When I first started watching "Coupling" I thought that it was a UK/Friends ripoff. Silly old me.
It was a rather witty look at the lives of a group of thirty-somethings who were navigating life and love in modern London.
This was one of the first times that I was exposed to work of Steven Moffatt, whose work I continue to follow until this day. What he was able to do was give each of his 6 main characters their own unique voice and unique perspectives.
The saddest part for me was having to see my characters part without substantial resolution to their character arcs. Unfortunately that was not meant to be. Mr. Moffatt's synopsis posted on a Doctor Who online forum was a nice touch from a showrunner as a tribute to his loyal fans.
Every time I watch this show, I find my self laughing all the time, and feeling bad for one or several of the characters half of the time. There's so many embarasing sex related humourous scenes. The cast and the characters are amazing.
I think there were made a similar sitcom in USA, but in my opinion it was not even half as good as the British one. I'm no fan of "The Office", but I think that show also was a whole lot better Brittish style. In other words: This series might not get the highest ratings in the US, but to me (European) it's one of the best comedy shows out there.
this show is absoloutely brilliant i love it and wish it would come back but with jeff obviously instead of oliver. it revolves around the stroies of 6 friends who meet up when someone is playing the field, and all ddeceide to be friends. jeff is by far the funniest charcter on the show, hippo, giggle loop arse/face nat, wooden leg, there are so many jeffisms, shame he left anyway he is well mad to put it best. patrick is the thick one fo the group who is the one with the most women, sally is in love with patricks thing, susan and steve are a couple and jane is by far the stupidiesdst a must wach the characeters were based on the writers steve and susan.
A hilarious show from Steven Moffat, of Doctor Who fame, this British comedy is everything that you could ask for. Often compared to Friends, this show blows friends out of the water. Since this show is from BBC, there is a bit more adult language and themes than American shows, but this makes the situations seem more real. You'll fall in love with the characters and keep coming back for more. The only problem with this show is its whacky season and episode numbers, but hey that's the BBC for you. Just track this show down and watch it you won't be disappointed.
Ok so it misses out on a ten rating because I missed Jeff so much in S4 and Oliver just wasn't the same. But saying that I'll give it credit where credit is due, it survives losing Jeff just because Sally and Patrick, in my opinion, shine in S4. I am a huge fan of the Sally/Patrick dynamic anyway, I just love how different they are and yet how perfect for each other they are. The scene when she finds the ring and the elf song are just two of the reasons Season four can hold its own.
Anyway enough of the Sally and Patrick loving, there are more than just the two of them that make this show hilarious. Steve's rants are just one of the many reasons I laugh my head off at this show, I love the one he does about women and throw pillows and teddies. I also, like everyone else, love Jeff and his odd ball little quirky beliefs and ideas. I guess I can't put my finger on exactly what this show does that makes me love it so - yes it makes me laugh, yes I love their friendships, yes I ADORE Patrick and Sally, but there is something more, something subtle I love about - I don't know maybe it is just something British that it has and that is why it never took off in America, and maybe it is how well casted the characters are, and how well each actor bounces off the other, but whatever it is 'Coupling' is one of my favourite things to watch when I really need a pick me up as it never loses its magic.
Brilliant, showed once again the British can be extremely funny and produce a quality show. We just don't do it enough, up there with the likes of Men Behaving badly and The Office, but never received enough attention.
Classic comedy / sitcom. Apologies for this analegy but it's apt, Coupling is sort of like the English version of friends. Six main characters, three male and three female. Get into some brilliantly scripted hijinks, sexual trysts, and unbelievably funny situations. Sarah Alexander (Susan Walker) plays the lead female role to perfection, her comic timing and believability in the role left her permanently endered to myself, well that and those strangly piercing eyes. Steve Taylor (Jack Davenport) the lead male role also played his character of the slightly dull, wet boyfriend to perfection. But the person who stole the show (Until he left and was replaced for season four was Richard Coyle (Jeff Murdock). He single handedly was responsibile for me waking up the whole house on numerous occasions laughing at his antics, the episode where he turns up at the pub forgetting he's wearing a gimps mask particularly sticks out in my mind. In fact the only bad thing I have to say about coupling is that in the last episode they have a very poor storyline invlving a Character "Jeffina" which I have to admit left a bad taste in my mouth for a while as I thought it was a particularly bad way to end the show. The rest of the cast are spot on, whoever assembled the cast knew what they were doing as they all gel perfectly. I just wish more episodes had been made.
