Show of the Week: Star Trek the Next Generation
Somewhere between William Shatner as Captain Kirk and Chris Pine as Captain Kirk, we ended up with a classically trained British actor named Sir Patrick Stewart playing one Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Star Trek: The Next Generation was not without its detractors at first, (and the first two seasons are admittedly terrible), but in the decades since its original run, it's become one of the most beloved tent-poles of a major science fiction franchise. With a chillier, more distinctly philosophical aesthetic than its predecessor, ST:TNG's seven seasons are a hardcore TV binge-er's dream -- and let's face it, the inclusion of Jonathan Frakes' Commander Riker makes the experience easy on the eyes -- but the casual viewer should probably take our advice and start with season three.
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Star Trek: The Next Generation S2E3: Elementary, Dear Data
STTNG also got us thinking about that very special brand of male bonding: bromances. One of the most lovable bromances on that show was the one between Data and Geordi, exemplified quite well in the season two episode "Elementary, My Dear Data". Data as Sherlock? Well, that's just logical!
Sherlock S2E3: The Great Game
Speaking of Sherlock and Watson, that classic bromance has been updated in a fantastic British series called, simply, Sherlock, with Sherlock played as a slightly Asperger-esque sleuth by Benedict Cumberbatch. His partner in crime (solving), Watson, is played by the always-amusing Martin Freeman, and their unique relationship is on full display in the episode "The Great Game."
Seinfeld S9E1: The Butter Shave
Moving on to a slightly less serious--though no less mysterious--bromance, we've got Jerry and George in Seinfeld. While their bromance could also seem, at times, to be more of a "frenemy" situation, it's hard to deny they were pretty much joined at the hip, particularly in the ninth season episode "The Butter Shave," when they both decide to "take a vacation from themselves" by growing mustaches together.
Space Ghost Coast to Coast S2E3: Girlie Show
In more animated relationships, we have the talk show host Space Ghost, and his musical sidekick, Zorak, on the animated series Space Ghost Coast to Coast. Space Ghost and Zorak come very, very close to admitting their love for each other in this episode, although ultimately, there's more love tossed at guest Fran Dresher than there is at each other.
Scrubs S6E6: My Musical
The hospital comedy Scrubs simply couldn't exist without the long-standing friendship between central characters J.D. and Turk. Their bromance was so intense, they had to sing about in a song entitled "Guy Love" in the musical episode called, appropriately, "My Musical." To quote, "It's guy love/between two guys!"
Wiflred S2E2: Letting Go
We're not entirely sure if the friendship between a guy and an imaginary man in a dog suit qualifies as "bromance" or simply "insanity," but really, isn't that the dilemma at the heart of the dark comedy Wilfred? And that friendship was put to its ultimately test in the season two episode "Letting Go," in which they contemplate going their separate ways. (Spoiler alert: The show is till on the air. You can guess what decision they came to.)
New Girl S2E18: TinFinity
While New Girl may be centered on a girl, namely, Zooey Deschanel's Jess, the real fun is found in the friendships between her male roommates, particularly the one between Schmidt and Nick, friends since college. Schmidt finds their bromance so important, in fact, that he celebrates its 10-year-anniversary with a party in the episode "TinFinity." But things don't go too smoothly when a famous football player enters the picture...
Friends S1E12: The One With the Dozen Lasagnas.
Which brings us to one of the most beloved bromances in modern sitcom history, the undying love between Joey and Chandler on Friends. They were the perfect yin and yang: Joey had the lady swagger Chandler was lacking, and Chandler had the smarts lovable-but-dumb Joey would never attain. Just watch them problem-solve replacing a broken table while eating lasagna in the episode "The One With the Dozen Lasagnas": that's love, friends.
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