(Above: Jack Klugman and Tony Randall. Source: Wikimedia )
Over-the-air channel Decades will host a 43-hour, 86-episode binge of The Odd Couple (ABC, 1970-1975), starting this Saturday, August 1, at noon ET (check with Decades.com/binge or Decade’s schedule page for airtime in your area).
Things kick off Saturday afternoon with “The Laundry Orgy,” featuring Felix (Tony Randall) and Oscar’s (Jack Klugman) first date with the Pigeon sisters.
Some of our favorite episodes include:
Sunday, 1:30 am, “Sleepwalker” – In an effort to be nicer to Felix, Oscar suppresses his anger. This results in sleepwalking episodes in which Oscar smacks Felix over the head with a rolled-up newspaper.
Sunday, 2:30 am, “Murray the Fink” – Tired of being teased about his poor arrest record, Murray the Cop arrests his friendly poker game group, resulting in a memorable courtroom showdown in which Felix comes to his aid while embarrassing Oscar.
Sunday, 3:30 am, “The Fat Farm” – Felix takes a skeptical Oscar to a health resort. Felix adheres to the letter of the fat farm’s laws, while Oscar flouts them every chance he gets. If Oscar quits, well, it’s no skin off Dr. Berger’s apple.
In the scene below, Oscar discovers that dining at the fat farm is not to his liking:
Sunday, 5:30 am, “Surprise, Surprise” – Felix holds a birthday party for his daughter Edna in the apartment at the same time Oscar is running his poker game. The clown Felix has hired to entertain the kids is soon lured away by the poker action, ruining Edna’s special day.
Sunday, 6 am, “Felix the Calypso Singer” – When Oscar’s girlfriend Nancy is forced to work, Oscar talks Felix into joining him on his Caribbean vacation. Once there, however, Nancy is able to join Oscar after all, making Felix an unhappy third wheel.
Below, to make amends for his disastrous vacation, Oscar secures a quick singing gig for Felix:
Sunday, 12 pm, “Big Mouth” – Oscar faces off on-air with his old nemesis, Howard Cosell.
Sunday, 4:30 pm, “Password” – Felix and Oscar team up on the TV game show, Password. Guest starring Allen Ludden and Betty White.
What are some of your favorite episodes of The Odd Couple? Feel free to add them to the comments section at the end of the article.
All 114 episodes of The Odd Couple can be streamed by subscribers to CBS All Access, which is also available as an Amazon Prime add-on channel. And Hulu subscribers can also stream 66 episodes spanning all five seasons.
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