The Odd Couple: The Complete Series [20 Discs] [DVD]

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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (16 out of 16)

Synopsis


"Can two divorced men share an apartment without driving each other crazy?" This is question posed in the first episode of the first season of The Odd Couple--and though the answer is an emphatic "No!", mismatched roommates Felix Unger (Tony Randall) and Oscar Madison (Jack Klugman) will manage to remain friends, and under the same roof, for the next five years. Unlike the 1965 play and 1968 movie version, which began as Felix moved in with Oscar, the TV version finds the two divorced buddies already dwelling in the same New York apartment--which during Season One is a fairly exact replica of the set used in the the movie. In fact, the fifth episode, "The Breakup", is a virtual replay of the play and movie's third act--and one of the few times that the TV show and its antecedents bore any sort of a close resemblance beyond the basic characters, premise and theme music. Appearing during Season One only are Monica Evans and Carole Shelley, reprising their stage and screen roles as Felix and Oscar's toothsome neighbors, Cecily and Gwendolyn Pigeon; and Ryan McDonald as Oscar's accountant and poker-playing buddy Roy. Introduced this season in the episode "Lovers Don't Make Housecalls" is Joan Hotchkis as Oscar's girlfriend Dr. Nancy Cunningham, who will continue making sporadic appearances until the middle of Season Two. Other supporting players of note include a young Albert Brooks, a post-Addams Family John Astin, and child actor Clint Howard (Ron's brother). And in "Bunny is Missing Down by the Lake", Pamelyn Ferdin, later cast as Felix's daughter Edna, is seen in a different role. Finally, we are treated to the series' first flashback episode, "The Jury Story", which explains how compulsive slob Oscar and nitpicky neat-freak Felix became best friends in the first place. Throughout its first season, The Odd Couple was lensed in "movie" fashion, with a single camera on a Hollywood sound stage, and with a recorded laughtrack added in post-production. All this would change--for the better--when the series entered its second season in the fall of 1971. ~ Hal Erickson

Cast & Crew


  • Tony Randall - Felix Unger
  • Jack Klugman - Oscar Madison
  • Al Molinaro - Murray Greshner
  • Larry Gelman - Vinnie
  • Brett Somers - Blanche Madison




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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful TV Memories

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    SUFan
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    I was hesitant to purchase even though the sale price was so good. Some people felt that the episodes were edited a bit too much. Well, I took the plunge and bought. All I can say is: the set is great. The picture quality for DVDs is excellent with no issues. Sound quality is very acceptable. All in all the whole provides great TV memories and can be enjoyed by the entire family.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Incredible bargain for sitcom fans

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    Coriolanus
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    I picked up the complete "Odd Couple" series (on 20 DVDs) for $20 at Best Buy, making it one of the better deals of the year. The content of the 70s favorite has worn well, though the visuals are predictably a bit dim. Still, the scripts & acting hold up quite nicely.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Odd Couple

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    barrytk
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    The older series of the Odd Couple is great older TV series and decided I had to have this after the new series has reactivated the older one. Both very funny and a good comedy series. Plus pick these up during a great BestBuy sale offer

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Odd Couple

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    BestBuyBuyer
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    I can remember watching this show growing up. I loved it then and I still love it now. They certainly don't make them like they once did. I just had to add this to my collection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not quite as funny as I remembered it

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    Apollo
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    Good set if you can catch it on sale. I had somewhat higher expectations from the series. Perhaps it is a bit dated. There are great moments between Felix & Oscar but the scripts are often wanting.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic television.

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    daskull
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    Have been searching for the entire collection. Can never get tired of watching the classics. They don't make sitcoms like this anymore. Unfortunately. Glad to see this on DVD.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    classic comedy, hilarious

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    oldtimer
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    watched all these episodes years ago on TV, still as funny today, classic comedy routines, great cast.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great series

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    Skull
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    Great purchase for anyone remembering the episodes and cherishes the laughs they brought.

    I would recommend this to a friend


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