The best duos in movie and television history had us laughing, crying, and relating to all types of people, which is why we fell in love with these characters.
Dominic Toretto and Brian O’Connor
Vin Diesel and Paul Walker played these two parts in The Fast and Furious series. Let’s just say that together, those two were unstoppable. There were no two better looking actors that had such good chemistry in movie history. They were good friends off screen as well.
After Paul Walker died in 2013, Vin Diesel named his daughter Pauline in honor of Paul Walker. He even took a year off of movie making to properly grieve for his friend. Through some of his interviews, Vin Diesel would tear up, which would make anyone cry. They had a serious dedication to making each other’s lives better.
Han Solo and Princess Leia
Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher played these parts in the Star Wars series. On screen, Princess Leia was not letting Han get away with his normal stubborn antics while Han was trying so hard not to fall in love with Princess Leia. It was a romantic, yet empowering struggle that all viewers loved to watch.
And who can forget the famous line when Leia says “I love you,” and Han says “I know.” So adorable. Yet, the pair briefly had an off-screen affair that was less than romantic. Ford was married and Fisher was young. In her memoir, she says he barely talked to her and the basically only had a physical relationship.
Arya Stark and the Hound
Maisie Williams plays Arya Stark and Rory McCann plays the Hound on The Game of Thrones, which is the HBO series based on the books by George R.R. Martin. What starts with a kidnapping evolves into a mentorship of sorts. While the Hound is trying to figure out where to bring her after the Red Wedding, Arya kills one of the soldiers that killed her mother.
The Hound encourages Arya to fill out and keep repeating her death list only to find out he is the last one on the list. The pair has an interesting on-screen relationship and have you to give Arya credit for learning everything she does from the Hound.
Lorelai and Rory Gilmore
Is there anyone out there who does not love the Gilmore girls? Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel play these iconic characters that live in the storybook town of Stars Hallow. Their not so perfect relationship is what makes them so relatable. Yes, Rory is great and ends up going to an Ivy League school, but they have their bumps along the way.
And anyone who watched the show knows their problems become especially apparent when it comes to Lorelai’s parents (but that’s an entirely different issue). The pair through the teenage years and come out pretty solid. Both make their own mistakes, but they find a way back to each other in the end. It is such a lovely story.
Kenan and Kel
Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell were unstoppable in the early late ’90s and early 2000s. They originally started out on All That and eventually got their own show because they were so well received by the audience. Kenan & Kel had a total of four seasons, but the pair went on to do bigger projects, such as movies and SNL skits.
Probably their most well-known movie is Good Burger, which came out in 1997. If you grew up in the ’90s, you watch this movie on repeat because it was so hilarious. It has great one-liners that are still remembered to this day.
Agents J and K
Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones play these characters in The Men in Black series. This was also first released in 1997 but has sequels such as Men in Black II (2000) and Men in Black 3 (2012). Needless to say, the series is a huge success. Agent J and K are a couple of agents that police the aliens that live among the citizens of Earth.
They run into pretty crazy situations, like Agent J delivering an alien baby on the side of the road, or Agent K losing his memory. The banter between these two on screen is what made the movie what it is, a comedy with a good sci-fi storyline.
Nicholas Angel and Danny Butterman
This couple is played by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The worked together on a series called Spaced before making the movie Shaun of the Dead. The pair later came out with Hot Fuzz, which is where Nicolas Angel and Danny Butterman come into play. Nicolas Angle is a serious inspector from the big city and Danny Butterman is the son of the chief, which is why he got the job.
The pair are completely opposite of each other, which makes for a very entertaining movie. Furthermore, the dry British humor on top of that makes this movie pair a good combination.
Doc Brown and Marty McFly
Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox play this duo in the Back to the Future trilogy. Doc’s hair takes on a character of its own and Marty goes through some regular teenage drama, while trying to help Doc and his time machine. Doc travels to the ’50s, a bad version of the ’80s, and the Old West.
This movie made the DeLorean famous, as well as launched Michael J. Fox’s career. It also gave us great quotes such as “Great Scott.” If you haven’t seen any of these movies, watch at least the first one and you will be hooked.
Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow
The original Bonnie and Clyde movie came out in 1967 and the characters were played by Warrant Beatty and Faye Dunaway. Gene Wilder was in this move as well, he was one of the hostages. The film romanticized gangster violence of the 1930s and was based on a true story. Bonnie and Clyde robbed and killed people across America during the Great Depression.
Eventually, the couple was ambushed by police officers near Bienville Parish, Louisiana and killed. One of their gang members said Bonnie never killed a police officer and they never saw her with a gun. However, the media portrayed them as a young, wild, and free couple that regularly slept together and robbed banks, which is where the romanticism comes from.
Fox Mulder and Dana Scully
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson played this on screen pair that investigated paranormal cases. The pair worked out well because Gillian was the skeptic and David was the believer. The way these two went back and forth with each other built up so much tension that you just knew was going to end with a relationship, which it did at the end of the series.
