18 Greatest Character Rivalries in Television History

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1. Jerry vs. Newman, Seinfeld

Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) greets Newman (Wayne Knight) with a disgusted “hello, Newman” every time they meet, setting the tone for this rivalry born out of annoyance. These two don't even pretend to like each other when they cross paths. The roots of their rivalry is never explicitly explained but it probably has a little something to do with Newman's jealousy over everything Jerry has in life. The stand-up comedian has friends, girls, and a little bit of fame and acclaim. So maybe Newman doesn't really think Jerry is “pure evil” — he just wants to be him.