The 26 Top TV Friend Groups You’d Actually Want To Join

Let's do the math.

It’s hard to form the perfect friend group. It just is. There’s always that one person who gets on your nerves a little too often ... or who's labeled as the wet blanket ... or, on the contrary, who lands you into deeper trouble than it's worth.

Even in an ideal group of friends, time can become a barrier as you enter different phases in life. But the sky is the limit on-screen, right? Here are TV friend groups who take "BFF" to the next level, ranked by factors you'd look for in IRL friends.

  1. "Laguna Beach"
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    This was probably a staple of your high school TV-watching career; it's like the Christmas morning of reality TV shows. But, while the drama was exciting and every single person on the show was suspiciously good-looking, I wouldn't count on having a heart-to-heart with any of these "friends."

    ▶ Lifelong friend potential: 1 (it's bordering zero)

    ▶ Wingman/wingwoman potential: 8

    ▶ Likelihood they have your back: 2

    ▶ Crazy story potential: 6 (maybe at the Black & White party)

    ▶ Comfort level with sharing private info: 2

    ▶ Chance you get sick of them: 9 (there's, like, so much drama)

    ▶ Likelihood they get you arrested: 6

    ▶ Likelihood they will judge you: 10

  2. "Rugrats"
    Nickelodeon

    Daring, imaginative, nakey ... the Rugrats never had a dull day. Sure, being part of this friend group won't put you any closer to bottle service (unless it's a milk bottle), but you could always count on T-Pickles to be there for you.

    ▶ Lifelong friend potential: 7

    ▶ Wingman/wingwoman potential: N/A

    ▶ Likelihood they have your back: 8

    ▶ Crazy story potential: 6 (if perception truly is reality, these kids went to Mars, traveled through a human body to rid a watermelon seed and became superheroes)

    ▶ Comfort level with sharing private info: 7 (who's going to believe a baby, anyway?)

    ▶ Chance you get sick of them: 6

    ▶ Likelihood they get you arrested: 1

    ▶ Likelihood they will judge you: 2

  3. "Martin"
    Fox

    When you feel comfortable enough with someone to be a smart mouth, that's when you've hit true friendship -- and Martin and his friends capture this notion. While at first glance Martin seems to take his friends for granted, when it comes down to it they truly share a unique bond.

    ▶ Lifelong friend potential: 7

    ▶ Wingman/wingwoman potential: 6

    ▶ Likelihood they have your back: 8

    ▶ Crazy story potential: 5

    ▶ Comfort level with sharing private info: 4

    ▶ Chance you get sick of them: 7

    ▶ Likelihood they get you arrested: 6

    ▶ Likelihood they will judge you: 5

  4. "That’s So Raven"
    Disney

    You get to have a friend who can predict the future? Need I say more?!

    ▶ Lifelong friend potential: 6

    ▶ Wingman/wingwoman potential: 10 (you'll already know your chances with someone, right?)

    ▶ Likelihood they have your back: 7

    ▶ Crazy story potential: 5

    ▶ Comfort level with sharing private info: 7 (there are no secrets with this group because, again, psychic)

    ▶ Chance you get sick of them: 5

    ▶ Likelihood they get you arrested: 4

    ▶ Likelihood they will judge you: 3

  5. "The Mindy Project"
    fox.com

    I want to be in any group of friends comprised of doctors. That right there is enough to get me to befriend them, for the $ savings alone. Then when you throw in the funny-yet-blunt friend (Gewn Grandy), the self-absorbed hothead (Jeremy Reed) and the enthusiastic one (Betsy Putch), it starts to sound like a pretty typical friend group. I'd give it a shot.

    ▶ Lifelong friend potential: 5 (plus, who wouldn't want to be best friends with Mindy Kaling?)

    ▶ Wingman/wingwoman potential: 6

    ▶ Likelihood they have your back: 6

    ▶ Crazy story potential: 5

    ▶ Comfort level with sharing private info: 10 (doctor-patient confidentiality!)

