Can two men remain friends after acting like they hate each other for five years? The answer appears to be yes. Tony Randall and Jack Klugman — fondly remembered for butting heads as Felix Unger and Oscar Madison on the '70s sitcom The Odd Couple — recently enjoyed a happy reunion at TV Land's 5th anniversary party. Taking a sidebar at the soiree, the Emmy Award-winning duo offered TV Guide Online their tongue-in-cheek opinions on such topics as cohabitation, today's TV and what makes their show a classic.
TVGO: Have the two of you ever tried living together in real life?
TVGO: What would happen if you did?
Randall: We'd get along fine.
Klugman: We'd learn to compromise.
TVGO: What are your fondest memories of working on the show?
Randall: Getting paid.
Klugman: A lot of money.
TVGO: What do you think it is that makes your show such a classic?
Randall: It was the quality of the other shows that were on the air.
Klugman: Good writing, very good writing!
TVGO: What do you enjoy watching on TV today?
TVGO: What do you think when you see the parodies or imitations of your show?
Klugman: Well, we didn't write it. It was written by a wonderful writer, Neil Simon. He's the one that gets the credit.
TVGO: If there was a 2001 version of The Odd Couple, who do you think should star?
Klugman: 2001? I don't know — probably Grace and whatever that show is.