Intimacy, understanding and admiration in male friendships are no longer cultural taboos, and TV's straight men have become far more overt – at times, comically so – about their attractions and bonds to other men.
Here's a rundown of the top “bromances” on current TV shows.
Peas in a pod
Shawn and Gus, “Psych”: Shawn, the pineapple-loving fake-psychic detective, is the reckless one, Gus is his reluctant friend. But each would be bored without the other, and far less successful at solving crimes.
Eric and Vince, “Entourage”: There are four guys on this show, but the bond between E and Vince is what truly keeps the story line afloat, as they make – and unmake, and remake – Vince's career together.
Face to face
Christian and Sean, “Nip/Tuck”: These two plastic surgeons have shared the same office, the same woman and the same son. Friends and competitors since college, they are inextricably bound to each other.
Holmes and Watson
House and Wilson, “House”: Wilson is the only person who truly understands and tolerates House. And Wilson is the only person House truly trusts. Now, with their relationship in danger of ending, House is devastated.
J.D. and Turk, “Scrubs”: They finish each other's sentences. They wear matching bracelets. The sitcom has made no secret of the pair's all-consuming and all-but-gay love for each other.