Brooke and Peyton from One Tree Hill
One Tree Hill gave us several amazing female friendships but I standby the fact Peyton and Brooke were one of the best and the original central duo. That doesn’t mean Haley and Brooke or Brooke and Rachel or any of the other pairings weren’t great, because I was a fan of all of them, trust me. But Brooke and Peyton were the first friendship on the show I got seriously attached to.
They had their fair share of struggles, Lucas being the main obstacle as he came between them time and time again, but still, they managed to overcome the odds to find each other again regardless of the circumstances. I mean they defeated a psychotic stalker together on prom night, does it get any deeper than that?
Brooke was the Queen Bee, cheerleader, preppy, wild-child type, and Peyton was a loner, artist, music lover with a tendency for brooding. In any other show, these two might have been enemies. But even though the main thing they had in common was being members of the cheerleading team, Brooke and Peyton were always there for each other, no matter what. Brooke never left Peyton’s side when her mother died. They fought for each other through the most difficult situations such as school shootings, death, pregnancy scares, you name it. But they also weren’t afraid to check each other, when one would lose their way, the other would guide them back.
In high school, Brooke and Peyton’s relationship was so important to me, emblematic of what I wanted in my own friendships, and because of that, I will always have a soft spot for them.
–Mads Lennon, Hidden Remote contributor