The Odd Couple Pilot Episode (1970)

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The Odd Couple starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randall

The Odd Couple debuted on ABC in 1970 and ended in 1975

Growing up back in the day, The Odd Couple was part of the TV ritual.

The TV show was based on Neil Simon’s 1965 play which became a movie starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in 1968.

For the TV show version, say thanks to Garry Marshall who developed it for Paramount television back then.

Believe it or not, during its original run, the show had mediocre ratings at best (the show was never among the Top 30 programs on the Nielsen ratings list during its entire run). Nonetheless, both actors were nominated for Emmy Awards in each year of the show’s run. Jack Klugman won two Emmy Awards for his work (in 1971 and 1973), and Tony Randall won an Emmy as well (in 1975, in which, upon acceptance of the award, he commented on the fact that he wished he “had a job” since the show had recently been canceled).

Klugman was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1972 and won one in 1974. The show itself was also nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in the years 1971, 1972 and 1974. To date, these are the last Emmy nominations to a sitcom airing on a Friday night.

The show featured a great cast of characters through the years that still keep us laughing.

A short-lived reboot on CBS in 2015 starring Matthew Perry as Oscar Madison and Thomas Lennon as Felix Unger had a less than stellar run with only 39 total episodes filmed.

Enjoy the 1970 debut starring Jack Klugman as Oscar and Tony Randall as Felix originally aired on Sept. 24, 1970.

ABOUT THE EPISODE:
Oscar has arranged dates for himself and Felix with Gwendolyn and Cecily Pigeon who live upstairs. Oscar is excited, but Felix is nervous and uncertain. Oscar tries to rally Felix to get back in the dating game, but then both realize that the date will conflict with poker night. Felix wants to cancel the date, but Oscar wants to trick the guys into breaking up the game early.

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Source: Sal Amato


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