Television has continuously proven that relationships don’t need to be strictly romantic. Sometimes the strongest relationships are siblings, friends, family, and coworkers.
Whether they are running the free world, managing a publishing imprint, or just trying to survive, these relationships prove that good stories come from having another half you can lean on.
Here’s our list of our favorite dynamic TV duos of 2017, in no particular order.
1. Mellie and Olivia (Scandal)
There hasn’t been a relationship more tumultuous than that of Olivia Pope and Mellie Grant. In seven seasons of Scandal, the two have gone from wife and mistress to partners in crime.
Their relationship has culminated in Mellie holding the Oval and Olivia serving as her Chief of Staff.
Scandal may be winding down in its final season, but we hope for at least a few more scenes of these ladies drinking wine and moonshine together!
2. Doc and Axel (Van Helsing)
Doc and Axel share a unique bond.
At the beginning of the series, we learn that Doc’s a vampire, surviving on the blood that Axel is feeding her through an IV tube and hypodermic needle. Later in Van Helsing Season 1, Doc betrays Axel as a group of survivors evacuate an irradiated military base, trapping him behind a door with a feral vampire.
Doc wrestles with the guilt of betraying a friend who has kept her alive until she discovers that Axel is alive in Van Helsing Season 2. The two follow a path in Season 2 that is full of anger and forgiveness, but it is compelling to watch and makes for great TV.
3. Sarah Manning and Helena (Orphan Black)
The sestras, and twins had a great year with the final season.
While Helena spent most of Orphan Black’s Season 5 hiding in a convent to protect her babies, the scenes the twins share together are amazing to watch.
Orphan Black Season 5 Episode 10, the series finale, includes the birth of Helena’s twins. Appropriately, the twins are delivered by Sarah and are some of the best scenes between sisters.
When you consider that Helena was once expendable, you can see just how far they’ve come.
4. Octavia and Bellamy Blake (The 100)
There’s no denying that Bellamy and Octavia Blake share a unique bond since they are the only set of siblings on The 100. Bellamy has always lived by the code of “my sister, my responsibility,” but their story arc has always been more about letting go.
Nowhere is their bond more present than on The 100 Season 4 Episode 10 “Die All, Die Merrily,” where Octavia enters the conclave and Bellamy throws his support behind her, especially during the moment when he stands up to Roan, certain that Octavia will gut him.
This is a crucial episode for the Blake siblings. They lost touch after Bellamy backed Pike and Lincoln was killed, but in this episode, they start to heal their relationship.
5. Tasha Zapata and Patterson (Blindspot)
Tasha and Patterson are friends, but Blindspot Season 3 has started to also paint them as partners in crime.
Tasha and Patterson’s friendship isn’t the central plot of Blindspot, but their relationship speaks volumes. As Blindspot Season 3 progresses, the two have been investigating the suspicious death of a colleague named Stewart, under the codename: cuttlefish.
It’s made for some promising scenes between the two women, which we hope to see develop in 2018 as the investigation progresses.
6. Flaca and Maritza (Orange is the New Black)
Flaca and Maritza always seemed like a package deal on Orange is the New Black.
In Orange is the New Black Season 5, the pair starts a vlog during the Litchfield prison riot. The result is a sequence that is light-hearted and enjoyable with some witty banter.
Sadly, their newfound internet fame is short-lived.
When the riot ends, they’re put on different buses and separated at the end of Orange is the New Black Season 5 Episode 13. Viewers aren’t quite sure what the sixth season will hold, but we can only hope these two find their way back to each other again.