Based on the tv-show with the same name from 1970’s written by Neil Simon and created by Garry Marshall, Perry and Lennon brings one of the classics back to life in the new CBS tv show, not only a modern version for newer generations but also something warm and funny with a lot of heart for everyone to enjoy.
Oscar Madison, played by the always charmingly great Matthew Perry, a sports journalist who opens the doors to his home to his college friend Felix Unger (Thomas Lennon) after being kicked out of his place by his wife. Two completely polar opposite personalities have to now share an apartment together, though their lifestyles are as different as black and white.
These two actors go way back, remember Joey’s hand twin in one of the episodes of FRIENDS? Well, that twin was played by Thomas Lennon. They later worked together in the comedy 17 Again and that friendship and chemistry radiates through each episode and scene today.
I cannot think of a better duo to play these characters better than these two, and I’ve fallen in love with their relationship and journey through each season.
I also find myself being able to relate to both characters, mostly Felix since I spend most my time during my days off cleaning, I can’t sleep if my kitchen is a mess, my closet is 99% of the time organized unless I’m traveling and I tend to leave a slight mess when packing.
I constantly think of hygiene, my health, and I love taking pictures. But I also have Oscar days, when I’m leaning toward the lazy side, don’t feel like picking something up, being a little grumpy, and as I am writing this am I working in my underwear. So it’s a little bit of both worlds and I love it. So in one way or another, everyone can relate to them and the show, making it a whole lot more entertaining to watch because you sometimes see yourself in it.
Thomas Lennon’s acting is phenomenal, and there isn’t a single scene with him in it that is dull. Everything from his mannerism, face expression, body language to when he speaks is brilliant and a joy to watch every single time.
He’s a little bit like Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory, you don’t want to like him but end up loving him to the core instead. I’ve grown so fondly of the show that I truly pray it’ll continue to several more seasons, filling my home with laughter caused by these two together.
Matthew Perry has never failed on bringing a smile to my face, from FRIENDS to The whole nine and ten yards, Fools rush in, 17 Again, and so many others. It always feels like his real persona burst through each one of his characters that he plays in some way. He seems genuine like an amazing person, and you dying to be part of his circle.
Another actor in the show who is a blast to watch, and who I personally think should have more scenes is ”Murph”, played by Geoff Stults. His character is hilarious, and I adore his over-the-top confident yet charming-slightly dumb personality. You can’t hate him. And I enjoy seeing Wendell Pierce in a more light-hearted character than the one he plays in Suits (another favorite show)
They’ve gathered a delightful ensemble of great people, compared to the original that mostly revolved around ”Oscar” and ”Felix. Personally, I feel there’s more soul in this newer version, and they have modernized it beautifully as well.
In overall, The Odd Couple is a soul-warming show that gives you that delightful fuzzy feeling spreading through your system. It’s light, it’s funny, and it will end up entering your heart whether you want it or not. Don’t fight it, and you’ll have a great show to fill your days off with. 5,5/10
Kudos to the entire cast and crew, and keep on delivering these amazing episodes. Plus, I’ll probably never get enough of Lennon’s adorable persona, and Perry’s almost Caribbean colored eyes!
& shout out to Dave Foley, who we should see more of.