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  • Actors: Tony Randall, Jack Klugman, Pamelyn Ferdin, Hal Smith, Peter Dawson
  • Directors: Bruce Bilson, George Marshall, George Tyne, Hal Cooper, Jack Donohue
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2007
  • Run Time: 586 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QUEQ6I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,969 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Odd Couple: Season 2" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All 23 second-season episodes on 4 discs
  • Some music has been changed for this home entertainment version

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

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. 'Now if I only had a job,' Randall said at the Emmy gala. The show inspired two remakes, one an animated series portraying the main characters as a cat and a dog, and a 1982-83 version with a mostly black cast.


In its second season, "The Odd Couple was filmed before a live studio audience," and a good sitcom was well on its way to becoming a great one. Jack Klugman, as sloppy Oscar, and Tony Randall as fussy Felix, two divorced men trying to live together without driving each other crazy, was casting alchemy, and as time goes by, we appreciate the fundamental things that still apply: smart, character-based writing and indelible performances. While there are no episodes that can be said to be truly classic, several are fan favorites, including "Sleepwalker," which was included as one of the bonus episodes on the first-season set, "Felix the Calypso Singer," in which Felix becomes the third wheel on Oscar's romantic getaway with his girlfriend, and "You Saved My Life," in which Felix almost kills Oscar with kindness after Oscar rescues him. This season fleshes out the mismatched friends' backstory with two fun flashback episodes. In "Speak for Yourself," Oscar is forced to step in when Felix develops laryngitis on the night he was to propose to his future ex-wife Gloria, and in "A Night to Dismember," a season benchmark, Oscar, Felix, and Oscar's ex-wife, Blanche, have different memories of the fateful night on which Oscar and Blanche split up.

Gone this season are the daffy Pigeon sisters. Introduced are Janis Hansen as Gloria, Joan Hotchkis as Oscar's girlfriend, Dr. Nancy Cunningham, and Brett Somers, a perfect match, as the dread Blanche. A pre-Laverne and Shirley Penny Marshall makes her first appearance as Oscar's secretary, Myrna, and in the episode, "Security Arms," that's John Fiedler, who portrayed Vinnie in the original 1968 Odd Couple movie (he is also the instantly recognizable voice of Piglet in the Disney Winnie the Pooh shorts). In later seasons, The Odd Couple overindulged on stunt casting (remember the Billie Jean King-Bobby Riggs episode?) This second season offers comedian David Steinberg ("The Odd Couple Meets Their Host") and opera singer Richard Fredricks ("Does Your Mother Know You're Out, Rigoletto?"). The Odd Couple was a series that got better with each season. This live incarnation of the show is the one that is most fondly remembered, making the second season one that, unlike Felix, will never wear out its welcome. --Donald Liebenson

Customer Reviews

I can't wait for the release of Season 3!
Richard A. Rathman
In my opinion, Season 2 is where The Odd Couple really hit its stride.
The quality of the discs is exceptional both picture and sound.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Leplum on August 25, 2007
Format: DVD
I was fearful when i read that the episodes have been tampered with due to musical sequences. DO NOT WORRY! The episodes are AS COMPLETE as when they first ran on network television back in 70- 71 season. They are hilarious as ever. Worth every cent. Took a long time to see this show on dvd, and well worth the wait. Although there are no xtras on the disc. IT doesn't matter, we have all the xtras we need on season 1. Buy them both, you won't regret it. PERFECT PICTURE and SOUND! BRAVO PARAMOUNT!
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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful By brian komyathy VINE VOICE on May 28, 2007
Format: DVD
Season Two (1971)
1 Natural Childbirth (17-Sep-1971)
2 Felix's Wife's Boyfriend (24-Sep-1971)
3 Hospital Mates (1-Oct-1971)
4 Sleepwalker (8-Oct-1971)
5 A Grave for Felix (15-Oct-1971)
6 Murray the Fink (29-Oct-1971)
7 Does Your Mother Know You're Out(5-Nov-71)
8 The Fat Farm (12-Nov-1971)
9 The Odd Couple Meet Their Host 19-Nov-71)
10 Win One for Felix (3-Dec-1971)
11 Never Having to Say I Do(10-Dec-71)
12 Surprise, Surprise! (17-Dec-1971)
13 Felix the Calypso Singer (24-Dec-1971)
14 And Leave the Greyhound to Us?(31-Dec-71)
15 Security Arms (7-Jan-1972)
16 Speak for Yourself (14-Jan-1972)
17 You Saved My Life (21-Jan-1972)
18 Where's Grandpa (28-Jan-1972)
19 Partner's Investment (4-Feb-1972)
20 Good, Bad Boy (11-Feb-1972)
21 A Night to Dismember (18-Feb-1972)
22 Oscar's Promotion (25-Feb-1972)
23 Psychic, Shmycic (3-Mar-1972)

