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The Odd Couple: Who Would You Cast Today?

Odd CoupleNeil Simon’s creation was a hit play for many years on stage and then became a very popular movie starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. Still, it’s the television version of The Odd Couple that many recall most fondly.

Starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randall, The Odd Couple ran for five seasons and 114 episodes on ABC, from 1970 until 1975. Executive produced by Garry Marshall, it was one of the few sitcoms of that era to actually have an ending — Felix remarries Gloria and moves out while Oscar jumps for joy.

In the fall of 1975, ABC aired The Oddball Couple on Saturday mornings that paired a neat cat named Spiffy (voice of Frank Nelson) with a slobby dog named Fleabag (voiced by Paul Winchell). The animated series lasted one season and 16 episodes and had no direct relation to the live-action sitcom.

In 1982, ABC aired The New Odd Couple, also produced by Gary Marshall and Anthony W. Marshall. This live-action series stars Ron Glass (Barney Miller) and Demond Wilson (Sanford & Son) and recycled many of the original sitcom’s scripts with a minority cast. It didn’t last a full season.

If the show were being done today, who would you cast in the roles of finicky Felix Unger and slovenly Oscar Madison?

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Joanne July 22, 2013 at 10:43 am

I think the Odd Couple was one of the best sitcoms on TV I would love to see a revival of it with Kevin James playing Oscar and David Hyde Peirce playing Felix. I wonder if they ever considered it?


brenda December 6, 2011 at 12:42 pm

I would cast Charlie Sheen as oscar Victor Garber as felix


Judi September 30, 2011 at 12:18 pm

definetly the Jon Cryer and Charlie Sheen!!! This would be PERFECT…PERFECT…..and another way to get Jon Cryer and Charlie Sheen back together…they are TOO FUNNY together!!!!


Bethany August 26, 2011 at 1:29 am

David Hyde Pierce (Frazier) does such a wonderful neat freak, I can’t imagine anyone else being Felix.

David DeLouise (Wizards of Waverly Place) would be perfect as Oscar. I don’t think he is actually that frumpy/dumpy. But I do think he could play it well, and think oposite DHP could really make a go if it.


Al Nichols August 15, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Matthew Perry as Oscar and Matt LeBlanc as Felix


R. April 9, 2015 at 9:01 pm

Al Nichols, you half got it right.

It’s Thomas Lennon (Reno 911!) who plays Felix.


Clark Kent July 4, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Kevin James-Oscar

Phil Lewis (Mr. Mosbey on The Suite Life & The Suite Life On Deck)-Felix


Carmen strong July 2, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Colin hanks as Felix and Bradley whitford as oscar


Steve Thomas July 1, 2011 at 11:52 am

Billy Gardell as Oscar
Jim Parsons as Felix


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