The Oddball Couple

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The Oddball Couple
Title card for DePatie-Freleng’s The Oddball Couple, featuring Fleabag (left) and Spiffy (right).
Genre Children's television series
Cartoon series
Based on The Odd Couple by Neil Simon
Directed by Gerry Chiniquy
Robert McKimson
Voices of Frank Nelson (Spiffy)
Paul Winchell (Fleabag)
Joan Gerber (Goldie)
Joe Besser
Robert Holt
Sarah Kennedy
Don Messick
Ginny Tyler
Frank Welker
Theme music composer Joe Siracusa
Composer(s) Doug Goodwin
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 16
Producer(s) David H. DePatie
Friz Freleng
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) DePatie-Freleng Enterprises
Paramount Network Television
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original network ABC
Original release September 6 – December 20, 1975

The Oddball Couple is an animated half-hour Saturday morning show that ran on the ABC TV network from September 6, 1975, to December 20, 1975. The show was a production of DePatie-Freleng Enterprises in association with Paramount Television, distributed by CBS Television Distribution and is an animated homage to the Neil Simon play-turned movie-turned TV series The Odd Couple, which had just ended its run on March 7 of that year, after five seasons on ABC. The show initially aired at 11:30 am Eastern Time (ET) the first season and was switched to 12 noon ET.

Overview of series[edit]

The Oddball Couple featured the misadventures of a dog and cat who lived together under the same roof. The cat's name was Spiffy and the dog's name was Fleabag. Spiffy was a very orderly and polite cat who believed in cleanliness and organization while his roommate Fleabag the dog was the exact opposite who was always rude, obnoxious, lazy and was always very disorganized and unorthodox. This relationship extended to their house – which was one-half mansion and one-half dilapidated shack – and even their car, which was half-pristine, half-junker. They had a secretary named Goldie who worked in the office they shared. The show always had two segments lasting ten minutes.


Title Original air date
1 "Spiffy's Man Friday / Who's Zoo" September 6, 1975 (1975-09-06)
2 "A Day at the Beach / Fleabag's Mother" September 13, 1975 (1975-09-13)
3 "Spiffy's Nephew / To Heir Is Human" September 20, 1975 (1975-09-20)
4 "A Royal Mixup / Paper Airplane" September 27, 1975 (1975-09-27)
5 "The Bighouse and Garden / The Talking Plant" October 4, 1975 (1975-10-04)
6 "Family Album / Hotel Boo-More" October 11, 1975 (1975-10-11)
7 "Irish Luck / Who's Afraid of Virginia Werewolf?" October 18, 1975 (1975-10-18)
8 "Dive Dummers / Do or Diet" October 25, 1975 (1975-10-25)
9 "Klondike Oil Kaper / Old Bugeyes Is Back" November 1, 1975 (1975-11-01)
10 "Mugsy Bagel / TV or Not TV" November 8, 1975 (1975-11-08)
11 "Ali Cat / The Joker's Wild" November 15, 1975 (1975-11-15)
12 "Cinderbag / Momma Fleabag" November 22, 1975 (1975-11-22)
13 "Do It Yourself, Fleabag / Roman Daze" November 29, 1975 (1975-11-29)
14 "Fleabag's Submarine / Foreign Legion" December 6, 1975 (1975-12-06)
15 "Bats in the Belfry / Superhound" December 13, 1975 (1975-12-13)
16 "Jungle Bungle / Talent Scouts" December 20, 1975 (1975-12-20)


Production credits[edit]

  • Story Editor: Bob Ogle
  • Writers: Bob Ogle, Joel Kane, David Detiege, Earl Kress, John W. Dunn
  • Supervising Director: Lew Marshall
  • Animation Directors: Gerry Chiniquy, Robert McKimson
  • Storyboard Directors: Bill Perez, Art Leonardi, Jan Green, Gary Hoffman
  • Graphic Design: Ric Gonzales, Gary Hoffman, Dick Ung, Al Wilson, Ken Landau, Coral Kerr, Adam Szwejkowski, Susan Scholefield
  • Animation: Norm McCabe, Bob Matz, Virgil Ross, Bob Bemiller, Bob Richardson, Jim Davis, Nelson Shin, Bill Numes, Don Williams, Joel Seibel, Bob Bransford, John Freeman, Bill Carney, Warren Batchelder, George Jorgensen, John Gibbs, Bob Goe
  • Background Supervised by: Richard H. Thomas
  • Backgrounds: Mary O'Loughlin, Don Watson
  • Ink and Paint Supervisor: Gertrude Timmins
  • Xerography: Greg Marshall
  • Film Editors Supervised by: Bob Gillis
  • Film Editors: Joe Siracusa, Rick Steward, Allan Potter
  • Voices: Paul Winchell, Frank Nelson, Joan Gerber, Frank Welker, Sarah Kennedy, Don Messick, Joe Besser, Ginny Tyler, Bob Holt
  • Music by: Doug Goodwin
  • Main Title Music Arranged by: Joe Siracusa
  • Conducted by: Eric Rodgers
  • In Charge of Production: Lee Gunther
  • Camera: Ray Lee, Larry Hogan, John Burton, Jr.
  • Production Mixer: Steve Orr
  • Sound by: Producer's Sound Service, Inc.
  • Based Upon the Play "The Odd Couple" by Neil Simon
  • Produced by: David H. DePatie & Friz Freleng

DVD Release[edit]

This series will be released for the first time on DVD from CBS via Amazon's CreateSpace. A release date has not been announced as of yet.[1]

See also[edit]


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