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    Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts hosts a two-hour countdown of couples who have graced television with their amazing chemistry, hilarity, friendship and, in many cases, sexual tension. Whether it’s Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon, Laverne and Shirley, Tony and Carmela Soprano, Homer and Bart Simpson, Mulder and Scully or Lucy and Ethel, there is no shortage of indelible duos on television. Who will be No. 1? Find out on TV’s Most Dynamic Duos: Presented by The Paley Center for Media, airing SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

    This couples cavalcade includes all-new reminiscences by some of television’s most beloved actors and personalities including Megan Mullally, Edie Falco, George Wendt, John Ratzenberger, Cindy Williams, Penny Marshall, Garry Marshall (creator of Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley), Nancy Cartwright (voice of Bart Simpson), Ed Asner, Vanna White, Penn & Teller, Chris Hardwick, Tom Smothers, Adam Carolla, Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet.

    The 30 duos were selected by a poll conducted by Nielsen Media Research. They are (in alphabetical order):

    * Archie Bunker and Michael “Meathead” Stivic (All in the Family)
    * Beavis and Butthead (Beavis and Butthead)
    * Bert and Ernie (Sesame Street)
    * Cameron Tucker and Mitchell Pritchett (Modern Family)
    * James T. Kirk “Captain Kirk” and Mr. Spock (Star Trek)
    * Chandler Bing and Joey Tribbiani (Friends)
    * Cliff and Clair Huxtable (The Cosby Show)
    * Cliff Clavin and Norm Peterson (Cheers)
    * Dan and Roseanne Conner (Roseanne)
    * Dana Scully and Fox Mulder (X-Files)
    * David Addison and Maddie Hayes (Moonlighting)
    * Dwight Schrute and Michael Scott (The Office)
    * George and Weezy Jefferson (The Jeffersons)
    * George Costanza and Jerry Seinfeld (Seinfeld)
    * Homer and Bart Simpson (The Simpsons)
    * Jack Donaghy and Liz Lemon (30 Rock)
    * Jack McFarland and Karen Walker (Will & Grace)
    * John Locke and Jack Shephard (Lost)
    * Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon (The Tonight Show)
    * Kermit The Frog and Miss Piggy (The Muppet Show)
    * Kevin Arnold and Winnie Cooper (Wonder Years)
    * Laverne De Fazio and Shirley Feeney (Laverne & Shirley)
    * Lucy Ricardo and Ethel Mertz (I Love Lucy)
    * Meredith Grey and Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd (Grey’s Anatomy)
    * Pat Sajak and Vanna White (Wheel of Fortune)
    * Ralph and Alice Kramden (The Honeymooners)
    * Richie Cunningham and Arthur Fonzarelli (Happy Days)
    * Sam Malone and Diane Chambers (Cheers)
    * Tony and Carmela Soprano (The Sopranos)
    * Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar (Saturday Night Live)

    TV’s Most Dynamic Duos: Presented by The Paley Center for Media is executive-produced by Ryan Seacrest, Adam Sher and Greg Heller for Ryan Seacrest Productions (Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Emmy-winning Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution) and by Pat Mitchell, Diane Lewis and John Wolters for The Paley Center for Media. The executive in charge is Robert Norris.

    What does everyone think of the list? What are the surprises and snubs? Anybody want to predict the order? Have your own top 30?

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    Trent
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    It’s interesting how Will and Grace aren’t even the ones recognized for Will and Grace. Jack and Karen were the scene-stealing best parts of the show anyway so I guess it’s fair.

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    Jake
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    “Modern Family” should get in with Claire and Phil and “Grey’s Anatomy” with Meredith and Cristina. 

    “Lost” – John Locke and… Jack?! John and Ben would be my pick for Top 5.

    Al & Peggy Bundy, where are you?!

    Susan & Edie from “Desperate Housewives” and Andy & Nancy from “Weeds” would be nice. Don & Peggy from “Mad Men” and Walt & Jesse from “Breaking Bad” should get in as frontrunners.

    Still, I like the idea.

