The Odd Couple Series Premiere Review: What a Waste of Talent

The Odd Couple S01E01: "Pilot"

Is it possible that CBS's brand-new reboot of The Odd Couple exists because everyone involved in the show lost a bet with the devil? If the series premiere was any indication, the latest adaptation of Neil Simon's 1965 play is not not only unnecessary, it's a stain on the résumés of several talented actors who absolutely deserve better.

The multi-camera comedy, which centers on two unlikely friends who move in together following their respective divorces, stars Matthew Perry as slovenly sports radio host Oscar Madison; the former Chandler Bing (who most recently starred on NBC's underrated, one-and-done Go On) takes over the role that was previously occupied by Walter Mathau in the 1968 film adaptation of The Odd Couple and Jack Klugman on the 1970s TV show. Meanwhile, Thomas Lennon (Reno 911!, Sean Saves the World) skillfully steps into the immaculately shined shoes of the obsessively neat and tidy Felix Unger, a character originally brought to life by Jack Lemmon in the film and Tony Randall on TV. Lennon is the clear highlight of the pairing, fully embodying Felix's fastidious spirit by embracing the character's neuroses in a manner that makes him feel lived-in and over-the-top in all the right ways.

However, Lennon isn't enough to save The Odd Couple from its lazy writing. As the pilot revealed, the series' premise has barely been updated for 2015. Divorce was not as common in 1965 or 1970 as it is today, and the idea of two men living together as they start their lives over isn't all that unique; such a set-up was much more novel a few decades ago, when Oscar and Felix's "arrangement" would've felt more like a necessity rooted in friendship, instead of an excuse to make shallow jokes about gay men and the ball-and-chain wives of supporting characters like Teddy, Oscar's agent and friend (Wendell Pierce), and Roy, one of his poker buddies (Dave Foley). In a world where failed marriages are the Starbucks of relationship dramas, divorce is a pretty normal part of life. The unfortunate result is that Felix's new separation from his wife and Oscar's recent divorce don't offer much in the way of a compelling backstory, and at the outset, The Odd Couple's "two mismatched roommates" approach feels more than a little dated and predictable.

Oscar appears to be living the life of a happy bachelor—albeit one who's resorted to stuffing his mail into the mailboxes of attractive female neighbors (not a euphemism, although that is the type of humor The Odd Couple favors) so they'll knock on his door to return it. But for much as he tries to deny it, Oscar clearly hasn't gotten over his divorce; in the pilot, an Enya-scored slideshow of the trip to Hawaii where he proposed to his ex-wife had him tearing up, essentially killing his chances of having meaningless sex with Casey, one of the women whose mail he tampered with (guest star Leslie Bibb, in another thankless Hot Blonde Girl role).

And surely there's more to Felix than his penchant for keeping house and practicing his hobbies, right?

As for the rest of the cast, it's not yet clear how often we'll be seeing The Odd Couple's supporting players. CBS only sent out one episode for review, which makes it difficult to gauge the overall chemistry of the show's ensemble. A dynamic cast has the power to sink or save a comedy, regardless of the caliber of its jokes. After watching the pilot, I'd wager that the outlook for a balanced and charismatic bond between Oscar and Felix and their friends and neighbors is grim, but that could certainly change over time. The Odd Couple is brimming with actors who've already proven themselves on series like Friends, Reno 911!, and NewsRadio, so here's hoping they'll eventually recreate some of their old magic on The Odd Couple, too.

Elsewhere, one element that really plagued The Odd Couple's pilot was its tendency to abruptly shift its tone, from apathetic and cynical to sentimental and sincere. That's partly due to the fact that the show doesn't have enough of an emotional foundation in place to support that kind of range—I just don't buy into the years-long relationship that Felix and Oscar supposedly share. So far, it feels stilted and forced, not unlike the way Felix is sort of forcing himself into Oscar's apartment and life. There was even a moment in the premiere where Lindsay Sloane's Emily—Casey's uptight, supposedly less attractive sister, because sure, whatever—told Felix to blink if he was being coerced into living with Oscar. And honestly, it wouldn't have been too much of a stretch to imagine every single member of the cast turning and blinking furiously into the camera, silently begging for us to save them all.

