The lone hero against the world can sometimes get boring and that’s where a good partner comes in handy. Double the entertainment, the witticisms and the yelling when you turn your eye holes towards the shows with the five best TV duos of all time.
Thomas Magnum and Higgins, “Magnum, P.I.”.
A prim and proper Englishman and a pleasure seeking American lothario go at each other like cats and dogs while building up a rapport and trust that rivals all other TV duos. With the dichotomy of open book and enigma that these Magnum and Higgins respectively portray, “Magnum, P.I.” works this thrown together odd couple for one of the greatest TV friendships ever. Higgins and Magnum play brilliantly off each other in “The Garwood Huddle” as well as opening a little bit more on the history behind the man called Higgins.
Brisco County Jr. and Lord Bowler, “The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.”
Two intelligent and skilled bounty hunters who start out as clear opposition grudgingly become allies and friends in “The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.” Brisco and Bowler are fast-talking heroes that form one of the best TV duos as they complement each other with equal amounts of thinking and action so well that it’s never totally clear who’s the sidekick and who’s the main hero. Check their verbal sparring in “Pirates!” and they’ll worm their way into your heart as a favorite.
Bernard Black and Manny Bianco, “Black Books”.
Bernard Black sits over his small bookstore kingdom like a depraved dictator who wants to rule a land without a populace while Manny Bianco is a kind hearted soul who accidentally attached himself as a serf to this tiny kingdom. “Black Books” mixes depravity, anti-social tendencies, compassion and capitalism and ends up with a duo whose personalities mesh into some of the greatest comedic storylines ever. They butt heads beautifully in “Moo-Ma and Moo-Pa” as Manny’s parents come to visit and an amazing amount of creative liberties Manny has taken gets revealed much to Bernard’s fury.
Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker, “The Muppet Show”.
Despite Beaker getting experimented on more times than a family of bunnies at a shampoo factory before pesky laws got in the way, he still sticks around to help Bunsen Honeydew reach for the stars and possibly crash them into a quiet peaceful planet by accident. Watch this great TV duo raise Kermit’s blood pressure into the stratosphere in Peter Sellers’ episode in season two of “The Muppet Show”.
Philip J. Fry and Bender Bending Rodriguez, “Futurama”.
Philip J. Fry is the perfect dupe and sometimes foil to his best friend and occasional overlord Bender B. Rodriguez. Once you split the difference between the extremes of a future where something like Skynet rules and a future where The Jetsons’ type robots serve you will have the more likely reality where robots like Bender are just as human as we are, including having the same wide spectrum of morality and flaws that humanity embraces. This duo shows off their rampant differences that make their duo that much more powerful in “Three Hundred Big Boys” when they get a piece of some governmental wartime looting.