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Can the new Odd Couple share an apartment and drive us crazy with laughter?

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On Thursday night, the brightest and wisest minds of our culture will once again take up a question that has plagued philosophers for generations: “Can two divorced men share an apartment without driving each other crazy?” All right, maybe this isn’t exactly the Riddle of the Sphinx. But it’s the familiar tagline of one of TV’s great sitcoms, The Odd Couple. The series, which ran from 1970 to 1975, featured real-life BFFs Tony Randall (as Felix Unger, the obsessively neat one) and Jack Klugman (as Oscar Madison, the hopelessly sloppy one). During its run, the show was canceled by ABC year after year, only to be repeatedly renewed because the ratings of its summer reruns were so high. Since then,…

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