TV's Most Memorable Pets

By Romy Oltuski

Which TV animals have become more than just background props for their human counterparts?

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On this week's 2 Broke Girls, Max and Caroline bid farewell to one of the the show's most improbable characters: a horse called Chestnut. It never made much sense how the two waitresses-turned-cupcake-shop-owners managed to afford feeding a horse on their measly salaries, so it's a triumph of realism that the show finally sent the creature away.

2 Broke Girls isn't the only sitcom to feature a pet prominently in its plot. Animals are a staple of almost every television household, making for trusty sidekicks, dependable comic relief, and comforting ears that (usually) don't talk back. But some on-screen animal stars are more than just housemates, with affable personalities of their own.

These inspiring owner-pet relationships establish a real equity and rapport between cross-species co-stars and make us reevaluate a pet's role in the home. Which of your favorite actors come from the animal kingdom?

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