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  • Actors: Tony Randall, Jack Klugman, Al Molinaro, Penny Marshall, Elinor Donahue
  • Writers: Garry Marshall, Jerry Belson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2008
  • Run Time: 562 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DHXT52
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,586 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Odd Couple - The Final Season" on IMDb

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Two divorced New Yorkers---a slob and a fussbudget---try to live together `without driving each other crazy' in this classic sitcom based on Neil Simon's hit play and movie. Both Jack Klugman and Tony Randall won Emmys in the leads, the latter in the final year of a five-season run.

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"No learning" was Seinfeld’s misanthropic mantra. But Jerry and company had nothing on Oscar and Felix. For five years, these two divorced men, the best of friends but the worst of roommates, failed hilariously as they tried to live together without driving each other crazy. Oscar (Jack Klugman) and Felix (Tony Randall, an Emmy winner this season) may each proclaim they are turning over a new leaf in this beloved series’ finale, but Oscar will always be a slob and Felix will always be a neurotic fussbudget. The Odd Couple may not have delivered the ratings in its five season run, but episode after episode, it dependably delivered the laughs, thanks to Klugman and Randall’s pure chemistry and the palpable charge they got from performing in front of a live audience. The Odd Couple pretty much goes out on top with several standout episodes. In the flashback episode, "Our Fathers," Klugman and Randall portray their characters’ fathers in Roaring ‘20s Chicago. Brett Somers, who portrayed Oscar’s dread ex-wife, is missed this season, but there are plenty of familiar faces and star cameos. Paul Williams, Howard Cosell, opera singer Martina Arroyo, Richard Dawson, Bob Hope, and--trivia alert--Rodney Allen Rippy appear as themselves, while Roy Clark, oddly enough, doesn’t portray Roy Clark in "The Roy Clark Show." Pernell Roberts (Bonanza) is a gambler to whom Oscar finds himself in debt in "Strike Up the Band or Else." The great Elisha Cook, Jr. (The Maltese Falcon) is a mob hit man (or is he?) in "Our Fathers." And in "The Rain in Spain Falls Mainly in Vain," that’s Rob Reiner as "Sheld’n," the boyfriend of Oscar’s steadfast secretary Myrna, portrayed to nasal perfection by Reiner’s then-wife, Penny Marshall. As with Seinfeld, The Odd Couple is inextricably bound to New York. " Two on the Aisle" finds theatre buff Felix in his element, unwittingly reviewing plays for sportswriter Oscar (this episode features a better late than never cameo by Odd Couple playwright Neil Simon, as well as theatre critic John Simon). In "The Subway Story," Felix is determined to prove to Oscar that all New Yorkers aren’t rude. Sudden fade ins and outs suggest that some musical performances could not be cleared for this DVD, but at least the Paul Williams and Roy Clark episodes seem to have emerged unscathed. There’s one more Seinfeld connection. In "Strike Up the Band or Else," we may hear the origin of the odd exclamation, "You can stuff your sorrys in a sack, mister," which was a recurring bit in "The Betrayal" from Seinfeld’s own final season. "Felix Remarries" brings The Odd Couple to a satisfying conclusion, and brings down the curtain on one of TV’s great comedy teams. --Donald Liebenson

Customer Reviews

I was surprised they didn't edit out the Paul Williams episode which has a number of songs.
Raven Shaddock
And why doesn't Paramount put a disclaimer on the set indicating that these are edited versions of the episodes?
Scott Barusek
I would love to know where I could write to express my disgust over the cutting of these precious moments.
Wakko Warner

