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Unexpected TV duos that work so well: 'Stranger Things,' 'Search Party,' more

Sometimes, the best TV team-ups come when two characters who seemingly have little in common put their differences aside. The proof: Dustin and Steve in “Stranger Things,” Arya Stark and the Hound in “Game of Thrones” and more.

Below, six unexpected duos currently on TV who have become our favorite pairings.

'Stranger Things': Dustin and Steve

This partnership happened so quickly it was already
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This partnership happened so quickly it was already your favorite on "Stranger Things" before you even realized what it was. Keeping what he knew about Dart and the demo-dogs from his crew, Dustin had no one else to turn to other than Steve and his bat full of nails. But we're so grateful he did. Given the age difference here, Steve's role in the Netflix series' second season dubbed him the "dad" or "babysitter" of the group. The show's creators, the Duffer brothers, later revealed the team-up was unplanned and became a reflection of the on-set relationship between Joe Keery (Steve) and Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin). "That's my favorite thing this year. Or my favorite surprise, because it was never planned," Matt Duffer told Vulture. "When we went and pitched the season to Netflix, that was never part of it. It's just something you discover along the way."

'Game of Thrones': Arya Stark and the Hound

Arya and the Hound are complete opposites in
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Arya and the Hound are complete opposites in the most physical and literal sense. They started out as enemies before building a friendship, if you can call it that, out of the mutual desire for vengeance in season four and became one of the series' most lovable duo. Maisie Williams, who plays Arya, said after the seventh season finale that if they "met again, [Arya] would hopefully just be an effective killer with him, rather than against him." Perfect team.

'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend': Rebecca and Heather

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"Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" is proof that when someone as cynical as Heather (Vella Lovell) works up a friendship with the overly positive Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom), great things can happen. Though Rebecca's a little too, let's just say "out there" for Heather's laid-back attitude, the two team up with Valencia (Gabrielle Ruiz) to create some memorable musical numbers that are still stuck in our heads, like "Friendtopia."

'Grey's Anatomy': Meredith and Alex

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Die-hard "Grey's Anatomy" fans couldn't have predicted Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Alex (Justin Chambers) would be the last two from their intern class standing at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital 14 seasons later. Early on, it was all about dynamic duo Meredith and her "person," Christina (Sandra Oh), but an incredible opportunity in Zurich spoiled that one for us. Still, there has always been something about Meredith's understanding of Alex's angst that has kept these two a perfect pair. Over time, their attraction to one another, now familial in nature, has become a comforting reminder of the early days for "Grey's" fans.

'The Good Place': Eleanor and Chidi

Eleanor and Chidi aren't soulmates. Yet, they've somehow
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Eleanor and Chidi aren't soulmates. Yet, they've somehow convinced us they are. These two are polar opposites: Eleanor (Kristen Bell) doesn't give a "flying fork" about anyone but herself and Chidi dedicated his life to becoming an actual moral compass. But, once we discover the "good place" is actually the "bad place" their connection to one another becomes a bit more understandable. There really isn't much these two can't figure out when together.

'Search Party': Portia and Drew

Typically in TBS'
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Typically in TBS' "Search Party," Drew is teamed up with Dory and Portia with Elliott. But when things really need to get done, it's Portia and Drew who take the reins ... surprisingly. While these two seemingly would have never been friends if it weren't for the rest of their crew, they're the only ones who can properly pull off a diabolical plan. Dory needs to get information out of a stranger? Enter Drew, who will whip him up dinner and pose as a friendly face, and Portia, who will turn on the seduction for just long enough to get what they need. Brooklyn would be in trouble if these two worked together more often.


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