The Odd Couple

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  • S 5 : Ep 23

    The Odd Couple: Together Again

    Aired 9/24/93

  • S 5 : Ep 22

    Felix Remarries

    Aired 3/7/75

  • S 5 : Ep 21

    Laugh, Clown, Laugh

    Aired 2/28/75

  • S 5 : Ep 20

    Old Flames Never Die

    Aired 2/21/75

  • S 5 : Ep 19

    The Roy Clark Show

    Aired 2/14/75

  • Cast & Crew
  • Tony Randall

    Felix Unger

  • Jack Klugman

    Oscar Madison

  • Penny Marshall

    Myrna Turner

  • Al Molinaro

    Murray Greshler

  • Betty White

    Herself

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  • If comedy thrives on contrasts, The Odd Couple offered a perfect situation. Felix was a prim, fastidious photographer, a compulsive cleaner; Oscar was a gruff, sloppy sportswriter for the fictional New York Herald, to whom a floor was a place to toss things. The conflicts were obvious and endless, as each upset the other's way of life. Frequently seen early in the series were Oscar's poker partners, notably Murray the cop, Speed the compulsive gambler, and meek Vinnie. Later supporting characters included Dr. Nancy Cunningham, who would treat Felix and date Oscar, Miriam Welby, a girlfriend for Felix and Myrna Turner, Oscar's secretary. Introduced in the second half of the first season, the memorable opening narration (intoned by William Woodson) went: "On November 13th, Felix Unger was asked to remove himself from his place of residence. That request came from his wife. Deep down he knew she was right. But he also knew that someday he would return to her. With nowhere else to go, he appeared at the home of his childhood friend, Oscar Madison. Sometime earlier, Madison's wife had thrown him out, requesting that he never return. Can two divorced men share an apartment without driving each other crazy?" By the second season, the "childhood" reference was deleted and the narration was eliminated entirely in the fourth and fifth seasons in favor of clips from earlier episodes. 114 color episodes were filmed at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. This show never ranked above #25 in the Nielsen Ratings, even though it went as high as #36 in the 1972-73 season. Primetime time slots that The Odd Couple held during its 5 year run: September 24, 1970 to January 14, 1971: Thursdays from 9:30 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. January 22, 1971 to September 7, 1973: Fridays from 9:30 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. September 14, 1973 to January 11, 1974: Fridays from 8:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. January 18, 1974 to September 6, 1974: Fridays from 9:30 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. September 12, 1974 to January 23, 1975: Thursdays from 8:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. January 31, 1975 to July 1975: Fridays from 9:30 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. The Odd Couple was based on the Neil Simon stage play and the 1968 movie of the same name. Simon has said Felix was based on the life of his own brother. Time-Life released the first season on DVD on August 18, 2006.moreless

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    • Oscar: It's custom all over the world, man pursue woman. Except on a few Polynesian islands and a couple of bars in Greenwich Village.

    • Felix: My fifth birthday, my mother asked me what I wanted. I said a wastepaper basket.

    • Oscar: I belong in a slob hall of fame. I've always been sloppy. My mother said I used to throw my diapers all over the floor.

    • Felix: Look around this room. Looks like somebody blew up the Salvation Army. Your closet is a slum. Your clothes look as if they're wrestling. You put out your cigarettes in your coffee. Look at this. Look. There's a little, baby logjam in there! You ever look under your bed? There's stuff growing under there! Oscar: Will you stop exaggerating? That's a little dust. Felix: Lawrence of Arabia couldn't make it through such dust!

    • Felix: Reminds me of Hawaii. Cecily: Have you been there? Felix: Oh, yes. I caught cold there. Trade winds, you know.

    • Felix: Don't you compare everybody to your ex-wife? Oscar: Sure I do. And compared to Blanche, everybody looks good!

    • Oscar: Gwendolyn, where have been all my life? Gwen: Well, we lived in Brighton till I was eleven, and then we moved to London.

    • Felix: When I moved in here, your bathroom was filthy. It would have been condemned by most gas stations. Oscar: I like filthy. What I hate is you and your habits. I cringe every time you empty your pockets. You put your change in neat little piles. I'm not too crazy about that fact that you have shoe trees in your bedroom slippers. And I'm not exactly choked up about the fact that you hang your underwear on hangers.