This show is just funny there is always something new and there is all ways something to laugh about.Some of the guys in this show come-up with the funniest things that is stupid.But, i love it shows how real friends are and i like that. The only thing that kills it is that it end after the fist season.this show other than funny it shows how they all take care of each other and how they really care for one and others.It is so cool to be able to see how they trust on each other for them all to each others secrets.
I always knew that british sitcoms were far more risque and funny than the ones in the U.S., but this takes it to a whole new height. If we were being truthful with ourselves our sitcoms would mirror this.
The only thing that disappointed me about this show was the fact that they didn't continue it on. I would love to see how Steve and Sally would handle being parents. And as for Patrick and Susan, wow. How could Patrick ever learn to stay monogamous? As far as getting rid of Jeff, well I never understood that, however it was hilarious when they brought him back as a woman. Still perverted as ever. Oliver was not exactly the greatest edition to the show, but atleast he helped with the ratio. And as much as Jane's stupidity annoyed me, I can't imagine the show being as funny without her. She truly turns narcissism into an art.
Coupling' is the new sensation in my friends circle. Its a 30 minute show originally telecast in BBC America. Almost all of my friends feel that its better than 'Friends'. Why wouldn't you laugh if they come up with terms like 'giggle loop', 'nudity buffer' and 'melty-man'. I don't recall laughing this much when I first saw friends. I can keep on raving about this show, but trust me, its that good.
Sad, the show lasted only 28 episodes. The show is all about six friends- and they discuss nothing other than sex....
Its worth a watch and certainly one of the best British comedies.
The 6 main charters in coupling all are very stero typical, but don't let that put you off. Each is very unquice in there own way as well and the inter personal reltions beteewn them makes for 1 cracking show. The main story is loosely based around Jeff and Susan getting together and the other 4 ( Jane, Sally,Jeff (my fav)and Patrick)all intersecting there own chotic lives into each other. This show plays on the age old differance beteewn men and women and if sexually refences offend you the give this one a miss but if you love giving it to the opposite sex then you'll love this show. Taget age group 16 to 35
This show is a frank, funny and disarming study of what relationships are like in the 21st century. The entire cast is brilliant, however my two standout favorites are Jane (Gina Bellmen) and Jeff (Richard Coyle). Jane stumbles through both her real and imagined relationships with total self absorption which borders on being pathological. Jeff, on the other hand, is a perpetual adolescent with all its nervous, awkward energy and an almost total inability to relate to the opposite sex on any level. The comedic timing of both Ms. Bellmen and Mr. Coyle cannot be ignored when looking at this show's success as well as the silent star of all successful shows of any type: the writing. Steven Moffat delivers on the show's concept with constantly funny, inventive situations and crisp, witty dialog. I found this show because I was so taken with Mr. Moffat's latest venture: "Jekyll" that I search for other things he had written. I can honestly say "Coupling" blew me away. The breath of Mr. Moffat's range is obvious when looking at both shows side by side. Here is a writer of wide scope and talent, who is very at home in both serious drama as well as comedy. I'll definitely be looking for more of his future offerings. If you've not seen either of these shows check them out. Either will reward you whatever mood you're in.
I've seen people say this is the British version of "Friends", and a lot of people who disagree. I actually think it's a good place to start. There are (excluding Season 4 anyway) 6 friends, 3 male and 3 female. They hang out together in a bar near to where they live, and there is a reasonable amount on "in-dating" so to speak. So the general setup is similar.
Now, onto the best bit. Coupling is pure comic genious. I defy anyone to watch the first 3 seasons and not say that Geoff is the most brilliant character ever written. If you're drinking anything when he starts talking about "The giggle loop", "Porn jelly", or "Captain subtext", be prepared for it to come shooting through your noise in fits of laughter.
