Actor Jack Klugman passed away right before Christmas. He was 90-years-old.
Some will remember him for his television series Quincy, M.E., but his biggest role in television was starring opposite Tony Randall in The Odd Couple. Jack was Oscar Madison, Tony was Felix Unger.
I was just a teenager in high school when the show premiered in 1970. I instantly liked it. In the second season, they dropped that awful laugh track and started to do the show in front of a live audience. That’s when the show started to become truly great.
It was never a hit when it ran on network television—lasted five seasons. When it went into syndication, that’s when the masses found it. I remember being in New York City where a T.V. station there was airing back to back episodes every night. Finally, it was a hit.
The video clip up above is classic Felix and Oscar. Felix makes it very clear to his roommate how he likes to drink his juice.
Tony (Felix) and Jack (Oscar) are both gone now and the world is a little sadder because of it.