17 TV Families Who Are Super Close in Real Life

by Jon Warech 6:00 AM PDT, April 01, 2016
Playing 17 TV Families Who Are Super Close in Real Life

Fans of That ‘70s Show will be thrilled to see Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson together again in The Ranch, a Netflix original series that begins streaming on April 1. The two pals play brothers -- Colt (Kutcher), a failed semi-pro football star, and Rooster (Masterson), his never-left-the-ranch older sibling -- and viewers can expect the same natural camaraderie and old-fashioned ribbing from their “high school” days in the fictional Point Place, Wisconsin.

It works because it’s real. Since That ‘70s Show ended a decade ago (we can’t believe it’s been that long either), Kutcher, Masterson and the rest of the gang have remained friends -- partying together at nightclubs, posting Instagrams of home sing-alongs and collectively investing in restaurants. Two of the stars -- Kutcher and Mila Kunis -- even got married and started a family. As that ‘70s love continues, we explore 17 TV families who were besties when the cameras stopped rolling.

30 Rock

On Saturday Night Live, the cast ends each week with an on-stage hug session at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, but last year, when Tracy Morgan returned to host after a near-fatal car accident, the hugs were extra tight as his 30 Rock co-stars -- Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Jane Krakowski and Jack McBrayer -- joined him in a sketch based on the hit show. Fey and Krakowski also see each other pretty regularly, as Krakowski stars on the Fey-created Netflix series, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Full House

The Full House cast is the poster child for off-camera affection. Since the show ended its run in 1995, the Tanners have reunited so often that it wouldn’t be surprising if they actually lived together in real life. Weddings, birthday parties, Comedy Central roasts, you name it and they are there, together, hugging and likely getting “dad talks” from Bob Saget. Now you can catch some of them in the audience of Dancing With the Stars cheering on Jodie Sweetin or on Netflix, where Fuller House continues to provide America with a hand to hold on to.

The Brady Bunch

They were America’s favorite family in the ‘70s, but the cast of The Brady Bunch loved each other more than you can imagine. Susan Olsen (Cindy Brady) admitted she and her TV stepbrother, Mike Lookinland (Bobby Brady), used to have make-out sessions in the Brady doghouse, and Maureen McCormick (Marcia! Marcia! Marcia!) revealed in her memoir that she had a steamy romance with Barry Williams (Greg Brady). Call it a hunch, but maybe this group shouldn’t have somehow formed a family.


It may be one of the most drama-filled shows on television right now, but in real life, the Empire family is more like the Partridge family, having wholesome family fun, like rollerblading and taking trips to Target together. On their off-time, they have sushi dinners at Terrence Howard’s house, the cast is expected at Kaitlin Doubleday’s upcoming wedding, and every Saturday they get together for an intense game of Spades. And through it all, no one hits anyone with a broom.

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Growing Pains

Fresh off broken relationships in real life, both Alan Thicke and Joanna Kerns bonded on set while playing the Seaver parents. While it did get flirty, there were no blurred lines about their relationship. The same cannot be said for Kirk Cameron and Chelsea Noble, who played boyfriend and girlfriend on the hit show before marrying in real life. There may not have been an on-set romance for young Jeremy Miller (Ben Seaver), but it was revealed that early on in the show’s run, he’d cry at the end of every season. Now, that’s love!


Fans flipped when Keri Russell, Scott Speedman and Scott Foley reunited (in their pajamas) for the cover of Entertainment Weekly last year. It was reportedly their first time together since the WB drama ended in 2002, which is strange for a cast that produced two off-set romances. Russell and Speedman dated towards the end of the show’s run and Foley briefly married Jennifer Garner, who played his girlfriend on the first season.


Two Felicity alums, Jennifer Garner and Greg Grunberg, joined forces on another J.J. Abrams hit series. The two have remained friends, with Garner often supporting Grunberg’s website dedicated to epilepsy awareness. Garner has other close ties to the cast, having dated co-star Michael Vartan and naming TV dad Victor Garber godfather to her daughter, Violet. Garber also officiated Garner’s beachside wedding to Ben Affleck. Since her split with the Batman v Superman star, Garber has remained by Garner’s side.

Happy Days

It’s been more than 30 years since the hit show went off the air, but the gang still remains close. Maybe it was the cast baseball games or the fact that Marion Ross and Tom Bosley were seen as real-life parental figures to the rest of the stars (Bosley helped Anson Williams negotiate his first mortgage!), but to this day, the cast can be seen together at car shows or television shows, as Henry Winkler and Scott Baio both reunited with Ron Howard on Arrested Development.

