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TV's Greatest Rivalries: 'Survivor,' 'Dynasty,' 'True Blood' & More

by Maggie Furlong & Jean Bentley, posted Jun 22nd 2011 9:00AM
We used to watch 'The Real World' and 'Road Rules' religiously, and then MTV combined those powerfully awesome forces to create 'The Challenge.'

Well now we're old(er) and we're still inexplicably excited for their latest fight-to-the-death challenge, the series' 11th incarnation, 'The Challenge: Rivals' (premieres Wed., June 22, 10PM ET on MTV).

The Challenge: Rivals

Of course, looking through their slideshow of supposedly epic rivalries, only a few familiar faces from the old days truly stand out: Wes and Kenny, Adam and CT, Johnny and Tyler, Nehemiah and Evan, Paula and Evelyn and even Robin and Aneesa. We're not saying the rest of the eight teams battling it out aren't vicious (we know better than that), they're just not sparking any vivid memories.

So we thought we'd remind TV lovers what a true battle royale looks like -- here, our list of TV's Greatest Rivalries.

Alexis Carrington & Krystle Jennings, 'Dynasty'
Leave it to a primetime soap to have two ladies, all done up and dressed to the nines, pulling each other's hair and falling into mud, ponds, you name it, mid-fight. 'Dynasty' did it best -- and often -- but Alexis and Krystle were their most wicked rivalry. It's the kind of delicious drama TV writers dream of, still to this day.

AC Slater & Zack Morris, 'Saved By the Bell'
Nobody doled out the nicknames like AC Slater (fitting since his own initial were short for Albert Clifford), but the harshest moniker went to Slater's sometimes-enemy Zack, a.k.a. "Preppy." These two were friends, most of the time, but the school jock wasn't laughing when the class clown dated his sister. Was that the sole source of all the Bayside High tension? We may never know.

Bill Compton & Eric Northman, 'True Blood'
A rivalry can only grow stronger as the years go by, so imagine how fiery one can get if left brewing for over a hundred years. These hot vampires just can't seem to see eye to spell-casting eye ... and we love to watch the fireworks and fangs when they truly clash over something they love. (See: Sookie Stackhouse)

Kelly Taylor & Brenda Walsh, 'Beverly Hills, 90210'
When the Walsh family moved from Minnesota, Brenda's first run-in with her peers in Big Bad Beverly Hills wasn't a positive one. Kelly Taylor was the school's blonde bombshell and sometime slut, a trait that further soured their on-again/off-again friendship when the two battled it out over Dylan McKay.

Jerry Seinfeld & Newman, 'Seinfeld'
"Hello, Jerry." "Hello, Newman." Much like the show itself, this cross-hallway rivalry was really about nothing. Sure Jerry loathed the way Newman would appear out of nowhere and Newman obviously hated Jerry just for being Jerry. In Seinfeld's own rampant obsession with Superman, Newman would be his Lex Luthor, the nemesis he loved to hate.

Jill Zarin & Bethenny Frankel, 'The Real Housewives of New York City'
The former BFFs became bitter enemies when, according to Jill, Bethenny shirked her friendship duties in favor of her skyrocketing career. Their rift caused the rest of the 'Real Housewives of New York City' to take sides during the show's third season. Though the two have since "made up" for the cameras, they aren't friends anymore.

Buffy Summers & Spike, 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'
Only on a vampire show can two people (or one slayer and one undead man) spend seasons trying to kill each other only to become lovers. After years of nasty fighting and plenty of near-death experiences, their chemistry was too much to ignore and the two started dating -- or at least having lots of hate sex. He even had his soul restored for her. True love!

Dexter Morgan & the rival of the season, 'Dexter'
While much of 'Dexter''s tension comes from Dex hiding his, uh, affliction from his family and friends, each season of the show also follows the serial killer with a conscience tracking down a true murderer. Though John Lithgow's Trinity Killer murdered Dexter's wife, Rita, Dex's most dangerous foe was the coworker-turned-enemy who almost exposed his secret, Doakes.

Russell & Rob, 'Survivor'
Clearly, two men deemed some of the show's most notorious villains weren't going to get along. But did the producers know what reality TV gold would come from the clash between the 'Samoa' runner-up (and expert game-player) and the longtime 'Survivor' vet? Well, probably. And we thank them for it.

Irene & Stephen, 'The Real World: Seattle'
San Francisco bike messenger Puck deliberately antagonized his roommates as the show's first real breakout villain -- he was the second person ever kicked out of a 'Real World' house -- but one of the long-running series' most memorable moments occurred when the feud between Seattle roomies Stephen and Irene came to a head, resulting in Stephen's near-eviction. As Irene left the house, Stephen tossed her stuffed animal off the pier and stopped her taxi to give her the ultimate goodbye present: a literal slap in the face.

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Interesting topic

December 12 2011 at 2:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Erica Kane vs Brooke English. Classic.

June 23 2011 at 4:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Still think Alexis vs. Krystal was the best one. I mean come on...they were in full make-up and hair.

June 22 2011 at 12:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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