When you watch a TV show regularly you get to know the characters and their personalities pretty well. Considering you do hang out with them each week in your living room, it almost feels as if you know them personally, especially for the shows that have been on for years. Whether you’re a Downton Abbey fan or a die hard Game of Thrones fanatic, most of us have at least one show we have deeply invested in, coming to see its characters as real people and mourning a loss when the show inevitably ends. There are so many great characters I’ve enjoyed watching over the years, but here are my top eight: the fictional people I’d Facebook friend immediately.
- Brooke Davis | One Tree Hill
Even though I always felt like it was way too far-fetched that one small town was home to so much tragedy and drama—horrific car accidents, deaths, complicated pregnancies, and even psychopaths—I loved watching One Tree Hill. Even more, I loved the characters. Brooke Davis was strong-willed, independent and could do anything she set her mind to (like running a successful clothing company at the age of 22). Starting off at times as a despised character, Brooke definitely changed the most throughout the series and for the better, especially when it came to being a good friend to the people in her life.
Friend Material Bottom Line: Who wouldn’t want a friend who was a clothing designer? This seems like a no-brainer.
- Aria Montgomery, Spencer Hastings, Hanna Marin, and Emily Fields | Pretty Little Liars
Similar to One Tree Hill, it’s hard to believe that so many bad things happen in one town—are these towns under some type of curse? Though, Pretty Little Liars takes it to a new level with unsolved murders, missing bodies, insane asylum escapes, and life-threatening cyber stalkers. (Rosewood, PA really needs to get a more competent police department.) Regardless, I have become addicted to the show, and aside from these crazy occurrences I can’t help but admire the dynamic of these four friends. Through good and bad these girls have stuck together and put their friendships with each other first. Not to mention they are consistently on point with their outfits, accessories and hairstyles while doing so.
Friend Material Bottom Line: I’d finally get to have my own Taylor Swift-style squad and four different closets to borrow from.
- Cory Matthews | Boy Meets World
Cory and his Brillo Pad hair may have gotten stranger as seasons of Boy Meets World progressed, but Cory was consistent in making his friends his priority, typically putting their problems ahead of his own. He treated Topanga as not just a girlfriend, but also a best friend, even if at times he seemed to show more love and care for lifetime bestie Shawn Hunter—a running joke in the series that Cory and Shawn were in more of a relationship than he and Topanga were.
Friend Material Bottom Line: Cory would always have my best interest in mind, and he could introduce me to his brother, Eric, so I could hear the “Fee-hee-hee-heeny” chant in person.
- Monica Gellar-Bing | Friends
Monica may have her quirks, like needing to control everything all the time and being a borderline psychotic neat freak, but she would undoubtedly make an awesome friend. She is loyal to Ross, Rachel, Joey, Phoebe, and Chandler (even eventually marrying Chandler), not to mention she is a chef living in a gorgeous apartment in New York. I only see upsides in being friends with Monica here.
Friend Material Bottom Line: Free food and never having to clean again? Sign me up.
- Andy Dwyer | Parks & Rec
Andy is quirky, loveable and knows how to have fun. Though he isn’t the greatest boyfriend in a past relationship on the show, we eventually see Andy get it right as April’s amazing husband. After getting married, and as the series continues, he becomes more responsible and grown up, yet still maintains his child-like fun and view of the world in the process.
Friend Material Bottom Line: We all need that one friend who is a complete goofball and doesn’t take life too seriously.
- Marshall Eriksen & Lily Aldrin | How I Met Your Mother
While everyone else on this show was struggling with dating and relationships, it was refreshing to see one successful couple. I think sometimes television writers feel they need to add a breakup or endless problems in a relationship to keep ratings up, but as a viewer I truly enjoy just seeing a couple happy together. Whether it was sticking to their tradition of picking one another up at the airport with a six-pack of beer, or their cheesy nicknames (Marshmallow and Lilypad) or not being able to sleep away from each other days before their wedding because they missed each other too much, Marshall and Lily will forever be #relationshipgoals.
Friend Material Bottom Line: I want to be the permanent third wheel in Marshall and Lily’s adorable relationship. Move over, Ted Mosby.
- Jim Halpert | The Office
Before I get into this, I need to make a confession—John Krasinski, who plays Jim, is my celebrity crush. If I met him I’d probably scream, burst into tears or suddenly lose my ability to speak. Honestly though, I think I’d do the same if I ever met Jim Halpert. There are two reasons why Jim is a great character: his humor and romance. Jim has a mundane job that he doesn’t enjoy, but what he does enjoy is playing mostly harmless, hilarious pranks on annoying deskmate Dwight. On the flip side though, we are introduced to a different side of Jim when we witness his crush on a co-worker who is engaged to someone else. His romantic side is best summed up seasons later in his own toast at his wedding rehearsal dinner: “a lot of people told me I was crazy to wait this long for a date with a girl I work with, but I think even then I knew that I was waiting for my wife.”
Friend Material Bottom Line: Okay fine, I want more than a friendship with Jim, though I guess I would settle for being his friend if I had to.
- Lorelei Gilmore | Gilmore Girls
“I’m not like a regular mom, I’m a cool mom.” The infamous Mean Girls quote comes to mind when I think of Lorelei—she is the epitome of a cool mom without having to try. When Lorelei got pregnant at 16 and her parents disapproved, she took responsibility on her own. She not only found a place to live and secured herself a decent job, but she did so while living by the idea that she would not be just a mother, but also a best friend to her daughter. I admire Lorelei because although she has her own flaws like the rest of us, she uses her wit, sharp conversation skills and charm to make her way through any situation. Whether it’s her parents, quirky neighbors, or the seemingly never-ending line of men interested in her, she never ceases to amaze those around her just by speaking.
Friend Material Bottom Line: She’d be the ultimate role model and my go-to person for advice.
I know these characters will only ever be able to live on my TV or Netflix account, but if grabbing dinner or drinks with them were ever a possibility, you could certainly count me in. And let me just end this by saying that I do love my own (real-life) friends; I wouldn’t trade them for the world, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for a few more.
Boston-based Kerri Convery has an affinity for puppies, Netflix and yoga pants. She spends far too much time talking herself into or out of going to the gym and creating Spotify playlists (which mostly end up consisting of bizarre combinations of country, 90s music and Nelly songs).