I think that I watch Coupling for the first time because I watch the U.S.A. version. And the original version of Coupling I like it even more. I start to watch it four years ago in cable. And I love how creative can be. From lovely Jeff moments (giggle, bucket of ears, secret weapon, etc) to Steve long monologues (about the cushion, epidural, the real reason for the create the Internet, etc). By really amazing episodes like The Girl with Two Breasts, The End of the Line, Split, Nine and a Half Minutes, Night Lines and others and because they make me laugh every time than I see it, this is why REALLY, REALLY, REALLY I loved this show.
I've just spent the weekend watching seasons 1 and 3, and this is about the funniest show that I've ever seen. People compare it to Friends (the only real similarity is that there are 6 people involved, Coupling, however, is actually really funny instead of kinda funny.) but I'd say the show reminds me of Seinfeld, or Arrested Development in the sense that a variety of completely separate plots come together in an unexpected way in the end. It's flawless in its execution. Jeff really steals the show for me. I'd give a list of suggested episodes, but that list would essentially be a list of the entire running.
My sides are still sore from laughing so hard. If you live in America, you can either get it on BBC America or get the DVD's. And you should. Seriously.
I saw this on tv once when i was flicking through the channels and i instantly took a liking to it, so i went out and bought series 1-4 on DVD!
There are elements of the show that viewers can actually relate to, from Jeff's shyness around women to the basic strange conversation the male characters have when down the pub! everyone has stupid conversations like that when they are having a drink with friends!
The only thing that let the show down in my opinion, and the reason i only gave it a 9/10 is the fact that Jeff was not in series 4! it kinda ruined the show for me, as he was such a good character! shame really!
Love the show though and recommend it to anyone who likes a good comedy!
In this comedy 6 really different characters, live an extraordinary life and they are all the time in new relationships, where the sex is a very important part. And all are worried about when they are going to met the person to spend the rest of their life. Is Incredible funny all the bad luck that they have you will not believe it. Watch it is the best. Goos Bye.
I happened to drop on this series in the middle of the first run of the second series last year, and can only regret missing the first series. In my admittedly humble opinion 'Coupling' is one of the funniest sitcoms I have seen in many years. I agree with other reviewers in that the show can be compared to 'Friends', but is this necessarily a bad thing? I think 'Coupling' is almost unique in it's blend of adult orientated humour and traditional sitcom situations. The writing is little short of inspired and the acting superb. Only one criticism in that the storylines tend to have a common element, that of one character or other finding him or herself presented with a once-in-a-lifetime sexual opportunity and something going horribly wrong. But this is a very minor criticism and in no way detracts from my enjoyment of the show. Please please please BBC. Give us a third series!
You can look at it as the British version of Friends since there its also about six friends and some scenes are similar.
The series begin by introducing three girls and three guys.
First you have Susan who first is the girlfriend of Patrick in the beginning of the series but then becomes Steve's girlfriend. She is a bit bossy and usually says the word 'apparantly' when she's is angry.
Secon there is Sally who is obsessed about her looks especially her neck and her bottom. At the end of the series she becomes Patrick's girlfriend.
Then there is Jane a woman who has the wierdest ideas and claims to be bisexual and a vegatarian who eats meat. She used to be Steve's girlfriend.
My personal favourite charachter is Jeff Murdoch a funny Welshman who says the craziest things and has a strange thoughts. He didn't play in the fourth and last season which was a shame.
Steve (Susan's boyfriend) always gets caught up in the strangest embarrasing situation which he has to talk him self out of.
Finally we have Patrick a guy from who Susan call donkeyhead because of his manhood.
In the fourth and last season Oliver replaces Jeff and becomes the boyfriend of Jane.
The first two seasons I liked the most. The fourth season wasn't as good as the other seasons also because Jeff got replaced by Oliver who wasn't as funny as Jeff.
In conclusion, this show is by far one of the funniest I have ever seen and definetly one to watch.
this show is one of the best british comedys of this time it is filled with sex mad characters and funny jokes. it revolves around the lives of 6 friends. steve a guy in a relationship that finds more difficulties. susane his girlfriend. patrick a sex mad man with a hughe *ahem*. sally his girl friend. jeff the best character who is als sex mad and comes up with his own jeffisms and finally jane the most stupid of them all who was steves ex girlfiend. all in all this is a very good show and i would recomend it to anyone
This show is just so wonderful. The comedy is written in such a great way, with Jeff being one of the funniest characters ever in a TV-show. In his absence, the show never really reached the high standards of the first three seasons, even though it still was great fun.
