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By Amy & Nancy Harrington - | Thursday, January 15, 2009, 6:12 PM

Jemaine and Bret are bandmates and friends

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The new season of "Flight Of The Conchords" debuts January 18, and we're excited to see where Bret and Jemaine's career is headed now that Murray's all wrapped up with the Crazy Dogs. We'll follow them anywhere, because the dynamic duo from New Zealand has become one of our favorite TV pairs of all time. Yes, they are better than Lucy & Ethel. Yes, they are better than Starsky & Hutch. Yes! They are even better than Jon & Ponch (those guys hated each other in real life, anyway).

In order to land on the list of Top 10 TV Duos, they can't just be any TV team - they have to be more like soul mates. They need to transcend being just "buddies" and enter into that realm of dysfunctional mind- meld.

See where our favorites rank as we count down the Best TV Duos EVER.


"The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour," 1967-1969
Mom might have liked Dick best, but that little bit of sibling rivalry didn't get in the way of one of the greatest comedy duos of all time. The Smothers Brothers' series and specials in the '60s and '70s drew big audiences and a lot of heat from networks over their controversial brand of comedy.


"Cheers" 1982-1993
Norm and Cliff (played by George Wendt and John Ratzenberger) are the world's most famous drinking buddies (sorry Bob and Doug). Cheers' favorite accountant-turned-housepainter and know-it-all mailman made being lazy and drunk seem charming and funny, reminding us that it's always good to know where you can find your best friend... even if that's on a bar stool.


"Bosom Buddies," 1980-1982
Everyone should have a friend who they convince to do stuff, no matter how crazy it is. That's why Kip Wilson (played by Tom Hanks) was lucky to have Henry Desmond (Peter Scolari) around. Kip convinced Henry that they couldn't find a more affordable apartment in New York City than the women-only Susan B. Anthony Hotel AND got him to pretend to be a woman so he could live near a pretty blonde and write a great book about it. Now that's a good friend.


"The Flintstones," 1960-1966
We're not all lucky enough to like our neighbors, but Fred Flintstone was a fortunate guy. He loved Barney Rubble. They bowled together. They were both members of the Loyal Order of Water Buffaloes Lodge No. 26. Their wives, Wilma and Betty, were best friends. And their kids, Pebbles and Bam-Bam, grew up together and got married. Friends and family for life.


"Flight Of The Conchords," 2007-present
Despite a brief break-up when Todd the bongo player got in between the boys, Jemaine and Bret are solid friends. Career stress can really rip a band apart Ñ especially one doing as badly as the Conchords. But the pair, also known as "formerly New Zealand's fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo" stay present and focused on rocking America, one novelty song at a time.


"Laverne & Shirley," 1976-1983
If Laverne De Fazio (Penny Marshall) and Shirley Feeney (Cindy Williams) were around today, they could go on the "The Amazing Race" and win $1 million. These girls were down for everything, and when they joined forces they were unstoppable. Could Mary and Rhoda have snuck in to Fabian's hotel room disguised as room service? We don't think so. Could Lucy and Ethel have been tag-team wrestlers? Doubtful.


"The Carol Burnett Show," 1967-1978
Tim and Harvey made us laugh. And they made each other laugh. Which made us laugh even more. Sure, their TV series was called The Carol Burnett Show, but without Conway and Korman it would have lost a lot of its charm. Just watch the Lyle Waggoner episodes without Tim, and you'll see what we mean.


"Laverne & Shirley," 1976-1983
Hello? Lenny Kosnowski and Andrew "Squiggy" Squigman (played by Michael McKean and David Lander) were kind of creepy and totally losers. Yet every time they slid in to Laverne and Shirley's living room, they grew on us a little bit more. And while we secretly wish that Lenny had been able to persuade Laverne to be his girl (she is the L in his Lone Wolf after all), we're glad that Lenny and Squiggy never split up.


"The Odd Couple," 1970-1975
They were ultimate opposites: the slob and the obsessive-compulsive. The carefree and the neurotic. They might have been two divorced men sharing an apartment, trying not to drive each other crazy, but when the chips were down Felix and Oscar (played by Tony Randall and Jack Klugman) were always there for each other.


"Sesame Street," 1969-present
Ernie and Bert are the two nice single gentlemen who share an apartment on Sesame Street. The nature of their relationship has been the subject of many debates. Are Ernie and Bert more than just friends? We may never know, but they top our list of best TV duos ever.

Best TV Duos - Yahoo! TV Blog
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