“ BBC2 Sitcom „
Coupling has been called a 'British version of Friends' by some but realistically it's as good if not at some points, funnier than Friends and just because it has 6 main characters (3 girls 3 guys) doesn't make it the next Friends.
Anyway, Friends issues aside this show is comedy gold. It follows the lives of...
Jeff (the paranoid/strange guy)
Patrick (the stud who has a wardrobe full of videos of women he's slept with)
Steve (who can never say the right thing)
Jane (the dizzy one)
Susan (the down to earth blonde)
Sally (the beautician obsessed with aging)
The show spanned 3 good seasons with a slight change of cast in season 4 that finally ended the shows short but sweet life. The humor is frequently orientated around sex with comedy gems from Jeff on such matters as 'The Melty Man' and the 'Sock Gap' (the exact point you take your socks off when getting undressed) keeping you in stitches throughout.
The paranoia of Sally and quirkiness of Jane makes this show unmissable and kept many glued to the TV's during its reign. Though fairly popular for a time it seemed to lose popularity when Jeff left and i believe this is what finally ended it.
Don't expect hugely complex plots, expect innuendo, cringe worthy moments and a whole lot of laughing.
A true british classic we can all relate to at points
Most of the programmes that my daughters like I detest and can't watch most of them, mostly because they are horrors or about vampire slayers! However they do occasionally watch some little gems of programmes in which Coupling is one of them. I first watched it when they had it on DVD and found myself a little bit addicted to it.
Coupling has been dubbed the British version of Friends and it is easy to see why, a comedy about three women and three men which follows their different relationships. However Coupling is a comedy strictly for those of an older age than those for Friends. It follows Steve, Susan, Jane, Sally, Patrick and Geoff who have some wickedly delightful moments which have often had me laughing for days afterwards.
Coupling does follow their relationships but it does cover the subject of sex and all that it entails in lots of detail and has some strange moments surrounding the topic. The writing is excellent and the dialogue is very witty at times. Even though some of the situations are extremely unlikely they are funny and you can't help but to laugh at them. However what I do love about the writing on this show is that sometimes it is very honest and its portrayal of how men and women in a relationship talk to each other is spot on.
The only negative I have with this show is its last series, number four, in which a new character is brought in. I found Oliver annoying and couldn't help but feel as if he was too much of an effort to get someone loveably geeky on the show. It also didn't help that I thought he couldn't act and every scene he was in was spoilt a little for me.
Overall I think Coupling is a brilliant programme and the writing is hysterical. The actors are all brilliant however the only one I know by name is Jack Davenport who I think is a lovely actor. The episodes only last for around twenty minutes each and the entire series only has around twenty episodes which is disappointing since it is a brilliant show. However I am glad it ended when it did as I don't think I could have stood another series with that Oliver in! Jane and Geoff have to be a couple of the funniest characters ever written and I wholeheartedly recommend Coupling to anyone.
I'm still convinced that machines don't rule my life. However, during the second series of Coupling, I was happy to let it. After watching the first episode, I cleared Monday nights in my diary and ensured that I was always free come 10pm. It was worth it. Coupling has to be the finest thing to come out of the BBC. The script is incredibly well written, the characters well rounded and the humour infinitely more diverse than most. Every episode is a masterpiece that will have you howling with laughter and marvelling at the writers' insight into the unspoken issues of the twentysomething sexual struggle. The most hilarious part has to be Jeff's observations and rules of dating & interaction, of which a new one is delivered every episode. However, the portrayal of Patrick as the unashamed chauvenist takes a far more subtle form that the slob behaviour that shows like Men Behaving Badly capitalise on. I own the first series on video now and I've watched it probably far too much than is good for me. I'm waiting for the second series to be released so, once again, that machine can rule my life.