In short, The Odd Couple feels like some sort of punishment for several talented actors, and the multi-camera format certainly isn't doing anyone any favors. Yes, multi-cam sitcoms can be funny, but in order to connect with today's demanding viewers, they must evolve beyond jokes about how Felix must be gay because he's a neat freak who likes to cook dinner. They must be smarter than simplistic sight gags about how working at home means you don't have to wear pants. Multi-cam sitcoms also ask a lot of their casts—it's much easier to forgive the set-up/punchline/laughtrack trifecta when the actors can really sell the material—and while The Odd Couple has assembled a great ensemble on paper, it definitely needs more time to jell.

Of course, The Odd Couple airs on CBS—the home of broad, raunchy, multi-cam comedies like 2 Broke Girls and the outgoing Two and Half Men—so it's totally possible that the network's audience will give it a chance. But they probably shouldn't, at least not until the the show's writers throw away their joke books from 1973, add some depth to the characters, and freshen things up just like Felix did to Oscar's apartment (zing!). The opposite-personalities-as-friends-and-roommates thing can work—consider USA's Playing House, which subtracted one ex and added a baby—but The Odd Couple is going to need put in some real effort if it ever wants to be anything more than schedule-filler. At the very least, it shouldn't do a "coffee cup on the taint" bit ever again.


NOTES

– Could Perry BE any more obsessed with playing characters who follow sports for a living? He was the manager of a sports arena on Mr. Sunshine, a sports radio host on Go On, and now he's a sports radio host on The Odd Couple. Though to be fair, the original Oscar Madison was a sportswriter, so that's just a holdover from the source material.

– Speaking of Perry, I don't know why he hasn't been able to find a permanent role that really sticks; the goodwill of Friends can only carry a man so far, you know?

– Speaking of Perry again, he shared a writing credit on The Odd Couple's pilot with Joe Keenan (Frasier). Talk about stale, low-hanging jokes!

– Oscar's assistant is played by Yvette Nicole Brown, who recently left Community to join The Odd Couple in a full-time capacity because the latter's more flexible shooting schedule allows her to care for her ailing father. It's hard to say how big of a role she'll actually play, as she only appeared for a few minutes in the pilot. But she's another strong cast member who may or may not fulfill her potential, depending on how the writers use her.

– Future guest star alert! Parenthood and Gilmore Girls alum Lauren Graham will eventually appear as Oscar's ex-wife.


What did you think of The Odd Couple's debut?


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Sep 22, 2015
The initial episodes sucked but I hung around for more episodes and the writing got substantially better. I think the start was slow but the season finished with great success. I hope the writers have a shot at writing a great second season. The cast is a funny group.
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Aug 18, 2015
To the columnist...

I rarely see comments to staff around here, so let's get one in. While I do not agree with your perspective, Kailtin, it was still a relief to see a well-reasoned, well-written commentary and review. And at the risk of riling the mob, such writing has become uncommon or scarce around here. Keep at it!
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Mar 30, 2015
There are plenty of people who enjoy this kind of shallow show. I don't know about any of you, but I was laughing harder than i have in a long while watching the pilot, and have enjoyed each episode shown so far. is it cliche as hell? of course it is, but some people love a good cliche.
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Mar 20, 2015
I believe the show is good, and I believe it's funny. You talk about lazy writing.... did you write something we've may seen on tv?
If you get paid for reviews like this one, than your employer is dumb as shit!
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Mar 13, 2015
Kaitlin relax It's a tv show and we get you dont like gay jokes. By the way whens the last time you starred in a sitcom (Zing!)
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Mar 10, 2015
real turkey
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Mar 04, 2015
Matthew Perry was perfectly cast in GO ON and it was a really good show. I watched it several times and thought Yay, he made it back! If this new show should be revived and MP should be cast in it, which it shouldn't on both counts, then Matthew P. should at least play Felix not Oscar. I won't even bother watching and I agree that talent is wasted here. Bring back Go ON and rename it something better.
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Feb 27, 2015
I think if Perry was recast it may have the potential to work. Hes trying really hard to be funny and its not working I like yvette and hope to see more of her although its a shame she had to leave community
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Feb 27, 2015
Loved Perry on Friends and REALLY loved him on Go On! I was looking forward to this premiere, however, it felt like the character of Chandler Bing mistakenly showed up on the Odd Couple set! Perry's Chandler Bing delivery of his lines was distracting! Additionally, I didn't buy the long-term relationship of Oscar and Felix; there is no chemistry between the two characters; I do like the Felix character (the actor did a great job); I can't quite put my finger on what would make the show better! The writing (although helmed by Perry and a writer from Frasier) seemed stale! I thought that this show would be a slam-dunk success! Maybe that's why the writers didn't try that hard with new material (they just figured if talented actors showed up, it would work);
unfortunately, it fell flat!
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Feb 26, 2015

