Friends becoming more than that is a favorite ship trope, both on screen and in real life.
Getting to see that growth between characters as they learn about each other, learn to trust each other, and then learn to romantically love each other is everything we could ever ask for from a fictional relationship.
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And while it may feel like sometimes our favorite shows don't commit to the slow burn that a friends to lovers trope requires, there are so many quality friendships that turned into something more.
In fact, this slideshow is just a sample of the many connections that were built on platonic love first before it grew into more because of its potential.
What TV friendship that turned romantic over time was your absolute favorite?
Monty and Harper (The 100)
These two deserved more time together as friends and as lovers. We deserved more time to spend with them at every point of their lives together. But even if The 100 couldn't give us that, it did give us a couple that was built off innocence and love for one another. Monty and Harper always looked out for each other and wanted nothing but peace, which in a way they were able to instill until their last days. And while we may not be lucky enough to have them on the show anymore, their memory lives on in the form of their son Jordan who embodies all the positivity that Monty and Harper created on The 100.
Quentin and Eliot (The Magicians)
This was a surprise because it was almost unbelievable that fans would get this lucky to see a full Quentin and Eliot story being played out after all this time. It seemed like the perfect next step after falling in love with their friendship, and the show delivered exactly that in some of the most well-written progression from platonic to romantic potential.
Cameron and Kirsten (Stitchers)
These two defined what friends with banter could progress to if given enough time, attention, and care. The writers behind Stitchers achieved what many shows dream of when they have a couple with so much potential. Allowing natural growth to do its thing, along with a show that acknowledged how valuable romance was meant that fans got a ship for the ages.
Lucy and Wyatt (Timeless)
The only regret with these two is that there wasn't more time to explore them. But they got their happiness and even if we would have enjoyed seeing more of the walk it took to get there, these two can make any endgame story work.
Barry and Iris (The Flash)
Barry and Iris are really showing every other couple how to make it work. They went from friends to lovers to endgame and it never felt more obvious. These two were destined for a happy ever after, and they taught us plenty about a good connection with a friend along the way.
Dan and Blair (Gossip Girl)
Dan and Blair should have stayed together, their friendship was too great not to let that continue on. This might be an unpopular opinion but this ship stood out because of how friendship was prioritized before romance kicked in.