(Above: Jack Klugman and Tony Randall in ‘The Odd Couple.’ Source: MeTV)
Here’s a guide to streaming some of the best of Neil Simon.
Simon, who died Sunday morning at 91, primarily wrote for the theater, receiving three Tony Awards (1965 for The Odd Couple, 1985 for Biloxi Blues, 1991 for Lost in Yonkers) and another 14 nominations.
But he began his career as a TV writer, eventually getting four Emmy nominations, and later wrote for the movies, receiving four Oscar nominations.
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Simon received his two other Oscar nominations for The Odd Couple (1969) and California Suite (1979), both adaptations.
Simon received two of his Emmy nominations for original work on NBC’s Caesar’s Hour (1957 and 1958), and two for adaptations – ABC’s Broadway Bound (1992) and Showtime’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor (2001), the latter inspired by his work on both Caesar’s Hour and Your Show of Shows in the 1950s.
It’s nearly impossible to pin down exactly which sketches Simon wrote for Caesar’s Hour, but here’s a trailer for Broadway Bound and a scene from Laughter on the 23rd Floor. Neither are available for streaming.
TV viewers, however, undoubtedly know Simon best for the adaptations (by others) of The Odd Couple. The most famous ran on ABC from 1970 to 1975, starring Tony Randall and Jack Klugman. You can stream episodes from all five seasons on Hulu or CBS All Access.
To get your binge-watching started, here’s the very first episode:
You can also watch two episodes of The Odd Couple free, via antenna. on over-the-air channel MeTV on Sunday nights through September 2 at 7 pm ET. For the channel number in your area, visit MeTV.com/wheretowatch.
Finally, if you want to stream filmed versions of Simon’s other Tony Award winners, Lost In Yonkers (1993) is available to Amazon Prime subscribers or, for $3.99, from various providers. Biloxi Blues (1988) can also be rented widely for $3.99.
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