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Best Sitcom Sibling Rivalries Of The 2010s | ScreenRant

Sitcoms are fueled by conflict and tension between the main characters. Sometimes this is between work colleagues, sometimes it's between friends who live together, but it's often siblings that have the most intense rivalries.

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The 2000s saw some of the sitcom's most famous siblings, from Bart and Lisa to Ross and Monica to Malcolm, Reese, and Dewey. But the new wave of sitcoms airing from 2010 onwards also had their fair share of memorable family moments.

10 David & Alexis (Schitt's Creek)

Taking two self-centered and privileged siblings out of their lavish and comfortable environment and placing them in the same dilapidated motel room is bound to lead to some arguments. But Schitt's Creek's egocentric David and humblebragger Alexis take bickering to new heights.

From the moment the two arrive at the motel, there is disagreement about who has the bed nearest the door and will 'get murdered first,' one of the many times they wish death on one another. They eat each other's food, David makes fun of Alexis' boyfriends, and she ridicules his clothes. Everyday trivialities turn dramatic very quickly, and it makes for some of the show's funniest moments.

9 Morty & Summer (Rick & Morty)

While Rick & Morty isn't a sitcom that revolves around the day-to-day dysfunction of normal family life, sibling rivalry is certainly a key component. Summer's carefree and disinterested attitude is at odds with Morty's uptight, anxious persona.

While vying to impress their grandpa, Summer often taunts Morty with the concept of Rick making her his new sidekick. Having a grandpa who's a mad scientist and knows everything about the universe means Morty and Summer's fights have higher stakes than typical sitcoms do. For example, in 'A Rickle in Time,' an argument leads to the accidental creation of alternate timelines, which Morty and Summer must work together to mend.

8 Sam & Casey (Atypical)

Sam and Casey are a massive part of each other's lives, and the show is full of genuinely sweet moments where they take good care of each other. Despite this, the Gardner children are certainly prone to squabbling.

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In 'Juiced,' Casey picks on Sam by hiding his toothbrush around the house, a serious trigger for him. After the third or so instance of this, Sam loses his temper and throws a glass of orange juice over her new school uniform. On a separate occasion, Sam upsets Casey on her birthday by making her follow a strict list of embarrassing and inconvenient traditions. Whenever one realizes they have upset the other, though, apologies are always heartfelt and thoughtful.

7 Bill, Kevin & Maureen (F Is For Family)

The animated sitcom revolves around comedian Bill Burr's childhood, growing up in a small rust-belt town in the 1970s. 10-year-old Bill doesn't see eye-to-eye with his older brother, the stoner musician Kevin, nor his good-as-gold younger sister Maureen.

When Bill gets suspended from school for fighting, Maureen threatens to tell their parents, blackmailing him into doing anything she asks. In another episode, Kevin and Bill have a physical fight after Bill touches Kevin's vinyl records. While Kevin and Bill use their fists, Maureen, the most intelligent of the children, instead uses her wit to antagonize her impulsive older brothers.

6 Fleabag & Claire (Fleabag)

This British series from Phoebe Waller-Bridge centers on the life of a spontaneous and angsty twenty-something Londoner. One of the show's highlights is the dynamic between Fleabag and her mature yet uptight sister Claire. They bond over a mutual hatred of their stepmother and have each other's backs when it counts, but on many occasions, they drive each other mad.

Their arguments are often trivial, such as Claire telling off Fleabag for standing too close to her. But when Fleabag helps out at Claire's work event, she accidentally smashes the award that Claire has to give to the businesswoman of the year, replacing it with a statue of a topless woman and causing Claire great embarrassment.

5 Devi & Kamala (Never Have I Ever)

While not technically sisters, 15-year-old Devi and her cousin Kamala certainly have a sibling dynamic, with Kamala occupying the role of an older sister. Kamala lives with Devi and her mother while she studies for her Ph.D., and their relationship has all the hallmarks of a sibling rivalry.

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Devi resents her attractive and well-liked older cousin and bemoans the effort she has to make for a visit from Kamala's potential future husband. When Kamala sneaks a boy over on a separate occasion, Devi is overjoyed when she realizes that Kamala isn't perfect: 'you're bad like me,' she tells her. Like most siblings, they also have an alliance against authority figures. In this case, it's Devi's strict mother Nalini.

4 Barry, Adam & Erica (The Goldbergs)

Braggy and fiery sports junkie Barry, nerdy and creative Adam, and sarcastic and intelligent Erica are the three siblings of the Goldberg family. Their contrasting personalities are a source of conflict in the series, which is based on creator Adam F. Goldberg's childhood.

Although Adam, the youngest, demonstrates a deep insight into his siblings' feelings and emotions, as his narration throughout the series demonstrates, this doesn't preclude him from winding up his older brother. He mocks the way Barry runs, provoking his hot-tempered brother; and he messes with his sister's stuff, such as when he puts her bra on his head while recreating an experiment inspired by Weird Science.

3 Dipper & Mabel (Gravity Falls)

Mabel and Dipper are the brother-and-sister mystery-solving duo of the animated series Gravity Falls. The show's premise sees the co-protagonists spend the summer with their great uncle Stan, where they solve mysteries and encounter all kinds of supernatural oddities in a small rural town. While Dipper and Mabel have a solid alliance, like all siblings they can still get on each other's nerves.

At the heart of their rivalry is their differing outlooks. Mabel is outgoing, silly, and playful, often overlooking the seriousness of a situation. Whereas Dipper is quite the opposite, cautious and pragmatic in his approach to solving mysteries, aided by his large red journal.

2 Axl, Sue & Brick (The Middle)

It's clear that The Middle takes cues from the nuclear family-oriented sitcoms that preceded it, centering on the Heck family and its three wildly different children. Axl is the cool, popular but dim-witted eldest, Sue is the geeky and optimistic middle child, and Brick is the inquisitive, fact-spewing youngest who can behave somewhat abnormally.

In 'Role of a Lifetime' an argument leads to everyone performing derogatory impressions of one another. Sue puts her hair over her face and mimics Axl's deep and dopey voice, Axl mocks the way that Brick looks down and whispers to himself, and Brick, in a high-pitched voice, says, 'I'm Sue; I just love America so much.' It's childish bickering at its finest.

1 Dennis & Dee (It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia)

Two-fifths of the Paddy's Pub gang is made up of Dennis and Deandra Reynolds, though they mistreat each other so frequently that it's easy to forget that they are related. Always Sunny is often dubbed an 'anti-sitcom,' with moments of affection between the characters rare, and lessons rarely learned.

Dennis and Dee often butt heads, whether they are coaching opposing inner-city school basketball teams, or trying to steal an artifact from a house they're trapped in. However, the two do occasionally partner up for a scheme, such as when they decide to go on welfare, or when they host their own podcast.

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