The Odd Couple (2015 TV series)

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The Odd Couple
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Genre Sitcom
Developed by
Starring
Theme music composer Neal Hefti
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 12 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Matthew Perry
  • Eric Tannenbaum
  • Kim Tannenbaum
  • Sarah Timberman
  • Carl Beverly
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 21-22 minutes
Production company(s) The Tannenbaum Company
Timberman-Beverly Productions
CBS Television Studios
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Release
Original channel CBS
Original release February 19, 2015 (2015-02-19) – present
Chronology
Related shows The Odd Couple
The Odd Couple (TV series)
The Oddball Couple
The New Odd Couple
The Odd Couple II
External links
Website

The Odd Couple is an American multi-camera television sitcom that premiered on February 19, 2015, on CBS.[1][2] It is the sixth 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, and The Odd Couple II, the 1998 sequel to the 1968 film.

The new 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 have 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.

The first season concluded on May 14, 2015.[3] On May 11, 2015, the series was renewed for a second season of 13 episodes.[4][5]

Plot[edit]

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 with the calm but feisty Ashley, and Oscar settles down with the insecure Gaby) and have children.

Years later, Felix, now a neat-freak news writer and photographer, is kicked out by Ashley after fifteen 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 divorcées 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 that Oscar feels better off away from his ex, this except when Gaby threatens to take away their kids in case Oscar doesn't pay the 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[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Matthew Perry as Oscar Madison: a sportswriter and sports radio personality, his apartment is usually a mess and often does not care about his surroundings. He has 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 begins to get jealous when Ashley begins to 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. Emily has a jewelery business where she often sells her products way overpriced. She is often is down on herself and has low self-esteem when it comes to dating. She and Dani hang out and Dani often encourages her to begin dating.
  • Yvette Nicole Brown as Danielle "Dani": Oscar's assistant on his radio show. She has a very strong personality and often speaks her mind. Dani begins projects with Felix and Emily. Dani and Emily begin to hang out and she encourages her to show her true feelings she has for Felix. She is very picky when it comes to dating and she seeks help from Oscar and Felix to find a perfect date.
  • Wendell Pierce as Teddy: Oscar's agent. Teddy finds Oscar work continually and encourages him to do jobs that Oscar does not want to do. Teddy has a successful marriage but also mentions that his wife has attractions with other men including Felix.

Recurring[edit]

  • Leslie Bibb as Casey: Emily's sister who is a professional model, she begins a fling relationship 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, Roy plays softball with Oscar. He often clashes with Murph because he can't remember his name. It is often a 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 from Felix during a meeting with an IRS agent. Oscar and Gaby soon get back together during a one-night stand but Oscar wants to take things slow.
  • Geoff Stults as Murph: Oscar's friend who is a former major league baseball player, he makes frequent appearances during the season, it appears that he is absent-minded when he can't remember people's names. He begins a crush on Emily.
  • Christine Woods as Ashley: Felix's estranged wife, she announces that she was separating from Felix and later on in the season she files for divorce. She begins to start dating guys which makes Felix jealous.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2015)[edit]

