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Coupling - The Complete First Season

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Product Description

For everyone who appreciates the cozy camaraderie of Friends, the spice of Sex in the City, and the sheer nuttiness of Seinfeld, here's a hip hybrid of all three delivered with an English accent. The candor with which six young charmers (sound appealingly familiar?) deal with their lives and love affairs makes this series a tad edgier than most. NBC just obtained rights to it from the BBC. Obviously, the network decision makers were impressed by Coupling's nomination for Best TV Comedy at the 2001 British Comedy Awards event. About 3 hours. DVD. Simon Says: When asked if the American version of Coupling will require toning down for the stateside audience, producer Sue Vertue (Vicar of Dibley, Mr. Bean) quipped, "We've just done the American pilot. It's as rude as ever, you'll be pleased to know. And actually, very, very like the original!"

This witty, instantly addictive British series could also be called Chaps or Squelchy in the City. Coupling charts the tangled sex lives of a close-knit group comprising "exes and best friends": womanizer Jack, hapless nice guy Steve, "strange and disturbing" Jeff, uninhibited Susan, neurotic Sally, and manipulative Jane. Coupling may inspire feelings of déjà-view. The obvious frame of reference is Friends (Steve and Susan are the Ross-Rachel equivalent), but this series also echoes Seinfeld in its coinage of catch-phrases (although it's doubtful that "the boyfriend zone" will replace "master of your domain") and plotlines (in episode one, Steve tries to dump Jane, who refuses to accept). But Coupling has its own fresh and provocative takes on relationships. At one point, a furious Susan discovers that Patrick not only had a videotape of the former couple having sex, but that he also taped over her. An American remake is reportedly in the works. Didn't the Fawlty Towers knockoffs, Amanda's and Payne, teach us anything? --Donald Liebenson

Special Features

  • Episodes: Flushed, Size Matters, Sex Death & Nudity, Inferno, The Girl with Two Breasts, The Cupboard of Patrick's Love
  • Behind-the-scenes interviews
  • The photo shoot
  • Cast bios

Product Details

  • Actors: Jack Davenport, Sarah Alexander
  • Writers: Steven Moffat
  • Producers: Sue Vertue
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (589 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000797E5
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,954 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Coupling - The Complete First Season" on IMDb

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76 of 83 people found the following review helpful By John Oconnor on November 2, 2002
Format: DVD
When they get around to posting an editorial review here, inevitably the comparisons between Coupling and Friends will fly. Don't pay attention. Yes there are superficial similarities -- 6 attractive singles evenly divided between men and women, etc. -- but this is comedy in the great British tradition of farce and has much more in common with Fawlty Towers or Blackadder than with any American sitcom. I'll admit that the incessant need to label the unlabelable (word?) owes a debt to Seinfeld, though.
Episodes included on this first season set are:
"Flushed" -- Steve (the beset Jack Davenport) tries, mostly unsuccessfully, to break up with Jane (the mad Gina Bellman), while beginning a relationship with Susan (the radiant Sarah Alexander).
"Size Matters" -- Steve and Susan's relationship reaches a new level. Sally (the moisturized Kate Isitt) is horrified by Patrick's (the swaggering Ben Miles) political beliefs.
"Sex, Death and Nudity" -- Everyone ends up at Jane's aunt's funeral. Jeff (the crazed Richard Coyle) has his job interview strategy boomerang on him.
"Inferno" -- Susan discovers Steve's video collection. A dinner party goes awry.
"The Girl with Two Breasts" -- Jeff tries to connect with a girl who doesn't speak English.
"The Cupboard of Patrick's Love" -- Susan discovers that her ex (Patrick) has videotape of her in a compromised position.
There is a second season of nine episodes currently in rotation on BBCAmerica for you digital cable subscribers. And a third season has just begun airing in England.
Also, word is that an Americanized version of this show is being groomed as a replacement for ... aw, you guessed it. The soon-to-end Friends. See where it all began here.
And see where it (probably) was a whole lot funnier. Unfair pre-judgment. But probably true.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Maggie on June 14, 2004
Format: DVD
Don't buy this DVD unless you are prepared to buy the entire series. You will fall in love with the characters and will need to know how their story lines continue to develop.
And don't even think about lending your DVDs to a friend. It will be impossible to get you friend to give them back.
This stuff is laugh out loud funny...and mini-marathons watching the DVDs make for great girls nights in.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By AgJeff on January 5, 2003
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The characters in Coupling are wonderfully quirky and interesting. The dialog is quick and witty. Despite the characters' somewhat implausible friendships as a group - the clever writers pull it off and the resulting repartee is terrifically funny.
The DVD includes the Episodes: Flushed; Size Matters; Sex Death and Nudity; Inferno; The Girl with Two Breasts; and The Cupboard of Patrick's Love
Wait till you hear about "Wobble Wars"! :-D
The characters are six thirty-something friends who are involved, formerly involved, or potentially will be involved with one another.
Susan is beautiful, bright, secure and sexy tart.
Jane is a nitwit completely oblivious to social tact and often oblivious in general.
Sally is pretty, but shallow, insecure, and vain. She is obsessed with appearance and aging (primarily her own but she also delights in critiquing other women).
Steve is a bit neurotic but the closest to "normal" in this bunch.
Jeff is a lunatic who has never had a normal healthy relationship with a women. Typically when he is around attractive women his brain disengages and he stammers himself into impossible-to-explain situations. Jeff has his own unique views on life and has named some of life's most arcane occurrences ("the sock gap" etc.). Naturally he has to explain this stuff to his friends.
Patrick is a lothario who is the antithesis of political correctness.
This is the funniest show on television - period. I regularly laugh out loud especially at Steve and Patrick's reactions to Jeff's absurdity. How many laugh-out-loud funny shows are there on television really? The humor is at times British but that only contributes to Coupling's charm.
Coupling is probably not appropriate for young children and the character's topic of discussions are frequently sexual in nature.
Hysterically funny show! Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By viagrafalls on April 20, 2004
Format: DVD
Coupling is without a doubt one of the funniest series from the last few years. Rivaling and actually exceeding the cleverness of other hits in comedy such as Friends.
Coupling, too, is about a group of 6 close friends, and deals with their every day problems and relationships.
In the first series, we are introduced to Steve, who is determined to break up with his girlfriend Jane and discusses this with his best friend Jeff. In their regular pub Steve runs into Susan (a colleague of Jeff), and sets a date with her. All this happens while he is having sex with Jane in the ladies' room.
Susan breaks up with her boyfriend Patrick, and her best friend Sally decides Patrick is fair game. More so after hearing Patrick is well endowed in the nether region section.
After the introduction episode, we get to see how Susan and Steve hook up together, and the crazy adventures the friends roll into. There's Jane's aunt dying, a discussion about Lesbian porn (the spanking kind), Jeff running into a stunner of a woman who doesn't immediately mace him, and Patrick's personal porn pile (starring Patrick).
While each of the actors is equally brilliant, the genius and probably the reason Coupling is such a success is Jeff (Richard Coyle). His absurd experiences in life have caused him to come up with names for situations. You'll laugh your ass off while he explains the "The Zone", "Unflushables", "The Sock Gap" and most brilliantly, "The Giggle Loop".
But you're not ready for that ;)
A definite recommendation. And for those who cannot get enough of Coupling, season 2 and 3 have also been brought out on DVD.
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