There's No Friendship like a Southern Friendship and These Besties Prove It
Down South, we’ve learned from classic Southern friendships that it’s our neighbors, beauty salon besties, young-at-heart housemates, and sassy sisters that help us grow and make us laugh until the sweet tea we’re sippin’ squirts straight out of our noses.
Raise a glass to your best friend as we look at some of the South’s strongest (and sometimes infamous) friendships.
Truvy, M’Lynn, Ouiser, Clairee, Shelby, and Arnelle: Steel Magnolias
For this close-knit crew of beauty shop goers, there’s no such thing as over-sharing, and we like it that way. This group of gals is always good for a dose of weekend gossip or a beauty reality check. But, most importantly, they accept each other’s faults and empower each other through every little thing life throws their way.
Forrest and Bubba: Forrest Gump
If you’re looking for Southern loyalty, look no further. Cut from the same cloth, this pair builds a bond in the midst of the most horrifying circumstances. Even though Bubba doesn’t make it home from Vietnam, Forrest is unwavering in his decision to fulfill a promise to his best friend. Without any skill or know-how to his name, Forrest somehow successfully goes into the shrimping business. Our favorite part of this movie friendship? When Forrest gives Bubba’s share of Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. to Bubba’s unknowing mama.
Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, and Sophia: The Golden Girls
For this feisty foursome, life is better with a dose of laughter. They’re not afraid to dish out the sarcasm and discuss the unmentionable over a slice of cheesecake. If that’s not the definition of unfiltered friendship, we’re not sure what is. One thing’s for certain – this gang gives us hope for a future filled with vibrant and vivacious female friendship.
Jason Street and Tim Riggins: Friday Night Lights
Though “Six” and Riggins hit a few rough patches along their Friday Night Lights journey, so much of their friendship is a bromance for the ages. In true, small town Southern fashion, these two Texas boys are always twisted up in some kind of trouble the whole town knows about. Though they face many a traumatic, real-life scenario during the show's five-season run, they ultimately support each other through every emotional and physical crisis they face. They grow up together, and even though they end up states away from each other, in their hearts it will always be “Texas forever.”
Chip and Joanna Gaines: Fixer Upper
Sure, they may be married, but these two Fixer Upper fanatics are best friends without a doubt. Just watch one episode of their seemingly behind the scenes banter, and you’ll agree that this design duo has a contagious kind of effortless fun.
Daisy and Hoke: Driving Miss Daisy
From their first journey home from the Piggly Wiggly and on, this unlikely friendship blooms as the two slowly build a relationship of trust that transcends their differences and defies social conventions of their day.
Zoe and Lavon: Hart of Dixie
At first glance, there couldn’t be a more unlikely pair than a short, spunky doctor from the North and a gentle giant of a Southern athlete. But, as Lavon takes Zoe under his wing to wean her into the ways of the South, the two end up leaning on each other for advice in many a tricky, love-triangle situation. Through lots of advice sessions over snacks in Lavon’s kitchen, this levelheaded, sibling-like friendship is the rock the keeps the pair grounded through all the drama of Dixie.
The Sugarbaker Sisters: Designing Women
Despite their differences and their bold, sisterly bickering, Julia and Suzanne Sugarbaker truly did depend on each other. Though Julia’s strong-willed and downright fearsome demeanor didn’t always mesh with Suzanne’s sassy, ex-beauty queen tenancies, Julia always showed her true, sisterly colors when her sister’s reputation was at stake.
Classic Southern TV Shows We Love
There are a handful of television shows that exemplify everything we love about living in the South. And, if you haven't seen them, you're sure to get a "What do you mean, you haven't seen Golden Girls?!" From our big Southern families to our love of Friday night football and our over-the-top entertaining, these classic television shows hit close to home.