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1 1 "Pilot" Mark Cendrowski Teleplay by: Danny Jacobson, Matthew Perry & Joe Keenan February 19, 2015 (2015-02-19) 102 13.57[6]
Sportswriter and sports radio personality Oscar Madison, who is recently divorced, is about to hook up with neighbor Casey when he is visited by his old college pal, Felix Unger, whose wife has just thrown him out. Felix soon learns that his ex has hired a lawyer and plans to serve him with divorce papers. The neurotic, fussy Felix meets Casey's sister, the equally neurotic Emily, whose ex-husband left her for a man. Oscar plans a double date for the four of them, but Felix insists he won't be getting over his ex anytime soon. After viewing a slide show with Felix from their married days; however, it is Oscar who gets emotional and realizes he also is not fully over his break-up.
2 2 "The Ghostwriter" Phill Lewis Lesley Wake Webster February 26, 2015 (2015-02-26) 105 11.08[7]
Teddy reminds Oscar about his impending deadline to ghost write the autobiography for retired baseball star Marcus "Murph" Murphy. However, the deadline becomes threatened when Felix gets Murph to open up and make the book much more personal, including adding his childhood poems. Meanwhile, Felix enlists Dani's help on a photoshoot, while Emily lands a job at the tavern where the guys hang out.
3 3 "The Birthday Party" Phill Lewis Dan O'Shannon March 5, 2015 (2015-03-05) 101 12.36[8]
It's Felix's birthday and Oscar has forgotten all about it. After lying to Casey about a surprise party for his friend in order to impress her, he rallies Dani, Teddy and Emily to throw Felix a last-minute party. Felix finds out there is a party, but promises to act surprised. During the party, Dani gives Felix a bird and Emily gives him a rare vacuum, but after an old friend asks him about what happened to his ex-wife Ashley (whom he met on his birthday), Felix sinks into a deep depression and leaves. Oscar finds Felix alone at the roller skating rink, where he and Ashley first met on that date 25 years ago, and convinces him to try to move on from Ashley.
4 4 "The Blind Leading the Blind Date" Phill Lewis Tucker Cawley March 12, 2015 (2015-03-12) 108 10.24[9]
Oscar and Felix help Dani find a date for her class reunion following her recent breakup. While helping Dani meet people at the tavern, Oscar turns selfish and finds a date for himself. Thus, it falls upon Felix and his "scientific" methods to find a date for Dani. Oscar later finds out that his one night stand is a liar and a thief, and after Dani fails to connect with Felix's candidate, it is Oscar who finds the perfect person for her.
5 5 "The Wedding Deception" Phill Lewis Joe Keenan April 2, 2015 (2015-04-02) 103 8.70[10]
Oscar and Felix receive an invitation to the wedding of their college friend. Oscar remembers wanting to hook up with the bride's sister, Olivia, back in college. Felix realizes that his ex-wife Ashley will be at the wedding and starts to panic. At Dani's suggestion, Felix brings Emily as his date to show Ashley he's moved on. During the reception, Ashley shows signs that she still cares about Felix and he misinterprets them, thinking she isn't over him. Oscar meets Olivia and she suprisingly says she had always hoped to hook up with him in college, too. Moments later, Felix announces that Emily is Oscar's fiancee, to show Ashley he's still available. Later, Olivia becomes convinced that Oscar and Felix are a gay couple.
6 6 "Heal Thyself" Mark Cendrowski Bob Daily April 9, 2015 (2015-04-09) 106 9.73[11]
Felix convinces Oscar to go to the doctor after he comes down with an ear infection. Felix is known to everyone at the office of Dr. Sharon McManus. Oscar immediately falls for Sharon and asks her on a date. The first date goes well, but Sharon reveals that she wants to drop Felix as a patient because of his extreme hypochondria. Later, Felix is convinced that he has a rare Slovakian disease, while Oscar and Emily say he's being ridiculous. But Sharon then reveals, just as she and Oscar are about to make love, that the disease is in fact real and that she recently treated a Slovak patient, which causes Oscar to begin fearing the disease.
7 7 "Secret Agent Man" Mark Cendrowski Tony Dodds April 16, 2015 (2015-04-16) 109 9.62[12]
Oscar receives news that Felix can get him on a televised sports roundtable show with Rich Eisen and Kenny Smith. Teddy thinks that it's a bad idea and recommends that Oscar stay with his radio show, but Felix convinces Oscar to do the television show and prove Teddy wrong. Emily and Dani help prepare Oscar as well. As the sports show unfolds, Oscar makes a fool of himself on live television. Teddy then tells Felix why he knows from past experience that Oscar shouldn't do live television, and he then quits as Oscar's agent. Back at the apartment, Felix patches up things and Teddy returns, even convincing Rich Eisen and Kenny Smith to appear on Oscar's radio program.
8 8 "The Unger Games" Andy Cadiff Tad Quill April 23, 2015 (2015-04-23) 110 9.37[13]
After a softball game in which Felix gets the winning hit, Oscar becomes jealous of Felix's athletic skills and wants to prove that he as just as good as Felix is. The two engage in a decathlon to decide which one is the better athlete. Meanwhile, Dani thinks that Murph has feelings for Emily because Murph keeps buying Emily's handmade jewelry.
9 9 "Sleeping Dogs Lie" Mark Cendrowski Emily Cutler April 30, 2015 (2015-04-30) 104 9.16[14]
Oscar gets woken up in the middle of the night by Felix sleepwalking. Oscar later tells Felix, and Felix realizes he needs his favorite pillow from his ex-wife's house. The two go to Ashley's house to retrieve the pillow, which is a success until Oscar finds a photo album of the couple's yearly camping trip that occurred a few months before Ashley threw out Felix. Oscar sees photos of Felix and Ashley, but also a different man with his ex-wife Gaby, and feels betrayed. Later, Oscar realizes he left his cell phone at Ashley's house, and while retrieving it he finds out she has a boyfriend.
10 10 "Enlightening Strikes" Phill Lewis Tucker Cawley & Emily Cutler May 7, 2015 (2015-05-07) 107 8.19[15]
Felix guest instructs a yoga class and brings along Teddy, Emily and Murph to attend the class. During the session the people start to get irritated with Felix's forced teaching styles and walk out. Elsewhere, Oscar and Dani get trapped in the Subway and begin to get annoyed with the people on board. Weird Al Yankovic and Regis Philbin guest-star.
11 11 "Jealous Island" Mark Cendrowski Cindy Appel & Michael J. S. Murphy May 7, 2015 (2015-05-07) 112 7.03[15]
Felix convinces Emily to join the Historical Society. During the first meeting, Felix's old nemesis shows up and charms Emily. Soon after, Felix begins to get jealous of his rival, annoying Emily when she deduces Felix is more mad that the guy is trying to usurp his role in the Society than trying to win her affection. Elsewhere, Oscar dates a woman who seems to be a good match for him, until he learns that the woman previously dated Murph. Oscar begins to get jealous of what she might have had in that relationship, and tries to start acting like Murph.
12 12 "The Audit Couple" Andy Cadiff Dan O'Shannon May 14, 2015 (2015-05-14) 111 8.17[16]
Oscar is audited by the IRS, but because the case is five years old, his ex-wife Gaby (Lauren Graham) also becomes involved. Felix realizes that he is likely responsible for the audit, after comparing his own attention to detail to Oscar's lack of same when Felix was meeting with an IRS agent. After helping Oscar and Gaby through their tax paperwork, Felix walks in on the couple reconnecting in the bedroom. Elsewhere, Dani convinces Emily to share her true feelings for Felix. It appears to work, as Oscar later walks in on Felix and Emily in bed.

