The TV Friendship We All Wish We Had

Sometimes fictional characters set us up with unrealistic real-life expectations. For example, I am still waiting for Matt to give me a speech a la Harry’s declaration to Sally, in which he lists all the reasons he loves me. (“I love that you cry every time you watch The Biggest Loser. I love that you quote every line of Friends. And I love that you keep talking to me, and won’t stop, long after I’ve wanted to go to sleep at night.” There, Matt, I wrote it for you. Go.)

The TV friendship that still makes me jealous—even after having made tons of new, great friends in Chicago—is Meredith and Cristina’s on Grey’s Anatomy. Now, I know some of you are thinking “Grey’s Anatomy is still on??” But, yes, it is. And even though this season is kind of boring and the original characters are seeming really, really old, I still watch it. I am nothing if not loyal.

Now that Sandra Oh is leaving, the folks at Grey’s have put together this ode to the best bestfriendship there is. It brings a tear to my eye, sure, because I’m a sap. But more than that, it reminds me why I want A Person.

Do you have A Person? Or is this just TV showing unrealistic relationships? I like to think we could all have A Person, but then, I’m a bit of a sucker for BFFs.


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6 responses to “The TV Friendship We All Wish We Had

  1. Thanks for posting this because I have watched every episode and traveled the “dark and twisty” road with them, too. I tear up whenever I
    imagine their separation, but Shonda did a great job with it.
    In a lifetime, I’ve had many PEOPLE, but not a PERSON in that way. I’m sappy when it comes to all dialogue that no one I know says, especially my husband. He complains that guys in the movies and tv have writers and no real men speak that way and I should get over it.

  2. ‘m not a Grey’s fan but I do love Leslie and Ann’s friendship on Parks and Rec. My former BFF moved at the beginning of this year (just like Ann in the show) and now I’m left BFFless. It’s rough. I hope I can find someone else but I feel like the older I get the harder it is. For now I’ll just enjoy the TV/movie friendships.

  3. Joy U.K.

    Cannot empathize more. I wish I had a person. I’m still waiting for him/her to show up. I thought my husband might be my person when we were dating- but eventually I realized that he wasn’t- not that he hasn’t got Person potential- most spouses probably do- but more because Persons are fantasies created by TV and movies just like hollywood romances… yet, even knowing this, I’m still waiting for one. I sometimes find myself wishing I had been born a twin- but apparently even twins aren’t eachothers’ Persons. Isn’t that the biggest bubble burster ever??

  4. I like the speech you wrote on your husband’s behalf, especially the part about talking long after he wants to go to sleep – too funny!

    My Person and I haven’t lived in the same city for six years…and it’s looking like she will be moving to my neck of the woods in the fall! 🙂

  5. As we get older I think it is more difficult to have those friendships, but I think it is possible. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I always loved that part of Grey’s, the fact that they don’t trivialize friendships. Positive support and venting are such an important thing to anyone’s mental wellbeing, and once you find ‘Your Person’ there’s nothing better than unloading to them about everything that’s wrong with the world.

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