Arrested Development

Speaking of Arrested Development, the reunion never stops for the star-studded cast of the show that originally ran on Fox from 2003 to 2006 and then again on Netflix in 2013. (Another season is supposedly coming to Netflix, but the service has yet to confirm it.) Whether they are filming or not, though, kissing cousins Michael Cera (George Michael) and Alia Shawkat (Maeby) remain best friends, while Jason Bateman and Will Arnett, who run a production company aptly called DumbDumb, have been known to stroll around New York City hand in hand. Additionally, David Cross and Jeffrey Tambor have guest-starred on Jessica Walter and Judy Greer’s animated series, Archer.

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Modern Family

Sitcom families who win lots of awards together, stay together, as proven by the cast of Modern Family, who partied together until 6 a.m. at Sofia Vergara’s November wedding at The Breakers Resort in Palm Beach, Florida. It makes sense since it was co-star Jesse Tyler Ferguson who set up Vergara with husband Joe Manganiello in the first place. The cast also stuck together when renegotiating their contracts and stood by co-star Ariel Winter when she was seeking emancipation from her mother. When the show finally comes to an end, we don’t expect the love to stop.  


There was a lot of love on the set of Roseanne as Laurie Metcalf married (and later divorced) one of her many on-screen boyfriends, Matt Roth (Fisher). But, leave it to Chuck Lorre, a one-time Roseanne writer, to keep the rest of the cast close to this day by reuniting them on his hit show, The Big Bang Theory, which stars Johnny Galecki. Even though they are tight, it was a surprise for Roseanne Barr, when her TV children -- Michael Fishman and Lecy Goranson -- joined her and Metcalf on The Talk (co-hosted by Sara Gilbert) a couple years back.


Many watched as the Friends cast reunited (sans Matthew Perry) for the James Burrows tribute that aired on NBC in February, but fans of the show know that this cast has been a tight-knit group from day one. Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston have come a long way since they both took a shot at dating Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz. In 2005, Aniston became the godmother to Cox’s daughter, Coco, and last year, Cox was Aniston’s maid of honor at her wedding to Justin Theroux. And the women have continued to remain supportive of each other’s post-Friends TV efforts by guest-starring on Cox’s Cougar Town and Lisa Kudrow’s Web Therapy.

Beverly Hills, 90210

On the show, Brenda dated Dylan, who later dated Kelly, who dated both Steve and Brandon, who had a gambling problem but never rolled the dice with Donna, who dated David, who also dated Valerie. As it turns out, in real life, it was almost as complicated. Tori Spelling revealed that she had flings with both Jason Priestley and Brian Austin Green, who also dated Tiffani Thiessan. Priestley also had a serious relationship with Christine Elise, who played Emily Valentine. Almost all of them have turned up to support each other at their real-life weddings, and were likely the first call after the many divorces.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Talks of a Fresh Prince reboot are in the works, but the Banks family has been known to get together from time to time. Karyn Parsons, Tatyana Ali and Joseph Marcell all showed up to support Alfonso Ribeiro when he was on Dancing With the Stars, and Ribeiro and Will Smith have been known to dance “The Carlton” together, as seen on The Graham Norton Show. One mistake Smith jokingly says he made with that friendship: letting Ribeiro teach his son, Trey, how to drive.

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Brothers & Sisters

It’s icky when brothers and sisters become boyfriends and girlfriends, even if part of it is just for television. Such was the case when Dave Annable began dating his on-screen sibling, Emily Van Camp. Producers found a way to make them not related on the show so the characters could also hook up, but when that ended, so did the plotline, and Annable’s next girlfriend (and now wife) Odette Yustman joined the cast as his love interest.

That ‘70s Show

Of course, the bond between the stars of That ‘70s Show isn’t limited to the friendship of Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson. Quite possibly the greatest love story in television history belongs to Kutcher and Mila Kunis, who was just 14 when the series began in 1998. Her first real-life kiss came on camera with Kutcher, who played TV boyfriend Kelso to her Jackie. Fourteen years later, they were dating in real life, and in 2014, the couple welcomed a baby girl, Wyatt, who is already besties with Masterson's daughter, Fianna. 


If you follow Zach Braff on Twitter, you know it’s hard to tell the difference between J.D. and Turk’s fictional bromance and the real-life brothers from another mother bond he has with Donald Faison. The two, along with castmates Christa Miller and John McGinley recently spent Easter Sunday together and nearly every Scrubs star made an appearance on Miller’s follow-up hit series, Cougar Town, from Scrubs creator (and Miller’s husband) Bill Lawrence. But the highlight of the Braff-Faison friendship is when the two went skinny-dipping together in the Bahamas while co-star Sarah Chalke swam alongside in her suit.