Special Report

The Most Famous Duos in TV History

Source: Courtesy of Metro Goldwyn Mayer

Tom and Jerry
> Show: The Tom and Jerry Show (1975-2021)
> Played by: William Hanna, Mel Blanc, and many others

Among the longest-running cartoon shows ever, “Tom and Jerry” started as a series of movie theater shorts featuring a cat named Tom, a mouse named Jerry. Created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, it debuted in 1940. Edited versions of the shorts first appeared on TV in 1965. A decade later, the first iteration of “The Tom and Jerry Show” – produced especially for the small screen – was launched on CBS. Since then, the cartoons have appeared, off and on and under various titles and on various networks, through the present day.

Source: Courtesy of CBS

Lucy Ricardo and Ethel Mertz
> Show: I Love Lucy (1951-1957)
> Played by: Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance

Television’s first famous sit-com buddies, Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball) and Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance), spent the early 1950s on this CBS comedy classic trying to extricate themselves out of zany situations that were mostly created by Lucy.

Source: Courtesy of CBS

Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton
> Show: The Honeymooners (1955-1956)
> Played by: Jackie Gleason and Art Carney

There were only 39 episodes of CBS’s “The Honeymooners,” but that was long enough for the bloviating Ralph Kramden and loopy Ed Norton to become one of television’s greatest duos.

Source: Courtesy of American Broadcasting Company

Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble
> Show: The Flintstones (1960-1966)
> Played by: Alan Reed and Mel Blanc

This ABC offering was the first animated series on prime time. Inspired by “The Honeymooners,” it featured Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble as Stone Age suburbanites.

Source: Courtesy of 20th Century Fox Television

Batman and Robin
> Show: Batman (1966-1968)
> Played by: Adam West and Burt Ward

The campy send-up of the comic-strip caped crusader, which aired on ABC, was so popular it was on twice a week. As the Dynamic Duo, Adam West chewed the scenery as Batman and Burt Ward was his faithful companion, Robin.

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