Adler even points out that they're a couple. When John once again claims that he's not gay, Irene simply says it doesn't matter. In fact, she's gay but still has a thing for Sherlock.
  • The Secret Circle: Faye and Melissa. Also Diana and Cassie.
  • Skins: Go to the show page for a short list of these friendships.
  • Sonny With A Chance: Nico and Grady, even with their own 'breakup' episode where they try to replace one another with Sonny.
  • Spaced: And just so nobody has to go looking for it elsewhere in the article...Tim and Mike.
  • Spartacus: Blood and Sand: Spartacus has has two. In Blood and Sand it is Varro. In Vengeance and War of the Damned it is Agron. The latter is actually gay, but in that place and era this kind of detail mattered a lot less since Agron was a Manly Gay and he and Spartacus were Bash Brothers.
  • Sports Night: Casey and Dan. Though each has some significant romantic relationships, their most sustained - and sustaining - relationship is with each other. When Dana screws up her relationship with Casey, it's Dan who knows exactly how and why she went wrong. A painful estrangement, based on professional status and hurt feelings, between the two men is resolved during a Passover seder, at which Kasey confesses that the years he has spent working with Dan have been the best of his life, and he wouldn't trade them for anything.
  • Stargate SG-1: Jack O'Neill and Daniel Jackson. The shipping that results is lampshaded in episode 200.
  • Stargate Atlantis: John Sheppard and Rodney McKay don't lack in this trope, either, with Sheppard's actor, Joe Flanigan, joking that the closest Sheppard ever came to a girlfriend on the show was McKay.
  • Starsky & Hutch:
    • The title characters.
    • Owen Wilson (Hutch in the film) described it to anybody who would listen as "a love story between two men".
    • Both Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul (the original Starsky & Hutch) referred to the show as a love story.
  • Star Trek: The Original Series:
    • Kirk and Spock, as well as Kirk and Bones. Kirk and Spock's relationship grew exponentially over the course of the series, while Kirk and Bones were established to have been VERY close from the first episode, with their friendship reaching farther back than Kirk and Spock's. To say nothing of Spock and Bones.
    • Their counterparts from the J.J. Abrams movie were set upon by the plot that they must end up like this. (Except less slashable, if J.J. has anything to say about it.)
    • Chekov and Sulu are depicted this way in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. Oddly, the rest of canon doesn't really show them to be more than friends and colleagues, though their relationship is expanded upon in some of the tie in novels (where for example Chekov is Godfather to Sulu's daughter).
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
    • Had Julian Bashir and Elim Garak; both actors remarked during interviews that they had deliberately played up the homoerotic undertones of the characters' relationship, and Andrew Robinson later wrote a novel, A Stitch in Time, about Garak's life in which he clearly depicted the alien Garak as bisexual. Later, when Paramount script writers had abruptly put an end to the Bashir and Garak subplots, Doctor Bashir and Chief O'Brien spent so much time together on various projects and on hobby activities that O'Brien's wife Keiko complained about it. They have an argument over it where Bashir says he's wildly in love with Ezri (female, now) but he "likes [O'Brien] more", and O'Brien doesn't feel the same.
    • O'Brien may not immediately reciprocate Bashir's feelings in this scene, but there's another earlier scene where the two are discussing an argument O'Brien is having with Keiko, in which O'Brien says something to Bashir like "Why can't she be more like—" and though he breaks off and then ends with "— a man," it's obvious he was going to say "you."
    • It's fairly obvious from the conversation that O'Brien feels the same way, even if he can't admit it to Julian. Which is a hallmark of their relationship.
    • Then there's the young Ferengi Nog with his human pal, Jake Sisko.
  • Star Trek: Enterprise: There's Captain Archer and Trip Tucker. Their hearty attitudes were frequently a source of confusion to mess hall companion T'Pol, though even she recognized the loyalty the two had for one another. When Trip's fears about the Xindi attack on Florida were confirmed – that his sister was among the casualties – the swiftness with which Archer had his buddy's back (“Whatever it takes”) is simultaneously enthralling and chilling.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: Data and Geordi. Both of these guys bonded over their love of science's gadgets and gizmos, and could busy themselves for hours tinkering and theorizing. Considering that Geordi's firsthand knowledge of human feeling often made Data something of the pupil, it's no surprise that these two are frequently seen together.
  • Star Trek: Voyager:
    • In this show, we have Tom Paris and Harry Kim. Sorta.
    • Seven of Nine and Captain Janeway, depending on how you ship. Janeway and Seven of Nine overlap with a mentor/pupil relationship.
  • Supernatural:
    • Dean and Sam Winchester can be seen as a literal case of this, since they've spent most of their lives with each other on the road, Dean having practically raised Sam. Not to mention the fact that they're apparently "soul mates", making them Heterosexual Afterlife Partners as well. The show's creator, Eric Kripke, jokingly referred to Supernatural as "The epic love story of Sam and Dean".
