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Terrible TV friends: From 'Girls' to '30 Rock'

Best friends are at the center of any good television show. But if you take a deeper look at their relationships, you'll notice they're not always as chummy as they appear to be.

From stealing boyfriends, to sending one another to prison, these TV characters are actually terrible to each other. Some can even be redefined as downright frenemies.

'Gossip Girl': Blair and Serena

It was rocky from day one with Upper
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It was rocky from day one with Upper East Side socialites Blair (Leighton Meester) and Serena (Blake Lively). Maybe if Serena had kept her hands off Nate before the series' first episode, things would have been different. But the rivalry between these two stemmed deeper than that initial conflict. After Blair's mother picked Serena to model her new label in season one, Blair's epic meltdown, in which she cried out, "You take everything from me," proved to be a moment of clarity in their relationship -- for viewers, at least. The flame that fueled their frenemy fire: jealousy. When Serena finally starts a relationship with a guy (Dan) she thinks she has genuine feelings for, Blair gets jealous. When Blair gets engaged in season four, Serena acts out in envy. Whatever the reason they're fighting, these two always seemed to find a way to "make up," even though their level of sincerity could never be trusted. Blair and Serena are the epitome of frenemies.

‘Orange is the New Black’: Alex and Piper

What BFFs haven't bonded over a drug-deal-gone-wrong incident
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What BFFs haven't bonded over a drug-deal-gone-wrong incident that landed them in an all-female prison together? Former lovers Alex (Laura Prepon) and Piper (Taylor Schilling) flip-flop between liking and hating each other, because there's not much else to do in Litchfield. Boredom gets the best of them as the seasons go on. Piper even gets Alex sent back to prison after being caught with weapons at the end of season two by tipping off her parole officer. That's the definition of true friendship, right?

‘Friends’: Ross and Phoebe

Why is your favorite coffeehouse clique on a
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Why is your favorite coffeehouse clique on a list of the worst TV friends? Ross (David Schwimmer) and Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) are to blame. They're not only terrible friends to each other, but they're not the best to the rest of the group, either. Phoebe's free spirit clashes with Ross' scientific beliefs on a number of occasions -- don't even get Ross started on Phoebe's take on evolution. When Phoebe believes the spirit of her mother has come to visit her in a stray cat's body and Ross won't play along, it's made clear to fans that these two would never be friends without the rest of the group holding them together. Ross isn't the only one to blame, though. We can't forget the season five episode where Phoebe gets mad at Ross for no apparent reason and strings him along before remembering she was upset with him for something that happened in a dream.

‘Gilmore Girls’: Paris and Rory

The rivalry/friendship relationship Paris (Liza Weil) and Rory
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The rivalry/friendship relationship Paris (Liza Weil) and Rory (Alexis Bledel) have on "Gilmore Girls" is so complex, Rory herself can't even keep up with it. Paris plays the role of the ultimate high school enemy who doesn't go away. She pushes her way into Rory's life only to belittle her and brag about her achievements, so it seems. She even follows Rory to Yale and announces herself as her roommate on move-in day. Deep down, her endless need to compete with Rory is the glue that holds them together. If not for that, these two probably wouldn't even have crossed life paths to begin with.

‘Big Bang Theory’: Sheldon and Leonard

Only Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki)
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Only Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki) would adhere to a "Roommate Agreement." Friends since graduate school, these two have had their fair share of disagreements -- like how high or low to keep the thermostat. The problem here? These two are too focused on following rules and regulations, and less focused on developing an emotion-fueled friendship. In season nine, this became clear when they got into an argument over how often to hold their scheduled roommate meetings. Last time we checked, lasting friendships aren't built through contracts.

‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’: Titus, Jacqueline and Kimmy

Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) is a fantastic friend for
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Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) is a fantastic friend for someone who spent 15 years locked in a bunker. Her time in the bunker may have altered her perception of reality, but it didn't hinder her ability to be a loyal, caring companion. Titus (Tituss Burgess) and Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski), on the other hand, hardly repay Kimmy for her kindness. Titus has a never-ending list of rather offensive, albeit slightly hilarious, nicknames for Kimmy. "Kimbercile," "Girlfrenemy" and "White Weirdo," are just a few. Jacqueline treats Kimmy like her personal servant, even after losing all of her money in a divorce settlement. Without a paycheck, Kimmy still goes out of her way for Jacqueline, thinking she's doing her friend a favor.

‘The Office’: Pam and Angela

To be fair, Angela (Angela Kinsey) isn't really
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To be fair, Angela (Angela Kinsey) isn't really chummy with anyone in "The Office" -- unless you count Dwight (Rainn Wilson), but even that relationship is questionable. Soft-spoken Pam (Jenna Fischer) seems to try to connect with Angela throughout the show's nine seasons, but Angela preferred to compete with her co-worker instead. It was a competition Pam didn't seem to know she was even a part of, though. The proof? Season eight when Angela found a way to turn their pregnancies into a rivalry. "Look, it's 'Little Pregs' and 'Big Pregs,'" Angela said in the seemingly candid confessional. "Wait, when did we start calling --" Pam tried to reply before being cut off again by Angela, who continued by saying, "Isn't it amazing, the difference in our sizes?" Only Angela could turn pregnancy into a competition.

