A couple of weeks ago, we jokingly referred to our list of memorable two-word movie lines as “dynamic duos.”
This week, I’m taking a look at all sorts of other “dynamic duos” across the whole pop-culture spectrum. Join me, and double your pleasure.
In fact, as diverse as I think this list is, it’s really only a sampler of thousands of possible “duo” categories, so feel free to offer a category of your own in the Comment section below.
I’ve arbitrarily limited the listings to only five (highly arguable) entries in each category. Complicating things even more is the reality that many of the nominees easily fit more than one category — for example, Superman and Lois Lane, who fit equally well in any number of comic book, TV, film and adventure categories.
In honor of Valentine’s Day weekend, it seems appropriate to start with several listings of romantic couples from real life, as well as the worlds of TV, movies and literature.
Then I touch on other entertainment pairings and branch out with an eclectic collection of all sorts of offbeat pairings. Finally, I wrap up with five wide-ranging, one-shot duets. I hope you find them doubly delightful.
TV romantic couples: Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, Rob and Laura Petrie, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, “X Files” agents Mulder and Scully, and Jane and George Jetson
Movie romantic pairings: Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, Fay Wray and King Kong, and Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor
Silver-screen couples: Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara, Harry and Sally, Robin Hood and Maid Marian, Bonnie and Clyde, and Han Solo and Princess Leia
Comic romantic couples: Superman and Lois Lane, Homer and Marge Simpson, Fred and Wilma Flintstone, The Jetsons, and Archie Andrews and Betty Cooper, and (under equal-time provisions) Archie Andrews and Veronica Lodge
Literary romantic couples: Odysseus and Penelope (in “The Odyssey”), Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy (in “Pride and Prejudice”), Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester (in “Jane Eyre”), Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale (in “The Scarlet Letter”) and Betsy Ray and Joe Willard (from the “Betsy-Tacy” series)
Historical romantic couples: Antony and Cleopatra, Napoleon and Josephine, Albert and Victoria, John and Abigail Adams, and George and Martha Washington
Doomed romances (real life): Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, Sid and Nancy, Ike and Tina Turner, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Taylor (and one of many options)
Doomed romances (literature): Romeo and Juliet, Heathcliff and Catherine (in “Wuthering Heights”), Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan, Hamlet and Ophelia, and Anna and Count Vronsky (in “Anna Karenina”)
Other TV pairs
Buddy Cops: Starsky and Hutch, Cagney and Lacey, Joe Friday and Bill Gannon on “Dragnet,” Peter Malloy and James Reed on “Adam-12,” and Gunther Toody and Francis Muldoon on “Car 54, Where Are You?”
TV pairs: Fred and Ethel, Ozzie and Harriet, Ozzie and Sharon, Archie and Edith Bunker, and Laverne and Shirley
Unusual TV couples: Roy Rogers and Trigger, “Twin Peaks” FBI Agent Cooper and the unseen Diane, Knight Rider and KITT, Schuyler “Sky” King and his plane, Songbird, and Wilbur Post and Mr. Ed
Best buddies: Gilligan and the Skipper, Timmy and Lassie, Laverne and Shirley, Mary Richards and Rhoda, and Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton
Groundbreaking TV teams: Rowan and Martin, The Smothers Brothers, Jim Henson and Frank Oz , Amos and Andy, and Huntley and Brinkley
Muppet and “Sesame Street” friends: Bert and Ernie, Big Bird and Mr. Snuffleupagus, Kermit and Miss Piggy, Statler and Waldorf, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker
Rocky and His Friends: Rocky and Bullwinkle, Boris and Natasha, Aesop and Son, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Dudley Do-Right and Nell Fenwick
Cartoon pairs: Tom and Jerry, Yogi Bear and Boo Boo, Heckle and Jeckle, Road Runner and Wiley Coyote, and Itchy and Scratchy
Real-life film pairs: Paul Newman and Robert Redford, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner, and Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney
Screen pairs: Wayne and Garth, Bill and Ted, Harold and Kumar, Thelma and Louise, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Musical duos: The Everly Brothers, Simon and Garfunkel, Jan and Dean, Hall and Oates, and Donnie and Marie
Composers: Rodgers and Hammerstein, Rodgers and Hart, George and Ira Gershwin, Carole King and Gerry Goffin, John Lennon and Paul McCartney
A potpourri of pairings
Detective twosomes: Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, The Hardy Boys (Frank and Joe), Nick and Nora Charles, Nero Wolfe & Archie Goodwin, and Travis McGee and Meyer
Baseball teammates: The Twins’ Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau, the Yankees’ Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris, the Dodgers’ Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale, the Braves’ Hank Aaron and Eddie Matthews, and the Detroit Tigers’ Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker
Heroes and sidekicks: Batman and Robin, Lone Ranger and Tonto, Green Hornet and Kato, Green Arrow and Speedy, Roy Rogers and Gabby Hayes
Heroes and villains: Superman and Lex Luthor, Batman and The Joker, Zoolander and Hansel, George Bailey and Mr. Potter, and James Bond and Goldfinger
Comedy teams: Laurel and Hardy, Burns and Allen, Abbott and Costello, Martin and Lewis, and Cheech and Chong
Children’s Literature: Dick and Jane; Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel, Mary Anne; Betsy and Tacy; Jack and Jill; and Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin
Fairy tales: Hansel and Gretel, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and Prince Charming, Snow White and the Evil Queen, and Pinocchio and Gepetto
Historical pairs: George and Martha, Lewis and Clark, the Wright Brothers, Marie and Pierre Curie, Romulus and Remus
Political scandals: Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, Gary Hart and Donna Rice, John Edwards and Rielle Hunter, Wilbur Mills and Fanny Foxe, and John Profumo and Christine Keeler
Comic characters: Popeye and Olive Oyl, Mickey Mouse and Minnie, Donald Duck and Daisy, Calvin and Hobbes, and Beavis and Butthead
Consumables: Peanut butter and jelly, gin and tonic, ham and eggs, pork and beans, and salt and pepper
Biblical: Adam and Eve, Samson and Delilah, Joseph and Mary, Cain and Abel, and Sodom and Gomorrah
Pop culture: Barbie and Ken, Hollywood and Vine, Brad and Angelina, Jon and Kate, and Mario and Luigi
• Ethel Merman and Ray Middleton try to out-argue each other in “Anything You Can Do” from “Annie Get Your Gun.”
• Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong team up on “A Fine Romance.”
• Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire dance together in a rare joint performance.
• John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John “Grease” up the screen.
• And Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald lament lost love in my favorite music video (note the amazing parallel images in the split-screen segments) in “On My Own.”