Coupling is billed a young persons comedy programme. All cast members are between 20 and 30 and have a regular meeting point (a bar). Does this seem familiar to anyone? Well you would be right in guessing that this sounds identical to the long running American comedy programme Friends. Coupling is set in London and follows the relationships of 6 friends. Well I say friends but in the first series the characters do not know each other. However gradually as the series progresses they are brought together. To even up matters there are three male (Steve, Patrick and Jeff) characters and three women (Jane, Susan and Sally). The men talk about things like porn videos and lesbians whilst the girls talk about the size of their men?s private parts! I would describe coupling as more of a programme for adults rather than the younger audience which Friends targets. The reason for this is down to the nature of many of the jokes and the storylines. Coupling tackles the sexual side of people?s relationships. A lot of the jokes are very rude but funny nevertheless. Here is a brief description of each of the episodes in the first series: Episode 1: Flushed. The first episode introduces us to all the characters. It particularly focuses on Steve who is trying to dump his girlfriend Jane. He finds it incredibly hard because each time he bucks up the strength to dump her she suggests having sex. What makes Steve even more determined to dump Jane is that he fancies Jeff?s work colleague Susan. During one of his attempts to dump Jane, Steve finds himself in an embarrassing situation in a ladies toilet. The episode ends with all 6 characters having a meal in a restaurant. Episode one is a good start to the series. Episode 2: Size Matters. Episode 2 follows on quickly from the first episode. Steve and Susan are now about to have their second date for which Susan has agreed to cook dinner. The lads start talking about what Susan is after from the
date. Meaning men they obviously get it hopelessly wrong! Episode 3: Sex, Death and Nudity. Episode 3 revolves around Jane?s Auntie?s funeral. Jane hasn?t told any of her family that she has broken up with Steve. Jane invites Steve to the funeral and tells him that he must pretend they are still a couple. Obviously this annoys Susan who decides that she is going to the funeral as well. In the end the 6 main characters all end up going to Jane?s Auntie?s funeral. During the episode we get introduced to the giggle loop, which is an idea the lads thought up. The lads also get themselves into a spot of bother when they suddenly get aroused! This is one of the rudest episodes so far and shows why the DVD has a 15 certificate. A must see moment in this episode is when the guys play Reservoir Dogs Episode 4: Inferno This episode focuses mainly on the growing relationship between Steve and Susan. Steve arrives home from work to find Susan cleaning his flat. This seems odd in itself but what worries Steve more is the fact that Susan has been using his video recorder. Confused? Well Steve have certain private videos, which he would prefer that Susan didn?t see. Susan suggests a dinner party at Steve?s with the intent of embarrassing him. The episode ends in a classic moment when Steve stands up and gives a speech on why porn videos are good for you. A very funny moment and probably one of the highlights of the series. Episode 5: The Girl With Two Breasts This episode deals with Jeff and his infatuation with a girl he meets in the bar. It is very funny seeing Jeff, who is a Welsh guy, trying to chat up an Israeli girl who doesn?t speak a word of English and is about to return to her home land. Jeff attempts to ask her out anyway. Episode 6: The Cupboard of Patrick?s Love This is the last episode in the series and is probably my favourite. We get introduced to Patrick?s secret cupboard. In the cupboard P
atrick stores secretly recorded tapes of him making love with all his girlfriends. Susan has her own special tape, which Patrick keeps. This obviously makes Steve jealous and he embarks on finding out what Susan does in the tapes. This episode is probably the funniest in the series and is also probably the rudest in the series. My favourite line in this episode is by Jeff when he says 'I love the word naked, it's brilliant isn't it, 'naked'. When I was a kid I used to write the word naked on a bit of paper hundreds of times and rub my face in it'. As you can see the first series covers some interesting topics. I cannot wait to see the second one. With new series being shown on TV all the time it is nice to actually watch one which is funny and clever. Give Coupling a go as you wont be disappointed.
So good old Auntie beeb have done it again... You just have to look at the opinions for this brilliant comedy to realise its in the wrong place at the wrong time. Surely this is the beeb at its best, the storylines are witty, frighteningly funny with just enough sauce to keep you giggling for ages. The basic idea is a look not at the overdone teeny market but at the difficulites of adulthood, relationships and everyones alomst constant need to be wanted. Sex plays a big part in the psychie of this comedy but it is not t*ts out and toilet humour, instead it is a look at the bit of teenager that is left in us all as we tear ourselves into proper adulthood.. As always the beeb seems to put these shows where as few people as possible will see them. It wont work, the word is out and the clamour rising.. For gods sake this is what we need at 9 pm on a saturday night. I say lets lock up cilla, lets throw out u been framed and have more quality very funy sit coms like this. Well done.. BBC and for those who havent seen it... BUY THE DVD!
