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The New Odd Couple 

An African American remake of the television series inspired by the Neil Simon play about two friends living together despite their completely disparate attitudes to life.

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Garry Marshall
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Complete series cast summary:
Ron Glass ...  Felix Unger 18 episodes, 1982-1983
Demond Wilson ...  Oscar Madison 18 episodes, 1982-1983
John Schuck ...  Murray 10 episodes, 1982-1983
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This was a new television series version of Neil Simon's play, and subsequent movie, and television series which starred Tony Randall and Jack Klugman. In this version not only are he actors new but also of different ethnicity. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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USA

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English

Release Date:

29 October 1982 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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This was the second attempt to remake a series of one of Neil Simon's plays with African-American actors in the lead roles. The other was Barefoot in the Park (1970). See more »

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Version of The Odd Couple (2015) See more »

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Revamped "Odd Couple" new in name only
2 September 2000 | by saltire-2See all my reviews

In the same year that a female "Odd Couple" appeared on Broadway, ABC got the bright idea to bring an African American "Odd Couple" to the tv screen. "The New Odd Couple" had a very nice updated version of the theme song, but after the credits ended, the show went downhill. The pilot episode was practically a word for word remake of the original series episode in which Felix inadvertently tells the IRS about Oscar's delinquent tax returns. While they updated small details such as Felix getting tickets to "Annie", they kept whole stretches of dialog the same. This lead to inescapable comparisons between the old and new versions. The show would eventually produce three original scripts, but it was too little, too late.


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