    ▶ Chance you get sick of them: 6

    ▶ Likelihood they get you arrested: 3

    ▶ Likelihood they will judge you: 7

  6. "The Big Bang Theory"
    cbs.com

    Intelligence is a great characteristic, there's no debating that. However, when you're too smart for your own good, that's when things can get messy. Hanging out with Sheldon Cooper wouldn't be the worst thing in the world, but you don't have to be a rocket scientist to see how this may not be the most well-rounded group of friends.

    ▶ Lifelong friend potential: 6

    ▶ Wingman/wingwoman potential: 2

    ▶ Likelihood they have your back: 6

    ▶ Crazy story potential: 3 (unless you think math equations are crazy?)

    ▶ Comfort level with sharing private info: 5

    ▶ Chance you get sick of them: 7 (you would have to bring a thesaurus with you at all times)

    ▶ Likelihood they get you arrested: 3

    ▶ Likelihood they will judge you: 6

  7. "Hey Arnold!"
    nick.com

    This group of friends isn't necessarily the most exciting bunch, but I wouldn't hesitate to invite them to my b-day parties.

    ▶ Lifelong friend potential: 7

    ▶ Wingman/wingwoman potential: 5

    ▶ Likelihood they have your back: 7

    ▶ Crazy story potential: 6 (playing catch with Mickey Kaline, the haunted train, Dino Spumoni -- I mean, come on...)

    ▶ Comfort level with sharing private info: 7

    ▶ Chance you get sick of them: 3 (it's important to remember Arnold's incredible couch)

    ▶ Likelihood they get you arrested: 3

    ▶ Likelihood they will judge you: 3

  8. "New Girl"
    fox.com

    if you're going to be friends, you better like each other. If you're going to be roommates, you better love each other. One aspect about this group that pops out is their willingness to accept one another -- whether it's Jess, who moved in after a bad breakup, or Coach, who'll only talk about sports (to cover up for his shyness), these friends acknowledge their faults and form an incredible bond.

    ▶ Lifelong friend potential: 7

    ▶ Wingman/wingwoman potential: 7

    ▶ Likelihood they have your back: 6

    ▶ Crazy story potential: 4

    ▶ Comfort level with sharing private info: 6 (do you remember when Jess, Nick, Schmidt, Winston and Cece spent the night explaining how they each lost their virginity?)

    ▶ Chance you get sick of them: 6

    ▶ Likelihood they get you arrested: 3

    ▶ Likelihood they will judge you: 2

  9. "The Walking Dead"
    amctv.com

    OK, so besides the whole "getting killed by a flesh-eating zombie" thing, hanging out with Rick's gang would be a riot. PRO: You'd never have a dull conversation, and you would be armed with an arsenal of breathtaking stories. CON: You may not have anyone to share those stories with in the end. It's really a give-and-take relationship.

    ▶ Lifelong friend potential: 3

    ▶ Wingman/wingwoman potential: N/A (people kinda have other priorities now)

    ▶ Likelihood they have your back: 10

    ▶ Crazy story potential: 10 (you would never be stuck staying in on a Friday night)

    ▶ Comfort level with sharing private info: 4

    ▶ Chance you get sick of them: 9

    ▶ Likelihood they get you arrested: 3 (prisons don't exist anymore -- except for the season when they lived in one, then it's a 10)

    ▶ Likelihood they will judge you: 6 (because if you’re a zombie -- bye)

  10. "The League"
    FX

    Every sports fan wants a group of friends like this. You get to sit around and take fantasy football wayyy to far (in the best way possible) while simutaneously dishing out insults. Not to mention the fact that being a part of this group means constant laughter, which is huge.

