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The New Odd Couple
Demond Wilson as Oscar Madison and Ron Glass as Felix Unger in The New Odd Couple
Genre Sitcom
Written by Lowell Ganz
Mark Rothman
Millee Taggart
Kurt Taylor
Directed by Joel Zwick
Starring Ron Glass
Demond Wilson
John Schuck
Bart Braverman
Jo Marie Payton
Liz Torres
Theme music composer Neal Hefti
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 18 (2 unaired)
Executive producer(s) Garry Marshall
Anthony W. Marshall
Running time 30 mins. (approx)
Original channel ABC
Original run October 29, 1982 – May 26, 1983
Related shows The Odd Couple

The New Odd Couple is an American sitcom that aired on ABC from 1982-83, and was an updated version of the 1970-75 television series The Odd Couple. The New Odd Couple was the second attempt to remake a series of one of Neil Simon's plays with a primarily African-American cast. The first was Barefoot in the Park (which also premiered on September 24, 1970, the same day the original Odd Couple series did).



In this series, Felix and Oscar were both African-American. Felix was portrayed by Ron Glass and Oscar was portrayed by Demond Wilson. The characterizations were still the same, as Felix was a prissy neatfreak and Oscar was a fun loving and sloppy character. John Schuck also appeared as Murray the Cop, who was still kept Caucasian, as was the character of Roy, who was played by Bart Braverman.

The show ran for 16 episodes; eight of the episodes used recycled scripts from the original series. By the time the writers began producing new scripts, it was too late, as the show never found an audience. The series was cancelled in 1983.


  • Ron Glass .... Felix Unger
  • Demond Wilson .... Oscar Madison
  • Sheila Anderson .... Cecily Pigeon
  • Bart Braverman .... Roy
  • Ronalda Douglas .... Gwendolyn Pigeon
  • Jo Marie Payton .... Mona
  • John Schuck .... Murray
  • Liz Torres .... Maria

Production notes

The New Odd Couple was executive produced by Garry and Anthony W. Marshall, and distributed by Paramount Television. The theme music was still the same as the original series (composed by Neal Hefti), but it was played with a more urban arrangement.


Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "The Ides of April" October 29, 1982
1-2 "The Hustler" November 5, 1982
1-3 "Frances Moves In" November 12, 1982
1-4 "That Was No Lady" November 19, 1982
1-5 "Brother, Can You Spare a Job?" November 26, 1982
1-6 "The New Car" December 3, 1982
1-7 "The Cordon Bleus" December 10, 1982
1-8 "The Odd Triangle" December 17, 1982
1-9 "Opening Night" December 31, 1982
1-10 "Security" January 7, 1983
1-11 "Bachelor of the Year" January 14, 1983
1-12 "A Grave for Felix" January 21, 1983
1-13 "My Strife in Court" January 28, 1983
1-14 "Oscar Dates Felix's Frances" February 18, 1983
1-15 "Murray's Hot Date" February 25, 1983
1-16 "The Night Stalker" May 26, 1983
1-17 "The Perils of Pauline" Never aired
1-18 "The Only Way to Fly" Never aired


Reruns of the series aired on BET in the early 1990s. TV Land occasionally aired reruns when they were airing reruns of the original 1970s series.

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