Two men, a neat freak and a slob separated from their wives, have to live together despite their differences.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Tony Randall ...  Felix Unger / ... 114 episodes, 1970-1975
Jack Klugman ...  Oscar Madison / ... 114 episodes, 1970-1975
Al Molinaro ...  Officer Murray Greshler 73 episodes, 1970-1975
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Storyline

One is neat, one is a slob. Both are divorced and need a place to stay. That's how fussy photographer Felix Unger and sloppy sportswriter Oscar Madison end up sharing a New York City apartment. The arguments are endless but funny; it's like watching your parents fight. Written by Jwelch5742

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La extraña pareja See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(114 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

According to Elinor Donahue, she had trouble with her lines during her first table read with the cast. Tony Randall banged on the table and yelled at her for blowing her lines, causing her to cry. The next day, Donahue found a bouquet of flowers and an apology note from Randall. The two ended up becoming great friends. See more »

Goofs

In the opening credits for the entire series, the type of luggage Felix is carrying changes. When he is indoors (leaving his apartment or arriving at Oscar's) he is carrying a white suitcase. But when he is walking outside he is not carrying the white suitcase. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Felix Unger: [to Oscar] Let this be on your head.
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Connections

Referenced in Gimme a Break!: The Big Apple: Part 2 (1984) See more »

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A television classic
22 April 2000 | by Op_PrimeSee all my reviews

This was the show that pretty much started the whole mismatched pair sitcom or at least the most memorable of that type. Tony Randall and Jack Klugman have perfect chemistry which the show really benefits from. The series had clever writing from start to finish. Not just one of the most memorable show from the 1970s, but also one of the memorable shows of all time.


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