TFFs Picks: 5 Duos that Defy Romantic Tropes

Love is not all about romance. Here are some of our favorite TV characters who prove that platonic friendships exist and that this type of love is more than acceptable—it’s beautiful.


If you haven't seen the series below, there ARE some spoilers so proceed with caution.


1. Rosa Diaz and Amy Santiago, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

These two Latina characters are lovable as individuals and as a tandem. Their self-proclaimed duo name, Sleuth Sisters, got us laughing hard. But all comedy aside, we are proud of how these two got each other's backs. Being Latina women in a predominantly male field proved to be difficult but Rosa and Amy showed that even with their distinct personalities, they are a force to be reckoned with.


When Rosa came out as bisexual, her character did not fulfill the flirty stereotype and stayed true to her tough personality with the soft bits hanging around from time to time.


Brooklyn Nine-Nine is raining with platonic friendships and here's to more culturally diverse series like this one!



2. Eleanor Shellstrop and Michael the Demon, The Good Place


The thing about having a male and female lead in a comedy series is that there's almost always a will-they-won't-they tension. But this is not the case for Eleanor and Michael. They did have tension, just not the romantic kind. At first it was Eleanor's worries about everyone finding out she doesn't belong. As for Michael, it was his constant stress on the sudden disturbances like raining trash.


Upon outsmarting Michael's attempt at constructing a new model for hell, "The Good Place", Eleanor worked with the rest - Tahani, Janet, Jason, and Chidi - to find a way out of The Bad Place. As each episode went on, they discover more about each other's flaws. Insults are still thrown across but Eleanor and Michael were able to find a friend in each other.



3. Supergirl and The Flash, CW’s Supergirl / The Flash


The CW Superheroes Series are famous for their crossover episodes. While we love Melissa Benoist and Grant Gustin for their stunning performances in Glee, their friendship as Kara Danvers aka Supergirl and Barry Allen aka The Flash is just too adorable to ignore.


Both of their character's personalities are cheerful, friendly, and competitive but with a deep sense of justice. While they're born from different planets and in the CW version from different universes as well, they can count on each other when the fight gets tough.


Watch their catchy tap number from the crossover episode, Duets from CW's The Flash.



4. Chuck Pierce and Portia Scott-Griffith, Great News


J loves to watch Great News over and over again because of the tasteful humor and feminist touch of the sitcom. Created by Tracey Wigfield with Tina Fey acting as executive producer, the series has a great energy for career women. Also, it explores issues on complicated mother-daughter relationships as well as the everyday lives of people in the cable news industry.


It's usual for coworker characters, much more for frontliners to have a plot twist where they would end up together. While this pattern is fulfilled with the story arc of Greg and Katie, Chuck and Portia's tandem still wins a platonic trophy in our opinion. With their characters' gender and generation differences, they found it to be a problem when they could not engage in friendly small talk. They also often bicker in staff meetings. But even when Portia had the opportunity to fully throw Chuck under the bus, she chose to honor their friendship and supported him as she sat in the The Big Red Chair.

Sad news about Great News, though, is that it got cancelled just after two seasons.


5. Sarah Manning and Art Bell, Orphan Black


Orphan Black is all about clones meeting each other and solving their identity crisis by meeting their creator. That in itself is quite interesting and Tatiana Maslany's Emmy Award-winning acting (2016) for each of the clones just puts this series as one of J's all-time favorites.


One key friendship built throughout the episodes is that of Sarah and Art. Initially, Sarah pretended to be Art's cop buddy Beth (since they are each other's clones) but this pretense was soon uncovered by Art. Even though the situation was complicated, Art provided support when it comes to Sarah and her family's security. He also assisted the clones in their journey to discover their true identities. He helped Sarah in countless situations without expecting a romantic relationship in return.


For five seasons with over a dozen clones, this series is worth watching. If you're a fan of sci-fi mysteries, this show is definitely for you.


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