    My choices (per show):
    Roseanne
    X-Files
    Moonlighting
    The Office
    The Sopranos

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    Bill Buchanan
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    Two duos I would like to suggest, appart from the others that have already been mentioned:

    * Jack Bauer and Chloe O’Brien from “24”
    * Jed Bartlet and Abigail Bartlet from “The West Wing”

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    Walt & Jesse…. Patty Hewes & Ellen Parsons… Nate Fisher and Brenda Chenowith?

    The relationships between these pairs are/were so dynamic.
    I like Nancy & Andy from Weeds, too.

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    Andrew Eng
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    Here are some dynamic duos

    Eric and Tami Taylor (Friday Night Lights)
    Walter White and Jesse Pinkman (Breaking Bad)
    Ben Linus and John Locke (Lost)
    Vic Mackey and Shane Vendrell (The Shield)
    Raylan Givens and Boyd Crowder (Justified)
    Phil and Claire Dunphy (Modern Family) 

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    24Emmy
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    Buffy and Angel (Buffy)
    Frank and Marie Barone (Everybody Loves Raymond)
    Alan Shore and Denny Crane (Boston Legal)
    Frasier and Niles Crane (Frasier)
    Sheldon Cooper and Penny (The Big Bang Theory)
    Stewie and Brian Griffin (Family Guy)
    Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble (The Flintstones)

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    Graeme O’Neil
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    ”Modern Family” should get in with Claire and Phil and “Grey’s Anatomy” with Meredith and Cristina. 

    Agreed. Both of these duos are stronger than the ones selected from these shows. 

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    James Coughlin
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    Where’s Troy and Abed on Community or J.D and Turk on Scrubs

    The only morality in a cruel world is chance.

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    FrozenBarbie
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    How did I miss these?

    Alan Shore and Denny Crane (Boston Legal)
    Frasier and Niles Crane (Frasier)
    and
    Raylan Givens and Boyd Crowder (Justified)

    They definitely go in my pile, too.

    Also, Sherlock and Watson

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    24Emmy
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    Here’s the order:

    1. George Costanza and Jerry Seinfeld (Seinfeld)
    2. Lucy Ricardo and Ethel Mertz (I Love Lucy)
    3. Cliff and Clair Huxtable (The Cosby Show)
    4. Homer and Bart Simpson (The Simpsons)
    5. Chandler Bing and Joey Tribbiani (Friends)
    6. James T. Kirk “Captain Kirk” and Mr. Spock (Star Trek)
    7. Dana Scully and Fox Mulder (X-Files)
    8. Dwight Schrute and Michael Scott (The Office)
    9. Richie Cunningham and Arthur Fonzarelli (Happy Days)
    10. Kermit The Frog and Miss Piggy (The Muppet Show)
    11. Cameron Tucker and Mitchell Pritchett (Modern Family)
    12. Archie Bunker and Michael “Meathead” Stivic (All in the Family)
    13. Meredith Grey and Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd (Grey’s Anatomy)
    14. Dan and Roseanne Conner (Roseanne)
    15. Beavis and Butthead (Beavis and Butthead)
    16. John Locke and Jack Shephard (Lost)
    17. Bert and Ernie (Sesame Street)
    18. Jack McFarland and Karen Walker (Will & Grace)
    19. Tony and Carmela Soprano (The Sopranos)
    20. Pat Sajak and Vanna White (Wheel of Fortune)
    21. Cliff Clavin and Norm Peterson (Cheers)
    22. Kevin Arnold and Winnie Cooper (Wonder Years)
    23. Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon (The Tonight Show)
    24. Jack Donaghy and Liz Lemon (30 Rock)
    25. George and Weezy Jefferson (The Jeffersons)
    26. Ralph and Alice Kramden (The Honeymooners)
    27. Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar (Saturday Night Live)
    28. Laverne De Fazio and Shirley Feeney (Laverne & Shirley)
    29. Sam Malone and Diane Chambers (Cheers)
    30. David Addison and Maddie Hayes (Moonlighting)

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    Emmyfan
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    Dorothy Zbornek and Sophia Petrillo from The Golden Girls.

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    It has to be Jerry and George from Seinfeld in number 1!

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