The Odd Couple (2015 TV series)
|The Odd Couple|
|Theme music composer||Neal Hefti|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||32 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||21–22 minutes|
|Distributor||CBS Television Distribution|
|Original release||February 19, 2015 – present|
The Odd Couple is an American multi-camera television sitcom that premiered on February 19, 2015, on CBS. It is the seventh screen production based on the 1965 play written by Neil Simon, following the 1968 film, a 1970 television series, a 1975 Saturday morning cartoon, a 1982 reboot of the 1970 series, The Odd Couple: Together Again (a TV film reunion of the 1970 series) and The Odd Couple II (a 1998 sequel to the 1968 film).
This show stars Matthew Perry (also developing and executive producing the series) as the slovenly Oscar Madison and Thomas Lennon as the obsessively-tidy Felix Unger. Perry and Lennon previously worked together on the film 17 Again. The show was announced in December 2013 and was picked up by CBS as a midseason offering for the 2014–15 season.
On May 16, 2016 CBS renewed the show for a third season, which premiered on October 17, 2016. The season will be capped at 13 episodes with no additional episodes ordered.
Felix Unger and Oscar Madison meet at college in the late 1980s, and fate puts them together as roommates: while Felix is extremely neurotic and fussy in contrast to the slovenly and easy-going Oscar, they both become friends quickly. They eventually marry two women very different from themselves (Felix gets hitched to the calm but feisty Ashley, and Oscar settles down with the insecure Gaby).
Years later, Felix, now a neat-freak news writer and photographer, is kicked out by Ashley after twenty years of marriage (having spent eight of them in marriage counseling, with Felix going alone for the last two years) and moves in with Oscar, now a sports talk show host, whose ex-wife Gaby has left him because he was a thoughtless slob. Now both divorcés will have to live in the same apartment and try to get along in spite of their differences.
In the middle of all the hassle about housekeeping, Felix and Oscar attempt to date Casey and Emily, two sisters who are roommates in the same building, and who both have recently exited their own unhealthy relationships. Felix, however is pretty insecure as he still has feelings for Ashley, which contrasts with the fact Oscar feels better off away from his ex, this except when Gaby threatens to take away their kids in case Oscar doesn't pay alimony on time. Oscar also holds poker games regularly, with two of the players being Teddy, his agent, and Roy, one of his best friends.
Cast and characters
- Matthew Perry as Oscar Madison: a sportswriter and sports talk radio personality. He is somewhat lazy and his apartment is usually a mess, but he does not care. He runs a sports radio show from his apartment with his assistant Dani. Oscar is a womanizer and usually has one night stands. Felix later shows up and Oscar takes him in. They begin to clash immediately when Felix cleans up his apartment and takes over everything. Oscar confesses to Felix that he is not over his wife Gaby.
- Thomas Lennon as Felix Unger: a professional photographer, Felix is a clean freak. He and Oscar clash with their different personalities. Felix also teaches yoga part-time. Felix and his wife Ashley begin a separation but later Ashley files for divorce. He later gets jealous when Ashley begins to date. It is not until he starts a relationship with Emily that Felix can truly move on from Ashley.
- Yvette Nicole Brown as Danielle "Dani" Duncan: Oscar's assistant on his radio show who later becomes the show's producer. She has a very strong personality and often speaks her mind. She is known to be unbelievably whip-smart, attractive and humorous. Dani and Emily begin to hang out and she encourages Emily to show the true feelings she has for Felix. Despite her useful knowledge of dating, which she shares with Oscar and Felix too, Dani is chronically unsuccessful in her own dating life, and even seeks help from Oscar and Felix to find her the perfect date.
- Lindsay Sloane as Emily: the upstairs neighbor who is attracted to Felix. Emily takes a job at the local bar to make ends meet, and has a jewelry business that is her true passion. She is often down on herself and has low self-esteem when it comes to dating. She and Dani hang out often, and it is Dani who encourages Emily to pursue Felix.
- Wendell Pierce as Teddy: Oscar's agent and friend. Teddy continually finds Oscar work, often encouraging Oscar to do jobs he does not want to do for the sake of publicity. Teddy has a successful marriage but also mentions that his wife has attractions to other men, including Felix.
- Leslie Bibb as Casey: Emily's sister who is a professional model. She has a brief fling with Oscar but later tells him that she wants to stay friends. Casey also sets up Emily on a date with Felix following his separation.
- Dave Foley as Roy: Oscar's friend who hangs out in the apartment and plays softball with Oscar. He is often overlooked by Murph, even though they play next to each other in the outfield. Murph also can't remember Roy's name, which is a running gag on the series.
- Lauren Graham as Gaby: Oscar's ex-wife. She makes an appearance during the first season finale when she and Oscar are audited by the IRS because of a comment Felix made during a meeting with an IRS agent. Oscar and Gaby get back together for a one-night stand, but Oscar wants to take things slow.
- Geoff Stults as Marcus "Murph" Murphy: Oscar's friend who is a former New York Mets player. He is a womanizer and amateur poet who appears to be absent-minded and often cannot remember people's names. Emily thinks he has a crush on her, but it turned out that Murph only wanted to buy Emily's jewelry for another woman.