Fans were upset after the series ended so much that there was a revival in 2016. The revival has mixed reviews saying Gillian and David’s chemistry is still there, but the series itself is lacking the creative storyline that fans used to love.
Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne
Jim Carey and Jeff Daniels play this pair in Dumb and Dumber. Together, these two are comic geniuses. Its following grew over the years so they created a prequel in 2003 and a sequel in 2014. The pair, on screen, have some chemistry that just cannot be rivaled by other comedians.
The movie itself is hilarious and these two actors play their parts perfectly. Who could ever forget when Harry and Lloyd duct taped the parakeet’s head back on and gave it to a blind kid? That is one of the movie’s more infamous scenes. Another good one is the one in a million chance where Lloyd says “So you’re saying there’s a chance?”
Sheldon Cooper and Amy Farrahfowler
Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik play these parts in The Big Bang Theory. At first, the show seemed to center around Leonard and Penny’s relationship, but as the series goes on, Jim and Mayim are taking the spotlight. Why? Because they are somewhat awkward and we can all relate to that at some point in our life.
Furthermore, their drama and conversations are hilarious. Mayim and Jim also have a close friendship off screen, which is why their chemistry works so well on screen. If there was a spin-off of the Shamy saga, it would totally be a big hit.
Cory Matthews and Shawn Hunter
Ben Savage and Rider Strong played these two characters in the series Boy Meets World. The show ran from 1993 to 2000. There were no two closer friends on a television show than Cory and Shawn. These two did everything together and offered each other life advice. If only we were that smart as teenagers, but then again, this is television.
We were there to watch them at their high points and their low points, which made them so relatable. Neither was perfect but they were always by each other’s side, no matter what. Furthermore, who didn’t have a crush on Shawn Hunter?
Chandler Bing and Joey Tribbiani
Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc played this duo on the hit show Friends. It ran for ten years, from 1994 to 2004. While the characters dated each other from time to time and there were romantic hookups, Chandler and Joey were the couple of friends that remained consistent. Their antics were stuff that only Joey could dream of and Chandler’s reactions made it all the better.
Like the time Joey got locked in the cabinet and all their furniture was stolen because he was trying to sell the entertainment center. Or the time the pair raised the chick and the duck. While we might not want to live with them, living across the hall would be entertaining.
Lucy Ricardo and Ethel Mertz
Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance played these women on I Love Lucy, which ran from 1951 to 1957. These two neighbors got into so much trouble. Lucy was lucky to have Ethel close by to help her out of crazy situations, but it didn’t always work so well. The classic chocolate factory scene is one that lives on and is still recreated by comedians today.
The pair also made history as the first female leads in a sitcom, which was a big deal back in the ’50s. There is so much to love about Lucille and Vivian it is worth re-watching all the episodes when you get a chance.
Karen Walker and Jack McFarland
Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes played these best friends on the show, Will & Grace. While Will and Grace were supposed to headline the show, Karen and Jack stole it away from them. The pair would go on crazy adventures and we watched as Jack worked on his comedic career.
Karen, well, who knows what she actually did besides hang up on people and marry rich guys. These two had big personalities and were the best of friends through thick and thin. Those who watched the show understand why we would prefer to have Karen and Jack as friends over Will and Grace.
Woody and Buzz Lightyear
Tom Hanks and Tim Allen voiced these two characters in the classic animated movie Toy Story. When they first meet, Buzz doesn’t realize he is a toy and Woody is jealous of him. After Buzz is captured by the vicious neighbor, Woody and his friends go on a rescue mission. The love-hate relationship between these two characters is what made the movie a success.
The subsequent movies were just as good as the first one because of the depth of the two characters relationship and their relatability, even though they were toys. In addition, who didn’t love the idea their toys came to live after they left the room?
Thelma and Louise
Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon star in this movie named after their characters. The pair go on a road trip to get away from their boring lives. Louise ends up killing a man who tried to rape Thelma and the women go on the run.
After being robbed by a man they met on the road, the women rob convenience stores as they are being chased by the FBI. The movie has a surprising and disturbing end, so it is a must watch. The movie received six Academy Award nominations and is preserved in the Library of Congress.
Detective Inspector Lee and Detective James Carter
Inspector Lee is played by Jackie Chan and Detective James Carter is played by Chris Tucker in the movie Rush Hour. If you have not seen this movie, it is definitely worth the watch because these two characters are hilarious together. They feed off each other’s energy and it works so well.
The movie was so well received there is a Rush Hour 2 and a Rush Hour 3. If you do watch the movies, make sure to watch the end outtakes. It is amazing how close their personalities are to their real characters.
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson
These two characters are played by Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman on the television show Sherlock. The show is based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes novel series. Where would Sherlock be without his loyal sidekick Watson? Probably passed out in an opium den.
This duo strikes the perfect balance as Watson keeps Sherlock on the straight and narrow while Sherlock shows Watson how to solve crimes. There is no way one would be able to survive without the other, so it is a good thing they happened upon each other, even if it was by chance. Or maybe fate played a role.