Cheesy Sidekicks Aren't Just For 80's Sitcoms Anymore.  

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If you thought whacky "lovable" sidekicks were only fodder for 80's sitcoms, think again. Sarah Palin is winking her folksy way right to the top of the cheesy sidekicks list — one "yoobetcha" at a time. So how does Sarah stack up to cheesy sidekicks of the past? Let's take a look.

Sarah "Moose Mom" Palin
Palin Wink
The U.S. Government

Possible second in command of the United States of America &
"Weapon of Mass Distraction" for John McCain.

Fast Fact:
This beauty pageant runner-up, and everyday hockey mom from Alaska, had her world turned upside down after receiving an unexpected call from John McCain asking her to be his running mate (and soulmate). Sarah accepted, quickly packing up the dog sled and heading to mainland America. 

Why does this all sound eerily similar to the plot of The Beverly Hillbillies?

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Balki Bartokomous

Perfect Strangers

The young gentle hearted long lost cousin of Larry Appleton.

Fast Fact:
Before coming to America, Balki worked as a shepherd on the Island of Mypos. Whenever Balki is immensely pleased by something, he forces Larry to do the Dance of Joy. This consists of ridiculous leg kicks and alternating chants of "Hey," ending with Cousin Larry jumping into Balki's arms.

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Edwin "Skippy" Handleman
Family Ties

Geeky neighbor & best buddy to Alex P. Keaton.

Fast Fact:
Skippy's most famous episode was the one where he discovered that he was adopted by his parents, he then demanded to be referred to only as "Baby Boy Doe" for the rest of the episode.

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Walter "Cockroach" Bradley
The Cosby Show

Theo's best friend.

Fast Fact:
Theo and Cockroach once attempted to take a shortcut when studying for an exam on Shakespeare by listening to it on record. This only confused them more, teaching them that there is no shortcut for proper education — a life lesson we can all learn from.

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Richard Milhous "Boner" Stabone
Richard Milhous "Boner" Stabone
Growing Pains

Best friend to Mike Seaver.

Fast Fact:
Holds the title for stupidest name ever given to a sitcom character. Even when I was a kid I knew something was seriously wrong with this name.

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Kimmy Gibbler
kimmy gibler
Full House

Long time friend to DJ Tanner.

Fast Fact:
The tanners always made Kimmy keep her socks on, due to her extremely stinky feet.

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Woody Boyd
Woody Boyd

The lovable simple-minded bartender with small town values, who is transplanted from Hanover Indiana to the big city of Boston.

Fast Fact:
Woody replaced Ernie "Coach" Pantusso as assistant bartender at Cheers. Woody's most memorable moment came when he attempted to impress his well-to-do girlfriend (Kelly Gaines) by singing her an original song he wrote for her.

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Marcy "D'Arcy" Rhoades
Married With Children

Kinky next door neighbor to Al and Peggy Bundy.

Fast Fact:
When she's not a rockin' the bedposts with her husband, Marcy enjoys a night out with the girls. Al's wife, Peg Bundy and Marcy like to visit male strip joints. Once Marcy lost her wedding ring down the pants of an exotic stripper named Zorro while cramming dollar bills down his briefs.

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Buddy Lembeck
Buddy Lembeck
Charles in Charge

Charles dimwitted buddy, Buddy.

Fast Fact:
Later in his career, actor Willy Aames (Buddy), became a born again Christian. From 1995 to 2004, he starred in a video series and annual touring performances as the Christian superhero Bibleman, although he has since retired from the role.

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Larry Dallas
Larry Dallas
Three's Company

Upstairs neighbor and womanizing friend to Jack Tripper.

Fast Fact:
Larry's favorite hangout was the Regal Beagle, where he would frequently lie to women about his profession in order to sleep with them.

Likability Rating:
88% (Guys)
9% (Girls)

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nice memories here! skipping sucked. some of the others were even worse. woody, however, was awesome.

i want to know where alphonso from "silver spoons" is! he personified coolness.

I actually thought about adding him, I mean he did the best Michael Jackson impersonation I've seen a young sitcom actor do...and I've seen plenty.

Check my clip of the week, I just added a new one in leu of this oversight.

I like the new look!

Rickey awards you 10 points for making reference to "Perfect Strangers." And may god have mercy on your soul.

Every time I see Woody now I think of Larry Flynt.

i was literally talking about "boner" at work this evening and i log onto acorn king and there he is.

just me and my boner. it was meant to be.

You're right: Larry Dallas = ick!

Great post Acorn King!

Likability Rating: 4%? You're generous.

well some really nice stuff

Boner rules, how could you not like a guy named Boner? haha he said boner

Bravo for including Larry from Three's Company. He was smarm personified.

Would Chachi fit? Later he was all about Joanie, but early on he was sort of The Fonz's sidekick (and nephew?). But maybe that was more 70s than 80s.

Great post, Holmes.

I distinctly remember an episode of Perfect Strangers where Balki and Larry are arguing, and the huge, brand new chandelier Larry just had hung comes crashing down. And Balki would always say "corsin" instead of "cousin." I fuckin loved that show. This post takes me back to a better time...I was just hoping for either a "Who's the Boss" or a "Wonder Years" mention, but I still laughed like a summabitch. Good post, all the way around.

Is the message of 80's sitcoms that if you're a fairly regular, well adjusted, nice type, you have an annoying freak of a bestfriend?
Except Balki and his goats back in Mepos. Love him. Although, his best friend is annoying.

You got it! Now start writing an 80's sticom, it would be better than any of the "reality" crap on TV now. I'd like to see a spin-off from Perfect Strangers that follows Balki's goat back in Mepos.

I've just downloaded iStripper, and now I can watch the hottest virtual strippers on my desktop.

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