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    Notes (89)

    • Writers Jerry Belson and Garry Marshall provided DVD commentary for this episode.

    • For this season only, the apartment set was based on the set in the original 1968 movie starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. There was also a laugh track. In the second season, a new apartment was unveiled and the show began filming in front of a studio audience.

    • Of all the directors in this series, Jerry Paris directed the most episodes: 18 in all.

    • Show first seen on Thursdays at 9:30 P.M.

    • The only actresses to appear in The Odd Couple in all three of its stages (Broadway, movie, television) are Monica Evans and Carole Shelley (the Pigeon sisters.)

    • Jack Klugman was one of the stars of the 1957 movie, Twelve Angry Men, which this episode bases its premise on.

    • The role of the cleaning lady is uncredited even though she has lines.

    • Richard Stahl is credited as Dick Stahl in his first appearance here. Stahl would appear in future Odd Couple episodes but in different roles and always credited as Richard.

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    Trivia (72)

    • In this episode we find out that Felix and Oscar's building's Doorman is named Harry, and that Oscar bribes him to tell pretty girls about Felix and himself.

    • This was supposed to be the story of how Oscar & Felix met. Of course later that season the producers decided that Oscar was Felix's childhood friend as told in the "second half" opening of the show.

    • Vinnie's apartment was in Colonnade East, which still stands at 220 East 60th Street.

    • This is the first episode when Felix honked nervously.

    • Oscar and Felix say they were not only children. Oscar mentions a biological nephew while Felix says he was the youngest sibling. Felix's brother, Floyd, would appear in the fourth season episode, "Shuffling Off to Buffalo," but has become his younger brother there.

    • According to dialog, Blanche left Oscar to go to Reno two years before this episode.

    • Felix yearns to take a photograph for Lifestyle magazine, a fictional counterpart to Life magazine.

    • Contradiction: This episode says Oscar was married on Christmas, but in "I Do, I Don't," Oscar says Blanche scheduled their wedding on the same day as an All Star baseball game, which is usually in July.

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    Allusions (27)

    • The episode title is a pun derived from the 1965 movie The Flight of the Phoenix.

    • The episode title is a pun based on the 1969 Oscar winning film They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

    • The episode title is inspired by the 1965 movie Bunny Lake is Missing.

    • Episode Title: You've Come a Long Way, Baby The title of this episode is a famous advertising slogan for Virgina Slims cigerettes.

    • The episode takes its title from the 1941 novel What Makes Sammy Run? by Budd Schulberg.

    • Oscar: You know, Felix, with you, being in love is always having to say you're sorry. This is a reference to the dialog and tag line from the 1970 motion picture, Love Story: "Love means never having to say you're sorry."

    • The unusual episode title is derived from a 1970 film called "What Do You Say To A Naked Lady?", which was directed by Candid Camera's Allen Funt.

    • Oscar: Did you hear that, Felix? They promised you a rose garden! This is a play on the first line of Lynn Anderson's 1970 country hit, Rose Garden, which went, "I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden."

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  • Fan Reviews (10)
  • An absolutely fabulous and hilarious sequence of events displaying what folly can occur whenever two walk together where they are not agreed.

    By gwactuary, Mar 09, 2006

  • The Odd Couple really shows a lot of potential. Unfortunately, the dramatic opening which pulled in until the very end, simply fades out at the end.

    By Maxkid1_06, Jun 10, 2006

  • The Chemistry that Tony Randall and Jack Klugman have is simply amazing. Very few actors today work so well together. If you are a fan of the show then I strongly recommend Jack Klugman's book Tony and Me.

    By Jfeva, Nov 10, 2005

  • The Odd Couple had what I always thought was a brillant premise:teaming a slovenly sportswriter with a neat photographer,and use the differances to play them off each other.First a play then a movie,it finally hit TV with Jack Klugman and Tony Randall.

    By drwoowoocl, Sep 07, 2006

  • A wonderful old show that works just as much today as it did back then.

    By huntnikk, Aug 10, 2006

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