The Odd Couple: Season 1 Reviews

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February 20, 2015
I'm not quite hooked. And if others feel the same way and with the overabundance of TV options today, then that doesn't bode well for The Odd Couple.
February 20, 2015
This show is sort of everything that is wrong with network sitcoms these days.
February 20, 2015
Oscar will teach Felix to unwind a little; Felix will smooth Oscar's rough edges. Repeat until syndication money rolls in.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 19, 2015
Watching this watery remake, one is struck by the horrifying, Twilight Zone notion that we'll all be strapped to hospital beds in the not-too-distant future, watching the premiere of a remake of Two and a Half Men and unable to reach a clicker.
February 19, 2015
The result is a laugh-free, thought-free enterprise that wastes talent, time and the benefits of a Big Bang lead-in.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
February 19, 2015
This latest production is not completely terrible; it just underscores the sad state of affairs on network television, where programmers are seriously hurting for a fresh idea.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 19, 2015
I really, really wanted to like this pilot and the truth is, I didn't. But, that's not to say that I won't give the series a bit of a chance.
February 19, 2015
The oddest thing about The Odd Couple is that it took Perry, Lennon, Bibb, Lindsay Sloane, Dave Foley, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Wendell Pierce and wasted every molecule of their combined talents.
February 19, 2015
The problem? Maybe it's the speed with which all this unfolds, but too often in this first episode things feel awkward, as if the dialogue were written mostly to set up jokes, and therefore the character part of the story seems forced.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 19, 2015
While some jokes land, and some characters hint at what they might do once they get something to do, the show - which is to say, the pilot - never really lights up.
February 19, 2015
It could be unbearable, and it's not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 19, 2015
The focus, however, remains on Perry and Lennon. By pilot's end, they've evoked a bit of a bond, which is better than nothing. But why bother? Their Odd Couple feels like the kind of time-filling time killer that's chasing viewers to other options.
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 19, 2015
Despite plundering Simon's original language and bits and pieces from each of the previous adaptations, the new The Odd Couple has no rhythm, mostly for fear of showing two men dancing together too well.
February 19, 2015
Other variations on the show's theme have been successful. It could be that a more faithful copy of the original finds a new audience all its own.
February 19, 2015
The new Odd Couple is sad because it speaks so directly to the general lack of imagination in network comedy.
February 18, 2015
There's no reason to bet against The Odd Couple, even if you weren't rooting for a remake.
February 17, 2015
The first few minutes include some unfunny lines followed by ridiculous bursts of canned laughter.
February 17, 2015
Good casting provides some hope, but this still feels oh-so-20th century.
February 17, 2015
[Matthew] Perry's idea of being slovenly is a little extra facial hair. Otherwise he dresses pretty well, even wearing a tie in some scenes. His handling of his speaking parts otherwise is forced and kind of sad.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
February 17, 2015
Call it re-creation or reboot, rerun or retread, the first episode of The Odd Couple offers little reason to return.
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