Sailor Moon and The Golden Girls created the blueprint of what friendship looked like, and then Tales of the City expanded friendship by introducing the concept of the found family.
Sailor Moon and the Sailor Scouts were similar in nature and temperament, supporting one another while forming deep bonds. While every character was an individual, their personality traits overlapped with each embodying a type of girl. For youthful elementary and pre-teens, the Sailor Scouts modelled the necessary conflict resolution skills needed to be an individual within a group.
The Golden Girls kept their cast much smaller than Sailor Moon, focusing on four women and not nine characters, which allowed Golden Girls to present more complex characters. Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, and Sophia, were women who each embodied character traits with less overlapping. Unlike the school-aged Sailor Scouts, except for one (and later the Sailor Soldiers), attended the same school, The Golden Girls were brought together by circumstance and experiences to form friendship.
Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City exemplified the concept of the “chosen family,” the supportive people in a life that actively assume the ideal family role. The novel, and the series that came after, was the first time that friends were not similar, but radically different from each other. They showed that sharing experiences create a united humanity.