Coupling (US)

NBC (ended 2003)



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Coupling (US)

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Welcome to the Coupling (U.S.) guide.

"You won't admit you love me, and so How am I ever to know? You always tell me, 'Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps' A million times I've asked you, and then I ask you over again You only answer, 'Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps'"

"If you can't make your mind up We'll never get started And I don't want to wind up Being parted, brokenhearted So if you really love me, say, 'Yes' And please don't tell me, 'Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps'"

"This provocative new "Must See TV" comedy romp, based on the British hit of the same name, is a hip and frisky look at the ever-evolving relationships between six singles who are either involved, formerly involved -- or looking to become intimately involved with each other. Coupling gives us insight on modern romance and its often humorous consequences.

"When a couple gets together, it's never just the two of them - they also bring baggage - and Susan (Emmy winner Rena Sofer, General Hospital, NBC's Just Shoot Me, Ed) and Steve (Jay Harrington, The Division) are no exception. Their baggage is a crowd of best friends and exes who talk about all aspects of sex and relationships on their never-ending quest to find true love.

"Susan is a beautiful go-getter with an uninhibited attitude who used to date Patrick (Colin Ferguson, The Opposite of Sex), the sextet's charismatic, cocky player, Chicago's king of conquests - a guy who's just too cool to worry about being smart. Attractive Sally (Sonya Walger, The Mind of the Married Man) is a beauty therapist who is Susan's unashamedly vain best friend, who aggressively battles aging with heavy doses of moisturizer and men - including Patrick.

"Meanwhile, Steve, while getting together with Susan, can't seem to shake loose from his vivacious and slightly vacuous ex-girlfriend Jane (Lindsay Price, Beverly Hills, 90210), a woman supremely confident in her ability to seduce anyone of either sex, and who refuses to be dumped unless she's the one doing the dumping. Jeff (Christopher Moynihan, The Fighting Fitzgeralds) is Steve's "porn buddy" who is, in equal parts, obsessed and bewildered by actual sex; charming in his way, but with an uncanny ability to say the wrong thing at the worst possible time. He works in the same office as Susan, with whom he had a disastrous and unsuccessful one-night fling." (NBC press release)

Ten Things Jeff Zucker Had to Say About the American Coupling

10. "We didn't develop the characters well enough."

9. "The audience doesn't know them yet. It's one thing for a friend of yours to tell you a dirty joke. If a stranger tells you, it can be offensive."

8. "[The Brits are] able to laugh more than we are."

7. "Expectations are so high [on Thursday]. We can't have any weak links."

6. "[Coupling will] definitely [return to NBC in December], but I don't know when and where yet."

5. "If we had listened to the research, Coupling would not have been on the air."

4. "It just wasn't working. It was time to move on."

3. "It was hurting ER, and I couldn't tolerate that."

2. "Shows come and go all the time. I can't take any of it personally."

1. "[It] just sucked." Theme song "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps" written by Osvaldo Farres (as "Quizás, Quizás, Quizás") English lyrics by Joe Davis performed by Lindsay Price

Coupling is produced by NBC Studios / Phoef Sutton Productions / Reveille, in association with Universal Network Television

Broadcast History Sep 2003-Oct 2003, Thu 9:30-10:00 First telecast: September 25, 2003 Last telecast: October 23, 2003 Show type: Multi-Camera Sitcom Number of episodes: 10 Media: 24p Tapemoreless

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    • The US version of the Coupling...

      Watching this version of my beloved series just made me sick. The choice of actors were so wrong and the plot wasn`t as funny as the ancestor. Why? I mean why couldn`t you just let it go, be the way it were? The English miracle in US hands sucked. Sad but true. My advise? If you`re accidentally exposed to this series, find the DVDs or download the original Coupling and watch them. That`s the only cure. Trust me! It`s bad. It`s really bad. The only reason I`m reviewing this show is to prevent the Coupling lovers to wacth this, if they hadn`t already.moreless
    • I never laughed so friggen hard. I would love to get these shows on DVD. Anybody know where to find them?

      This show was what it was. It certainly contained great adult humor and everyones is different.

      It was so sad to see it cut short but enjoyed it thoroughly while it was on. Anybody know how one would get there hands on DVD's or VHS of the whole series and could pass this info on to me, it would be greatly appreciated. I've serached You Tube and they only offer short clips and most of it is from the BBC, which isn't that bad either. Any help in this direction again is truely appreciated. I'll be watching BBC for now.moreless
    • This remake played out almost exactly the same but didn't have nearly the same delivery from the actors. Horribly Acted.

      This goes to show you why I hate remakes. It wasn't a new spin on a great show. It was exactly the same but with horrible acting! First off the plot is good. I should know I have seen season 1 of coupling so many times. Which in retrospect gives me a bias from the start. On top of that the delivery is very dry and just painful to watch but on a show were you know how it is going to play out don't you want a different take instead of suckering people in that haven't seen the original before. I can't watch this 4 episodes is enough.

      Bring back the original coupling!moreless
    • Its literally unoriginal

      I've seen a couple of episode thank to the great thing that is the internet but it was kind of a waste of time. The original (i.e. the UK version that i have seen all of) was so much better. For one thing it was funnier plus their was not the whole nagging feeling that it's all been done before lingering at the back of your mind. They really should not have tried to do and American version. I mean what was the point?? Why didn't they just keep doing repeats of the original. It still would have been funnier.moreless
    • This show revolves around six friends who live to talk about sex. Nothing different from the original.

      Unoriginal doesn't begin to cover this show. Absolutely nothing was changed from the British version of Coupling. Americans and Brits enjoy different types of humor... that should explain why Benny Hill is underappreciated stateside. The producers could not have honestly thought that lifting the show without changing a thing (besides the hair color on the actress playing Susan) would go over well. And not only was it lame that they used the exact same plots and dialogue, this version was lame because the cast as a whole couldn't act it's way out a thin paper sack. But I will give US Coupling one credit... watching it left me so dissatisfied that I assumed the original HAD to be better, so I began watching it and that's now one of my favorite shows.moreless