A successful sitcom rivalry is much like a box of chocolates – it provides a deliciously fun treat that keeps you coming back for more. It’s like the peanut butter to a sitcom’s jelly, the Chandler to its Joey, the Ross to its Rachel. In fact, some sitcoms are so synonymous with their rivalry that it’s as if they come in a package deal, like two for the price of one.
You know it’s a good sitcom when there are hilarious rivalries to keep you on the edge of your seat! Whether it’s two characters who can’t stand each other or two groups with a long-standing feud, there’s just something so irresistible about watching them go at it. And let’s be real, we all secretly love to pick a side and root for our favorite team.
Love them or hate them, these characters and their endless fights surely have brought some of the funniest and most memorable moments in TV history. So get ready to relive the laughs, as we take a trip down memory lane and revisit these classic feuds.
#1 Frasier and Niles Crane clawing at each other’s egos (Frasier)
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Frasier, the show that gave us all the laughs and the cringe-worthy moments we needed, introduced us to the sibling rivalry between Frasier and Niles Crane. The two psychiatrists, with their inflated egos, were constantly at each other’s throats.
From friendly competitions to full-blown battles, the brothers never let an opportunity to one-up each other pass. If you thought your sibling rivalry was intense, you clearly haven’t seen the Crane brothers in action.
#2 Sideshow Bob Will Never Stop Chasing Bart (The Simpsons)
While Springfield may have no shortage of wacky supporting characters, Sideshow Bob always seems to be on Bart’s tail, plotting his next devious scheme. Even when Bob tries to turn over a new leaf, his deep-seated hatred for Bart always brings him back to his criminal ways. But let’s be real, we wouldn’t want it any other way!
#3 Jerry And Newman Constantly Trying To One-up The Other (Seinfeld)
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Who could forget the hilarious dynamic between Jerry and Newman on Seinfeld? These two characters were like oil and water, never able to see eye-to-eye on anything. From Jerry’s eye-rolling annoyance to Newman’s smarmy quips, their interactions never failed to bring on the laughs.
And let’s not even get started on the iconic “Newman!” catchphrase that still lives on in pop culture today.
#4 Sheldon And Howard’s Relationship Were Always On Thin Ice (The Big Bang Theory)
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When it comes to TV rivalries, the insults fly fast and furious between The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper and Howard Wolowitz. These two may have been friends, but that didn’t stop them from constantly getting under each other’s skin.
From Sheldon’s snooty attitude to Howard’s desperate attempts to prove himself, they just couldn’t seem to get along. But let’s be real, their constant bickering made for some of the funniest moments in the show’s history.
#5 Cartman Never Misses An Opportunity To Sabotage Kyle (South Park)
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Speaking of bitter rivalries, South Park’s Kyle and Cartman take the cake. These two have been at each other’s throats for as long as we can remember, with Cartman’s bigoted ways always fueling the fire.
Whether it’s Kyle trying to take down Cartman’s evil schemes or Cartman trying to one-up Kyle at every turn, their constant battles have given us some of the series’ most memorable episodes. Who needs friends when you’ve got a good old-fashioned rivalry, right?
#6 Alan Always Got On Charlie’s Nerves (Two And A Half Men)
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Sibling rivalry took center stage in Two and a Half Men, with Alan and Charlie’s relationship being no exception. Despite moving in together and trying to rebuild their bond as brothers, the two were constantly at each other’s throats.
Alan’s financial struggles only made things worse, as he was always relying on Charlie’s help. But even then, the two still found reasons to compete and bicker over everything from trivial matters to women. While Charlie often came out on top, Alan had his moments of triumph too.
#7 The Barones Couldn’t Stop Arguing (Everybody Loves Raymond)
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Everybody Loves Raymond was all about the drama and hilarity of family dynamics, with Raymond’s relationship with his parents and brother taking center stage. While Raymond tried to stay neutral in the ongoing feud between his older brother, Robert, and their parents, it was clear that the two had a strained relationship.
Robert’s jealousy of Raymond’s popularity with their parents fueled their rivalry, with Robert always trying to outdo Raymond to earn their praise. But despite the drama, the Barones sibling rivalry often led to some of the show’s most heartfelt and comical moments.
#8 Lister And Rimmer Always Seize A Chance To Humiliate Each Other (Red Dwarf)
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Red Dwarf is a science fiction comedy show set in the far future, where the two main characters, Lister and Rimmer, are stuck together on a spaceship. Lister is the laid-back, party-loving slacker, while Rimmer is the uptight, rule-following stick-in-the-mud.
Their opposite personalities lead to constant bickering and insults, with Lister always finding ways to prank and humiliate Rimmer, much to the delight of viewers.
#9 Stan And Hayley Political Arguments Are Fierce (American Dad)
Stan and Hayley’s political arguments are like a never-ending tug-of-war between a conservative elephant and a liberal donkey. It’s a battle of ideologies, and they’re both too stubborn to give an inch.
It’s almost like they’re trying to see who can out-argue the other and become the ultimate political champion. But things get messy when they bring firearms into the mix.
#10 Ron Swanson Vs The Federal Government: A Never-ending Fight (Parks And Recreation)
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Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation is like a rebel without a cause, or maybe with too much cause. As a government employee who hates the government, Ron’s constant battle against his employer is a hilarious irony. It’s like he’s fighting a war against himself, and we can’t help but root for him, even if it doesn’t make much sense.