Picks and Pans Review: Billy Gardell's Favorite TV Couples

updated 04/25/2011 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/25/2011 01:00AM

The Mike & Molly star, 41, looks back on the memorable TV duos that influenced him.

1 LUCY & RICKY RICARDO, I LOVE LUCY

She was the first strong woman [on TV]. When I watched reruns as a kid, it was like, "Wow, this woman is going to do whatever she wants." It was neat to see a progressive relationship; they were groundbreaking.

2 GEORGE & LOUISE JEFFERSON, THE JEFFERSONS

There's such a truth to an idiot man that becomes successful having a smart woman behind him.

3 ARCHIE & EDITH BUNKER, ALL IN THE FAMILY

Archie was the classic example of an idiot who meant well and a wife who understood that. Edith was so funny but could stand up to him, which I loved.

4 TIM & JILL TAYLOR, HOME IMPROVEMENT

They had that dynamic where he'd talk to his friend and his friend would say, "You're being a moron, go listen to your wife!"

5 DAN & ROSEANNE CONNER, ROSEANNE

It was real. They didn't like the neighbors or have enough for groceries. They got through with humor and each other.

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