How Similar Is 'The Odd Couple' Remake To The Original? Matthew Perry Keeps It Faithful With A Few Twists
Remakes always scare me, just look at the success rate of them! But the remake of The Odd Couple , the sitcom from 1970, might have all the right ingredients to turn into a hit. At least I hope so, only because I am coming off a major Friends bender, and I just want Chandler Bing — err, Matthew Perry — to have another hit. The sitcom, which is set to premiere Feb. 19 on CBS, follows the unusual pairing of Oscar (Perry) and Felix (Thomas Lennon) as roommates and all of the hilarious antics that come with that, which is — you guessed it — the plot of the original series. So how similar is the new Odd Couple to the original?
The original series (which ran from 1970 to 1975 on ABC) starred Jack Klugman and Tony Randall as Oscar and Felix, respectively. The Odd Couple TV series was actually adapted from the film The Odd Couple, which was adapted from the play The Odd Couple. Did you get that? It's like a "which came first, the chicken or the egg?" situation: The Odd Couple the play (1965), The Odd Couple the film (1968), The Odd Couple TV series (1970), which brings us to The Odd Couple the TV series (2015). PHEW. We made it.
Aside from the names of the characters, the two shows actually seem to have a lot in common. Here's what we can expect from the reboot of The Odd Couple.
Similar: The Professions
The names aren't the only similar thing about the leads Felix and Oscar. In the original, Felix and Oscar hold the professions of a photographer and a sportswriter, respectively. The same goes for a the reboot; Oscar (Perry) will be a sportswriter, while Felix (Lennon) will be a photographer.
Different: It's an Ensemble
Although the show will circle around Oscar and Felix's living relationship, the show is much more of an all around ensemble cast. Some other cast members include Wendell Pierce, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Lindsay Sloane. The original was much more based on the relationship between just Oscar and Felix.
Similar: The Personalities
In the original series, both men find themselves bachelors again mid-life, and have to move in together. Oscar was laid-back and kind of sloppy, which Perry's Oscar will also portray. Felix was a neat-freak, who loves to clean (you can see where the humor will ensue, right?), which Lennon's Felix will also be.
Different: Expect Sex
Not to the level of Fifty Shades of Grey, but this is 2015 people, and comedies love to make jokes about sex! The show will cover a wide range of situations of two middle-aged men living together, and one of them is bound to be about roommate code for when a guest is spending the night, something that would have been a no-no on the '70s series.
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