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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SheriHeffner 6 months ago
They must have been rehearsing on The Walton's picture. Because Michael Learned was smoking a cigarette.
QazWiz 6 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

also
BrianLarsen 6 months ago
9/12 Completely guessed but my dream girls Donna Douglas, Lynda Carter and Adrienne Barbeau have a place in my ❤️
Joe 6 months ago
You got 7 out of 12

I was amazed I got that many!
bnichols23 6 months ago
4. Not my best day, uh, year.....
Flash 6 months ago
Ah 6/12... 50%. My guessing is getting better lol
Runeshaper 6 months ago
WOW! I was WAY off! LOL Interesting facts here :)
DavidBarker 6 months ago
You got 7 out of 12
Looks like you might need a mulligan on this one. Better luck next time!
Corey 6 months ago
In Good Times John Amos is 7 years older than Jimmie Walker.
StephenKing Corey 6 months ago
And Esther Rolle was something like 18 years older than Amos. 🙂
sara017 6 months ago
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kathyo 6 months ago
i did not do to well... i was shocked on how much age difference it was between the actors and actresses.
STTOS 6 months ago
You got 10 out of 12 - Everyone is ageless on television. Nice work! I knew most and guessed on a couple. Some right and some wrong. Missed #6 and #7.
bpacha77511 6 months ago
11/12....... i picked spock and kirk were 4 days apart. then the comment was "thats correct they were both born on march 31st"....umm hows that 4 days apart?
Art1957 BubbaPacha77511 6 months ago
Both born IN MARCH 1931, Not on March 31st
bpacha77511 Art1957 6 months ago
oh crap tyvm thats makes waaay more sense lol
bpacha77511 EricSmith 6 months ago
must have not paid close enough attn tyvm though
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