Special Report

The Most Famous Duos in TV History

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Det. Dave Starsky and Det. Ken ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson
> Show: Starsky and Hutch (1975-1979)
> Played by: Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul

Detectives Dave Starsky and Ken “Hutch” Hutchinson, two Southern California police detectives, were among the first of the cop buddy pairings on television in this ABC drama. Though they fought crime in the fictional Golden State town of Bay City, Starsky and Hutch are said to have been partly inspired by two New York City detectives.

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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
> Show: Saturday Night Live (2001-2006)
> Played by: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who first met in 1993, overlapped for more than five years on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” among other things co-hosting the Weekend Update segment of the sketch comedy show. They returned to co-host SNL in 2015, the first time they had shared the stage there since Fey’s departure in 2006. (Poehler remained until 2008.) Fey and Poehler, who’ve won 10 Emmys between them, have also starred in movies together, including “Baby Mama” and “Sisters.”

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Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney
> Show: Laverne & Shirley (1976-1983)
> Played by: Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams

Laverne DeFazio – wearing a giant L on all her clothes – and Shirley Feeney are best friends and roommates though opposites in personality who work together at the Shotz Brewery in Milwaukee in the 1950s in this ABC sit-com.

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David Addison and Maddie Hayes
> Show: Moonlighting (1985-1989)
> Played by: Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd

This 1980s ABC series – part comedy, part drama, part romance – helped launch Willis into stardom and revived Shepherd’s career. Their onscreen chemistry was apparent, but offscreen, they disliked each other.

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Will Smith and Carlton Banks
> Show: The Fresh Prince of Bel Air (1990-1996)
> Played by: Will Smith and Alfonso Ribeiro

Will Smith portrays a young man from Philadelphia sent to California to stay with affluent relatives after he runs afoul of street toughs. The contrast between Smith’s street smarts and his cousin Carlton’s proper upbringing is one of the many sources of comedy on the NBC series.

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