Between Friends is an internationally syndicated comic strip written by Canadian cartoonist Sandra Bell-Lundy. The comic strips appear in more than 175 newspapers in 10 countries around the world. Three middle-aged professional women and the problems that they face in their lives are the main focus throughout the comic strip series. Initially, Maeve, Susan, and Kimberly were all childless, but Susan and Kimberly are now mothers.
This comic strip provides examples of:
- Domestic Abuse: One set of strips have Maeve doing her best to help an old friend Tamara, whose husband Jake is emotionally and verbally abusive to Tamara (and is showing early signs of physical abuse). Tamara is initially reluctant to leave and even goes back to Jake once after ostensibly moving out, but eventually she gets away for good.
- Lifetime Movie of the Week: The strip bears many aspects of this genre, although as much as men are depicted badly, the allegedly "empowered" women are depicted as hyper-insecure, Does This Make Me Look Fat? types who both agonize over buying the low-fat double-whipped frappucino and also pound back the cheesecake like there's no tomorrow.
- Talking in Bed: A commonly recurring trope, often in the "wife talks out her worries while husband just wants to get back to sleep" variant.