This Day in Entertainment History: The Odd Couple Premieres (September 24th, 1970)


Based on the hit Neil Simon play and following the success of the motion picture, The Odd Couple was adapted to television in 1970 and premiered on this date of that year.

The "Odd Couple" TV sitcom premiered on TV on September 24th, 1970.

Based on the hit Neil Simon play and following the success of the motion picture, The Odd Couple was adapted to television in 1970 and premiered on this date of that year.

Starring Tony Randall and Jack Klugman, the television series focused on Oscar Madison and Felix Unger, two divorced men living together. Randall's Unger is a neat freak and well-read while Klugman's Madison is more laid back and less tidy. This led to many comic situations over the series 114 episodes.

The first season employed a laugh track, but was switched to a live studio audience for the second season. The show nearly came to an end every season, but lasted five seasons on ABC through 1975.

The series was co-produced by Garry Marshall, who would later go on to work on other successful situation comedies such as Happy Days. His daughter, Penny, had a recurring role in Odd Couple before her breakout role as Laverne in the Happy Days/Laverne & Shirley universe.


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