Are we sure they aired the pilot and not a filmed run thru rehersal..? This was painful to watch. Wooden, flat, stale as cardboard. Aside from the FU's, This was unwatchable. A bland and weak cup of coffee placed on the scrotum of television as a whole.
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Feb 24, 2015
I wanted to like the show but I got bored after 15 minutes. I could not barely make it till the end. I definitely wont be watching episode two.

It is quite sad that they cancelled Go on which I thought was way better. It looks like Matthew Perry just cannot get anything right. Perhaps he is under too much pressure to deliver something.

I do enjoy him very much in The Good Wife. He should just go back to that.

Matt Le Blanc on that other hand is having a blast doing Episodes. I would not call that his show but he seems to be enjoying himself very much. As viewers, we could feel the fun too.

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Feb 22, 2015
Seriously? I just read on D/S that the asshats behind this show are playing Felix as GAY? He wasn't gay in the movie and he wasn't gay in the FAR SUPERIOR BY LIGHT YEARS Klugman and Randall show.

SO happy to read it, since this POS is going to crash and burn. Even the morons who like Kim Kardashian will give up on this POC.

And remember, I called it.
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Apr 19, 2015
I thought the movies where better then the tv show
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Feb 21, 2015
Is it just me or has Matthew Perry lost a step. His delivery was almost robotic, lacking any passion in what he is saying. I fear that having spent all these years trying to make really thoughtful series only to have them get canceled has left him numb, He just seems defeated to me. Lennon seems to be giving it his best effort but Perry seems like he really doesn't want to be there.

Maybe it's that Perry realizes that he has been reduced to this tired old plot. The newly divorced man moves in with the womanizer. It's been done before, not just by the original but also, in an adapted way, by Two and Half Men which just ended its 12 year run.

Hopefully the show will hit a stride. Maybe after time Perry will feel more comfortable and perhaps shifting focus to the supporting cast in Bibb, Brown, Foley and Sloane will help distance it from the original.
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Sep 22, 2015
I said the same to my wife - robotic. He got better as the season went on, so I hope he has the chance to do a better second season.
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Feb 24, 2015
I agree his delivery and the show looks like a sitcom from 20 years ago. Perhaps he is under too much pressure to deliver.
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Feb 21, 2015
It's not often that i laugh out loud while watching a show but my husband and i watched the new "Odd Couple" together and laughed through the entire show. Yes it's just like the old Odd Couple but upgraded. The same things that were funny on the old show are still funny on the new one.

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Feb 26, 2015
What? Is this irony? You just have to be kidding, right?
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Mar 14, 2015
Because someone disagrees with YOU?
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Feb 21, 2015
Was looking forward to Perry's new show (really enjoyed "Go On") ... and was hopefull it would be good.

Just watched the pilot.
Such a shame.

Apart from 3 chuckleworthy lines, the rest of the episode was clunky dialogue; stilted acting; extremely dated jokes.
If it doesn't *dramatically* improve (i.e.: completely change direction & actually add some humour) it will definitely be cancelled.