    • Spotlighted in the season 8 finale with Dean telling Sam there isn't anything he would ever put in front of him.
      • Dean telling him this was in response to Sam attempting to finish the trials—which would result in his death—because he didn't want to let Dean down. There's a reason these guys have been referred to in-show as "psychotically, irrationally, erotically codependent on each other".
    • Dean and Castiel have one of the oddest bromances on TV. Whether you see it as Ho Yay or not the two are protective of each other and at the very least care for the other. In 'Free To Be You and Me' there are many hints of bromance, ranging from Dean trying to get Castiel laid to Castiel using his trenchcoat as a method of protecting Dean from flying glass. In fact, the whole of 'Free To Be You and Me' is just one very funny, if awkward testament of the bromance between the two.
      • Lampshaded in "My Heart Will Go On", where Castiel's friend Balthazar tells Dean, "You have me confused with the other angel. You know, the one in the dirty trenchcoat who's in love with you?"
      • By Season 8, Dean admits to Cas that he needs him. He's not lying; his behavior in Season 7 while Castiel was thought dead was that of a deeply depressed man. Contrast this with the episodes when Castiel joins him and Sam on a case where he's practically giddy at everything Cas does.
  • Survivor: Tocantins: Stephen and J.T. were constantly referred to as the "BFF Boys" or borderline boyfriends by fans during their season. J.T. certainly manipulated the emotions of their friendship to his advantage at Final Tribal Council to win himself a unanimous victory, if later interviews and commentary are any indication.
  • Teachers: Brian and Kurt from this British series are even commented on for acting very similar to a married couple. They rarely have any screen time apart, even when one of them is in a semi-serious relationship. They also share a flat with each other.
  • Teen Wolf: Scott and Stiles. Also, Allison and Lydia.
  • That '70s Show: Eric and Hyde, Kelso and Fez, and sometimes Donna and Jackie.
  • Twin Peaks: Special Agent Dale Cooper and Sheriff Harry S. Truman have a real bromance going on. Despite their very different characters they are endlessly patient with each other. In fact, they are visibly appreciative of each other's differences. Gazing, tender smiles, nose tweaking - it's all there.
  • Viva la Bam: Bam and Novak generally refer to each other as 'life partner' for the laughs, seeing as they were attached at the hip.
  • Walker, Texas Ranger: Cordell Walker and Jimmy Trivette.
  • Weird Science: Gary and Wyatt in the 90s television show.
  • The West Wing:
    • Jed and Leo are practically the embodiment of the trope, spending almost all their time together, having several old married couple-like moments, engaging in tiffs and squabbles that never stick, talking excessively and pointlessly, getting antsy and downtrodden when separated, etc. They were friends many, many years before Jed became the President of the United States and Leo his Chief of Staff and closest advisor, and therefore their working relationship (which takes up the vast majority of their waking hours) fits their friendship like a glove.
    • Jed even teases Leo about it!
    • There's a rather hilarious moment in one of the season one DVD Extras where Martin Sheen and John Spencer agree that they're the "parents" of the True Companions that is the main cast, but each believe that they're the husband and the other is the wife. (This troper is fairly sure that someone affiliated with the show called Abbey and Leo the President's "wife and mistress" at one point).
    • Sam and Josh as well, until Sam was written out and Josh got more focused on Donna.
    • Also, Ed and Larry, in later seasons. This pairing is the most obvious in the series, especially once many characters admitted that they weren't certain which was Ed and which was Larry, they were simply 'Ed and Larry.'
  • White Collar: Neal Caffrey and Peter Burke of this USA show definitely fit the bill, as Neal is a CI under Peter's watch for a four-year term. Peter even says "For the next four years, I own you." Though they start out antagonistic with each other, as the series has carried on, they have shown more and more care for each other. Most recently, when Peter was kidnapped, Neal turned over a ring that he had saved for his late girlfriend, Kate, as ransom.
    • Hell, when Neal is about to flee the country with Kate, Peter finds them and asks Neal to stay. Neal ends up choosing Peter. And then the Big Bad kills Kate because of this.
    • Neal and Mozzie. Mozzie started out as Neal's mentor when Neal first moved into New York, but this grew into a very close relationship. Despite this, there's much about one another they don't reveal.
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles. They've been working on the show together for decades and both of them have admitted on several occasions that the other one is their best friend
  • The Wild Wild West: James West and Artemus Gordon, who live, work, play, go on double dates and generally do everything together.
  • The Wire: Herc and Carver for at least the first four seasons (maybe), complete with bickering. Bunk and Mc Nulty, definitely, although some might argue that it's simply because nobody else can drink as much as they can.
  • Xena: Warrior Princess: Applicable to the early seasons of the spin-off between Xena and Gabrielle...before it turned into Les Yay.

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