You know those TV characters who are like our besties... in our minds? We wish we could invite them to our birthday party, even though they happen to be fictional. Here are 11 beloved current characters we would be proud to call our friends.
Bernadette Rostentenkowski-Wolowitz in 'The Big Bang Theory'
Big things come in small packages, and "Big Bang Theory's" Bernadette is proof. The sassy pint-size powerhouse, always clad in a colorful cardigan, has uttered some of the show's best lines. Even though she has an intimidating snarky side, she's still cute as a button with a big old heart. Plus, she's smart AF, so she could always calculate tip. We'd grab a cosmo with her any day.
Tasha 'Taystee' Jefferson in 'Orange Is the New Black'
We already know "OITNB" fan fave Taystee is a fantastic friend. She's smart, ambitious, witty, and looooves Harry Potter. Taystee has a history of speaking her mind, fighting for what she believes in, and making everyone around her laugh when they need it most.
Charlie Kelly in 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia'
If you had a friend like Charlie, you would probably never be bored. And even if you were bored, it'd be like the funniest and most oddly exciting version of boredom there is. He's always down for anything, and he is a ridiculously cheap date. Bonus? You could probably blame everything that goes wrong on him. Two milksteaks, please!
Ilana Wexler in 'Broad City'
We all need a friend like Ilana in our lives, who will lift us up and consistently remind us how fabulous we are. The way she throws compliments at Abbi makes us believe we're the "yas queens" we truly are.
Kimmy Schmidt in 'The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'
If Kimmy doesn't make you smile, then you have some serious soul searching to do. Reasons she'd make a great BFF: She always has a positive attitude, her favorite show is "Law & Order" (or "Law Squiggle Order," as she calls it), and she enjoys candy for dinner. Win. Win. Win. Hashbrown no filter.
Winston Bishop in 'New Girl'
Schmidt and Nick are hilarious, but we can't help but have a soft spot for "New Girl's" quiet MVP, Winston. His sweet, good natured personality is what a solid friend is made of. We love his unbridled childlike enthusiasm, honest emotional center, and the fact that he wishes Santa was real.
Linda Belcher in 'Bob's Burgers'
She's not like a regular mom, she's a cool mom... who takes pleasure in a glass of wine (or three) and some quality musical dinner theater. To be quite honest, we would be friends with any of the Belchers, but the upbeat and genial Linda holds a special place in our hearts.
Paula Proctor in 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend'
Paula is always there for Rebecca. And we mean always. Who wouldn't want unconditional love like that? She might go a little overboard sometimes, but that's what friends are for, right? Right?!
Olivia Benson in 'Law and Order: Special Victims Unit'
Lieutenant Olivia Benson has always got your back. She's the baddest detective in the game, she always does what's right, and justice is practically her middle name. Please, be our best friend forever, Liv.
Caroline Channing in '2 Broke Girls'
It's always nice to have that friend who constantly has a sunny, Pollyanna-esque outlook on life, but can get (slightly) badass when you need her too. Caroline's got jokes, style, and business savvy galore. Don't judge a blonde by their dye job. She's one smart cookie.
Dustin Henderson in 'Stranger Things'
If Dustin was your buddy in middle school, you know he'd be a friend for life. The adorable and funny goofball, who stole our hearts and many scenes in "Stranger Things," is the real glue that holds the group together.