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!
Thankfully we are talking about the British version of this show (the Americanized version SUCKED).
This show was a treat to watch with a great cast of loonies that worked so well together. It was hard sometimes as an American getting some the in-joke references given the British culture but that's the charm of British comedy.
The scripts were well crafted giving each character great things to do. Characters were WELL defined and played so well. It's too bad that it didn't make it across the pond longer for us to watch. We had to suffer with an bastardized version that used the exact same scripts as the British version altered to inject American gags and references.
British comedy at it's best. An erotic version of the comedy, Friends. It is a 'laugh your pants off' sitcom.
It's about a group of friends, made up of 3 guys and 3 gals. Who get together daily at a coffee bar for R&R, meet guys and gals, and to talk about their sex lives and fantasies.
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.
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.
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!
it is absolutely hilarious. it is somewhat like a british version of friends. its really really cool and funny didnt expect it to end so soon. i particularly liked the episode with the chaos of who was Gisele in the end of season 2. i wish it is brought back.
Steve Moffat has created a rare thing. A rude sitcom which is actually funny. Most people will say that Richard Coyle steals the show with his fantastical character Geoff, but I personally believe that most of the credit should go to Ben Miles for his interpretation of the character Patrick. When Miles produces just one funny line he steals the show, and the other actors and actresses aren't bad either. Each person who has seen it has their favourite character whether it be statistical Sally, mad Jane, sensible Susan or paranoid Steve. It is virtually impossible not to like this show. I love this show, and I recommend that you should see it today for you will fall in love with it too.
four series of pure brilliance. Stephen Moffat writes with complete understanding of both the male and female minds. his subtlety is excellent. unfortunately Richard Coyle who plays Jeff Murdoch dropped out and did not do the fourth series. he was the one who made the other three so great. the fourth series is perhaps a no no but watch the other three and laugh till you can't breathe.
Coupling is a brilliant and well written comedy, i love the British humour that we have over here and it works well with this comedy, i recomend it to anyone....Sad that Jeff isn't in it at the moment.
Coupling see the relationship between three men and three women in England, even though it sounds much like 'Friends' this show offers a different approach to this type of comedy. One aspect of the show that i haven't seen in many comedies is the two point perspective of different situation in thier daily relationships. For instance you would get the girls idea of the perfect man and then it would switch to the man's perspective of the perfect women. Very well written and a great laugh. For me though it has one of the best comedy characters to have come on British television, Jeff. Theres been Trotters from 'Only Fools and horses' theres been the Ricky Gervais in 'The Office' and of course so many more but when Jeff starts going on about 'boobs' it can be one of the funniest things you will hear...i promise you that.
Anyway to finish my review of the show, well what can I say. If your Brittish you MUST what this show....in fact if your any nationality you MUST watch this show....
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Sex Sex Sex from every possible angle. That is Coupling. Jeff, if for no other reason, makes the show worth watching. His theories may superficially seem far fetched and crazy, but there is quite a bit of comical truth to them. Sure some of the time the acting isn't the greatest, but the plot, if there really is one, masks those minor imperfections in the show. There is something about British comedy that appeals to certain Americans, but this show will appeal to all Americans. The American version, unfortunately, is a waste of time. Go out and buy this box set, you won't be disappointed, especially if your special someone is watching it too.
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.
The best sitcom EVER. DO NOT watch it with someone sleeping in the next room... They will wake up from your loud laughs (it actualy happened to me - it was that eps with the b/j after the break-up with Susan grinding her teeth at Jane's voice). It was so funny...
It's a pity if it does not go on... even 1 more season (and then another, and then another...).
This is by far the best show I have ever seen. Simple in its genre. But just very good. Talk about the relationship we all have experienced. The dialogues are just brilliant. Some british humor adds to the flavor.
This is by far the best show I have ever seen. Simple in its genre. But just very good. Talk about the relationship we all have experienced. The dialogues are just brilliant. Some british humor adds to the flavor. From the first episodes we can easily see the special aspects of eac individual character. Hard to tell which is best. Too bad Jeff leaves after season 3. I think he was my favorit. Oliver however is quite good. Thanks good they did not keep the same character with different actor. Steve, is brilliant. Some of the best monologues in the history of TV. Thanks for that. Patrick is the man's man, the best man a friend can hope for, the perfect pal. But keep him away from your sister!
Susan is perfect, the kinda woman you want to marry. Jane is just the kinda women I want to work with. Would definitly spice up the coffee brakes but would be unbearable at home. As for Sally, too insecure, she would make me wobble.
Over all the scripts are just magic. Cunning with the right amount of details, talks about all the little tabous we dont dare speak the name off. Its just good. Love it. I recommend it.
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.
If you haven't seen this show, I recommend getting it out DVD and watch all 24 episodes back-to-back! This rates as one of the best contemporary sitcoms to come out of the UK in a very long time.
The show involves 3 guys and 3 girls in their late 20s/ early 30s, some complicated relationships, some pretty adult humour, and a good dose of reality when it comes to the differences between the sexes.
Jack Davenport will be the most recognisable face to US viewers (Pirates of the Caribbean's Captain Norrington, suitor of Elizabeth) and unlike Friends, the show hangs mainly on his character (Steve) and personality. Steve's monologues on various subjects from pornography to men's bathroom habits are sharply and superbly delivered, and his utter inability to understand his girlfriend's various character traits strike a chord in any man who's at the start of a relationship.
He is ably matched by his girlfriend Susan, the sexy coquettish (look it up) Sarah Alexander, who's proud of her sexuality and knows what she wants, which freaks out the reserved Steve on more than one occasion.
Any reader of my previous reviews knows what I'll say next - a series will stand or fall depending on its supporting characters, and each of the supporting cast are filled in superbly. Richard Coyle (Jeff) is a particular standout as he is plainly quite useless with the opposite sex. Witness during the first series how he gets so nervous in front of a naked woman he faints, and when unable to deliver a pick-up line to a woman on the train, informs her that he has only one leg.
Admittedly the support act are a little two-dimensional compared to the leading two, but that is not so surprising given that the writer Steven Moffat and his wife Sue are the inspiration for these two.
The best british sitcom. The episodes are both comical, and there is a story. Very funny moments like the stripping... It is kind of like british friends meets seinfeld. Great show, especially on BBC, and it is not for the young. See this at night!!!!! Bring it back soon BBC!
People compare it to Friends asking which is better. One isn't better than the other. One is full of English wit and the other is full of American comebacks. Both are amazing and both are true classics. They're equals.
I am a big fan of English wit so clearly Coupling is a favorite of mine. I really hope it comes back because the way the fourth season ended doesn't really wrap up the story. It's sad to see Jeff go since I found him the most hysterical part of the show. People shouldn't compare this show to Friends or Sex in the City because they're very different. All three are amazingly great shows and all of them have their own perks. Different strokes for different folks. There needs to be at least a fifth season so they can finish the story and continue the great times we've enjoyed so far.
The most underappreciated show on tv (that is if you can call it on tv with the lousy airtime it used to get). Hilarious british comedy with 3 girls and 3 guys. Its not the British version of friends, dont know how many times I've heard that, in fact its better than friends just less commercial humour as its much more risque. Few episodes made, I think its around 30/35 episodes, and definately went downhill with the loss of Jeff in the 4th series. But still an amazing show, the credit has to go to the very talented writers, the plots are clever and incredably funny. You wont understand how funny until you've seen an episode, unmissable if you get the rare chance to see one.
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