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The Odd Couple: Season 3

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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. `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 The Odd Couple's third, and best yet, season, coarse and crude sportswriter Oscar Madison is dubbed--by a princess, no less--as "Sir Oscar, Nicest of the Nice Guys." His roommate, best friend, and consummate pest, Felix Unger, tells him at one humbling point, "Oscar, you're well above average." Exploring Oscar's softer side no doubt helped earn Jack Klugman an Emmy Award for this season, but rest assured, not all of Oscar's edges have been smoothed out. He's still a slob, his room is still a disaster area, and he is still quick to erupt, which is understandable. As obsessive and overbearing Felix (Tony Randall) himself states, "I drive everybody crazy. I never learn my lesson." In one of the series' most fondly remembered episodes, "My Strife in Court" (also known as the "Never Assume" episode), Felix humiliates Oscar in court after he gets them both arrested for scalping theatre tickets. In another fan favorite, "Password," Oscar and Felix are a washout on the classic game show, thanks to Felix's arcane clues ("Aristophanes" for the password "bird"). In "Gloria, Hallelujah," jealous Felix goes to great lengths to prove he's not when Oscar is matched with Felix's ex-wife, Gloria (Janis Hansen), for a computer date. All of which helps make the episode "I Gotta Be Me" so much fun, as the constantly bickering duo try their hand at role reversal with Oscar kvetching and fussing, and Felix trashing a dinner party with beer and cheap cigars. In the third season, Penny Marshall (brother Garry wrote several episodes), as Oscar's secretary, Myrna, and Al Molinaro as hangdog cop, Murray, are given more prominent roles. In some odd stunt casting, Monty Hall guest stars as himself in the episode "Let's Make a Deal," and Howard Cosell proves to be an excellent foil for Oscar and Felix in "Big Mouth." Bret Sommers, the former Mrs. Klugman, makes a welcome return as Oscar's dread ex-wife, Blanche in "The Odd Couples," in which Oscar and Blanche must pretend they are still married for the benefit of Oscar's tradition-bound mother. Elinor Donahue (whose TV Land resume includes Father Knows Best and The Andy Griffith Show) debuts as Felix's girlfriend, Miriam. With a live studio audience to cheer the actors on, this season provides several show-stopping moments, from Felix and Murray performing a little Gilbert & Sullivan in "Gloria, Hallelujah" to Myrna's spectacular tap dance in "Myrna's Debut." --Donald Liebenson

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  • Actors: Tony Randall, Jack Klugman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: January 22, 2008
  • Run Time: 596 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,574 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Odd Couple: Season 3" on IMDb

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Dan Plankton on January 22, 2008
Format: DVD
Sad to say, but possibly the greatest TV sitcom ever is getting hacked for DVD release. Season 1 of the Odd Couple on DVD was perfect -- no cuts. Season 2 was near-perfect -- only a couple of pieces of incidental music were changed.

But sure enough, there are serious cuts this season that make viewing less enjoyable. The worst: the famous "role reversal" has its closing punchline cut off. The show stops when Felix says "I believe I sing better than you, Oscar." We don't get to see the bit where Felix sings "Cocktails for Two" and Oscar shuts him in the closet. Parts of Felix singing are also cut from at least two other episodes.

Three stars because the shows are still great and the total cuts on the season seem to be about two minutes. Still, this does not bode well for future seasons: Felix's band playing the square dance ... Paul Williams ... Laugh, Clown, Laugh ... Jaye P. Morgan ... Roy Clark ... Those episodes will be ruined if the music is cut.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A. Petrone on February 2, 2008
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I can't even begin to explain the disappointent in this DVD set. Odd Couple fans have been waiting for decades for this series to be released on DVD. When they finally get around to it, they give us these inexcusable edited versions. I have counted at least five episodes with deleted, changed, or shortened scenes, due to someone (usually Felix) singing a few lines from a song. ("Sweet mystery of life" from 'The Odyssey Couple'; "Secluded Rondevoux" from 'Role Reversal'; "Sun in the morning..", from 'Murry who came to Dinner'; "Look for the Silver Lining" from 'The Odd Monks', and "Peg of my heart" from 'The Odd Couples')

I think someone owes true fans of the series an explanation. Other than here, where can we register our complaints? The sad fact is, if we do, instead of correcting them, they will probably respond by not releasing the 4th and 5th seasons. Shame on Paramount!

