Pop Culture's best buddies

Lh_lFrom New York magazine’s Vulture blog comes this list of the top 15 buddy pairs in pop culture history. Their rules were a little strict: buddies must be of equal stature, so no hero-sidekick pairs (sorry, Batman and Robin); they must be platonic; and they must stand on their own, not as part of a larger ensemble (though that would seem to invalidate pair No. 2, Frodo and Sam. As I recall, they had a little help along the way to Mount Doom.) No. 1 pair, natch, is Newman and Redford’s Butch and Sundance, who pretty much invented the modern buddy dynamic as we know it. But what of pre-modern buddies? Where are Laurel and Hardy (pictured), who’d be my top choice? Or Abbott and Costello, or Hope and Crosby? More recently: how about Beavis and Butt-head, Ren and Stimpy, Wallace and Gromit, Hall and Oates, Patsy and Edina, Bill and Ted, the Coreys, or Mary-Kate and Ashley? C’mon, PopWatchers, Vulture needs your help, whether they know it or not.

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  • Anne

    Yayyy! I’m so glad to see Thelma and Louise on that list!

  • KJ

    Pullo and Vorenus from Rome. Granted there is a larger ensemble, but the heart of the series was always the dynamic between these two men and their fierce loyalty to one another. I could always forgive the fact that they were murdering people left and right because in the end, they were often doing it to protect the other.

  • Rebecca

    How could you do a list like this and leave out C-3PO and R2-D2?

  • Honeybee

    Yes, I was trying to think of “grown up” buddies and Vorenus and Pullo are perfect examples! On the kiddie side, Timon and Pumbaa of the “Lion King” work very well. I was also happy to see Laverne and Shirley make the list.

  • Matt Frost

    Amen to C-3PO and R2-D2.

  • jordan

    Jim West and Artemus Gordon.

  • Jaclyn

    Alan Shore (James Spader) and Denny Crane (the Shat), Boston Legal

  • monk

    I setup a caption for the laurel and hardy photo about What’s really going on in the photo:
    clevercaption.com/1129.html

  • Letterdavidman

    Well, since KJ already stated my first choice, I’ll have to go with Seth Bullock and Sol Star from DEADWOOD. They perfectly balanced each other out.

  • Rose

    Doctors House and Wilson. There is a great balancing act going on it that relationship. Monk and Natalie. The Doctor(Who that is) and Rose, sorry Martha it just isn’t the same. And from my favorite guilty pleasure, Stacey and Clinton of What Not to Wear. They match each other snark for snark.

  • jill

    How about Marty McFly and Doc Brown?

  • bebop

    House and Wilson! Yes!

  • No Brand Woman

    Lucy and Ethel? Hello??? How did they not make the list?
    I’d also go for Pedro and Napolean from Napolean Dynamite. Also, how about Cona O’Brien and Andy Richter? And it doens’t get much better than Pinky and the Brain.

  • trigrrrcut

    Jack and Meg White, Duh?
    Also Scharpling and Wurster the most inventive comedy team of the last half century or so.

  • Mandy

    How about JD and Turk from Scrubs? Their guy love is a beautiful thing to behold!

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