The Odd Couple (1970)

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  • TV-G
  • 1970
  • 5 Seasons
  • 7.9  (7,076)

The Odd Couple was a classic sitcom that aired on ABC from 1970 to 1975. The show starred Tony Randall as fastidious photographer Felix Unger and Jack Klugman as slovenly sports writer Oscar Madison, two divorced men who become unlikely roommates after their respective marriages fall apart.

Based on Neil Simon's hit Broadway play of the same name, the show follows the ups and downs of Felix and Oscar's turbulent friendship as they navigate living together despite their vastly different personalities. Felix is neurotic and overly fastidious, obsessed with cleanliness, order, and punctuality, while Oscar, in contrast, is laid back, messy, and notoriously unreliable. Their opposite personalities often lead to conflict and misunderstandings that result in hilarious situations.

The show's premise centers on the odd couple's domestic arrangement as they attempt to coexist in the same apartment without driving each other crazy. Despite their personality differences, the two men must learn to live together and respect each other's boundaries in order to keep their friendship intact. The show explores themes of friendship, loyalty, and personal growth as Felix and Oscar learn to accept one another for who they are.

Throughout the series, Felix and Oscar's zany antics provide plenty of laughs. From Oscar's messy habits to Felix's perfectionism, each character's quirks are played for comedic effect. The show also features a cast of quirky supporting characters, including the Pigeon sisters, who add to the show's comedic element.

Beyond the comedy, the show also touches on more serious issues, such as divorce and loneliness. Both Felix and Oscar struggle with the aftermath of their divorces and their newfound loneliness, which leads to them turning to each other for support.

The Odd Couple was a huge hit with audiences during its run, thanks in large part to the chemistry between Randall and Klugman. The two actors developed a close friendship off-screen that translated into their on-screen dynamic, making their characters' friendship feel authentic and believable.

While the show ended its run after five seasons, it remains a classic sitcom that continues to be enjoyed by new generations. Its legacy lives on in countless adaptations, tributes, and parodies, as well as its cultural impact on the broader media landscape.

In conclusion, The Odd Couple was a classic sitcom that explored themes of friendship, loyalty, and personal growth through the unlikely friendship of two very different men. It was beloved by audiences during its run and continues to be a cultural touchstone today.

The Odd Couple (1970) is a series that is currently running and has 5 seasons (114 episodes). The series first aired on September 24, 1970.

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Felix Remarries
22. Felix Remarries
March 7, 1975
After being kicked out of his apartment five years earlier, Felix convices his ex-wife that they should remarry. She accepts and they are married. All of a sudden, Oscar Madison is alone, again.
Laugh, Clown, Laugh
21. Laugh, Clown, Laugh
February 28, 1975
Felix is jealous when Oscar and Richard Dawson are selected to be co-hosts of a TV show.
Old Flames Never Die
20. Old Flames Never Die
February 21, 1975
Felix is upset when he learns that his high school girlfriend is now a grandmother.
The Roy Clark Show
19. The Roy Clark Show
February 14, 1975
Oscar's old Army buddy visits, and his musical talent impresses Felix.
Two Men on a Hoarse
18. Two Men on a Hoarse
February 7, 1975
Oscar resists throat surgery, so Felix keeps nagging him to have it.
The Rent Strike
17. The Rent Strike
January 31, 1975
Felix starts a picket line with his fellow tenants over high rent rates.
Felix the Horse Player
16. Felix the Horse Player
January 23, 1975
Oscar wins a lot at the track -- with help from a friend's tips. Wanna guess?
Your Mother Wears Army Boots
15. Your Mother Wears Army Boots
January 16, 1975
Felix pulls some strings and gets Oscar a job with Howard Cosell.
Two on the Aisle
14. Two on the Aisle
December 19, 1974
Oscar must fill in for the newspaper's theater critic, who is on vacation, but has trouble understanding the titles, let alone the plays.
The Bigger They Are
13. The Bigger They Are
December 14, 1974
Oscar is volunteered by Felix to model for a series of weight-loss advertisements.
Oscar in Love
12. Oscar in Love
December 12, 1974
Oscar wants to be a family man.
The Big Broadcast
11. The Big Broadcast
November 28, 1974
After Oscar takes a job as a radio host, Felix comes up with his own ideas to boost the ratings.
Our Fathers
10. Our Fathers
November 21, 1974
Flashback Episode: Felix's chance meeting between his and Oscar's fathers.
The Paul Williams Show
9. The Paul Williams Show
November 7, 1974
Felix gets very serious and stiff competition trying to get his daughter's attention when Paul Williams arrives in town.
The Subway Show
8. The Subway Show
October 31, 1974
Felix tries to convince Oscar that New York City is a fun place to live.
The Odd Candidate
7. The Odd Candidate
October 24, 1974
Felix enters Oscar in an election against an incumbent city councilman.
Strike Up the Band or Else
6. Strike Up the Band or Else
October 17, 1974
After losing $500 to Billy Bob Babcock in a poker game, Oscar only gets 24 hours to pay up.
The Dog Story
5. The Dog Story
October 10, 1974
Felix abducts Silver the Canine Wonder from a bad agent.
The Hollywood Story
4. The Hollywood Story
October 3, 1974
Felix becomes Oscar's agent, who lands a bit part in a movie.
The Frog
3. The Frog
September 26, 1974
Oscar loses Leonard's entry in a frog-jumping event.
To Bowl or Not to Bowl
2. To Bowl or Not to Bowl
September 19, 1974
Felix drops a bombshell when he refuses to participate in the championship bowling match.
The Rain in Spain
1. The Rain in Spain
September 12, 1974
Oscar's secretary is upset over the loss of her errant beau.
Where to Watch The Odd Couple (1970)
The Odd Couple (1970) is available for streaming on the ABC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Odd Couple (1970) on demand at Apple TV Channels, Paramount+, Amazon Prime, Microsoft Movies & TV, Apple TV and Pluto TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 24, 1970
  • IMDB Rating
    7.9  (7,076)