"Go On" was far far superior to this mess (Great ensemble cast too) and it couldn't get the ratings to survive ... if this one does then I completely lose faith in the Neilsen ratings system and humanity in general.
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Feb 21, 2015
I love Perry, really wish he can find his pot of gold! A great, engaging actor, no one seems to find the right mix for him!!! Like Matt in Episodes, he needs his own vehicle to be HIM!!!
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Feb 26, 2015
God man how I love Episodes... I just wish their seasons were longer. At least doubled.
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Feb 20, 2015
I tracked down the original pilot on youtube and have been watching the series on HULU (which I had to renew my subscription for) and reading up. The original series (not the movies or play) tanked in the ratings when it premiered and was canceled at the end of each of the first few seasons. And the pilot was rough. I think the new show would have been better off assuming people knew the premise and filling in the blanks at least for the first few eps with the old voice over.

Also, I realized now why TBBT Sheldon was so familiar! He is Felix Ungar as a physicist! Even some of the interactions with Leonard are similar.

Give the new The Odd Couple a shot.
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Feb 20, 2015
Can we get the ghosts of Jack Klugman and Tony Randall back from the dead? But this show will not make it no offense to the good actors and talent on there.
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Feb 20, 2015
Oof. I'll give this one more, two tops, because I love Thomas Lennon, but if the next few episodes are anything like the pilot I'll have to say goodbye. At one point, I got distracted looking for a missing earring while it was still playing and the dialogue drifting in made me think - "Is the show SUPPOSED to still be set in the 70s?!"

On an unrelated note, while I'm sad Yvette Nicole Brown had to leave Community, I just have to say that she looked fantastic for the few minutes we saw her last night. Very cute new 'do. I just hope the weight loss isn't a result of stress from taking care of her dad :(
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Feb 20, 2015
It wasn't that bad, actually laughed a lot through out most of the episode, hopefully it might get better. A solid cast like that would find a way to make it work.
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Feb 20, 2015
When Matthew Perry was an evil business man on The Good Wife, I was born away at how good he was. Too bad he's been type-casted into comedy with weak writing ever since Friends.
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Feb 20, 2015
Blown, not born
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Feb 20, 2015
The old show deserves an update. The premise is good enough that it should work in the modern world.
However I don't think this is it. I'll give it a couple more episodes to get it's act together, but I doubt it'll work.
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Feb 21, 2015
The old show *was* updated. It was called "Two and a half Men". ;-)
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Feb 21, 2015
Good point. I hadn't thought of that. And it was pretty good, for a few seasons.
So maybe they should wait another twenty years to try again.
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Feb 20, 2015
oh rats. The hubs and I were just asking ourselves if this might be good. How can you assemble all these wonderful people and suck? For shame!
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Feb 20, 2015
Meanwhile Matt LeBlanc has been KILLING IT on 'Episodes' again this season - one of the funniest shows on television that no one around TV.com ever mentions - and even old 'Friend' David Schwimmer got in on the act this week with a hysterical guest spot that had LeBlanc and Schwimmer being paid to be guests at a party being thrown by a Middle Eastern dictator who was a big 'Friends' fan. That was funny. Matt LeBlanc was the only one smart enough to leave network behind. (Courtney Cox is on a network show on basic cable, doesn't count.)
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Feb 24, 2015
I totally agree Matt Le Blanc is having so much fun on Episodes. It is one of the few comedies I watch every week since episode 1 of the first season. I love how he makes fun of himself.