- Christine Woods as Ashley: Felix's estranged wife. She announced that she was separating from Felix, and later on in the first season she files for divorce. She begins dating guys which makes Felix jealous.
- Teri Hatcher as Charlotte: a smart, successful single mother who lives in the building. Although she and Oscar initially clash when he dates her nanny, she becomes Oscar's new love interest beginning in the second season. She is divorced and has one child.
- Sheryl Underwood as Diane: Teddy's wife. She is mentioned throughout the first season but makes her first appearance in the second season. She appears to be sarcastic and controlling at times and often has an attitude towards people.
Development and filming
Matthew Perry is a self-confessed fan of The Odd Couple, most precisely the 1968 film version, which served as the main source of inspiration for the revived series. Perry had been pitching the idea to the networks since the late 2000s, expecting the show for 2010. However, executives passed on it, and Perry turned into another production, NBC's Go On which was canceled after one season. Thereafter, Perry began concentrating on his pet project once again, being finally picked up by CBS in late 2013.
Perry and Danny Jacobson began developing the updated take on Neil Simon's classic as a multi-camera comedy at the network. Perry and Jacobson are co-writing the CBS Television Studios-based half-hour, with Perry attached to play the Oscar role. Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman of Timberman-Beverly Productions and Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum of The Tannenbaum Co. will also serve as executive producers on the project, which has a penalty attached. On February 25, 2014, CBS ordered a pilot co-written by Perry and Joe Keenan. On May 9, 2014, CBS ordered the pilot to series for a 13-episode season scheduled for a mid-season premiere.
On October 31, 2016, CBS announced that the fourth episode of the third season would pay tribute to the late Garry Marshall, creator of the original TV version in 1970. Marshall previously guest starred in the second season of the current series as Oscar's father, Walter.
On February 28, 2014, Sarah Baker who previously worked with Perry on Go On was cast for a role for the pilot playing Oscar's assistant. On March 13, 2014, Thomas Lennon was cast opposite Perry as Felix. The Michael J. Fox Show star Wendell Pierce was cast as Teddy, a buddy partner for Oscar for the pilot on March 14, 2014. Georgia King was cast as a female lead on March 17, 2014. Lindsay Sloane was cast for the pilot on March 21, 2014. Following the series order, both Baker and King dropped out and subsequently the network was recasting the roles as of May 13, 2014. On August 8, 2014, it was announced that Yvette Nicole Brown was cast to succeed Baker as Oscar's assistant Dani – though the role had been downgraded to recurring to allow for her role on the upcoming season of Community. However shortly after announcing on August 30, 2014 that she was leaving Community due to a family emergency, she was upgraded to a series regular role on October 6, 2014. On September 10, 2015, it was announced that Teri Hatcher was cast as a recurring character named Charlotte, who's a new love interest for Oscar.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||12||February 19, 2015||May 14, 2015|
|2||13||April 7, 2016||May 23, 2016|
|3||13||October 17, 2016||TBA|
|Season||Time slot (ET)|| No. of
|Premiered||Ended||TV season||Rank|| Viewers|
|1||Thursday 8:30 pm||12||February 19, 2015||13.57||May 14, 2015||8.17||2014–15||32||11.28|
|2|| Thursday 8:30 pm
Monday 9:30 pm
|13||April 7, 2016||7.63||May 23, 2016||4.47||2015–16||49||8.57|
|3||Monday 9:30 pm||13||October 17, 2016||4.58||2016–17|
The Odd Couple has received mixed reviews from critics. On Metacritic, season one has a score of 42 out of 100, based on 31 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". On Rotten Tomatoes, the season 1 received 24% "rotten" ratings with consensus, "Stars Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon make a fine Oscar and Felix, but The Odd Couple's flat jokes and canned laughter are pretty old hat."
The third episode of the second season: "From Here to Maturity" was criticized by many Bosniaks in Bosniak communities in Europe and North America. In the Episode, Felix Unger (Thomas Lennon) asks Emily (Lindsay Sloane) on a date by making a joke referencing the Srebrenica massacre, in which 8000 young Bosniak men and boys were systematically rounded up and killed by the Bosnian Serb Army. In an open letter, Eldin Elezovic, President of the Congress of North American Bosniaks stated that the Congress felt "very disturbed and disappointed" by the joke. He further said "Saying 'Let’s go visit that new Serbian restaurant, The taste of Srebrenica' is analogous to saying something as horrendous as 'Let's go visit that new German restaurant, The taste of Auschwitz'." Almir Seckanovic of Faktor said the joke was "the most primitive way" to insult Srebrenica victims; Branka Antic Stauber, who runs a non-governmental organization that works with Bosniak women who were raped during the war, called the joke "inhumane"; and the Ontario-based research organization The Institute of Research of Genocide Canada, called the video a "terrible humiliation of the victims of Srebrenica". On May 10, 2016 executive producer, Bob Daily apologized for the joke saying: "We were unaware of any connection to the terrible tragedy in Srebrenica. We would never intentionally disrespect or make light of such an event and sincerely apologize to anyone we may have offended."
|2016||42nd People's Choice Awards||Favorite Comedic TV Actor||Matthew Perry||Nominated|
|2017||43rd People's Choice Awards||Pending|
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