Starring: Tony Randall & Jack Klugman
"On November 13th, Felix Unger was asked to remove himself from his place of residence. That request came from his wife. Deep down he knew she was right. But he also knew that someday he would return to her. With nowhere else to go, he appeared at the home of his childhood friend, Oscar Madison. Sometime earlier, Madison's wife had thrown him out, requesting that he never return. Can two divorced men share an apartment without driving each other crazy.
Sound familiar, It opened every 114 episodes of this classic television series which went on to win an Emmy Award for Tony Randall.
The Odd Couple offered a perfect situation for comedy in contrasts. Felix was a prim, fastidious photographer, a compulsive cleaner; Oscar was a gruff, sloppy sportswriter for the fictional New York Herald, to whom a floor was a place to toss things. The conflicts were obvious and endless, as each upset the other's way of life. Frequently seen were Oscar's poker partners, notably Murray the cop, Speed the compulsive gambler, and meek Vinnie.
Originally conceived by Neil Simon, who based the play on his brother Danny's true-life experience, then developed for television by Garry Marshall (Co-Producer), The Odd Couple concept is best described in the one-sentence treatment Simon submitted to Paramount, who financed the stage play sight-unseen. "Two men--one divorced and one estranged and neither quite sure why their marriages fell apart--move in together to save money for alimony and suddenly discover they're having the same conflicts and fights they had in their marriages." [©2005 - Color]
Total Run Time: over 47 hours