'Girls': Hannah and Jessa

Where do you even begin when evaluating the
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Where do you even begin when evaluating the complex friendship that is Hannah (Lena Dunham) and Jessa (Jemima Kirke)? Of their clique, these two are the absolute worst of friends to each other (and to Marnie and Shoshanna). Even before the whole Adam ordeal of season five (we'll spare you the spoilers), Hannah and Jessa have a complete disregard for each other's best interests, well-being and emotional state. The very first time we're even introduced to their relationship, Jessa lets Hannah drink opium tea, after being warned by Marnie that Hannah wouldn't react well. Jessa pops in and out of Hannah's life. And when it comes to season five, let's just say lines are crossed and boundaries are broken that seem beyond immediate repair.

'One Tree Hill': Brooke and Peyton

Known to die-hard
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Known to die-hard "One Tree Hill" fans as "Bretyon," Brooke (Sophia Bush) and Peyton (Hilarie Burton) are the series' go-to duo. Like any frenemies, they fight and make up and do it all over again. In season four, Peyton finds Brooke egging her house -- yes, chucking actual eggs at her best friend's window. They threw their friendship around like a rocky couple on the brink of a breakup. Fitting, since most of their arguments revolved around men.

‘Scandal’: Olivia and Cyrus

With power, comes drama, lies and lots and
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With power, comes drama, lies and lots and lots of scandal. It's no surprise Olivia (Kerry Washington) and Cyrus' (Jeff Perry) friendship isn't simple. In season one, fans are led to believe that while their relationship is rocky, their underlying loyalty to one another will continuously overcome. That's not exactly true. Sure, Cyrus kept her relationship with President Grant under wraps, but where was he when Olivia was kidnapped in season four? We won't be too quick to forget that he didn't immediately notice she was gone and didn't condone Grant's decision to enter a worldwide bid to save her.

‘30 Rock’: Jenna and Liz

Liz (Tina Fey) continuously went out of her
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Liz (Tina Fey) continuously went out of her way to try to extinguish Jenna's many dramatic fires, and not just because caring for Jenna (Jane Krakowski) was in direct line to her paycheck. In every episode of "30 Rock" (not an exaggeration), Jenna has some selfish issue that prohibits her from working until Liz comes to the rescue. In season one, Liz did her best to make Jenna feel like she was still the star of the show even after being replaced by Tracy. She didn't even judge her for dating (and later marrying) a Jenna impersonator. How was she repaid? Jenna slept with her boyfriend, Dennis Duffy, and her brother, Mitch. Keep in mind these two had supposedly been best friends for years prior to working on "TGS."

‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Meredith and Amelia

Why are Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Amelia (Caterina
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Why are Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) always fighting? The short answer: Because they're frenemies. Refer to seasons six through 12 for the long answer. Even when they were both mourning the loss of Derek (Meredith's husband and Amelia's brother) in season 11, these two can't seem to put their quarrel behind them. When Amelia finds out that Meredith, who was by Derek's side when he died, knew the plug was being pulled, she can't move past it without confrontation. Meredith, being the terrible friend that she is, explodes on Amelia in a rage of epic proportions.

'Quantico': Alex and Ryan

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"Quantico's" hottest duo is also one set of pretty terrible friends. Starting out as strangers who think they're embarking upon a one-night stand after meeting at an airport, these two quickly realize their relationship is a bit more convoluted than that. After getting his fellow FBI trainee to fall for him, Ryan (Jake McLaughlin) abuses his relationship with Alex (Priyanka Chopra) to feed information from her to head agent Liam O'Connor. After learning Ryan's initial motives, their friendship becomes a total sham. They try to date. They try to be friends. But, all along, they can't seem to fight the urge to one-up each other in a struggle for revenge.

‘Mindy Project’: Mindy and Morgan

The down-for-anything, emotional, hilarious Morgan (Ike Barinholtz) probably
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The down-for-anything, emotional, hilarious Morgan (Ike Barinholtz) probably treats Mindy (Mindy Kaling) better than you treat your own best friend. When Mindy wakes up in the hospital, Morgan's smiling face is the very first thing she sees. When she calls him to hang, he's eagerly waiting by the phone. That sums up their relationship -- well, Morgan's side of it, at least. He's always eagerly waiting to please Mindy, but this is one friendship that's clearly one-sided.

‘Casual’: Alex and Leon

It's hard to keep up with Alex's (Tommy
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It's hard to keep up with Alex's (Tommy Dewey) antics on "Casual" and Leon (Nyasha Hatendi) tries his best -- even though he probably shouldn't. Dragging Leon into terrible, yet adventurous, situations, Alex is the complete worst. In season one he gets arrested in Leon's company after buying coke from a cop. You'd think that would send Leon packing, but it doesn't.


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