How sad.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By movie luver on February 18, 2008
Format: DVD
I had been waiting for years for the Odd Couple to be released on DVD, and when they finally came out I was ecstatic. I bought Seasons 1 & 2 as soon as they hit the shelves and I enjoyed them alot, and didn't even notice any of the supposed cuts or music changes, possibly because they were very subtle. Not the case with Season 3. The cuts are very noticeable, and really take away from my enjoyment of seeing the episodes again. I was really shocked by this. I can't imagine how much it would have cost Paramount to pay for the right to use a line or two from some old songs, but I'm sure the $34.99 everyone paid for the DVDs would help cover the cost and leave us all alot happier.
As one other reviewer said, what will happen with some of the later episodes? There are a few that revolve around music especially those with Felix's band the Sophisticados, and the Paul Willam's episode. Will these episodes be cut to bits? This type of greed is unacceptable and I will not be buying any future sets of The Odd Couple I'm sad to say. What a diasappointment.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Ross on January 23, 2008
Format: DVD
I was thrilled to hear that season three of The Odd Couple was being released. It is my favorite TV show of all time, and I have the first two seasons which were released in near perfect condition. However, the same isn't true for season three.

Season three sees The Odd Couple butchered like never before. It's a shame that fans might never again see the episodes in their original form. As a big fan of classic TV, I feel like I've put up with this long enough. I bought season one of The Cosby Show and Roseanne -- both edited -- and all four edited seasons of ALF. I even went so far as to purchase WKRP. But this one takes the cake. There is no way I am putting down good money for an edited set of The Odd Couple.

So long Oscar and Felix.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Willard Eisenhower on January 23, 2008
Format: DVD
There is a disclaimer on the box that warns that these episodes are edited; however, I was hoping they would be minimal as in the previous two releases. They are not minimal and many episodes are unwatchable for knowledgeable fans. I'm not in agreement with those who say that edited versions are better than nothing. Because of the disclaimer, I cannot return this item, as I would like; however, this is the last season of this show that I'll buy. What a shame for Paramount to show such contempt for its customers.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Lou1972 on February 2, 2008
Format: DVD
Once again, CBS/Paramount has screwed up another TV show on DVD. The second season of Happy Days on DVD was the worst example of corporate greed I have ever seen. Now they have done the same shoddy work to The Odd Couple. To be fair, the quality of the film transfer is excellent, even on a 42" LCD TV. But sadly, many episodes are edited. I have copies of taped episodes from syndication which have scenes not included in this DVD. One example is "Oscar's Birthday" when his dance teacher is introduced. On the syndicated version , she comes out and tap dances all around Oscar much to his embarrassment. But on these butchered DVDs, her whole dance sequence is cut out, probably because she is dancing while Murray is singing to a song that Paramount wouldn't buy the rights for. Another obvious edit is the final scene of "I Gotta Be Me" when Felix says he sings better than Oscar. On the original episode he starts to sing "Cocktails For Two" when Oscar shuts him in the closet. The song is cut from the DVDs. I guess CBS/Paramount can't afford to pay the royalties for a 74 year old song. It's a shame that for the price of these DVD sets, we cannot get the original episodes as they aired. I guess we are at the mercy of stingy billionaire companies!
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There's another cut in The Odd Monks: when Felix is musing about the clouds he'd been watching, after he says he saw the cloud with a silver lining, he begins singing "Look for the Silver Lining", as he turns to get everyone else to join in, that's when he realizes that the others have... Read More
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