A fine bromance
Love is in the air but in ever such a guy-friendly way, write Erin White and Erica Thompson
BROMANCE is in the air. The new name for this phenomenon describes men who have close, non-sexual relationships of the kind that usually occur between women, and it’s been pushing its way on to TV for years.
Think back to Chandler and Joey’s awkward expressions of love that Friends mined for laughs, or even George Costanza’s mancrushes on Seinfeld.
A bromance, after all, is just a man-crush that’s reciprocated.
Or go even further back, to The Odd Couple’s Oscar and Felix. They behaved just like an old married couple, without the romance element. But even if the relationships, with their catchy new moniker, aren’t new, rarely if ever has TV seen such a proliferation of them. There are the Flight of the Conchords boys who joke that the women they date get two boyfriends for the price of one, and Entourage’s Eric and Vince, who continue to be more important to each other than any of the legion of girls who trail behind them. Man love— or at least very strong like — is taking the place of the romantic conquest as a central theme in today’s TV landscape. Here are some of our favourite brouples: