7 TV Sidekicks That Actually Did Most Of The Work

Thursday, March 8 by Loretta Arnold

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	Everyone has a favorite TV sidekick. Batman had Robin, Shaggy had Scooby-Doo, Archie had Meathead. Regrettably, <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/sidekicks/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>sidekicks</a> can make the scene happen, but sometimes don't receive credit where credit is due.  Here are seven TV sidekicks that actually did most of the work.</p>
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	<strong>"How I Met Your Mother" with Barney Stinson. </strong></p>
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Neil Patrick Harris can steal any scene as Barney Stinson. Barney's best friend is Ted Mosby, portrayed by Josh Radnor. Stinson, a playboy with cash willing to explore new women, ends up sleeping with Josh's ex-girlfriend Robin. That complicates the friendship. Barney and Ted mend old wounds and the egotistical rich boy continues to do what he does best – sidekick Mosby….. and women.

"Runkle.

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"Californication", starring David Duchovny as problematic novelist Hank Moody and Evan Handler as Charlie Runkle, is off the sexual grid. Charlie, Hank's best friend and agent, defines the "loose" California businessman who was fired for masturbating, attacked by a monkey while naked in bed with a woman, and slept with one hundred women only to boast about a goal reached. Of course all of this is secondary to Hank Moody's extreme sexual hijinks. .

"Two and a Half Men" with Alan Harper.

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The sitcom train wreck hit head on when Alan Harper decided to explore his inner-Warlock. Alan, portrayed by Jon Cryer, had to form his character around a new actor – funnyman Ashton Kutcher. Years of talent, including portraying Philip F. "Duckie" Dale in "Pretty in Pink", crafted Cryer's character. Cryer pushed through Sheen's antics and he still does most of the work since all Ashton has to do is stand there and resurrect Kelso.

"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" with Charlie Kelly.

Charlie Kelly is not the sharpest tool in the shed. With his poor hygiene, bad habits, and glue sniffing Charlie is a funny sidekick and co-owner of Paddy's Bar. If you think Mac, Dennis, Dee and Frank are funny, Charlie will leave you crying in laughter. He also goes by Day Man and Green Man (in green full body suit).

"South Park" gives life to Kyle.

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Kyle Broflovski keeps Cartman in check. When Kyle watches "The Passion of Christ"  it leads Cartman to blame Jewish people for killing Jesus and another where he tells his father sending poor people to concentration camps is better for the rich. Cartman pushes Kyle's buttons – but the dude can handle it – because he's Kyle.

"Starsky & Hutch" had Detective Dave Starsky.

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David Soul may have portrayed sexy Detective Ken "Hutch" Hutchison, but look again and you'll find his sidekick, Paul Michael Glaser as Detective Dave Starsky. Detective Starsky is shorter, more car savvy, and an all out nice guy with a rouge edge who did most of the work as Hutch attracted skirts and guitar picks.

"The Andy Griffith Show" with Deputy Barney Fife and Otis Campbell.

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Don Knotts delivered a country fried approach to Deputy Barney Fife on "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960 – 1968). Deputy Barney Fife was a clumsy, shy rendition of what a deputy should not be. Fife's known sayings? "Nip it in the bud", "Rule number one, obey all rules", and "Beats all Andy, just beats all." But nothing was funnier when Fife had to go undercover as a woman. Truly a comedy classic.