1. The Three Stooges
The Three Stooges are responsible for farce and slapstick comedy, so we kind of owe them our respect. But it’s okay to draw the line at that movie the Farrelly brothers made about them. We’re pretty sure the above shot is what everyone did to the person who insisted they see it in theaters.
2. The Ghostbusters
These guys are icons! Their success shows us it’s okay to get kicked out of Columbia University, and encourages us to be obnoxious whenever someone has to make a call.
3. The Three Amigos
The Three Amigos also left their mark on mainstream society, which we know from all the times we’ve heard about college guys going to the E.R. because they tried to mount a horse “that” way.
4. The Group From “Three’s Company”
Jack, Chrissy and Janet wonderfully depicted the chaos that comes when three people live together, and how hard it is for two brunettes to let a blonde’s “blonde moment” slide by without acknowledgement and mockery.
5. The First Wives From “The First Wives Club”
The ladies from “The First Wives Club” all had husbands who left to be with younger women, so they worked together to get revenge. They are responsible for the fact some women get married just so the possibility exists that they can serve their husbands divorce papers while standing in a meat locker.
6. The Plastics From “Mean Girls”
High school cliques existed before “Mean Girls,” but we never challenged their authority because we didn’t want to have dead squirrels stapled to our houses. But once The Plastics came around, we saw that girls are only bitchy because they’re protecting themselves from their own issues — like sexual attraction to their cousins and moms in Juicy Couture tracksuits.
7. These Guys From “The Hangover”
These guys are responsible for modernizing the male trio and bringing it back into comedy. So generally speaking, it seems like marrying a hooker and locking her baby in a closet overnight while you consummate the marriage can have its perks.
8. These Guys From “Horrible Bosses”
Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis and Jason Bateman entered awesome trio territory when they starred in “Horrible Bosses.” And while it was jarring to see a sexually-charged Jennifer Aniston and a comb-overed and fat Colin Farrell, it was most impressive to see each man willing to go to prison if it meant his buds could be happier at work.
9. The Lonely Island
The Lonely Island consists of Kiv Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, and Andy Samberg. They met in high school and now do wonderful things on “SNL,” like provide us with a song we can sing to congratulate ourselves a successful copulation job.
10. Stephen Merchant, Ricky Gervais, Karl Pilkington
Stephen Merchant, Ricky Gervais and Karl Pilkington round out this list because they’re hilarious without getting physical, insulting teenage girls, or dressing in mariachi suits. They just sit around some microphones and ponder hypothetical situations, like how it wouldn’t be a big deal if Columbus discovered America using a GPS. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.