Odd Couple

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  1. Feb 21, 2015 #41 of 168
    Bob Coxner

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    Wretched! I'm a big fan of Tom Lennon and I even liked Perry in Mr. Sunshine and Go On, so I'm clearly an easy grader but this was some of the worst tv I've seen in years. The laugh track alone had me clawing at my ears. The dialogue made me wish I didn't have ears.
     
  2. Feb 21, 2015 #42 of 168
    Jstkiddn

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    ^^^ word for word this. I really went in expecting it to suck, but was very pleasantly surprised.
     
  3. Feb 21, 2015 #43 of 168
    ThreeSoFar'sBro

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    I'm a big Friends fan, and genuinely like Matthew Perry. He looked like he was struggling during this episode, just reading the lines without the proper emotions to go with them.

    I hope he's sober.
     
  4. Feb 21, 2015 #44 of 168
    TonyD79

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    It felt too much like they tried to fit the pilot from the original show into the show. We need to see if it goes its own way.
     
  5. Feb 21, 2015 #45 of 168
    waynomo

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    I also think there's some potential with a couple of the supporting cast that were only on for a moment. (I'm really bad with names and to lazy to look up.) The woman from Community, the Canadian guy from Talk Radio, and the other friend. (not Friends ;) )
     
  6. Feb 21, 2015 #46 of 168
    stellie93

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    I thought it was interesting that they immediately addressed the "he acts gay, but he's really not" issue. I don't remember them ever coming out and saying that in the first TV series. But then it's been a long time since I saw it...
     
  7. Feb 21, 2015 #47 of 168
    TonyD79

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    Those things weren't addressed in those days on TV. They just always gave him a girl friend or an involvement of some kind.
     
  8. Feb 21, 2015 #48 of 168
    cannonz

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    I liked his TV setup, I guess the neighbors are the new Pigeon sisters. It's a shame Brett Somers is not around to play Oscar's grandmother.
     
  9. Feb 21, 2015 #49 of 168
    series5orpremier

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    I know it's fashionable to complain how bad every remake is, but for what it's worth I thought it was executed at least as well as the original TV series, which of course is a classic. I realize times and tastes may have changed and with all the competition some people have higher expectations, but I thought it was a faithful re-creation of the original brought into the high definition world.
     
  10. Feb 21, 2015 #50 of 168
    TIVO_GUY_HERE

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    Exactly. He was saying funny lines, but it was like he was confused if he should be a Klugman, or Matthau Oscar.

    Other than that, (and I hope he figures it out)I liked it.

    Wow 40 years since the TV show went off the air. I'm gonna go yell at some kids on my lawn now.....
     
  11. Feb 21, 2015 #51 of 168
    justapixel

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    Watched it last night. Don't think it'll be a keeper. The guy who played Felix was WAY too much like Tony Randall. Looks, hair, voice, nasal things......there was nothing creative about it. It was an imitation. Less so for Matthew Perry but still...

    A fresh take on the idea would be welcomed to me, but this is pure imitation. Even the set seemed similar to me. The lines sounded familiar. Is that what they wanted to do - just copy the show with new actors and a few modernizations? Oh look! A cell phone!

    I also HATE a laugh track so that's a huge push me towards the door. I might watch it one more time, I like to give a show a couple of chances. But it was definitely not enjoyable.

    Poor Matthew Perry. I like him. I actually didn't hate his last show. But this one is going to annoy me unless they deviate from the copying and quick.
     
  12. Feb 21, 2015 #52 of 168
    astrohip

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    I liked it more than I thought I would. Earned a second episode.

    BTW, has she lost a LOT of weight? I recognized her immediately, but did a double take, then another double take (a triple take?).
     
  13. Feb 21, 2015 #53 of 168
    Regina

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    waynomo

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    Seven...
    Quadruple.
    2+2 or 2*2 = 4
     
  15. Feb 21, 2015 #55 of 168
    waynomo

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    My recollection is that most of that was in the movie also, so really Jack Lemmon.
     
  16. Feb 21, 2015 #56 of 168
    getreal

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    Dave Foley was in "Kids in the Hall" and "Newsradio".
    Yvette Nicole Brown (from "Community") looks like she's lost a lot of weight in the meantime. [ETA: I started writing this post 90 min. before I posted it, so others have already made similar comments in the meantime.]
    Wendell Pierce (lots of shows, including "The Michael J. Fox Show") has a great voice and I'd like to see his character a lot more.

    I was having difficulty staying focused during the pilot episode and tend to agree with the general ennui, but will give it a couple of more episodes before I cast judgment.
     
  17. Feb 21, 2015 #57 of 168
    waynomo

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    I knew he was in "kids" something, but couldn't remember and again was too lazy to look it up.

    Thank you for filling in the blanks.
     
  18. Feb 21, 2015 #58 of 168
    astrohip

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    Houston/Bren...
    I just binged The Wire, start to finish, so I had to yell out "Bunk!".
     
  19. Feb 22, 2015 #59 of 168
    Unbeliever

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    The pilot was satisfying enough for TV, the only real complaint that I had was they tried to do most, if not all of the play/movie in the pilot episode. Because they rushed it too much, the "F.U." joke fell flat and didn't have the same impact.

    1) It was my favorite joke of the play/movie,

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    2) It was the precipice/crisis of the entire Felix/Oscar relationship. Without Oscar kicking Felix out, there was no acceptance that they really needed each other.

    --Carlos "didn't see the Klugman/Randall Odd Couple at all." V.
     
  20. Feb 22, 2015 #60 of 168
    Howie

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    I never watched the old series because I thought it would be a ripoff of the Lemmon/Matthau movie, a classic IMO. I intend to watch the new pilot today, though.
     

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