He plays himself as a celebrity douche bag. He is so believable but he does not seems to care.
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Feb 24, 2015
Notice it just keeps getting better and better and NO ONE talks about it. He and David Schwimmer had me lmao in that last scene this week. The best part was when Schwimmer revealed he received 2x the amount that LeBlanc got paid.
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Feb 21, 2015
Lisa Kudrow had 2 seasons of her own show The Comeback on HBO no word on whether there will be a third. I loved it personallypersonally. And she's got Web Therapy on Showtime which ran multiple seasons as well idk if its still airing thou
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Feb 24, 2015
Web Therapy still alive and well. For some strange reason it aired the same time as The Comeback this year. I wasn't thinking abt it because it started as internet only but its aired on Showtime now for Five seasons.
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Feb 20, 2015
I find Perry quite boring nowdays. I think he tries to hard to not look like he tries at all(if it makes any sense).Only joke I liked was from Teddy "you already got black friend,what you trying to prove? "
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Feb 20, 2015
I thought it was okay, downside is, it's the ORIGINAL "Fish out of water" type story that's been redone to death over the years to the point it's a trope, so they have some serious uphill fighting to do to plant any flags as king of that particular hill again. It has promise, I think they should have aired 2 episodes back to back to get some kind of foot in the door and get people more invested.
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Feb 20, 2015
Agree with pretty much everything. I love the actors but the writing was Not Good and if it was filmed in front of a live audience, it was a suggestible one with a very low threshold because it sounded quite canned. There was no flow between the cast and the audience. Perry seemed tense, but given that his last few outings weren't competitive, maybe he had more at stake, and I was sad because I've missed seeing him in his element. Everyone else was doing a good job of pretending it was all fine, and Lennon is indeed a pro. I really wanted to like this and will give it another show or two to find its legs, but they need to correct the writing problem ASAP.
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Feb 20, 2015
Oh stop it, it was not that bad. It wasn't good, but it's not staining anyone's resumes, it wasn't "owe your soul to the devil" bad, it was just generic and lazy and bereft of any sort of artistic vision - if the cast of The Millers can be allowed to act again, surely this junk won't hold anyone back as it's not half as offensive.

Multi-cam can work if it's produced correctly, this was produced lazily but it's not the format's fault. The problem with this show is that nobody on board cared at all about doing something with it, and they refused to deal with the fact that sitcoms have been stealing this trope for generations now, so the material wasn't remotely fresh anymore. When you have saggy material that audiences are overly-familiar with to the point of being tropes, you need to bring a level of craft to performances, direction, and even camera work that elevate the series: none of which existed here.

I actually found Tom Lennon's performance too much of a character. I was glad he wasn't merely redoing someone else's performance, but most of the time I didn't feel like this was a real character either. What made Tony Randall's Felix work so well was the ease of the performance, he existed within his own skin rather than wearing a mask. I can see Lennon easing up on the performance a little and getting more natural with it, there were hints towards the end of the episode, but here it just felt a little too phony for me. And like you said, the episode basically hinged on him, since everyone and everything else wasn't bringing heat.

I doubt I'll stick with this one for any particular reason other than it's on after a show I watch when there's nothing else on, but I will stick with it for now. I hope it'll get better, that people will be given a reason to care because the writing, performances, and feel get better; but I am not expecting it.

Yeah, we were discussing last night how sad it is to see Matthew Perry push the idea over and over that he's a sports-guy guy. He chose this series, he chose to be Oscar when he could easily and more successfully played a nuanced Felix, so he's not off the hook there.

Perry was solid on Go On, that show should have been picked up. I could have done without the last few seasons of Cougar Town easier than losing Go On.
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Feb 20, 2015
OK. It was a harsh pilot. The timing was off and if felt like it stuck as much source material in as possible, potentially to then move away (please?) from it. The direction was weird, and I swear they used old video-tape/filming processes as on the first TV version. Matthew Perry also needs to get his blood pressure checked--he's so red-faced these days. I think had the pilot focussed on setting up the situation of how they came to be roomies and left the blonde (who is fine, but the role would sing with someone like Emma Caulfield, who is funny and more age appropriate) and the poker-now-game-watching pals to later episodes, it would have been less "Oh it's like a play of a TV show of a movie that was a play."

All that said, I will give it a bit to find its feet. A good cast, a good premise, needs a better showrunner/director/writing staff.
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Feb 20, 2015
I c potential and it made me laugh.

I will b giving the show a good long look b4 I make my ultimate decision.

