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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DonnaNMI 17 days ago
Missed 16 and 17. Never heard of them
Toot1956 24 days ago
I have never seen or heard of the Duos in #11, 16,17 and 19, great guesses.
Oldielover 28 days ago
16/19....Missed #'s 11,17,and 19--....With good reason...
Randall 29 days 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!!
JimmyD 30 days ago
16/19 Who was Nichols and May.
grandpa5741 1 month ago
19/19 nothing funny about this, just the facts. 🤓
kidhickey 1 month ago
I got 17 out 19 of the crime fighters or comedy duos , i guessed on several and got lucky , i was surprised LOL .
rlb2k1jr 1 month ago
I prefer my Comedy duos to be Crimefighters and the Crimefighters to be the Comedy duos. So when is X- Files & Miami Vice coming to ME-TV?
RichLorn 1 month ago
I paired Friday and Hardy together. If Ollie couldn't make Joe Friday laugh I guess no one could.
TZ_TAGS_59NC RichLorn 1 month ago
And how did that work for ya 😃
RichLorn TZ_TAGS_59NC 1 month ago
It was November 5th. It was sunny in Los Angeles. Friday was working the day watch. The boss was Capt Laurel. Friday was put on restricted duty for incompatibility with his partner.
Tedv 1 month ago
Coyle and Sharpe.....a riot on the radio in the 60' a Berwyn Il. grade school?
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