The giggle loop, the one-leg, the "how can you say thigh to a person with an interview", and everything else Jeff did in this show is pure genious. I am even smiling while writing this, thinking about all the great times I had with this show.
This comedy show is the best of the best comedy show ever made...
None comedy show made me laugh like The Coupling did, i watched each episodes maybe 15 times and still sooo funny.
I think most percentage of this has belong to Jeff...anyway after Jeff left the show i didn't watch it; no i gave a chance to first episode of the 4th season but it did not work :((( my eyes were looking for Jeff. Jeff's leaving ruined the show -I Want Jeff Back :(((- Of course i don't underestimate the acting of the others Susan, Steve, Patrick, Jane, Sally; they all are great. But without Jeff, the end...
We have to admitt. British may have a dark sense of humour sometimes, but when they want, they make us laugh so hard that we feel like we are going to explode. Well, that is just my opinion, of course. "Coupling" is a show that makes us look at ourselves and realise what we really are: people! Not heroes, just people who care about other people and make mistakes in their relationships with them. Being a show a little bit spicy and very funny, "Coupling" tells the story about six friends, three women and three men, and their lives with each other and their lovers. A show to remember as long as I live!
This was a great show. I have the complete series on dvd and find myself frequently watching them. I have turned many friends onto this British show. If you like British humor you should check this out. My friend describes it as Friends meets Sex and The City. Jeff is by far my favorite character. The last season he wasnt in it though and they replaced him with another guy (who is also funny but just not Jeff). A great Jeffisms is, Porn Buddies: In the event of one buddy's death, the surviving buddy goes immediately to the dead bud's house and removes all porn before the deceased's parents find it. He says stuff like this all the time. And Patrick and his Cupboard of Love! Classic! I love it! A Must See!
I cannot believe how is it that the US cannot come up with shows as good as Coupling. Come on, they tried to copy this one, and it SUCKED
Even though I wanted a fifth season, I have to respect the decision of the actors. They had other projects in mind and that is good for them.
"Coupling" is so great, I cannot believe I didnt know about before. I started watching it thanks to Time Warner's ON DEMAND. They have lots of BBC shows and they are all great, especially tihs one. I hate Time Warner (have Comcast before they converted) but this SHOW is AWESOME
And like people have said, Oliver is not as great as Jeff, but come on, give him a break. JEFF is unique. No one can do that part of good as Richard Coyle. He is the best and will always will.
I cannot fathom why they haven't come up with new episodes!! I accidentally came across Coupling while flipping channels during a commercial break, and boy was I hooked! I actually think this show is funnier than a lot of other sitcoms here in the US. It definitely made me laugh more than Friends ever did. The characters are interesting, and you can see yourself in at least one of them. Plots are realistic and not as predictable. The cast is hilarious, especially Jeff who sadly left the show after season 3. His Jeff-isms are classic! Nonetheless, Coupling was still great in season 4.
Personally i have watch a lot of comedies, some are just nice to watch, some really make you laugh, but no other comedy makes me laugh so hard that it gives me a headache.
This show truely is a masterpiece, the writing is excellent, the acting is very well done and there is never a dull moment.
Ofcourse 1 of the best things about the show is that it's from the UK, which means that unlike most American shows, they actually talk about whatever they want, and not worry wether the viewers will get upset about the language.
Overall anyone who likes comedies should watch this, because if you don't watch this, then you are very possibly missing the best comedy ever.
No matter how often you see it, you can't help but laugh. Jeff and Jane are supremely hilarious, but the others have plenty of moments of their own.
I cannot emphasize enough how cleverly the episodes are formed, especially the ones which don't proceed in the usual 'normal' manner, such as "The End of the Line", "Remember This" and "Nine and a Half Minutes".
The hardest thing to deal with at times is watching Oliver feebly try to make up for Jeff's absence. On retrospect, he was as good as any of the others, but to lose Jeff in the 4th season was such a disappointment. Never again would we hear comments such as "I've forgotten how to understand English" and "I've got too many legs."