Coupling is one of the funniest sitcoms I have ever seen. I don't know why it's on BBC2 - it deserves to be aired on BBC1 prime time, I'm sure the viewing ratings would soar! Coupling is basically like an English version of Channel 4's Friends, but it's even funnier. The storyline revolves around the six central characters - Steve, Jeff, Patrick, Susan, Sally and Jane. The episodes are mainly set in a bar, similar to Central Perk from Friends. They even have a long sofa with a coffee table except that they drink beer instead of coffee! The six characters are all very individual and different, giving the series a great variety and a lot of scope for humourous plots: Steve is the rational guy. He proposed to Susan in the last episode. He's the most sensible out of the three blokes but he can get very insecure about his relationship with Susan. He brings the other guys back to reality when they get carried away. Jeff is hilarious. He is Welsh and obsessed with breasts. He's always having fantasies based on women in the bar and imagining an "eight breasted octopus"! He has all these fears about strange things such as the "gigaloop" (when you start to laugh when you shouldn't - like at a speech or in Jeff's case, a funeral (!) and by holding in the laugh, you want to laugh at holding it in and so on until it builds up so much you just have to laugh)! Jeff tends to interrupt conversations with a comment about breasts or women, and he has some of the funniest lines in the sitcom. Patrick is known amongst women as "the tripod"! For those of you who aren't dirty minded, he is rather "well endowed" down below. He tends to get in funny situations with women whether it's trying to dump them or trying to ask them out. Susan is like the female equivalent of Steve, which is maybe why they are engaged! She is the most sensible of the women and has an
incredible knack of manipulating Steve to get her way. She often has to cope with being fancied by other men, hence Steve's insecurity. Sally is obsessed with her body. She is always trying to ensure that her skin won't age prematurely and that her bottom doesn't look big etc etc. She is always worried about going out with men in case she looks bad. Jane is an extremely odd character. She is very pushy and speaks her mind. She has no shame, well not much. She will happily swing both ways and doesn't care what other people think. Her eccentricity often lands her in amusing situations. As I have hopefully managed to convey in my descriptions, the humour of Coupling comes from the great diversity and individuality of its characters. Usually it is the situations they end up in which make it so funny. For example, Susan wanted to get revenge on Steve one episode for humiliating her so she went out for a meal with him. Poor Steve was expecting a quiet meal out with his girlfriend, he ended up with Susan's foot undoing his flies and more....whilst trying to order! There were sudden gasps coming from him when the waitress told him the specials, covered up by "oh yes shrimp! How exciting!". It ended up with there being a phone call for him, he took the menu with him and no, he wasn't reading it whilst speaking on the phone! In the most recent episode, Jane virtually forced a bloke into going out with her so he invited her round the next evening. Indecisive about what to wear, she eventually decided on a coat. A coat only. When she arrived, her bloke told her in the hall that she looked beautiful, encouraged, Jane asked where she could put her coat. Being told that the bedroom would be fine, she began to unbutton it looking rather smug, before her bloke said "oh hang on, let me just introduce you to the others first"! It turned out that dinner was a formal dinner party. When asked to have her coat ta
ken, she refused! These are just a couple of the hilarious storylines from Coupling. They are all as hilarious as this and can cheer you up no end! If you like Friends, you'll love this and if you don't, try it anyway, British comedy is the best after all! (The current series of Coupling is on BBC2 at 10pm on Mondays).
