Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Coupling - The Complete Seasons 1-4|
Actors: Jack Davenport, Gina Bellman, Sarah Alexander, Kate Isitt, Ben Miles
Director: Martin Dennis
Genres: Comedy, Television
Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 01/10/2006
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Reviewed on 1/10/2011...
A classic comedy series with brilliant dialogue and hilarious situations. The characters, though quirky and sometimes over-the-top, are warm and sympathetic. One of my favorite shows!
A MUST for Coupling Fans
Reviewer | Anytown USA | 02/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Serious Coupling fans will NOT be disappointed with this attractively packaged box set, which includes all four seasons of the show, as well as hilarious outtakes, interviews with writer Steven Moffat, his wife, producer Sue Vertue (on whose relationship the characters of Steve and Susan are loosely based); an in-depth behind the scenes look at the making of the show; and commentaries on selected episodes with Moffat joined by various members of the cast (you have the option on several episodes to either view the show as it aired or watch it with commentaries taped over it).
I was only expecting four DVDs containing all the shows, and was utterly delighted with the seven discs holding all these extras. The sturdy & attractively designed pastel cases in which each DVD is contained are a cut above lots of cheap DVD packaging out there, which is a nice touch too.
When I first happened upon an episode of Coupling a few years ago courtesy of my local PBS station, I was surprised that such a poorly written and produced show could make it to the airwaves. I failed to realize at the time that Mr. Moffat was a brilliantly funny writer and the plots were supposed to be absurd. At this point I consider myself a hard core fan.
In the fourth series, the writing and overall production of the show feels so polished it bears very little resemble to the slapped-together quality of the first season, for lack of a better term. The character of Jane (aka the 'stupid one') has made the most noticeable transformation in the fourth series. Her 'dumb brunette' act has been toned down to the point of being almost unrecognizable, which works better anyway and is far less grating. I have to wonder if this was Gina Bellman's idea?
The fourth series does suffer a little from the loss of Jeff (Richard Coyle) especially in light of the fact that the character of Oliver (Richard Mylan) was clearly modeled after Jeff Murdoch. Like Jeff, Oliver is an easily-flustered, tongue-tied dork around women. He's likeable enough though, but as a new character I felt he should have had a completely different role to add another dimension to the show. Watching him you only wind up making comparisons to the inimitable Jeff. However the chemistry between goofy Oliver and dim-witted Jane has the effect of balancing their respective exaggerated personality traits out and makes scenes between these two characters especially engrossing.
All of the characters have really grown on me over the seasons, particularly Ben Miles (The Forsyte Saga) an amazing actor who effortlessly manages to make the womanizing character he portrays (Patrick Maitland) loveable and utterly realistic.
I am anxiously awaiting a fifth season!"
Four seasons of fun and laughs.
Michael A. Brown | Salt Lake City, UT USA | 02/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"NBC found out very quickly that you can't recreate that which was put together so well. The original British sitcom "Coupling", itself an attempt to reinvent "Friends", introduces us to Steve and Susan. They're just starting to date. Along the way, we find that their friends have been somewhat more than that on occasion.
There's Patrick, the womanizer, he's been with Sally and Susan.
There's Sally, the insecure one, she's been with Patrick and worries too much about growing old.
There's Jeff, who's been with every woman... in his mind. In the real world, he's slightly less successful.
Then there's Jane, she thinks she's everything that she wants to be. She's been with Steve and had one particularly memorable moment with Susan.
The show suffered a bit in the final season with the loss of Richard Coyle. Jeff was more than just the wacky friend, he gave the show some of it's greatest moments. Also, the producers focused too much on fantasy sequences to mirror the episode events.
One of the amazing things about this show, especially in the early seasons, was how well they could tell a story from various perspectives and have it all mesh together. Blending phone calls from the perspective of both callers. Using split screen. And was there really a third woman standing there?
Overall, a very fun show. Well worth your time."
Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps
kevin m antonio | rumford, ri United States | 10/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I came across 'Coupling' on the local PBS channel late Saturday nights. It was on after 'The Office', which was the show I wanted to see. But after a few weeks, I skipped 'The Office' and got hooked on 'Coupling'. After the series run, I wanted to see it again, but not have to wait once a week. So, I scored a great deal on the entire series.
'Coupling' is one of the most satisfying series I have seen in many a year. At first, I'd watch and think, "I can't believe they just said that!" But as the series went along the characters became more developed, and I really cared about them, especially Sally Harper. This surprised me, because, at first, I could not stand her. She was this one note age obssessed stereotype. But Kate Isitt really brought a lot to making Sally a real person. Her standout, and I think, brave performances are in the episodes "Remember This", "The Girl with One Heart" (absolutley heartbreaking at the end), "Bed Time", and "9 1/2 Months".
Gina Bellman was note perfect as the "mad" Jane Christie, a good time gal up for anything. However, Jane never became really believable until the penultimate episode "The Naked Living Room". But it's worth the wait.
Susan Walker, played by Sarah Alexander, is the most elusive of the women. She's smart, organized, sexually voracious, a "happy trotting elf", to quote an episode. Yet, there's a distance to her, probably because she's so busy keeping everything together. Maybe having a boyfriend like Steve Taylor has something to do with that.
Steve, played by Jack Davenport, is the most normal of the guys. He does tend to complain a lot, especially during series 4 "the baby season", but he also gets to make great speeches about why men are like we are; "Inferno" is a great example. Steve also gets the last line of the series, and after he says it, you know why it ended when it did. It's perfect.
Patrick Matiland, played by Ben Miles, is the "tripod" womanizer. But, in a twist, he's very upfront about it. There's no guile to him at all. When he gets involved with Sally, it's very confronting to him, and he breaks out of being the stud, although not willingly.
And Jeff... ah, Jeff. The reason to watch the show. Richard Coyle will always be identified with Jeff Murdock no matter what. I saw a video of 'Lorna Doone' with Mr. Coyle on the box as the romantic lead and just burst out laughing. Jeff gets the best lines and observations; the "sock gap" is so true! And he always manages to get naked at least one a season with hilarious and squirm inducing results.
Richard Mylan, as Oliver Morris, had the thankless job of replacing Jeff after Richard Coyle left after series 3. He acquits himself admirably; he's not Jeff under another name, and he gives Oliver gravity in "The Naked Living Room" when he dares confront Jane... something none of the other characters ever did.
Steven Moffatt wrote all 29 episodes and as he went along he put twists on presenting the stories, such as "The Girl with Two Breasts", "The End of the Line", "Split", "Remember This", "9 1/2 Minutes", "Nightlines" and "Bed Time." Great, great imagination.
So, yes, it IS a comedy about sex, sex, and more sex. But if you watch closely it's also a about lot more.