Can you guess the age gap between classic TV costars?

It can be hard to tell which actor is older.


Hollywood is known for some creative casting when it comes to couples and parent-kid combos. Actors often play characters older or younger than their actual ages.

We've gathered some famous TV twosomes. See if you can guess the age gap between the costars.

Remember — we're talking about the ages of the actors not the characters. Good luck!

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  1. How much older was William Frawley (Fred) than Vivian Vance (Ethel) on I Love Lucy?
  2. What was the age difference between Ken Berry (Vinton) and Vicki Lawrence (Mama) on Mama's Family?
  3. Shatner (Kirk) and Nimoy (Spock) were best buddies on Star Trek. How far apart in age were the actors?
  4. What the age gap between Jim Backus (Thurston) and Natalie Schafer (Schafer) on Gilligan's Island?
  5. How much older was Andy Griffith (Andy) than Elinor Donahue (Ellie) on The Andy Griffith Show?
  6. What was the difference between Bea Arthur (Dorothy, left) and Estelle Getty (Sophia, right), who played her mother, on The Golden Girls?
     Image: Buena Vista Television
  7. What was the age difference between Eddie Albert (Oliver) and Eva Gabor (Lisa) on Green Acres?
  8. What was the age difference between Adam West (Batman) and Burt Ward (his "Boy Wonder")?
  9. What was the age gap between Florence Henderson (Carol) and Barry Williams (Greg) on The Brady Bunch?
  10. What was the age difference between Dick Van Dyke (Rob) and Mary Tyler Moore (Laura) on The Dick Van Dyke Show?
  11. What was the age difference between Buddy Ebsen (Jed) and Irene Ryan (Granny) on The Beverly Hillbillies?
  12. What was the age gap between Michael Learned (Olivia) and Richard Thomas (her son, John-Boy) on The Waltons?

Can you guess the age gap between classic TV costars?

Your Result...

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LarryMMM 7 months ago
So Mama Walton had John-Boy at 12 years old huh? Hmmm, that was never mentioned throughout the Walton's run...
CaroleThorpe 7 months ago
You got 11 out of 12
Everyone is ageless on television. Nice work!
I missed #6 (I thought Bea was one year older than Estelle instead of the other way around).
WylmaHarmon 20 months ago
This was one particular quiz I really guessed them all because I never really paid any attention about who was older or younger
babyboomer56 29 months ago
They forgot one. Isabel Sanford was 20 years older than Sherman Hemsley on The Jeffersons.
There was more than one they forgot. Esther Rolle was 19 years older than John Amos. John Amos is 6 years older than Jimmy Walker.
Rick 29 months ago

Natalie Schafer was 13 years older than Backus!?
Snickers 30 months ago
4/12. Not good at guessing ages.
SheriHeffner 52 months ago
They must have been rehearsing on The Walton's picture. Because Michael Learned was smoking a cigarette.
QazWiz 52 months ago
knew granny was close to jed in age while needing make-up to look 20-30 older... thus +/- 6 ??? .... i guessed wrong which
mainly since i remembered Lovey was WAY older than she wanted anyone to know (died at 93 but guesses often were 20 years younger) AND i knew Maude's mother was younger than Maude

BrianLarsen 52 months ago
9/12 Completely guessed but my dream girls Donna Douglas, Lynda Carter and Adrienne Barbeau have a place in my ❤️
Joe 52 months ago
You got 7 out of 12

I was amazed I got that many!
bnichols23 52 months ago
4. Not my best day, uh, year.....
Flash 52 months ago
Ah 6/12... 50%. My guessing is getting better lol
Runeshaper 52 months ago
WOW! I was WAY off! LOL Interesting facts here :)
DavidBarker 52 months ago
You got 7 out of 12
Looks like you might need a mulligan on this one. Better luck next time!
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