The premise: Fans of the 1968 movie or the classic TV series starring Tony Randall and Jack Klugman know the setup: “The Odd Couple” stars Matthew Perry as likeable slob Oscar Madison and Thomas Lennon as neat freak Felix Unger. The duo are former college pals who become unlikely roommates after their marriages fall apart. With their divergent personalities, it’s not long after Felix moves in that Oscar fears he’s made a big mistake. Oscar’s assistant Dani (Yvette Nicole Brown), and his long-time agent, Teddy (Wendell Pierce) have their hands full trying to keep Oscar’s career as a sports radio host on track as he deals with his new living situation. Luckily, their quirky neighbor Emily (Lindsay Sloane) helps Felix adapt to his new life as a bachelor and rein in his numerous eccentricities. Despite how frustrated Oscar and Felix make each other, in the end, these mismatched friends agree they can help one another move on from their divorces and somehow make their odd living arrangement work.
Highs: Thomas Lennon is one of those “that guy” actors you’ve seen in a number of different comedies. With cameos in “I Love You Man,” “New Girl,” “Party Down,” and countless other comedic roles, viewers will certainly get a sense of déjà vu when seeing Lennon on their televisions.