This is the first time that I have been moved to write an opinion on Dooyoo but this is the only platform for me to urge others to take a look at the new series of Coupling on BBC2. Last night (Monday, 3 September 2001) I watched the first episode of the second series, which started at 10.00 pm and I can genuinely state that I laughed until I cried. The plot is simple and sounds on the surface like a British version of Friends. Three men and three women are friends and the plot centres around their relationships (or in some cases, lack of relationships). Last night's episode was based around Jeff (played by Richard Coyle), who has difficulty in finding women to go out with, and his obsession with a woman he sees on the train. The problem is that he has only seen her leg and the back of her head but is convinced that he is in love with her. However, it is once she comes to sit opposite him on the train that the hilarity starts. His fumbling, idiotic explanations about why he is staring at her become more bizarre and complicated result in him convincing her that he has lost a leg in an accident. Having to keep up this pretence rather than lose her forms the crux of the remainder of the plot and it is further complicated when he Jeff believes that one of his friend's boyfriends is a surgeon but is in fact a butcher. I can understand why the first series of Coupling won a Silver Rose at Montreux but cannot believe that the BBC has not given it a big push. In my opinion it should be on BBC1 at prime time, definitely not hidden away on a Monday evening on BBC2. The script is cleverly written by Steven Moffat, all of the characters are convincing and the comedy timing of the actors is superb. I would urge you to watch it but be careful - laughing as much as this could endanger your health. I was not only crying by the time the first episode had finished but starting to feel physically ill because I couldn't laugh any more.
I hope that the BBC keeps up the good work with Coupling but brings it to the wider audience that it deserves.
It seems that every other year someone has a moan about the state of British situation comedy and that it’s not up to the standard of Only Fools and Horses or Dad’s Army. The only show to emerge from all that seems to be The Royle Family that, while being original and funny, is a little overrated. Nobody seems to mention the marvellous Coupling though; one of the funniest sitcoms of recent years and it’s only had one series so far. When I first tuned in I immediately thought ‘Friends clone’ which to be honest it is in a way but is perhaps more like Seinfeld in creating its own weird world but still strives to be different. For a start the main characters are not all friends and only get to know each other through the getting together of Steve (Jack Davenport from This Life) and Susan (Sarah Alexander from Smack the Pony). The others are: Jeff (Richard Coyle) Steve’s Welsh sex-mad best mate who works with Susan, Sally (Kate Issitt) Susan’s neurotic beautician best mate, Jane (Gina Bellman) Steve’s mad ex and Patrick (Ben Miles) Susan’s sex-mad ex. And most of the action takes place in a bar. Sounds familiar so far but that’s where the similarities end. The series concentrated on Steve and Susan’s blossoming relationship and used it as an excuse to put its own spin on the dating game. For example: the first phone call- in which Steve can’t think of anything to say ‘it’s like the pause becomes a third person in the conversation’ notes Jeff ‘only one that doesn’t say much’. It’s these Seinfeld-like pearls of wisdom that pepper the show and help it create it's own language and world therefore setting it apart from Friends and every other clone. When the first show ('Flushed')opens, the action flits between Steve and Susan talking to their friends about breaking up, and they both enter and sit by opposite partners, taking no n
otice of each other and fooling the viewer, that you know this is something different. There are many great moments such as the men doing their Reservoir Dogs impression while dressed in black suits for a funeral, Patrick’s ‘Cupboard of Love’ containing videos of everyone he’s slept with, Steve trying to explain the plot of ‘Lesbian Smack Inferno’ without making it sound pervy. It also put a new spin on the old ‘pretend the audience is naked’ chestnut when Jeff, nervous about an interview, starts picturing everybody naked (‘I can’t switch off the naked people’) until he goes into the interview room and looks in a mirror. The same episode,'Sex, Death and Nudity', introduces the ‘giggle loop’ –the thing that makes you laugh in solemn situations. There are some great conversations such as Jeff claiming he and Steve are ‘porn buddies’ (if one should die then the other immediately clears his house of porn before his parents come round), Sally saying that ‘age brings you more to