Are these comedy duos or TV crimefighters?

Who cracked down and who cracked up?

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Famous comedy duos have been entertaining audiences since the vaudeville days. With the rise of television, couples often did comedy together, releasing records and performing on variety shows.

The other kind of popular TV duo? Crimefighters! Whether they were beat cops, detectives or special agents, two people keeping the peace were always better than one.

Here are some of our favorite duos from years past. Can you guess which ones told jokes and which ones chased down bad guys?

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  1. Abbott & Costello
  2. Starsky & Hutch
  3. Cagney & Lacey
  4. Laurel & Hardy
  5. Reed & Malloy
  6. Martin & Lewis
  7. Mulder & Scully
  8. Cheech & Chong
  9. Burns & Allen
  10. Poncherello & Baker
  11. Nichols & May
  12. Friday & Gannon
  13. Crockett & Tubbs
  14. Stiller & Meara
  15. McGarrett & Williams
  16. Allen & Rossi
  17. Coyle & Sharpe
  18. Simon & Simon
  19. Gallagher & Shean

Are these comedy duos or TV crimefighters?

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RedSamRackham 2 months ago
* 18 of 19 ~> NEVER heard of Coyle & Sharpe! ☺
LynCarceo 2 months ago
17/19; missed 2 I never heard of.
Dario 3 months ago
18 out of 19. Got the Coyle & Sharpe question wrong. 😁😁😁😁😁
Lacey 7 months ago
18/19 Never heard of Coyle & Sharpe, which for me is unusual.
Dario Lacey 3 months ago
Me to. 🙂
MikefromJersey 9 months ago
18 for 19.
Stinky, Bingo da Chimp and Mike the Cop helped me.
If you are ever in Patterson check out the statue to native son Lou Costello.
Did you know in WW 2 Abbott & Costello raised BILLIONS(in today's $) of dollars
on War Bonds tours? Costello had passed on but in Abbott's last years the IRS
relentlessly(why?) hounded him for every cent he had, leaving him with almost
nothing.
Dario MikefromJersey 3 months ago
Both Bud and Lou grossly mishandled their money over the years, plus bad accounting practices by unscrupulous bookkeepers, that in 1953 the IRS did audits on them which lasted for years, even after Lou's death in 1959.
Cherokee316 9 months ago
Never heard of Coyle & Sharpe.
SalIanni 10 months ago
Biden and Harris: Comedy duo.
Cougar SalIanni 9 months ago
That's good!!!
Pdls 11 months ago
16/19. I don't recall any vaudeville acts. Never heard of Coyle&Sharpe or Nichols&May.
KevinButler Pdls 10 months ago
you might know of Mr.Nichols efforts as a director of plays and movies..his notable efforts are"The Odd Couple" and "The Graduate".
Spiro KevinButler 10 months ago
The scene when Dustin Hoffman inhales a cigarette puff before he kisses Mrs. Robinson and then exhales the smoke while kissing is from a Nichols & May sketch about teenagers.
MrBill 11 months ago
18/19; missed #17 - never heard of Coyle and Sharpe
DonnaNMI 12 months ago
Missed 16 and 17. Never heard of them
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