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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
- All 23 second-season episodes on 4 discs
- Some music has been changed for this home entertainment version
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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
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.
Anyhoo, the transfer quality is top notch. After watching this series for so many years on Channel 11 in New York and occasionally on TV Land, it's wonderful to see the rich vibrant colors of the 70's on the dvd. My senses are so alive! Example, watching the "Golden Earrings" episode last night, I noticed for the first time how beautiful the greyhound was. What a nice doggie!
Also, even the hardest of hardcore OC fans will find scenes they never saw before. All the scenes WPIX, TV Land, and syndication edited out are back in. Each edited scene is like a wonderful little nugget of discovery as you watch these episodes again.
Gratzi! Mille Gratzi Paramount! It took you long enough, but hopefully sales will show that the demand for this DVD series is a long time coming.
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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I love this show and although it may never be as good as the original....I still look forward to watching each week. Read more
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