Plus I have always liked Matthew Perry and I wasn't even a big Friends fan
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Feb 21, 2015
Please buy a dictionary or go back to English class.
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Feb 20, 2015
This show is horrible; I'm one and done with this one. I laughed at exactly one joke, that's the one with the coffee cup in the picture above; everything else is just difficult to watch and for me it's Mathew Perry as Oscar, he is horribly miscast. He is not Oscar; he looks like someone in a really bad play trying to imitate Oscar. Thomas Lennon can play Felix in his sleep, essentially it's the same character I've seen him play for years (He's typecast) Ironically it was odd seeing Dave Foley on the show with Thomas because he is typecast as well; and he could also play Felix in his sleep. Hell I think he could probably play Oscar as well. I would have paid a cable channel to watch them play Oscar and Felix rather than a friendless Matthew Perry who could not muster up any emotion for his big dramatic breakthrough when he sees his wife photos. It was just awful, I can't imagine who at CBS watched the pilot and thought this was good replacement for 2 and 1/2 men
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Feb 20, 2015
The cast is great - but a great cast doesn't make a great show (The Michael J. Fox Show). And even when it does it doesn't mean it won't get cancelled (The Crazy Ones). I watched it, I didn't hate it, but I wouldn't go out of my way to watch it again. Like, if after TBBT I can't find my remote I'll sit through it. I hope for the cast's sake it gets better. However, I can't see this being the ratings juggernaut that CBS is used to (TBBT) and expects from its comedies. Also, I get why CBS has it after TBBT, because they're hoping to pick up TBBT viewers. I could be off base but I don't necessarily think the two shows appeal to the same audience.
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Feb 20, 2015
Yvette Nicole Brown is the reason I won't even give this show an initial watch, even though I adore Matthew Perry. I will never watch any show she is on. She's one who doesn't know how to not piss off people on Twitter. #FixItJesus

Signed,
An OUaT fan
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Feb 21, 2015
Haha you sound absolutely ridic... What did she say to piss you off?!
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Feb 20, 2015
So you have not seen Community because Yvette was on it? wow you're missing out
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Feb 20, 2015
Now that she's gone I'd consider watching the new season.
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Feb 20, 2015
Then you would've missed all of the best episodes then, and Donald Glover as the AMAZING Troy Barnes
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Mar 16, 2015
I can live without it, honestly.
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Feb 20, 2015
I think is waaay too early to jump into conclusion about this show. Is just the pilot and I doesn't think it wasn't that bad. Not great, but not that bad and again, it's just the pilot.
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Feb 20, 2015
Noooooooooo, I called it? Whaddya know about that?

Did the morons behind this POS THINK they could better Klugman and Randall?

Morons.

And yet no one watches Episodes. Go figure.
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Feb 26, 2015
Episodes is one of the funniest shows around.... nobody's watching? "Oh No!" Ono. ¥ Ono
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Feb 20, 2015
They thought they could be newer than Klugman and Randall. This play is performed on almost a daily basis somewhere in the world, do you really think a 45-year-old sitcom is going to be the last time we see it on tv?
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Feb 20, 2015
I watch Episodes every night, as I cycle through the 32 I have. This is truly a great show and the cast is magnificent. Matt Le Blanc does a great job of not playing himself. Oh, and I too voted against making this POS as you call it. I won't even give it a try as I have a complete set of the original. Good call.
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Feb 20, 2015
Well on the silver lining front.... perhaps Matthew Perry can go back to The Good Wife next season and play (quite masterfully IMO) the creepy Mike Kristeva... Not sure how they'd write him back into the story but whatever it is, would be better than this farce of a comedy...
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Feb 20, 2015
Not gonna happen. Loved it when Peter punched him in the john and told him it never happened. The Good Wife is the best thing on TV.
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Mar 14, 2015
Seems like everything you watch is the best thing on tv.
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Mar 14, 2015
Hey, don't be a wiseguy.
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Feb 20, 2015
Not sure if the best but definitely top of the range esp. on network TV...
That punch must have been one of the few moments I liked Peter...
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Feb 20, 2015
wow this was just boring. i really like the cast, but the writing is so lazy it reminded me of that horrible fox sitcom I hate my teenage daughter or something.
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Feb 20, 2015
"the multi-camera comedy" is all I needed to read in order to know to avoid. still will waiting on the rest of the world to catch up.

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Feb 21, 2015
To avoid a program simply because it is filmed with more than one camera is ignorance and arrogance at extreme levels. Go watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine if you want to see pure crap.
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Feb 20, 2015
This last photo you published tell me not to even try watching it.
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Feb 20, 2015
Right? The entire review should have been "Here's what the show is" then this picture, this way Kaitlin would have spent her time on a worthier show.

