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Friday, February 05, 2016

The Best Of Pop Culture Friends

Did you know that yesterday was Friends Day?

(Well, at least it was on Facebook, anyway.)

Beginning yesterday, people who logged onto Facebook could get a Friends video made of themselves based on the content that you have posted onto your wall, and content that your friends have posted to your content.  It's a really cool idea, and I have to admit that it was a really nice idea.  Some of the memories it picked I remember very fondly, and it's nice to know that I do have a support system in my life.  I never always felt that way, you know.

So, in celebration of Friends Day, I thought that I would dedicate this post to some of the famous friends that have graced our film, television, and video game screens over the years. 

It's not necessarily a Top 10 list or anything like that.  Instead, think of it as a template for what we all wish our friendships could be like.

Ready?  Here we go.  Let's start off with a pair of friends who are about to make a comeback on Netflix.


These two have been friends since Kimmy's family moved next door to the Tanner household.  And from the moment they met, they've been inseparable.  I imagine that Kimmy was there for D.J. when her mother passed away, and over the eight seasons of "Full House" that aired, D.J. and Kimmy grew up having each other's back.  As we get prepared for "Fuller House" and Kimmy moving in with D.J. to help raise her children, I'm sure we'll see more of that friendship in action.


Chandler.  Rachel.  Ross.  Phoebe.  Joey.  Monica.  Six people all in their twenties living the good life in the heart of New York City.  And you know what?  I don't think that their experiences wouldn't have been nearly as much fun had they not experienced them together.  From spying on the ugly naked guy to testing the waters romantically, no matter what situation they faced or whoever cancelled their wedding, they would remain friends forever.  Really, I wish I had five people in my life like that during my twenties.


Under normal circumstances, these six people probably would never hang out together.  You had the brainiac, the girl next door, the fashionista, the jock, the geek, and the schemer.  And somehow Jessie, Kelly, Lisa, Slater, Screech, and Zack found a way to know it's coming...FRIENDS FOREVER!!!  

Seriously, these six teens basically defined friendship for a generation of people, and I only wish my own experiences in high school were like this.  Alas, Bayside High is only a fictional place...and my high school principal wasn't nearly as cool as Mr. Belding was.  Take that statement as you like.


There are quite a few friendships that have developed on the television series "Bones", but the one between Brennan and Angela definitely is the longest - even longer than Brennan and Angela's relationships with their husbands.  Sure, at first glance, they couldn't be any more different.  Temperance relies on logic and science, while Angela is a free spirit.  But sometimes when it comes to opposites, they tend to attract and I don't mean romantically either.  I have friends who are a complete 180 from who I am, and I have to say that they are the ones who I think would be there for me the most.


You know, sometimes it felt as though you had several separate groups of friends in this fivesome.  Archie and Jughead were best friends.  Betty and Veronica were best frenemies.  Reggie was just Reggie.  But these five made beautiful music together as the Archies, and over time, these five did everything together.  Sure, they may not always get along (see Archie and Reggie for example), but there's definitely a connection there.


You thought that I'd leave these three students of Hogwarts out of this post?  Think again.  There is absolutely nothing that these three won't do for each other.  The first time they met aboard the Hogwarts Express, we knew that these three would become friends for life.  And certainly in between that first meeting and slaying Voldemort once and for all, they bonded over spell casting, Quidditch matches, and the Wizard's Cup tournament! 

I'm also certain that Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson feel that way about each other in the real world as well as the characters they played in the film series.


Remember the Spyro the Dragon series of games before Spyro sold out and became a Skylander?  Remember how much fun they were?  Well, part of the reason why is because of the wonderful friendship that Spyro shared with dragonfly Sparx.  Seriously, everywhere that Spyro went, Sparx was there to protect him.  If Spyro got harmed, Sparx would take the hit for him.  That is one tough dragonfly!  And Spyro would reward Sparx for his hard work by feeding him butterflies to keep his golden aura shining brightly!


Losing a loved one is never easy - in the case of Hiro, losing his brother Tadashi was a devastating blow.  He isolated himself from everybody in his life and wanted to be alone.  But a big inflatable robot named Baymax wouldn't let that happen, and you could say that he was the catalyst in reuniting Hiro with his friends Gogo, Wasabi, Honey Lemon, and Fred.  Together, they formed the greatest superhero alliance that San Fransokyo has ever seen - and one of the strongest friendships ever shown in a Disney film.

There you have it.  Some of my picks for strongest friends ever.  Have any more to add to the list?

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