Bromance is not exclusive to dudes: two girls can have a bromance or a guy and a girl can have a bromance. Bromances on TV are loving friendships between two people and sometimes they’re even more interesting to watch than plain, old, romances. But the best bromances are the platonic heterosexual partnerships found on TV shows new and old. Hetereosexual friendships on television are often more interesting when the writers don’t inject it with a dose of cliche romance. Sure, sometimes viewers want TV partners to get together–Scully and Mulder from The X-Files for instance–but I for one am sick of seeing heterosexual friendships and partnerships begin to develop or acknowledge feelings for each other for the sake of drama.
There have been plenty of successful platonic partnerships on TV that haven’t gone anywhere. Zoe Washburne and Mal Reynolds from Firefly; Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler from Law and Order: Special Victims Unit; and Veronica Mars and Wallace Fennel from Veronica Mars the television series (as well as the upcoming Veronica Mars film!) Although none of these partnerships are still on TV–Olivia has a new partner while Firefly and Veronica Mars were cancelled–they showed that platonic partnerships can be more interesting than romantic relationships. Now more than ever, it seems Hollywood has realized that these types of friendships, partnerships, and bromances can work on TV. So, I thought I’d pay homage to the onces I love the most.
Kiera Cameron and Carlos Fonnegra — Continuum
Recently, I binge-watched Continuum on Netflix and I really thought the writers were going to develop a romantic relationship between Kiera (Rachel Nichols) and Carlos (Victor Webster,) but they haven’t and I’m glad for that. Kiera is a time-traveler who ends up living decades before anyone she loves will be born. Carlos becomes her partner in tracking down a band of criminals from the future. Kiera left behind a husband and son whom she misses dearly throughout the show, but Carlos becomes one of the few people she’s able to confide in about her true identity and they become close friends. Although they’ve had some trust issues in the past, they’ve managed to become successful partners. You wouldn’t be far off by saying he’s her best friend.
Alice and Will Scarlet — Once Upon A Time in Wonderland
In the series premiere of OUAT In Wonderland, Will (Michael Socha) helps Alice (Sophie Lowe) return to Wonderland in order to rescue Cyrus, her genie-boyfriend, played by Peter Gadiot. The most interesting aspect of Alice and Will’s friendship is that neither of them have feelings for each other. It would have been very easy for the writers to have Will help Alice simply because he loved her and he wanted her to be happy with the man she truly loves, but instead, the writers kept their relationship platonic and friendly. Both Alice and Will love other people so it seems doubtful that they’ll develop feelings for each other anytime soon, which is really refreshing to see on television. I love watching these two kick Wonderland’s ass and save each other week after week–that is a perfectly acceptable and delightful show in my opinion.
Leo Fitz & Jemma Simmons — Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
I swear, Joss Whedon, these two science nerds better not fall in nerd-love and make nerd-babies or so help me I will be so pissed. Seriously, if these two get together, I’m adding it to my list of things for which I’ll never be able to forgive Joss Whedon. Don’t get me wrong, I love Fitz (Iain de Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge,) I just think it would be very, very, very lazy writing for these two to develop romantic feelings for each other. Just because they both like science, doesn’t mean they should be romantically linked. Nothing has happened yet, but there is a lot of speculation. However, I like the Fitz Simmons platonic relationship better. They work together like two parts of the same person–their names are even combined very often to sound like one person. Anyway, why can’t a boy save a girl’s life and a girl make a boy a sandwich without having romantic implications?
Ichabod Crane & Abbie Mills — Sleepy Hollow
Easily the best new bromantic partnership on TV this season is Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) and Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) on Sleepy Hollow. I’ve raved about this show on my blog every chance I got recently, so here we go again. Crane and Abbie are linked because they are the witnesses who are meant to prevent the end of days by stopping the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. But they’re also becoming good friends and partners. Even in the first few episodes, Abbie was kind to Crane, helping him acclimate to the modern times since he found himself 200 years out of place. Now, I’m just waiting for the shopping montage in which Abbie takes Ichabod out to get some new clothes. Seriously, after his rant about the sales tax on food in one of the earlier episodes, I really hope we get to see him in a mall–and Abbie’s subsequent eyeroll.
Sherlock Holmes & Joan Watson — Elementary
Probably the pinnacle of all these bromantic/platonic partnerships is Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) and Joan (Lucy Liu) on Elementary. When the show began, people speculated whether the gender of Watson was changed so that a heterosexual romantic relationship could form between the two classic characters. However, the creators quickly squashed those rumors saying Sherlock and Joan would never, ever get together. I had a lot of respect for that and I certainly appreciate it now that we’re in the second season of the show. It’s a fantastic crime/mystery drama that’s completely driven by the mix of personal and professional relationship between these two characters. The gender-swap ended up being a cool new rendition of an old story and I think it made the show more enjoyable. Plus, it’s always fun to see Joan outwit Sherlock.
I didn’t include any platonic heterosexual partnerships from film (although I’m having troubling coming up with any at the moment–those types of relationships tend to get together more in movies, don’t they?) Perhaps I’ll have to do a follow up post.