The Odd Couple: What Critics Say

By Rachel Cruz | 3 years ago
The Odd Couple: What Critics Say
Matthew Perry at Policy Exchange. December 16, 2013. Wikimedia Commons/Policy Exchange (Flickr)

The Odd Couple” will debut on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 at 8:30 p.m. on CBS. The show, which is a remake of a classic favorite, will star Matthew Perry, Thomas Lennon, Lindsay Sloane, Yvette Nicole Brown and Wendell Pierce. What do critics have to say about the series? Find out in our round-up of reviews below.

The critic at The San Francisco Gate described the show as promising, but also noted that it could do with better tweaking of the script. The lead characters’ chemistry is evident from the beginning and the critic loved the fact that the show’s comedy while repurposed and based on its old versions is actually quite up-to-date.

The review from the Wall Street Journal also applauded the chemistry between Perry and Lennon and commended them for their timing and physicality. However, even as the jokes seemed edgier and befitting of the current trend, the critic hopes that “tart writing” could accelerate the show’s succeeding episodes.

Entertainment Weekly’s critic gave “The Odd Couple” a disappointing grade of D+, citing that it is not a funny show. The critic also noted in the writing and said that the jokes are “retrograded” and quite dumb. Overall, the review said that the show doesn’t present anything new that would entice the viewers to watch.

Denver Post’s critic thought that the one to watch in this show is Lennon as the neat freak Felix Unger. Once again, chemistry is a big plus for this critic and said that the show’s success or failure will surely be dependent on it. The jokes, on the other hand, will need to be sharper. The critic doubts whether the series will actually take off.

Time Magazine’s critic contended that there was no reason to revive “The Odd Couple,” when the characters, the premise and even the theme song are very much similar to its original inception. The critic described the effort to come up with the show as unnecessary.

Variety noted that the show already feels tired before it even gets to debut, but perhaps it’s good casting as well as the strategic scheduling done by CBS, will be able to keep this show afloat.

And lastly, Media Life Magazine’s review found the chemistry lacking, compared to other duos that have already done the TV show or movie version of “The Odd Couple.” The critic also described the “comic potential” as “too low.”

“The Odd Couple” will start its run this coming Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 at 8:30 p.m. on CBS. For more about this show, follow Movie News Guide (MNG) for the updates.

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Rachel will watch any TV show once to see if it's worth following. She watches 55 to 60 American, British and Canadian TV shows on any regular week. Glued to TV, she has not seen the world outside in a while. :P