Parents' Guide to

The Odd Couple

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Unlikely friends mock each other endlessly in stale sitcom.

TV CBS Comedy 2015
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Launching just as CBS's inexplicable monster hit Two and a Half Men winds down, The Odd Couple is clearly being positioned as its successor, with a super similar plot line (odd bedfellows become almost literally bedfellows when they room together) and the same hacky rhythm: One actor says a line, the next says the joke, pause for canned laughter, another joke, pause for canned laughter. Admittedly, some of the jokes are not bad: "I'm not telling you what we're having for dinner, but dirty hands are a fon-don't!" says Felix, played by the always-charming Thomas Lennon. Others are definitely not good: "This town is teeming with women!" says Oscar. A taxi beeps and a female voice advises, "Move it, you jackasses." "Well, maybe not that one," says Oscar. Mug, mug.

It feels so dated that you're forced to wonder what on earth Perry was thinking, as there could have been a way to update these beloved characters instead of relying on jokes and situations that would have seemed stale in 1970. Felix will drive Oscar crazy by putting down shelf paper or doing yoga stretches in the living room first thing in the morning. Oscar will retaliate by peeing in the shower. The jokes almost write themselves! And that's not a good thing.

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