There’s something undeniably captivating about watching a dynamic duo navigate the treacherous world of crime together. Whether it’s the loyalty, the tension, or the sheer audacity of their actions, these partnerships have a way of drawing us in and keeping us hooked. Inspired by the History channel’s Bonnie and Clyde: Dead and Alive, I’ve decided to rank the best partners in crime from TV and film. So, buckle up and join me as we take a closer look at these unforgettable criminal pairings.
5. Stringer Bell and Avon Barksdale (The Wire)
In a sea of cop dramas, The Wire stands out as a personal favorite of mine. Instead of following the same tired formula, this show delves deep into the streets, exploring the complex relationship between drug lords Avon Barksdale and Stringer Bell as they continually evade the Baltimore police. The unwavering loyalty between these two characters is what makes their partnership so compelling. After all, drug dealers aren’t exactly known for their trustworthiness, but this duo’s bond makes for some truly gripping television.
4. Nancy and Andy Botwin (Weeds)
With a title like Weeds, it’s no surprise that this show is rife with illegal activity. Week after week, we watch Nancy and Andy Botwin pull off stunts that most of us wouldn’t dare attempt, let alone get away with. Their audacious exploits are just one of the many reasons this show was so successful. Not only do they grow and sell marijuana, but they also manage to embezzle their profits. And let’s not forget the fact that they’re technically related through Nancy’s deceased husband, yet still engage in a love affair. This twisted duo is nothing if not compelling.
3. Stewie and Brian Griffin (Family Guy)
How could I not include Stewie and Brian Griffin on this list? These two characters are undeniably hilarious, especially when they team up. Their outrageous adventures and unlikely partnership make for some of the most memorable moments in television history. Despite their mutual disdain, they always manage to work together to escape whatever predicament they find themselves in. Their dynamic is truly one for the ages.
2. Dastardly and Muttley (Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines)
Though it’s been over 40 years since this cartoon aired, the iconic duo of Dastardly and Muttley from Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines deserves a spot on this list. With Dastardly constantly scheming and his loyal canine companion by his side, these two characters have left an indelible mark on pop culture. Muttley’s signature snicker is the perfect foil to Dastardly’s over-the-top antics, making them a truly unforgettable pair.
1. Walter White and Jesse Pinkman (Breaking Bad)
There’s a reason Breaking Bad is so beloved, and the meth-cooking, empire-building duo of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman is at the heart of it. These two characters are some of the best-written in television history, with their student-teacher relationship evolving into something far more complex and dangerous. Together, they navigate a world of high-stakes crime, facing countless challenges and engaging in some truly jaw-dropping criminal activity. When it comes to partners in crime on TV, no one can hold a candle to Walter White and Jesse Pinkman.
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