Not always BFF’s, these TV twosomes sometimes loved to hate each other. Still they found that while couldn’t always live with each other, they definitely couldn’t live without each other either. Here are the top TV twosomes that had a love- hate relationship.
Lucy Ricardo and Ethel Mertz- I Love Lucy, 1951–1957.
One of the most famous twosomes of all time, Lucy and Ethel came to us in the golden age of television. While they frequently got into petty fights and snarky catfights, they always came together when it came to Lucy’s wacky schemes. Ethel was sometimes jealous of Lucy, but these BFF’s were so intertwined that Ethel and her hubby Fred practically moved in with the Ricardo’s when they moved on up to Connecticut. Of course, these fickle gals made no bones about and one-upping each other. In real life, actresses Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance were dear friends and went on to work together again in later series’, The Lucy Show and Here’s Lucy.
Laverne DiFazio and Shirley Feeney- Laverne and Shirley, 1976-1983.
At first glance this late 1970’s comedy that was set in the 1950’s may have looked like an attempt to recapture the BFF wackiness of Lucy and Ethel. But instead of scheming housewives, Laverne (Penny Marshall) and Shirley (CIndy Williams) were single roommates who worked together in a Milwaukee brewery. They got into all sorts of crazy jams like their New Yorker counterparts, but they also dealt had to contend with greasy neighbors Lenny and Squiggy. Catfights and hair pulling- there was a plenty, but the gals always made up and were basically inseparable. Except when Shirley’s Casanova sometime-boyfriend Carmine Ragusa came sniffing around.
Oscar Maddison and Felix Unger- The Odd Couple, 1970-1975.
They say opposites attract and you couldn’t get any more opposite than these divorced Manhattan roommates. Felix Unger (Tony Randall) was an uptight photographer while his roomie Oscar Madden (Jack Klugman) was a sloppy, cigar smoking sportswriter. Oscar and Felix drove each other nuts at times, with Oscar even giving his neat freak buddy the boot in one episode. Still, they had an obvious affection for each other, reuniting in 1992 for a two-hour r special that dealt with Oscar’s diagnosis of throat cancer.
Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble- The Flintstones (1960-1966).
These two prehistoric pals butted heads often-and sometimes it got physical (it was a cartoon, after all). One of their biggest feuds involved a swimming pool that the Flintstones and the Rubbles put in between their houses. Barney seemed to think the pool was all his, causing Fred to blow his stack. And things came to a head when the Rubbles were forced to move in with the Flintstones for a few days after their cave was flooded (danged leaky water pipes). Fred couldn’t take Barney’s sleep walking and careless attitude (he leaves the phone off the hook Fred is waiting on an important call), but he really loses it when Rubble snatches a pizza pie meant for dinner out of ice box and gobbles the entire thing down himself.
Jo Polniaczek and Blair Warner – The Facts of Life ( 1979-1988).
At Eastland School, tough talker Jo (Nancy McKeon ) and society gal Blair (Lisa Whelchel) mixed like oil and water. Jo came on board from the wrong side of the tracks and Blair relished in putting her down. But over time the girls matured and became great friends. Of course, a snarky comment was always in order and both girls threw them like darts. Still, love overcame hate and they were friends ’til the end, with Jo even asking Blair to be her maid of honor at her wedding.