Shame about the cast though, I love The Bunk (somewhere, Dean Norris feels a little less alone) and Dave Foley.
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Feb 20, 2015
Ouch. That was bad. That was really, really bad. This episode deeply offended my sensibilities.

If someone were to make the claim that multicam sitcoms have lived past their time, then this show would support that claim. Could you imagine that the kind of jokes written for this show would ever be accepted for a single-cam comedy?

Was this pilot filmed in front of a live audience? Because if it was, it must have been a real struggle for the audience to fake a laugh, take after take. Hopefully this show doesn't become the next Two and a Half Men which just goes on and on for no apparent reason.
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Feb 20, 2015
i made it to 02.56 before i hit the stop button.

beat that sadists.
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Feb 20, 2015
1m 15s.
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Feb 20, 2015
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Feb 20, 2015
I really liked the pilot. It can be better. Hopefully CBS gives it time.
2 broke girls was great the first year and now its just Max doing insult comedy. HIMYM got better after season 1. So fingers crossed.

As for Perry, of course this wouldn't have the same success as FRIENDS.
Go On was a wonderful show. Shame it wasn't given more time.

Lennon felt wasted in Sean saves the world so I really liked him getting the main role but his charcter felt like Stuart in The Exes
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Feb 20, 2015
"2 broke girls was great the first year"

It wasn't even great the first episode. Or the first minute.
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Feb 20, 2015
so why is it still on and Go On got cancellrd
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Feb 20, 2015
Because life's unfair.
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Feb 20, 2015
Sorry, 2 broke girls was never great.
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Feb 20, 2015
I've never seen the original Film or Tv show, so I can't speak to their similarities or differences, but I really wanted to like this show. I'm going to be excited for anything that keeps Matthew Perry on my television computer screen, but his performance felt very might like someone was holding a gun to his head whilst making him perform "as a sitcom star." I felt him reciting lines. FU, on the other hand had me chuckling throughout.

I truly hope this is just suffering from bad pilot syndrome and can get it together! Especially with the anticipation of Lauren Graham and Matthew Perry getting to play off of each other. Please, please let it be decent! That, or just let Lindsay Sloane can get in a good Sabrina reference before it gets cancelled.
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Feb 20, 2015
DO NOT DIE before you see the movie and the original series.
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Feb 20, 2015
I really want Lindsay Sloane to be regular.
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Feb 20, 2015

Thomas Lennon is great, love the guy, but he will do anything (he was in Sean Saves the World for crying out loud!) I guess we should blame his agent for allowing the script to reach his table.

Matthew Perry on the other hand has been so desperate for work really ever since the trailer of 17 Again briefly fooled his fans into believing he was the star when in fact he was just a supporting character in a Zac Efron movie. I knew by that point he had stooped low.
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Feb 20, 2015
Strange to see a sitcom where Chandler isn't the one presumed to be gay.
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Feb 20, 2015
No mention of the classic New Odd Couple?
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Feb 20, 2015
"thankless Hot Blonde Girl role"

Statistically, isn't that an oxymoron?
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Feb 20, 2015
Every time Go On is mentioned, my soul stings a little.
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Feb 20, 2015
Mine too.
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Feb 20, 2015
The Odd Couple is a very funny,charming and hilariously written and acted show with brilliant actors who work great together without missing a comedic beat with inspired character devel........oh,wait,my bad,I should have let you guys know I was talking about these guys..........

Riiiiiight about the Mathew Perry version..........I knew in the first 5 minutes this wasn't going to work out although I really wanted to root for Perry to find his comedic niche again,this is a pale imitation of the classic series.Although Perry had his 'moments' in the pilot,Thomas Lennon was just awful as Felix,you just can't fill the shoes of the legendary Tony Randall and Jack Lemmon.I will tune in for the second episode to see if it improves but this pilot proves one thing,Hollywood needs to get off this reboot craze and give us some brand new characters to care about again.

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Feb 21, 2015
Jack Lemmon was generally thought of as being a poor choice to play Felix.
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Feb 20, 2015
wasn't Two and a Half men essentially a version of the Odd Couple? So on the night it ends they essentially reboot it.
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Feb 20, 2015
Pretty much. Many shows have influences from the Odd Couple, though.
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