Part of popular culture; fastidious Felix and the slouch Oscar...Tony (real first name Leonard, just like his son's name on the show) Randall & Jack Klugman starring. The second season of The Odd Couple is the first with a completely new set. (The first season, utilized a set not much different, if at all, from the film version of The Odd Couple starring Walter Matthau & Jack Lemmon.)I'm sure opinion varies as to whether one prefers this period of the show, with the new slicker, brighter (seemingly more vibrant---technically speaking) modern set, versus the original set. But both versions (so to speak) are enjoyable, of course. So enjoy, as the Odd Couple is most assuredly a classic sitcom with most memorable characters and able writing. Cheers
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Rob Keil on August 30, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Of course The Odd Couple is a terriffic sitcom, and the live studio audience setup (which was used from season two onward) makes the dynamics of the comedy even better than in season one. Great actors, great scripts... what else does a sitcom really need?

I've been recording these episodes off TV onto VHS, Super VHS and DVD-RAM for almost 20 years in search of the highest-possible picture quality, and I have never seen the show look or sound as good as it does here. The uncut episodes also yield footage I've never seen. The film transfer is absolutely gorgeous- deep blacks, clean whites, good shadow detail, rich colors, and very fine film grain. I've been watching this upsampled by my blu-ray player to 1080i on a Sony 46" LCD monitor, and even when viewed this large I can find no significant flaws. There are no extras in this set, but frankly I don't care. CBS/Paramount has done an absolutely beautiful job bringing this classic show into the digital age and there are plenty of extras on the season one set if you want them. Highly recommended.
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful By joseph Corey on August 22, 2007
Format: DVD
While the box has the edit and music replacement warning, don't panic. I'm in the process of reviewing The Odd Couple Season 2 for Insidepulse. Every episode is between 25 minutes and 20 to 35 seconds. We're not being given slashed episode. In the Odd Couple Meet Their Host, Felix belts out all the themes to the old radio shows. Rigetto has all the opera tunes and the popular tune at the end. This is not WKRP as far as I can tell. If you want the show - please buy it.
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42 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Dan Plankton on May 21, 2007
Format: DVD
The Odd Couple is my favorite sit-com of all time. And the DVD release of Season 1 was pretty much perfect. Season 2 is where The Odd Couple really hit its stride, and I (and I believe most fans) greatly prefer Seasons 2-5, which were filmed before a live audience.

Unfortunately it's been reported that the packaging for Season 2 of The Odd Couple warns of music alterations. The company that's releasing this (Paramount) has received huge criticism from fans of Happy Days for the music cuts to the DVD sets of that show (also from Odd Couple producer Garry Marshall). This season includes the episode where Felix's opera group puts on Rigoletto, so fear the worst, and I know that I won't pre-order until I see some reviews after the release. I haven't seen this show in decades but I recall that Felix sang frequently in the show's "live" years, so if the pattern from Happy Days is followed, there's a good chance there will be some true damage to this brilliant show. I dread seeing what they'll do in later seasons: Will the episodes with Felix and the Sophisticados get hacked to bits? What about "Happy and Peppy and Bursting with Love"? Or the Paul Williams episode (with Felix's Beatles quote, which will also be in jeopardy)? Or "Laugh, Clown, Laugh"? The music is key to those episodes.

Five stars for The Odd Couple, but altered content definitely diminshes this set.
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