The Odd Couple TV show was a 30 minute comedy series on ABC about two men who shared an apartment. One was a neat freak and the other was just about the biggest slob the world has ever seen! And that's just one thing where they were total opposites! They were the best of friends occasionally and at each other's throats the rest of the time!
The Odd Couple Cast
Tony Randall .... Felix Unger
Jack Klugman .... Oscar Trevor Madison
Al Molinaro .... Murray Greshler
Brett Somers .... Blanche Madison
Larry Gelman .... Vinnie
Carole Shelley .... Gwendolyn Pigeon (First Season)
Monica Evans .... Cecily Pigeon (First Season)
Ryan McDonald .... Roy (First Season)
Archie Hahn .... Roger (Fourth Season)
Garry Walberg .... Speed (Episodes 1-4)
Pamelyn Ferdin .... Edna Unger (Episodes 1-2)
Joan Hotchkis .... Dr. Nancy Cunningham (Episodes 1-2)
Elinor Donahue .... Miriam Welby (Episodes 3-4)
Penny Marshall .... Myrna Turner (Episodes 2-5)
Janis Hansen .... Gloria Unger (Episodes 2-5)
Doney Oatman .... Edna Unger (Episodes 3-5)
Bill Quinn .... Dr. Melnitz (Episodes 3-5)
William Woodson .... Narrator
The Odd Couple Theme Song
Title: "The Odd Couple"
By: "Sammy Cahn and Neal Hefti"
No matter where they go
They are known as the couple.
They're never seen alone
So they're known as the couple.
As I've indicated
They are never quite separated,
They are peas in a pod.
Don't you think that it's odd.
Their habits, I confess
None can guess with the couple.
If one says no it's yes
more or less, with the couple.
But they're laugh provoking;
Yet they really don't know they're joking.
Don't you find
When love is blind
It's kind of odd.
The Odd Couple Trivia
The Odd Couple TV show was based upon a hit Broadway play written by Neil Simon. There was also an Odd Couple theatrical movie in 1968 which starred Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon.
In the first season the Odd Couple was produced in the same apartment that was used in the movie. It was shot with just one camera and incorporated a laugh track. That all changed in season two when the filming moved to a studio with the standard three cameras and a live audience providing the laughs.
For the first few episodes, the series title was "Neil Simon's The Odd Couple". Neil was upset about that because it erroneously gave the impression that he was the script writer for the TV series. The title was shortened to "The Odd Couple" but Neil continued to receive credit as the writer of the play. After a couple of seasons, Neil came to like the TV version and even appeared as himself on one episode!
Monty Hall who is perhaps best known as the host of the hit game show, "Let's Make A Deal", appeared on the Odd Couple. While he played himself, his appearance was explained by the writers having him be the old college roommate of Oscar Madison.
Felix's father was an optometrist and one of his patients was Oscar's father. Felix's kids on the show were neame Edna and Leonard. Tony Randall's real-life sister was named Edna and Tony's real first name was Leonard.
Blanche Madison was Oscar's ex-wife and was played by Brett Somers who was Jack Klugman's wife in real life! Unfortunately, real life followed fantasy because Jack and Brett broke up during the Odd Couple's time on the air!
Oscar was a sports writer for the "New York Herald". There had once been a real newspaper titled the "New York Herald-Tribune" but it went out of business several years before the Odd Couple TV show hit the air.
Oscar Madison had a real hate relationship going on with TV sports personality Howard Cosell who played himself on a couple of the Odd Couple episodes. Both Oscar Madison's fictional abrasive personality and Howard Cosell's real-life harsh character made for some very entertaining arguments! Those two episodes substantially increased the show's ratings and Howard Cosell found himself guest-starring on many other TV series!
Tony Randall won an Emmy Award for his role as Felix Unger after the Odd Couple had ended. Perhaps he was experiencing being "typecast" as many actors do after a long-run TV series. As he was accepting the Emmy he said that he wished he had a job!
Typecasting certainly didn't seem to hurt Jack Klugman's career! Within nineteen months after the final episode of the Odd Couple aired, Jack appeared in a TV movie as a medical examiner named "Doctor Quincy". After three more TV movies, the "Quincy, M.E." became its own weekly TV series that aired for another 144 episodes! Jack also starred in a two season series titled, "You Again?" just a few years after Quincy, M.E. ended.
The Odd Couple writers just couldn't get it straight when trying to explain how Felix and Oscar had met. The opening narration stated that they were friends as kids. Then, on several episodes, it was said that they met in the Army! One of the episodes inferred that they had served on a jury together for a sensationalized murder trial! That was a reference to the 1957 film, "12 Angry Men" where Jack Klugman played the role as a juror. So take your pick as to how they met. At least they did remove the reference to meeting as kids from the opening narrative in the third season.
In another goof, on one episode Felix and Oscar's address is mentioned as "74th Street and Central Park West". Then on another episode, it's stated as "1049 Park Avenue"!
There were two actors who made the transition from the 1968 movie to the TV series. Monica Evans and Carole Shelley played the "Pigeon Sisters" in both but only stayed for the first season of the TV show.
The Odd Couple's time slot was changed five times during its five season run. It was fortunate in that it didn't find itself competing with any real hit series on the other networks until its final season when CBS aired "The Waltons" in its slot!
Episodes List With Original Air Dates
The Odd Couple: Together Again (9/24/1993)
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