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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Lacey 1 month ago
18/19 Never heard of Coyle & Sharpe, which for me is unusual.
MikefromJersey 3 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.
Cherokee316 3 months ago
Never heard of Coyle & Sharpe.
SalIanni 4 months ago
Biden and Harris: Comedy duo.
Cougar SalIanni 3 months ago
That's good!!!
Pdls 4 months ago
16/19. I don't recall any vaudeville acts. Never heard of Coyle&Sharpe or Nichols&May.
KevinButler Pdls 4 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 4 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 4 months ago
18/19; missed #17 - never heard of Coyle and Sharpe
DonnaNMI 6 months ago
Missed 16 and 17. Never heard of them
Toot1956 6 months ago
I have never seen or heard of the Duos in #11, 16,17 and 19, great guesses.
Oldielover 6 months ago
16/19....Missed #'s 11,17,and 19--....With good reason...
Randall 6 months ago
# 17 is unfair, it is supposed to be METV, not MERADIO although I do hope they develop some classic music formats for the FM DIAL (soft ac) please!!
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