    ▶ Lifelong friend potential: 7

    ▶ Wingman/wingwoman potential: 6

    ▶ Likelihood they have your back: 4

    ▶ Crazy story potential: 5

    ▶ Comfort level with sharing private info: 3

    ▶ Chance you get sick of them: 7 (it'd be tough spending an extended amount of time around Rodney Ruxin, but hey, everyone needs an obnoxious friend)

    ▶ Likelihood they get you arrested: 6

    ▶ Likelihood they will judge you: 8 (we're talking about a group of adults who have devoted their lives to fantasy football)

  11. "Keenan & Kel"
    Nickelodeon

    Do I want to be friends with Keenan and Kel? I do I do I doo-oo. Constantly pulling pranks, getting into trouble and drinking orange soda sounds like a pretty sweet gig to me.

    ▶ Lifelong friend potential: 8

    ▶ Wingman/wingwoman potential: 6

    ▶ Likelihood they have your back: 7

    ▶ Crazy story potential: 7

    ▶ Comfort level with sharing private info: 3

    ▶ Chance you get sick of them: 7

    ▶ Likelihood they get you arrested: 6

    ▶ Likelihood they will judge you: 7

  12. "Teen Wolf"
    mtv.com

    As if being a teenager isn't hard enough, think about getting bit by a werewolf and then falling in love with someone from a family of werewolf hunters ... it makes that awful prom date you had seem a little better, right?

    While not all the concepts of this show may be relatable to our everyday lives, the broader picture centers around Scott McCall as he deals with love, bullies and unique family dynamics all while leaning heavily on his friends to make it through each day.

    ▶ Lifelong friend potential: 6

    ▶ Wingman/wingwoman potential: 8

    ▶ Likelihood they have your back: 7

    ▶ Crazy story potential: 9 (everyone just needs a fun werewolf friend in their life)

    ▶ Comfort level with sharing private info: 5

    ▶ Chance you get sick of them: 8

    ▶ Likelihood they get you arrested: 9

    ▶ Likelihood they will judge you: 6

  13. "Parks and Recreation"
    nbc.com

    Now THIS is a dynamic friend group. A little crazy, a lot of humor, sprinkle in some kissing ... that's what it's all about. Between Andy's light personality, Ron's cynicism and Leslie's motivation, these friends do it right. When's the next direct flight to Pawnee?

    ▶ Lifelong friend potential: 6

    ▶ Wingman/wingwoman potential: 6

    ▶ Likelihood they have your back: 4

    ▶ Crazy story potential: 5

    ▶ Comfort level with sharing private info: 5

    ▶ Chance you get sick of them: 7 (Tom ... good ol' Tom)

    ▶ Likelihood they get you arrested: 3

    ▶ Likelihood they will judge you: 6

  14. "Community"
    nbc.com

    THESE PEOPLE HAVE SO MANY PROBLEMS AND IT'S SO PERFECT. In the end, it's not about how narcissistic, weird or anxiety-prone your friends are ... it's about how you get through the day without wanting to strangle them.

    ▶ Lifelong friend potential: 6

    ▶ Wingman/wingwoman potential: 7

    ▶ Likelihood they have your back: 7

    ▶ Crazy story potential: 8

    ▶ Comfort level with sharing private info: 5

    ▶ Chance you get sick of them: 7.5

    ▶ Likelihood they get you arrested: 8 (they have days that center around school-wide paintball games, not to mention Jeff Winger's interpretation of the law)

    ▶ Likelihood they will judge you: 8

  15. "Awkward."
    mtv.com

    A social outcast who gets caught up in relationship drama, gossip and personal identity issues ... this group is a strong example of friends who need to lean on one another to make it through day-to-day struggles.

    ▶ Lifelong friend potential: 7

    ▶ Wingman/wingwoman potential: 7

    ▶ Likelihood they have your back: 6

    ▶ Crazy story potential: 5

    ▶ Comfort level with sharing private info: 7

    ▶ Chance you get sick of them: 6

    ▶ Likelihood they get you arrested: 10 (remember when Matty and Jake got arrested? We do.)

    ▶ Likelihood they will judge you: 4

  16. "One Tree Hill"
    CW

    First, they're all attractive. Like, unrealistically attractive. However, the component that makes this group noteworthy is their dedication to following their dreams, whatever those may be, while still supporting each other and taking their friendships to new levels, even in their twenties.

