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The best "Second Bananas" in TV history

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by GBNF, Oct 6, 2008.

  1. GBNF

    GBNF Active Member

    I'm watching Everybody Loves Raymond right now, and I'm pretty much laughing at everything Brad Garrett (Robert) says. Made me think of some other great No. 2s.

    Niles Crane - Frasier
    Tony Almeida - 24
    Luther Van Dam - Coach
    Jackie - Roseanne
    Costanza/Kramer/Elaine - Seinfeld
    Leon - Curb Your Enthusiasm

    There are a few to get the conversation started.
  2. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    Barney - HIMYM
    Chris Stevens - Northern Exposure
    Phil Stubbs - Ed
    Hurley - Lost
  3. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    I'm sure someone will throw out Ed Norton, but I can honestly say I've never watched an episode of "The Honeymooners."

    Here's a few:

    Leo McGarry/Toby Zeigler — The West Wing
    Milhouse — The Simpsons
    Larry Dallas — Three's Company
    Newman — Seinfeld
    Frank Burns — MASH

    And then there were some characters who were "second bananas" when the show began, but became the stars of the show eventually. Two famous cases are The Fonz in Happy Days and J.J. Evans in Good Times.
  4. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Ed Norton (Art Carney) is the all-time No. 1, steak.
  5. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Won't argue with that, but like I said, I haven't ever seen the show. I'm sure Barney Fife (The Andy Griffith Show) will get a lot of support as well.
  6. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    David Hyde Pierce on Frasier
    Brad Garrett on Raymond
    John Larroquette on Night Court
    Vivian Vance on I Love Lucy
  7. Colonel Angus

    Colonel Angus Member

    Dunno if he belongs in a discussion of the best in TV history, but I think Randy (Earl's brother on My Name is Earl) is one of the best characters going right now.
  8. Trey Beamon

    Trey Beamon Active Member

    Dwight Schrute - The Office
  9. Beaker

    Beaker Active Member

    Dwight Schrute.

    EDIT: Dammit, Trey! :D
  10. Trey Beamon

    Trey Beamon Active Member

    I said it first!
  11. CentralIllinoisan

    CentralIllinoisan Active Member

    GOB Bluth (Will Arnett) from Arrested Development
  12. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    Grady -- Sanford & Son
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