The Odd Couple on Stage and Screen

A History with Cast and Crew Profiles and an Episode Guide


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About the Book

Inspired by the real life post-divorce experiences of television comedy writer Danny Simon, The Odd Couple has touched multiple generations of fans. Playwright Neil Simon embellished his brother Danny’s pseudo-sitcom situation and created an oil-and-water twosome with memorable characters showcasing the foibles of mankind.
The original Broadway production enjoyed a run of 964 performances. The story of the cohabitation of Felix Ungar and Oscar Madison translated extremely well to the silver screen, and then in 1970 to television, where it brought weekly laughs and mirth to an even larger audience for five seasons in prime time. This thorough history details The Odd Couple in all its forms over the decades. It provides capsule biographies of the stage, film and television casts and crew, as well as an episode guide and a wealth of little-known information.

About the Author(s)

Bob Leszczak has spent the last four decades as an on-air radio personality. A frequent TV and film extra, he is the former writer/producer of a weekly five-hour syndicated music trivia program called “Solid Gold Scrapbook.” He lives in Manchester, New Jersey.

Bibliographic Details

Bob Leszczak
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 276
Bibliographic Info: 32 photos, glossary, index
Copyright Date: 2014
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7790-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1539-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments  vi
Foreword by Mark Rothman  1
Preface  3
One—The History of The Odd Couple  5
Two—The Cast and Guest Stars  21
Three—The Crew  133
Four—The Episode Guides  185
Five—The Odd Couple Extras, Flubs and Factoids  221
Epilogue  247
Index  249

Book Reviews & Awards

“A fascinating, thorough reference that is most highly recommended”—