Eliot Ness vs. assorted mobsters (“The Untouchables,” 1959-63, ABC): During the Prohibition era, federal agent Ness led his team of sleuths into showdowns with many of the most notorious — and dangerous — felons Chicago had.
Batman and Robin vs. the Riddler, the Joker, the Penguin, et al. (“Batman,”
ABC, 1966-68): Gotham City’s Caped Crusaders (Adam West, Burt Ward
) often were left in some trap they’d have to get out of the next night on the show.
J.R. Ewing vs. Cliff Barnes (“Dallas,”
CBS, 1978-91): Continuing the feud that engulfed their fathers, and that resumes in this summer’s TNT update, Cliff (Ken Kercheval)
was determined to destroy — and was continually foiled by — master schemer J.R. (Larry Hagman
Alexis vs. Blake (“Dynasty,”
ABC, 1981-89): Ever vengeful toward oil tycoon and ex-husband Blake Carrington (John Forsythe)
, Alexis (Joan Collins
) relished using her wealth and connections against him professionally and personally.
Jack Bauer vs. assorted terrorists (“24,”
FOX, 2001-10): Whenever there was a plot against America, the resourceful Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland)
was called in to wade through murky alliances.
Clark Kent vs. Lex Luthor (“Smallville,”
WB/CW, 2001-11): Initially friends, the young Clark (Tom Welling
) came to distrust privileged Lex (Michael Rosenbaum
) as Luthor’s quest for power became increasingly evident.
Alicia Florrick vs. Louis Canning (“The Good Wife,”
CBS, 2009-present): Alicia (Julianna Margulies
) always has to stay on her toes against cunning courtroom rival Canning (Michael J. Fox)
, who never is above using his neurological condition as a sympathy ploy.