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Roberta
 
Reply Fri 6 Apr, 2007 12:22 am
Not the lead. Not a bit part. Absolutely essential to the show. And the chemistry between the lead and the sidekick is key.

Would the Honeymooners have been as popular without Ed Norton?

Would The Andy Griffith Show have been as watchable without Barney Fife?

Would Laverne and Shirley been as funny without Lennie and Squiggey?

Was the Mary Tyler Moore Show the same after Rhoda moved to New York?

Want something more current? How about Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness) in Criminal Minds.

These people provided lightness and balance. Who am I forgetting?
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aidan
 
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Reply Fri 6 Apr, 2007 12:27 am
After Barny Fife- who was my favorite sidekick ever and still is and always will be (I'm loyal)- these are my other favorites in descending order:
Festus (Gunsmoke) -
Norton (Honeymooners)
(a) Elliot- I think she's funnier even though (b) Turk is the "real" sidekick (Scrubs)
(a) George, (b) Elaine, (c) Kramer (Seinfeld)
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happycat
 
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Reply Fri 6 Apr, 2007 12:57 am
One of the most famous pair of sidekicks: Fred and Ethel Mertz
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msolga
 
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Reply Fri 6 Apr, 2007 01:24 am
Hello, Roberta

I have a number of Oz examples, but hey, most people wouldn't know who on earth I was talking about.

What the heck!: The "supporting cast" of the ABC series, Mother & Son were brilliant! But then, so were the "main" players!
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 6 Apr, 2007 05:45 am
I don't think many such shows can make it without a good supporting cast. Archie Bunker without the Meathead was not as entertaining. Hard to imagine Jack Benny without the likes of Dennis Day and Phil Harriss. Our Miss Brooks and Walter Denton (Richard Crenna). My Name is Earl has to have Earl's brother and his ex wife and her latest hubby.
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Roberta
 
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Reply Fri 6 Apr, 2007 06:53 am
Once the answers started coming in, I had to stop and ask myself, "What is a sidekick?" Why? Because I had sense of what I thought a sidekick was and a sense of what it wasn't. I agreed with some choices and disagreed with others. Couldn't quite articulate why. Not sure I can now. So I'm gonna say, great choices, everyone! Thanks. Happy to be reminded of Festus and the Mertzes and the Seinfeld cast. Smiled when remembering the characters from the Jack Benny show--what about Rochester? Walter Denton was a name from the past. Made me smile.

If I haven't commented on someone, it's because I haven't seen the show. Sorry. No surprise for you, msolga. Maybe someone from Oz will show up and have a remark or two.

Does anyone remember Gillis, the next door neighbor from The Life of Riley? Or Huggy Bear from Starsky and Hutch? Coach and Norm from Cheers? (Especially Coach. Loved that guy.)
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 6 Apr, 2007 07:16 am
Actually, on Gunsmoke, I liked Chester so much, it took me a few years to accept Festus. But, Festus practically was the show after a while.

Particularly in westerns, the sidekick is often essential, for some reason.
Wild Bill Hickock and Jingles.
Cisco Kid and Pancho.
Lone Ranger and Tonto.
Lawman had Peter Brown's character.
Rifleman had Mark.
Instead of a sidekick, Maverick was two brothers, alternately supporting one another.
Wagon Train, Ward Bond had Robert Horton.
Rawhide had Rowdy Yates (Clint Eastwood) supporting Gil Favor.
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Roberta
 
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Reply Fri 6 Apr, 2007 07:22 am
You're right Edgar. Sidekicks were essential to westerns. Was Gabby Hayes Hopalong Cassidy's sidekick? (I preferred Chester too.)
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 6 Apr, 2007 07:40 am
Hoppy had more than one old guy for a sidekick. Gabby was with Hopalong Cassidy for a time, and so was Andy Clyde.
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eoe
 
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Reply Fri 6 Apr, 2007 08:18 am
How funny would Frasier have been without Niles?
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flyboy804
 
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Reply Fri 6 Apr, 2007 08:19 am
I believe Gabby was equally well known for being Roy Rogers' sidekick.
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Roberta
 
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Reply Fri 6 Apr, 2007 08:23 am
I thought Roy Rogers' sidekick was Pat Butrum. I guess some cowboys had more than one sidekick. But they were definitely the champs in the sidekick department.
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eoe
 
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Reply Fri 6 Apr, 2007 08:28 am
In "Entourage" Vince has three sidekicks. Eric, Turtle and Drama.
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flyboy804
 
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Reply Fri 6 Apr, 2007 08:49 am
Roberta wrote:
I thought Roy Rogers' sidekick was Pat Butrum. I guess some cowboys had more than one sidekick. But they were definitely the champs in the sidekick department.


Roy was in a few with Pat Butram, several with Smiley Burnet, but numero uno was Gabby Hayes.
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eoe
 
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Reply Fri 6 Apr, 2007 09:03 am
What about Dale Evans? And Trigger?
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flyboy804
 
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Reply Fri 6 Apr, 2007 09:26 am
eoe wrote:
What about Dale Evans? And Trigger?


I guess Gabby gets demoted to number three.
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boomerang
 
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Reply Fri 6 Apr, 2007 09:45 am
My favorite sidekick is one most people probably don't remember -- Shultzy on "Love That Bob".

<If Bob had just realized how ultracool Shultzy was instead of always having his head turned by those beautiful models....>

I learned a lot about being a girl from Shultzy.
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eoe
 
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Reply Fri 6 Apr, 2007 10:33 am
Gosh. I remember that name Shultzy and vaguely remember the show and the actor who played her. Wasn't it the same actor who played the maid on The Brady Bunch?
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boomerang
 
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Reply Fri 6 Apr, 2007 10:40 am
Yes! Shultzy was the same person who played Alice on The Brady Bunch.

Love that Bob was about a professional photographer, Bob, who was a real playboy and Shultzy was his faithful, plain jane, brainy, studio assistant.

While she always quietly pined for Bob she went on about her life instead of becoming some lovesick doormat.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 6 Apr, 2007 10:46 am
I recall Shultzy very well.

I believe Gabby Hayes was with Roy Rogers in some movies. Pat Butram was on TV.
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