The TV we watch can be like a friend – it can validate us, make us feel seen, cultivate our existence, and allow us to roll around on a blanket of human emotion. Or in the case of my old roommate it can be a non-stop 24-hour cycle of documentaries about serial killers. Either way, we find comfort in what we find comfort in, and mine happen to be the woman on my screen. They’re always the most dynamic part of a show for me, and I especially love when women are shown to be genuinely enjoying each other’s company. Live or scripted I love them all, but some women in particular have convinced me on a spiritual level that we should be friends.
Merritt Wever (Zoe from Nurse Jackie)
This acceptance speech from when she won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Nurse Jackie, which she definitely is and was, is not only exactly what her character would do in the show, it is amazing. How in less than 10 seconds she convinced me I’m missing a crucial piece to a complete life by not being her friend is not unrelated to how effective she is as an actor.
The DriveTime Duo
I love these nerds so much. And the fact that I’m an adult woman who wishes she could be friends with actors in a car rental commercial means we’d get along perfectly.
Ilana & Abbi
This is a big “duh” for everybody but I just love seeing a friendship between women that at its foundation is based on this inclination for the other to thrive.
Be the friend that inspires your friends to be the change you want to see in the world.
Jessica Williams from The Daily Show
Jessica Williams would be the type of friend who would tell me to my face that my shirt is open and everyone can see my bra as plainly and swiftly as telling someone her drink order.
Katie Lee & Hoda from The Today Show
Look at these two nutjobs. Just absolutely no shame. Everyone needs that friend who – like mine, while running across the street into oncoming cars – screams, “NO RULES!” That’s Kathie Lee and Hoda.
Sue Perkins from The Great British Bake-off
When I first saw Sue Perkins on The Supersizers Go I proceeded to pull the totally normal move of consuming every piece of media she was ever a part of in a matter of like two days. Once I was finished I of course felt a deep sense of loss and then tucked her away into my brain, assuming a thing that TV personalities do is never be back on TV apparently. And then the Great British Bake-Off started. The pause, the look, and the juke right before she runs in this clip is poetry and reaffirms what I’ve always known to be true: Sue Perkins should be my friend.
Samantha Bee from Full Frontal
If there is anyone as consistently funny and thoughtful and thorough as Samantha Bee, TELL ME WHERE THEY ARE SO I CAN BEFRIEND THEM TOO.
This is Janelle Monae at the 2015 BET Awards during Big Sean’s performance of “IDFWU” and while technically this is cheating and she isn’t “on TV” so much as she is “a song artist who occasionally is on your TV”, this is too good to pass up. In a friend.