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Nik Ranieri on December 28, 2008
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Less 2 stars due solely to the editing of content.
I am in complete agreement with other buyers about the edits and I use the word "complete" literally, unlike Paramount/CBS when they say "The COMPLETE Final Season". In a previous season, an entire gag about trying to get Felix to go to sleep (featuring the song "Dream") was cut. This season, one of my favorite episodes, "Strike up the band or else..." had gags cut involving the song "In Some Secluded Rendezvous"(sung twice in the show by Tony Randall and Pernell Roberts). How expensive can these songs be that you have to butcher these episodes. Charge a little extra with the guarantee that all the episodes are intact and you'll sell just as many if not more.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By True Crime Reader on December 1, 2008
Another song edited out. The episode "Your Mother Wears Army Boots" has Martina Arroyo sing For Once In Your Life to Howard Cosell at the end, with Oscar lip-synching along with her in a very nice moment in the show. The edits are very fustrating. These are supposed to be DVDs of the complete episodes. If there is time and place to show them complete and intact it should be in this format. I'll admit...all throughout the five seasons DVD's I have noticed they added little snippets of scenes I never saw on TV during syndication, but I think Paramount loses credit when they edit out other parts.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Robert Cortes on January 30, 2009
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this final season video stinks to high hell.why does it have to be severely edited .the best parts of the episodes is to see it in its complete form.if i knew it was severly edited like this i would have never purchased it. "I FEEL CHEATED" WHAT A GYP. THE SCENE WITH PERNELL ROBERTS SINGING WAS EDITED OUT AND MY FAVORITE PART OF OSCAR SINGING, SINGING IN THE RAIN WHEN HE WAS FINALLY RID OF FELIX WAS CUT OUT. WHY DO THAT TO US ODD COUPLE DIE HARDS .WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE THE COMPLETE EPISODES. I FOR ONE AM VERY DISAPOINTED WITH THIS FINAL EPISODES CD. IT STINKS TO HELL.not recommended till deleted scenes are put back in.
ROBERT C.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By dj206 on November 24, 2008
Sadly, the worst edit of all was removing Oscar's "Singing In the Rain" bit at the end of the scene in "Felix Remarries" Five to ten seconds of this song was too expensive to leave in the show? It completely changes changes.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lou1972 on January 2, 2009
I would give this show 10 stars if I could, but as previous reviewers have pointed out, CBS/Paramount has given The Odd Couple such disrespect with their DVD releases (Season One was originally released by Time-Life). Every season from 2 thru 5 has been clipped and chopped just to avoid the chance that music royalties might have to be paid, yet they have the nerve to charge $40 for each season and still give us edits and complete scene removals. Boy what a gyp! So far I have noticed 3 big edits in Season 5 (and I'm sure there are more): In "Strike Up The Band or Else", Felix and later Billy Joe sing "Cocktails For Two" - CUT....In "The Subway Show", Felix and Scatman Crothers sing "Give My Regards To Broadway" - CUT...and in "Your Mother Wears Army Boots", Martina Arroyo sings "For Once In My Life" - CUT. In "Two Men On A Hoarse", after Felix regains his voice he sings Together, Wherever You Go while still tied as he and Oscar hop in their chairs - CUT. Maybe someday, there will be complete episodes, but for now we are at the mercy of blood sucking corporate greed.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Shaved Ape on January 6, 2011
Thank you to the other reviewers for your comments. This is one of my favorite sitcoms of all time, which is why I refuse to settle for anything less than the uncut, unedited version. Once the studio decides to release it that way, I'll buy. Until then, I'll put my money elsewhere.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bert Saraco on April 25, 2009
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It goes without saying that The Odd Couple is a classic TV sitcom and that Randall & Klugman were a great comedy team. What a SHAME that Paramount has issued these wonderful shows with edits that stick out like a sore thumb! It's actually painful to watch as episode-ending gags are TOTALLY WIPED OUT simply due to music issues. One would assume that some of these songs are in public domain by now, but really -- comedy is about timing and these edits screw around with the timing. This collection SHOULD HAVE gotten a 5-star rating, but the edits are just too painful. Tony Randall must be turning over (neatly) in his grave......
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Hollander on May 28, 2009
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Paramount has completely destroyed this series. I was looking forward to sharing this series with my daughters but wind up trying to explain what was missing and why it might have been funny. This is nothing short of criminal and whoever did this at Paramount deserves to be fired. I have never NEVER seen anything like the utter disregard for anything in the arts. It's not just the music. There are definitely other cuts throughout the series. Like I'm pretty sure they cut the line from "I Gotta Be Me" in Season 3 where Oscar (in role reversal as felix) during the wine tasting tells the dinner guests to 'roll it around in your mouth until it tastes like shoe polish. 'What's next, Paramount? Going to strip the Nino Rota score from the Godfather?? You owe fans an apology and you also owe them new uncut DVDs that we paid good money for.
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