    ▶ Lifelong friend potential: 6

    ▶ Wingman/wingwoman potential: 9

    ▶ Likelihood they have your back: 7

    ▶ Crazy story potential: 7

    ▶ Comfort level with sharing private info: 5

    ▶ Chance you get sick of them: 7

    ▶ Likelihood they get you arrested: 6

    ▶ Likelihood they will judge you: 6

  17. "The O.C."
    Fox

    THEY LIVE IN ORANGE COUNTY. I REPEAT, THEY LIVE IN ORANGE COUNTY. If I had just a couple friends from "The O.C." who I even remotely liked, I would put up with 'em for the lifestyle. Yes, there's a lot of drama. Yes, their various relationships make you question humanity -- but in the end, they have pools and hang out at Newport Beach on the reg.

    ▶ Lifelong friend potential: 6

    ▶ Wingman/wingwoman potential: 9

    ▶ Likelihood they have your back: 6

    ▶ Crazy story potential: 7

    ▶ Comfort level with sharing private info: 4

    ▶ Chance you get sick of them: 5

    ▶ Likelihood they get you arrested: 6

    ▶ Likelihood they will judge you: 5

    + Bonus Points -- because, again, they live in Orange County

  18. "Boy Meets World"
    ABC

    Corey Matthews is my spirit animal, and there's no way you didn't grow up wanting to be in Mr. Feeny's class.

    ▶ Lifelong friend potential: 8 (regardless of how many times Corey and Topanga fight, or how many of Shawn's ideas end poorly, they always work it out)

    ▶ Wingman/wingwoman potential: 6

    ▶ Likelihood they have your back: 8

    ▶ Crazy story potential: 6

    ▶ Comfort level with sharing private info: 7

    ▶ Chance you get sick of them: 4

    ▶ Likelihood they get you arrested: 4

    ▶ Likelihood they will judge you: 3

  19. "Saved By The Bell"
    NBC

    This was one of those shows you would watch all day while you were home "sick" from school, because this is a group of friends whose presence you'd be lucky to grace. Ah, what I would give to be part of Bayside High!

    ▶ Lifelong friend potential: 7

    ▶ Wingman/wingwoman potential: 8.5

    ▶ Likelihood they have your back: 8 ("Friends Forever" by the Zack Attack, am I right?)

    ▶ Crazy story potential: 7

    ▶ Comfort level with sharing private info: 7

    ▶ Chance you get sick of them: 5

    ▶ Likelihood they get you arrested: 3 (besides skipping class here and there, you won't get into too much trouble)

    ▶ Likelihood they will judge you: 4

  20. "Scooby-Doo"
    Cartoon Network

    I just wanna do crime-solving stuff with my friends. Seriously though, what could be better? You get to go on road trips, hang out with a giant dog all day and be the hero. Every. Time.

    ▶ Lifelong friend potential: 7

    ▶ Wingman/wingwoman potential: 7 (just walk Scooby around a city block)

    ▶ Likelihood they have your back: 9

    ▶ Crazy story potential: 9

    ▶ Comfort level with sharing private info: 6

    ▶ Chance you get sick of them: 8 (life would be a constant road trip)

    ▶ Likelihood they get you arrested: 8

    ▶ Likelihood they will judge you: 5

  21. "Scrubs"
    NBC

    Looking for the perfect amount of bromance, awkward interactions and clickiness? "Scrubs" has it. That's what makes this group so great. No matter what happens throughout their painful days as hospital interns, these friends always stay positive, support each other and have a good time doing it. At the end of the day, isn't that what we all want from our friends?

    ▶ Lifelong friend potential: 8

    ▶ Wingman/wingwoman potential: 7

    ▶ Likelihood they have your back: 8 (Turk literally gave J.D. surgery in the first season)

    ▶ Crazy story potential: 6

    ▶ Comfort level with sharing private info: 7

    ▶ Chance you get sick of them: 4

    ▶ Likelihood they get you arrested: 5

    ▶ Likelihood they will judge you: 3

  22. "It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia"
    fxnetworks.com

    These guys (and girl) are the quintessential example of what all friend groups around the world should strive for. I'm not saying that I necessarily support all of the choices they make; it's the way they do it that's so damn amazing. Regardless of whether their actions are justified (or even legal in some cases), they always have each other's backs -- not to mention they probably have the most fun out of any TV friend group.