shave’, Jane dating a gay guy because she’s bisexual, Patrick spending an episode thinking up porn film names (‘The Girl with Two Breasts’) and a discussion about politics using Star Wars metaphors. The series is further enhanced by flashbacks during on going situations or similar visual devices that enhance the comedy rather than becoming it like ‘Teachers’. Richard Coyle’s nervous, neurotic, helpful but dateless Jeff is the best character along with Gina Bellman’s nutty, clingy Jane (‘now the lesson we can learn from the Crippen’s…’). Jeff has possibly the best episode in which he attempts to chat up an Iranian girl. After the conversation has finished we hear the whole thing back in her language which then leads to a brilliant finale. The acting is good but there’s something about Sarah Alexander t
hat sets her apart, for the worst reasons, perhaps she’s playing it too straight, I don’t know. Another problem would be that the format isn’t that original and it’s a bit strange that Patrick and Jane manage to integrate themselves with their respective groups so quickly. These are just silly quibbles though in what is overall a brilliant, hilarious and shamefully underrated production. I know it’s a cliché to say it but if you like Friends and Seinfeld then this is definitely for you. Luckily a second series is in production and I hope it will keep up to the quality of the first and that in itself is a rarity- a good first season that is critically acclaimed (except for the bloke in Time Out who must’ve been watching a different show). Relationships will never seem the same again. Now if only I could get a date…
Six twentysomethings. 3 male and 3 female. Plotlines revolve around sex and relationships. Shown on a Friday night. I know what you're thinking, and yes, the show is a little bit like Friends. In fact, the only weak point of Series 1 seemed to be that it was trying to be like other shows. In one episode, five of the characters are in a room and there's a knock at the door, leading to a sarcastic question of "I wonder who that could be" penned by writers who must have had Friends on their mind. In another episode, the writers have a go at being a bit more like the writers of Seinfeld by trying to have the characters articulate ideas that we all know of by giving them clever names. Thus, the term "giggle-loop" is coined for the way in which the more you know you shouldn't laugh, the more you do. Both of those examples are handled masterfully, though. The giggle-loop concept worked so much better than most of Seinfield's phrases and the way in which six people with tenious links almost end up together is less irritating than the way the six "Friends" are always hanging around in one person's appartment. There were only six episodes made, and the time taken over each script shows with the intensive scripts. One particularly good episode, "Lesbian spank inferno" managed to fit as many really good, laugh-out-loud jokes into half an hour as you'd get in about 5 or more episodes of most American sit-coms. I'm hoping that the BBC are going to do another series of Coupling. If they're not, I hope they repeat Series 1... I only realised how good the show was after a couple of episodes, so I've only got half the season on tape!
I'm truly amazed that this BBC comedy isn't being raved about. I'm a fan of TV comedy, and it's not often I laugh out loud, but for some reason, this show has struck a chord with me. If I had to categorise the show, I guess it's a mix of Friends-with-edge (six thirty-somethings), Game On (sexual themes) and Men Behaving Badly (male attitudes). Essentially set around the successes and failure of the character's sex lives, a few new concepts get introduced to us... such as the 'Giggle Loop' (the harder you try not to laugh, the more you want to), 'Porn Buddies', porn buddies (a friend who, on hearing of your death, will clear the porn out of your house before your parents get round), and 'Unflushable' ex-girlfriends. Funniest scene has to be Steve at a dinner party forced into justifying his favourite porn film as art, rather than a "lesbian spank inferno". Oh, or Jeff trying to score with an Israeli girl without the aid of an interpreter (collects ears in a bucket...) The main characters are: Steve (Jack Davenport, "This life") Jane (Gina Bellman, "Silent Trigger") Susan (Sarah Alexander, "The Strangerers", "Smack the Pony") Sally (Kate Isitt, "Is it legal?") Patrick (Ben Miles, "Peak practise") Jeff (Richard Coyle). The first series had six 30-minute episodes: Flushed Size Matters Sex, Death And Nudity Inferno The Girl With Two Breasts The Cupboard Of Patrick's Love The first series was shown on Friday nights on BBC2in mid-2000, and as it was playing against Channel 4's rating-grabbing comedy night, it was missed by many. If the beeb repeat their run of this comedy, don't miss it... Roll on Series 2!