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Old 10-22-2015, 05:08 AM   #1
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Default Ratings were usually sub-par??

I've read that whereas the general public found this show entertaining, the ratings were normally towards the bottom of the barrel for the entire run of the show. And, that it was almost cancelled close to 7 times!!!

How could this be? Such an iconic hit as "The Odd Couple"!!

Also, that Klugman was not the first to be considered for the role. It was Norman Fell!!
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It's quite ironic that the show wasn't a ratings success when it first aired on ABC but when it entered reruns, the show became increasingly popular. I remember reading that WPIX-TV in New York would air Odd Couple reruns four times a day.
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Garry Marshall said that ABC told him that people weren't watching The Odd Couple because they thought that Oscar and Felix were homosexuals.
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I've read that whereas the general public found this show entertaining, the ratings were normally towards the bottom of the barrel for the entire run of the show. And, that it was almost cancelled close to 7 times!!!

How could this be? Such an iconic hit as "The Odd Couple"!!

Also, that Klugman was not the first to be considered for the role. It was Norman Fell!!
yea, hard to believe isn't it? It was the same with THE BRADY BUNCH.
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yea, hard to believe isn't it? It was the same with THE BRADY BUNCH.

The Odd Couple was a classic.

The Brady Bunch wasn't.
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Garry Marshall said that ABC told him that people weren't watching The Odd Couple because they thought that Oscar and Felix were homosexuals.

That's why it was hard for me to watch the few times I did because it was just them and no talk of women or no women around them

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That's why it was hard for me to watch the few times I did because it was just them and no talk of women or no women around them
They both had ex wives. Early on they were with the Pigeon sisters. Oscar chased any woman possible and at one point had a steady girlfriend. Felix also had a steady girlfriend for a while and always pined for his ex and dated . It's basically impossible to not hear them talk about or see women.
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Garry Marshall said that ABC told him that people weren't watching The Odd Couple because they thought that Oscar and Felix were homosexuals.
Batman and Robin got the same complaints. That's why they added Aunt Harriet for the show.(Although I don't see how that would stop anything )

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They both had ex wives. Early on they were with the Pigeon sisters. Oscar chased any woman possible and at one point had a steady girlfriend. Felix also had a steady girlfriend for a while and always pined for his ex and dated . It's basically impossible to not hear them talk about or see women.
they did all that so audiences wouldn't think they were a gay couple.
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they did all that so audiences wouldn't think they were a gay couple.
Sneaky. I should have figured there was something "odd" about that "couple".
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yea, hard to believe isn't it? It was the same with THE BRADY BUNCH.
The Brady Bunch were homosexuals?
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I suppose nobody on here knows which season was their highest rated.

I would guess seasons 2 and/or 3.
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I suppose nobody on here knows which season was their highest rated.

I would guess seasons 2 and/or 3.

It was stated that the show was almost cancelled every season but it did well in summer reruns
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