Archana Ram
October 23, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

1953
Today
In the early years, the morning show paired host Dave Garroway with hirsute sidekick J. Fred Muggs.

1970
Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp
In this Get Smart parody, Link serves as a special agent to APE (the Agency to Prevent Evil).

1979
B.J. and the Bear
Trucker B.J. travels the open road with Bear, his loyal pet chimpanzee, riding shotgun.

1995
Friends
Lonely Ross adopts a capuchin monkey, better known as Scrabble-tile-eating, Curious George-loving Marcel.

2003
Passions
In one of the best plots ever, Beth can’t afford to hire a human nurse for her mom, so she opts for an orangutan.

2009
My Monkey Baby
Couples treat their adopted monkeys like real kids (car seats! bonnets!) in this hilarious show.

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