    ▶ Lifelong friend potential: 8

    ▶ Wingman/wingwoman potential: 6 (though Dennis would say the group deserves higher because of his presence)

    ▶ Likelihood they have your back: 4

    ▶ Crazy story potential: 10

    ▶ Comfort level with sharing private info: 2

    ▶ Chance you get sick of them: 8

    ▶ Likelihood they get you arrested: 9 (whether it's intentionally poisoning college students during a game of flip cup or getting addicted to crack, joining this friend group requires an understanding that jail is just around the corner)

    ▶ Likelihood they will judge you: 9

  23. "Entourage"
    HBO

    Vince and the gang are famous, rich and use cars like toys. You'd have to try very, very hard to convince me that you don't want to be part of this clique. It's like the American Dream on 'roids.

    ▶ Lifelong friend potential: 8 (Vince and Drama are blood brothers, after all)

    ▶ Wingman/wingwoman potential: 9

    ▶ Likelihood they have your back: 8

    ▶ Crazy story potential: 10 (Hollywood movie premieres, casually staying in Mandy Moore's beach house, punching Seth Green...)

    ▶ Comfort level with sharing private info: 7

    ▶ Chance you get sick of them: 3

    ▶ Likelihood they get you arrested: 9

    ▶ Likelihood they will judge you: 5 (in the best way possible)

  24. "Friends"
    NBC

    The one where the explanation is literally in the title. Humor and loyalty are two huge components of lifelong friendship success stories, and this group definitely has both of those aspects down.

    ▶ Lifelong friend potential: 10

    ▶ Wingman/wingwoman potential: 7

    ▶ Likelihood they have your back: 9

    ▶ Crazy story potential: 6

    ▶ Comfort level with sharing private info: 8 (you have to be comfortable with a friend like Phoebe who doesn't know the definition of a filter)

    ▶ Chance you get sick of them: 3

    ▶ Likelihood they get you arrested: 3

    ▶ Likelihood they will judge you: 2

  25. "That '70s Show"
    Fox

    The reason why "That 70's show" is ranked so high is purely because of the simplicity of it all. This is the best kind of friendship. Pals who can spend hours on end sitting in a basement, doing nothing but reminiscing (yes, I know they had some help) are the true lifelong friends.

    ▶ Lifelong friend potential: 8

    ▶ Wingman/wingwoman potential: 7.5

    ▶ Likelihood they have your back: 7

    ▶ Crazy story potential: 8

    ▶ Comfort level with sharing private info: 7

    ▶ Chance you get sick of them: 3 (besides a few minor hiccups, this group is so relaxed they never seem to get sick of one another)

    ▶ Likelihood they get you arrested: 7.5

    ▶ Likelihood they will judge you: 3

  26. "How I Met Your Mother"
    CBS

    ...and the #1 TV friend group you'd wanna join belongs to "HIMYM." Balance is the name of the game, and this is a group that has it. They show streaks of crazy like the "Always Sunny" gang, but can also have a heart-to-heart similar to those of "Friends." Lifelong memories, lifelong loyalty. Friendship is about bringing the best out of one another, and that's exactly what this crew does.

    ▶ Lifelong friend potential: 10

    ▶ Wingman/wingwoman potential: 10 (Barney knows what he's doing here)

    ▶ Likelihood they have your back: 9

    ▶ Crazy story potential: 9

    ▶ Comfort level with sharing private info: 7 (Remember "Game Night?" That escalated quickly.

    ▶ Chance you get sick of them: 2

    ▶ Likelihood they get you arrested: 6

    ▶ Likelihood they will judge you: 3

So, what do you think? Agree? Disagree? Create your own list and let us know!