The New Odd Couple

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The New Odd Couple
Genre Sitcom
Based on The Odd Couple
by Neil Simon
Developed by Garry K. Marshall
Written by Lowell Ganz
Mark Rothman
Millee Taggart
Kurt Taylor
Directed by Joel Zwick
Starring Ron Glass
Demond Wilson
John Schuck
Bart Braverman
Jo Marie Payton
Liz Torres
Theme music composer Neal Hefti
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 18 (2 unaired)
Executive producer(s) Garry Marshall
Anthony W. Marshall
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Henderson Productions
Paramount Television
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original network ABC
Original release October 29, 1982 (1982-10-29) – May 26, 1983 (1983-05-26)
Related shows The Odd Couple

The New Odd Couple is an American sitcom that aired on ABC from 1982 to 1983, and was an updated version of the 1970s television series The Odd Couple. The New Odd Couple was the second attempt to remake a series of one of Neil Simon's plays with a primarily African-American cast. The first was Barefoot in the Park (which also premiered on September 24, 1970, the same day the original Odd Couple series did).


In this series, Felix and Oscar were both African-American college buddies who met in the 1950s. Felix was portrayed by Ron Glass and Oscar was portrayed by Demond Wilson. The characterizations were still the same, as Felix was a prissy neatfreak and Oscar was a fun-loving and sloppy character. John Schuck also appeared as Murray the Cop, who was kept Caucasian, as was the character of Roy, who was played by Bart Braverman.

The show ran for 18 episodes; eight of the episodes used recycled scripts from the original series. By the time the writers began producing new scripts, it was too late, as the show never found an audience. The series was cancelled in 1983.


Production notes[edit]

The New Odd Couple was executive produced by Garry and Anthony W. Marshall, and produced by Paramount Television. The theme music was still the same as the original series (composed by Neal Hefti), but it was played with a more updated urban arrangement.

This marked the second time Ron Glass and Demond Wilson worked together; nearly a decade prior, they appeared in the season four Sanford and Son episode "Once a Thief".

US TV Ratings[edit]

Season Episodes Start Date End Date Nielsen Rank Nielsen Rating Tied With
1982-83 18 (2 Unaired) October 29, 1982 May 26, 1983 60[1] N/A N/A


Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
1"The Ides of April"Joel ZwickLowell Ganz,
Mark Rothman
October 29, 1982 (1982-10-29)
Felix receives a letter from the IRS. While correcting the error at the IRS office, he accidentally gives away the information about Oscar's tax violations. Felix helps Oscar with his backlogged taxes and saves the day.
2"The Hustler"Joel ZwickLowell Ganz,
Mark Rothman
November 5, 1982 (1982-11-05)
Oscar is suckered into a contest with a pool hustler.
3"Frances Moves In"Joel ZwickLowell Ganz,
Mark Rothman
November 12, 1982 (1982-11-12)
Felix' ex-wife moves in, interrupting the weekly poker game.
4"That Was No Lady"Joel ZwickLee KalcheimNovember 19, 1982 (1982-11-19)
Felix falls for the girlfriend of a boxing great, KO'ing Oscar's hopes of writing a book on the champion.
5"Brother, Can You Spare a Job?"Joel ZwickJerry RossNovember 26, 1982 (1982-11-26)
At Felix' prodding, Oscar demands a raise and is immediately promoted into the ranks of the unemployment.
6"The New Car"Joel ZwickLowell Ganz,
Mark Rothman
December 3, 1982 (1982-12-03)
In this episode, Felix and Oscar win a car. The car becomes a problem when the two are forced to take turns getting up early to move it across the street. Problems are made worse when Felix refuses to let Oscar drive the car for fear that something will happen to it. Eventually they decide to get rid of the car so that it does not come between their friendship.
7"The Cordon Blues"Joel ZwickJeffrey Duteil,
Ralph Farquhar
December 10, 1982 (1982-12-10)
A socialite friend thinks Felix has the panache to manage her new restaurant.
8"The Odd Triangle"Joel ZwickNorman BaraschDecember 17, 1982 (1982-12-17)
Felix suspects the model Oscar is dating is using his roommate to get to Felix -- and his influence as a fashion photographer.
9"Opening Night"John TracyMary Cory Miller,
Kurt Taylor
December 31, 1982 (1982-12-31)
Felix helps Oscar review a Broadway play whose backer insists on a favorable notice -- or else.
10"Security"Joel ZwickJerry BelsonJanuary 7, 1983 (1983-01-07)
In the aftermath of a robbery, Felix gets a guard dog and looks for an apartment with tighter security.
11"Bachelor of the Year"Joel ZwickMark C. Miller,
Kurt Taylor
January 14, 1983 (1983-01-14)
Felix and Oscar are pitted against each other in a magazine's Man of the Year contest.
12"A Grave for Felix"Joel ZwickDick Bensfield,
Perry Grant
January 21, 1983 (1983-01-21)
The money Felix entrusts to Oscar for a cemetery-plot deposit becomes ready cash for Oscar's gambling.
13"My Strife in Court"Joel ZwickLowell Ganz,
Mark Rothman
January 28, 1983 (1983-01-28)
Oscar can't find a date for a concert, so Felix gets them both arrested for scalping at the door.
14"Oscar Dates Felix's Frances"Joel ZwickStu SilverFebruary 18, 1983 (1983-02-18)
Oscar agrees to accompany Felix' ex-wife to a boring lecture. The unexpected happens when Oscar and Frances decide to begin dating.
15"Murray's Hot Date"Joel ZwickMadeline Sunshine,
Steven Sunshine
February 25, 1983 (1983-02-25)
Oscar gives the household money to Charity -- a prostitute he hires as Murray's date for the civil servant.
16"The Perils of Pauline"Joel ZwickJeffrey Duteil,
Barry O'Brien
May 13, 1983 (1983-05-13)
Murray's palm reading points to bad luck down the line for Felix, beginning with Oscar ruining his roommate's chances to enter a photo exhibition.
17"The Only Way to Fly"Joel ZwickMadeline Sunshine,
Steven Sunshine
May 20, 1983 (1983-05-20)
A crazed man throws a brick through Felix' studio window, and it's wrapped with a message threatening Felix for dating his wife.
18"The Night Stalker"Joel ZwickRalph FarquharMay 26, 1983 (1983-05-26)
Oscar's pals surprise him with a word processor, but Oscar can't compose without "Pauline" -- his trusty typewriter.


Reruns of the series aired on BET in the early 1990s. TV Land occasionally aired reruns when they were airing reruns of the original 1970s series.


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