The Odd Couple on Stage and Screen: A History with Cast and Crew Profiles and an Episode Guide

Inspired by the real life post-divorce experiences of television comedy writer Danny Simon, The Odd Couple, whether on stage, film or television, has touched multiple generations of fans. Playwright Neil Simon embellished his brother Danny's pseudo-sitcom situation and created an oil-and-water twosome with memorable characters showcasing the foibles of mankind. The original Broadway production enjoyed a run of 964 performances. The story of the cohabitation of Felix Ungar and Oscar Madison then translated extremely well to the silver screen, and the original Odd Couple motion picture broke several records during its run at Radio City Music Hall. The addition of television to Felix and Oscar's resume in 1970 brought weekly laughs and mirth to an even larger audience for five seasons in prime time. Although fashion, music and mores have changed since these 114 episodes were first run, the premise of two people living together while/without driving each other crazy is timeless.