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TV’s most dynamic duos

September 8, 2012
By Cindy Votruba , Marshall Independent

On a lazy Sunday night, Ross and I found ourselves watching "TV's Most Dynamic Duos," which was presented by ABC, along with the Paley Center for Media. It was a countdown of 30 of television's most notable duos, whether they were couples, friends or colleagues. Now I don't know who got surveyed or how these choices were made, but the list itself was interesting to say the least. I wondered what the criteria was in making these selections and where they fell on the list.

Here's the list from 30 to 1

30. David Addison and Maddie Hayes, "Moonlighting"

29. Sam Malone and Diane Chambers, "Cheers"

28. Laverne and Shirley, "Laverne and Shirley"

27. Wayne and Garth, "Saturday Night Live"

26. Ralph Kramden and Alice Kramden, "The Honeymooners"

25. George Jefferson and "Weezy" Jefferson, "The Jeffersons"

24. Jack Donaghy and Liz Lemon, "30 Rock"

23. Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon, "The Tonight Show"

22. Kevin Arnold and Winnie Cooper, "The Wonder Years"

21. Cliff Clavin and Norm Peterson, "Cheers"

20. Pat Sajak and Vanna White, "Wheel of Fortune"

19. Tony Soprano and Carmela Soprano, "The Sopranos"

18. Jack McFarland and Karen Walker, "Will and Grace"

17. Bert and Ernie, "Sesame Street"

16. Jack Shephard and John Locke, "Lost"

15. Beavis and Butt-head, "Beavis and Butt-head"

14. Dan Conner and Roseanne Conner, "Roseanne"

13. Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd, "Grey's Anatomy"

12. Archie Bunker and Mike "Meathead" Stivic, "All in the Family"

11. Cameron Tucker and Mitchell Pritchett, "Modern Family"

10. Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, "The Muppets"

9. Richie Cunningham and The Fonz, "Happy Days"

8. Dwight Schrute and Michael Scott, "The Office"

7. Dana Scully and Fox Mulder, "The X-Files"

6. Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock, "Star Trek"

5. Chandler Bing and Joey Tribbiani, "Friends"

4. Homer and Bart Simpson, "The Simpsons"

3. Cliff Huxtable and Clair Huxtable, "The Cosby Show"

2. Lucy Ricardo and Ethel Mertz, "I Love Lucy"

1. Jerry Seinfeld and George Costanza, "Seinfeld"

Hitting the No. 1 spot was George Costanza and Jerry Seinfeld from "Seinfeld," much to my dismay. Ross and I were trying to figure out what would be the top duo as the top five were revealed one by one. I groaned aloud when I realized it would be George and Jerry. I never got into the show while it was on. It prided itself in being a "show about nothing," which ran for nine seasons. But to rank No. 1? Really? Ahead of Lucy and Ethel?

As the list went on from 30 to 1, I was a little dumbfounded at some of the choices. Jack and Karen from "Will and Grace"? Cameron and Mitchell from "Modern Family" near the top 10? Huh?

As I looked through a few articles about the program, the authors noted some oversights, like Andy and Barney from the "Andy Griffith Show" or Christine Cagney and Mary Beth Lacey of "Cagney and Lacey." Or Wally and the Beav from "Leave It To Beaver." No notable pairs from "MASH" made the list. How about Al and Peg from "Married With Children"? (maybe they aren't really considered "dynamic").

I'm sure there are a lot of "dynamic duos" out there that could have made the list. Maybe I'm not just "with it" in my TV watching. Maybe I'm just too old.



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