Did Perfect Couples Deserve to Be Canceled For Paul Reiser?

By Tim Surette

Mar 23, 2011

NBC made a notable scheduling decision yesterday, clearing out one of its Thursday-night comedies to make room for some new blood. Perfect Couples, the romantic comedy starring Olivia Munn and five other young, attractive people, was ousted from its cushy 8:30pm slot to make way for one of the network's odd men out: The Paul Reiser Show.

Paul Reiser hasn't really been relevant to television audiences since the 1990s hit Mad About You. But apparently that was enough for NBC to go ahead and make a whole new series, as The Paul Reiser Show stars Reiser as Paul Reiser, an out-of-work television actor looking for something to do with his life.

NBC will begin airing the program on April 14, and is on-the-hook to air at least four episodes, according to Salon, with six total episodes in the hopper. But why did the network suddenly decide to give The Paul Reiser Show a shot now? The program will certainly fly under-the-radar of most casual television viewers without the big fall push usually given to new shows. Is NBC just putting it out there to get rid of it, or does it actually think The Paul Reiser Show will help see the Thursday-night comedy block through sweeps and finales?

Another point to debate: Did Perfect Couples deserve to get axed (technically, the show hasn't been officially canceled, but the writing is on the wall) in favor of The Paul Reiser Show? Horrible 10:30pm time slot aside, would Outsourced have been a better candidate to drop instead?

It's an odd move for a network to cram a show about a 53-year old unemployed dad between two heavily young-skewing shows like Community and The Office, and I don't think it does The Paul Reiser Show any favors.

What's your opinion of NBC's decision? Would you have canceled Perfect Couples to make room for Paul Reiser, or would Outsourced have been a better victim?

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  • MonicaConover Aug 25, 2012

    I'm really sad to see it go. I was looking forward to watching seasons to come, and i thought its subject matter was really relevant.

  • momocatcho Oct 26, 2011

    I thought Perfect Couples was a great show. It was fresh and funny and I thought it had great potential to grow and develop into a really solid show. It brought a unique kind of comedy to the table instead of trying to rip off what's already out there. I don't have any opinion about the Paul Reiser Show but I definitely think that Outsourced deserved the boot more than Perfect Couples did.

  • JohnRichards5 Aug 25, 2011

    What is not funny about duct taping 40 oz beers onto your hands? This show rocked. Better than Happy Ending and I think it is pretty good.

  • BethanyFlorez May 16, 2011

    I am sorry to see this show go--thought it was really funny this first season and was looking forward to the next. :( I loved how the guys intereacted together.

  • Jcontreras2001 May 11, 2011

    I didn't know so many people had such bad taste in TV shows. Perfect couples was probably the worst show on TV. It was not funny in the least. Paul Reiser had one funny movie...Beverly Hills Cop 2. He is extremely irrelevant. I think NBC felt bad for the guy.

  • RoxanneSanche May 02, 2011

    I'm horribly disappointed with the decision to take Perfect Couples of the air. That show is hilarious! Outsourced should have been booted. Paul Reiser is ok, but I won't watch the show. For a while it seemed that the sitcom took a back seat to mind numbingly irrelevant "reality" tv and dramas; it was nice to see the sitcom make it's way back a la Modern Family, Cougar Town, Happy Endings, Traffic Light and even Breaking In. Sometimes you just need a laugh. Please bring back Perfect Couples, I love that show!

  • MeganKalos May 02, 2011

    I'm really disappointed to see Perfect Couples go.

  • DestineySoyez Apr 29, 2011

    Perfect Couples shouldn't have been cancelled in the first place! It's a hilarious show and meshes well with my Thursday night line up of The Office, Community, 30 Rock, Parks & Rec, & Outsourced. I will not be watching the Paul Reiser show...and will find better things to do with my time. I would've rather seen Outsourced booted...but I enjoy that one as well.

  • sakirates Apr 29, 2011

    i actually like both "perfect couples" and "the paul reiser show". i didn't realize until tonight that PC has been cancelled. the wedding seemed a perfect ending for a season. NBC should think hard and clear about continuing the production of Perfect Couple. I would definitely watch it. it was really hysterically funny at times and had a great cast. paul reiser yes was like curb but it had potential. not everyone has to be young on tv shows for them to be entertaining. betty white for example in "hot in cleveland". JMO.

  • tool2sage Apr 22, 2011

    perfect couples is one of my favorite comedies. why premiere a new show when everyone in the world is watching Idol, no wonder the ratings are low, its not that difficult nbc. thats why all the other thursday nbc comedies were reruns. and paul reiser? seriously? never.

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