Special Report

The Most Famous Duos in TV History

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Captain James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock
> Show: Star Trek (1966-1969)
> Played by: William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy

This Emmy-winning NBC series that spawned full-length movies and television spin-offs was in many ways ahead of its time – among other things, addressing civil rights issues in the context of space travel to other civilizations. James T. Kirk was the resolute captain of the starship Enterprise and Mr. Spock was second in command, seeking logical solutions to problems.

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Bert and Ernie
> Show: Sesame Street (1969-present)
> Played by: Jim Henson and Frank Oz

Bert and Ernie, created and voiced by Frank Oz and Jim Henson, are two beloved Muppet characters who appear together in skits on the long-running PBS / HBO children’s television show “Sesame Street,” which has won six Emmys. Bert and Ernie demonstrate how two different personalities can get along.

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Felix Unger and Oscar Madison
> Show: The Odd Couple (1970-1975)
> Played by: Tony Randall and Jack Klugman

This hit ABC television series, which won three Emmys, was based on Neil Simon’s 1965 play of the same name and the subsequent 1968 movie version. Jack Klugman plays a messy sportswriter and Tony Randall a fastidious photographer who share a New York City apartment after both separate from their wives.

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Fred and Lamont Sanford
> Show: Sanford & Son (1972-1977)
> Played by: Redd Foxx and Demond Wilson

The NBC sit-com starred Black comedian Redd Foxx as cranky though likable junk dealer Fred Sanford, who is in constant conflict with his more ambitious son (Demond Wilson).

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Hawkeye Pierce and B.J. Hunnicut
> Show: M*A*S*H (1972-1983)
> Played by: Alan Alda and Mike Farrell

Subversive U.S. Army doctors Hawkeye Pierce and B.J. Hunnicut wisecrack their way through the horrors of the Korean War in the long-running CBS sit-com that took home 14 Emmys. The Hunnicut character was a replacement for Pierce’s original colleague, Trapper John McIntyre, after the actor who played that part, Wayne Rogers, left the show. The chemistry between Pierce and Hunnicut worked as well as that between Pierce and McIntyre.

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