There was once a Mad TV skit I saw for "Sluts and the City" and the opening line was "It's not HBO, it's porn." Well, that would be the exact way to describe Tell Me You Love Me. It's a show about three couples who are having sexual issues and see a sex therapist.
The number one reason it's bad: it's too sexual! There's evne a warning (!) about how frank the show is before it starts. There's everything from senior citizens having sex to (fake) erect penises. This show holds no bars, but when it gets to taking up a third of the show, it's just way too much.
The one thing I will commend the show on is it's acting. As usual, HBO has chosen primo material as it's actors and actresses. Not only this time are the actors HBO material, but they also are brave as they bare more than just naked emotions.
There's a reason why the show was cancelled so quickly. In fact, I'm surprised they were thinking about renewing it. When has sex meant good TV?
after watching a line of hbo shows such as deadwood, mind of a married guy, six feet under, sex and the city. this show just doesn't cut it. there is no hook. it's about relationships of people, it's just that relationships, nothing else. there are a number of shows that deal with relationships, this show doesn't impress me that much. scenes just drag on, there's nothing exciting enough to see on the next episode. some people maybe into that, not me. people go from scene to scene just talking and occasionally make out. the actors are great, they are good on their roles, but there are no stories on any episode. it's tedious watching this, i don't recommended at all if you expect to see a show that will excite you.
This series isn't afraid to ask the impertinent questions: How important is sex in a relationship? Does fidelity or monogamy have any relevance to a strong relationship? Will infertility split a relationship or even a marriage apart?
Explicit sexual situations and strong coarse language are the types of content that has been the guilty pleasure of many who have tuned in to HBO's late night original programming. Tell Me You Love Me is HBO's new breakthrough television series that will keep mature audiences at the mercy of their TV sets. Tell Me You Love Me, originally conceived as SexLife, is centered on four very distinct couples who experience epic issues that ensues turmoil in the midst of their relationships. Jaime and Hugo, who are in their late 20s, undergo fidelity problems as they approach their wedding date. Carolyn and Palek, who are in their early 30s, struggle with the notion of getting pregnant. Katie and Dave, who after having been married for 12 years and given birth to two children, attempt to revive their sexual intimacy. Dr. May Foster, who has experienced her fair share of relationship issues in her youth, becomes each couples therapist. But what really makes this new hit series a breakthrough in television programming? Haven't we all seen the same storyline play out in other hit series like The Sopranos or Sex and the City? While it is true that we have seen the same storyline play out in other HBO original programming, its directorial approach and story narration takes the same ol' same ol' to a new extreme keeping the series fresh and worthy of both an Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award. The directorial approach used by the shows producers has been critical to the success and production of the series. In a show that features realistic depictions of sexual penetration, oral sex, masturbation and ejaculation the director has to be extremely careful to keep the integrity of every actor in the scene. With the help of specific set lighting, camera angle and movement, and ultimately film editing both the director and producers are able to accomplish such difficult tasks. But what really gives the series its flare is how the director shoots the scenes. Most notably, swish panning and hand-held shots. Although there is more to what the director uses to achieve such flare, it is these specific shots that make us feel like we are dropping in and spying on these characters. Yes, even during the simulated sex scenes. So all those who are into or have ever been curious about voyeurism this should suffice for a legal viewing. This type of directing "reels" you in to the lives of each character making for an almost guilty yet exhilarating viewing experience that enthralls you to the small screen late on a Sunday night. Don't worry, you might find the series On Demand. Equally well-crafted, is the series "character-driven" story that downplays "action," if you now what I mean (wink wink), in favor of exploring the psychological complexities of each character. The couple's therapist, Dr. May Foster, is an essential character who becomes the mediator, not only between the partners in each relationship, but more importantly between the characters and the viewer. Even though we are following the lives of these couples, it isn't until they are with our mediator that we are exposed to each character thoughts regarding their relationship issues in a more intimate fashion. What is really admirable about this series is that it isn't afraid to explore full unadulterated love. Yes, the series does have strong sexual scenes, extreme nudity, suggestive language, but isn't our lives surrounded by mature content? Even as children we were exposed to all these themes, which just happens to be one of the subplots of this series. "I don't want to get married," said Isabella, one of the characters in the series, after having witnessed her dad and mom, Dave and Katie, in one of their relationship disputes. "I don't want kids either." This series isn't afraid to ask the impertinent questions: How important is sex in a relationship? Does fidelity or monogamy have any relevance to a strong relationship? Will infertility split a relationship or even a marriage apart? "Why do people stay together when they make each other so miserable?" said Jaime, one of the main characters in the series. The spotlight isn't only on the characters being portrayed, but it is also on us. The writers of the series have managed to pull the story of love in all its trials and tribulations from the lives of, plain and simple, everybody. It's no wonder why this show is HBO's new breakthrough television series.
This is a very good show but it's definately not for everyone. The characters are not always likable, the sex scenes are very raw and unromantic (no candles or soft music here), and there are no laughs whatsoever. But it is well-written and some of the acting is top notch (Ally Walker is the standout here). Most of the characters don't know each other, so there is very little interaction among the three couples. Their common bond is their therapist, played by the always excellent Jane Alexander. I've read a lot of negative reviews of this show but those who dislike it are missing the point. This is not a romantic drama. It's a human drama and human drama is not always pretty.
This is a show that hits on many problems facing couples and deals with them honestly. While the stories may be ones we've heard many times 'Tell Me You Love Me' deals with issues that many couples face honestly and is not afraid to show subjects that many might find to taboo ... or maybe hitting too close to home. There have been many times where this show makes me squirm in my seat because I have seen myself in some of these characters shoes- especially Dave. It's almost disconcerting to hear the words that come out of his mouth sometimes for me as they are things that I have said before. This is a show that is certainly for adults only. Showing real issues and real conflicts. A tremendous show that I'm glad HBO has chosen to renew for at least another season.
I personally think the idea is great but the actress's out shine the actors big time, which is unfortunate..But also the constant nudity is also a little over the top..If i wanted to watch porn, I would go hire a DVD. lol But I'm looking for quality TV..I'm going to give it a chance to see where it goes cause the concept behind it is great..cause a lot of people would be able to relate to the situations the 3 couples come to face..but we will see what happens, its only early days yet. Hopefully it can pick up some steam.
Happened on this show just as it started and it was very pretty good. Good cast, well acted and the storyline is very real which makes it interesting too. Particularly loved the music in it - terrific - want to know more about the songs played in the show. i was glad to see some good old stars in it too. Looking forward to the next episode. I wonder how the sex therapist is going to continue in the story though, as she obviously knows every move of the "no-show partner" and so that might become a bit "expected". Don't want to give away too much, so watch it for yourself. Some might thing there's a bit of the actions of Nip-Tuck show in it, but I don't think so. Good show.