Posted by on Aug 21, 2008 in Palaver, TV | 9 comments

Was listening to jazz in the car last night and along came somebody’s interpretation of the “Odd Couple” theme song (which turns out to have been written by Neal Hefti). It occurred to me that the show was one of my all-time favorites but had vanished from my radar; guess I need to watch more TVland.

“The Odd Couple” ran from 1970 (I was nine) to 1975. It was the first sitcom for grownups that I watched and got (except, perhaps, for “Room 222,” which as I recall coattailed the Partridges and Bradys), and maybe my memory of the show is overly fond because of that.

As regular readers know, this blog fearlessly asks the hard questions, and so I forced myself to place Oscar and Felix in my all-time-fave-sitcom pantheon. Here are the results:

  1. “Seinfeld.” Trite answer? Oh-so-typical? Maybe, but man, I made it a point to watch every week for five or six seasons, and I can’t say that about any other show.
  2. “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” ‘Twas already in syndication when I discovered it – I’m not that old – and I love it to this day, at least until that little turd Ritchie comes along. I wanted to swing like those New Rochellers (New Rochellians?), and I perfected a hassock-dodging, necktie-straightening impression of Rob.
  3. “NewsRadio.” The least appreciated great sitcom of all time.
  4. “The Odd Couple.”
  5. “The Office.”

Honorable Mentions: “Scrubs,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”

Obligatory Nod to “The Honeymooners” and “I Love Lucy.” OK, they were great, they set the standard, everything since is a pale imitation. If you say so. I guess they just didn’t catch me at the right moment; by the time I saw them, they felt old (whereas Van Dyke felt timeless. Go figure).