Season 2[edit]

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13 1 "Unger the Influence"[17] Phill Lewis[17] Dan O'Shannon[17] TBA 203[17]

Production[edit]

Development and filming[edit]

Matthew Perry is a self-confessed fan of The Odd Couple, most precisely the 1968 film version, which will serve as the main source of inspiration for the revived series.[18] 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.[19] On February 25, 2014, CBS ordered a pilot co-written by Perry and Joe Keenan.[20] On May 9, 2014, CBS ordered the pilot to series for a 13-episode season scheduled for a mid-season premiere.[21][22]

Casting[edit]

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.[23] On March 13, 2014, Thomas Lennon was cast opposite Perry as Felix.[24] The Michael J. Fox Show star Wendell Pierce was cast as a buddy partner for Oscar for the pilot on March 14, 2014.[25] Georgia King was cast as a female lead on March 17, 2014.[26] Lindsay Sloane was cast for the pilot on March 21, 2014.[27] Following the series order, both Baker and King dropped out and subsequently the network was recasting the roles as of May 13, 2014.[28] On August 8, 2014, it was announced that Yvette Nicole Brown was cast to succeed Baker as Oscar's assistant Dani[29] - though the role had been downgraded to recurring[30] 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,[31] she was upgraded to a series regular role on October 6, 2014.[32]

Broadcast[edit]

The series debuted simultaneously in Canada on CTV.[33] In Australia, Network Ten acquired the rights to air the series[34] and premiered it at 7:30pm on March 23, 2015.[35]

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

Season Time slot (ET) Episodes Premiered Ended TV season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Viewers
(in millions)
Date Viewers
(in millions)
1
Thursday 8:30 pm
12
February 19, 2015
13.57[36]
May 14, 2015
8.17[37] 2014–2015 #32 11.28[38]

Critical reception[edit]

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".[39] 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."[40]

References[edit]

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