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Coupling - The Complete Second Season (2003)

Jack Davenport , Gina Bellman , Martin Dennis  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jack Davenport, Gina Bellman, Sarah Alexander, Kate Isitt, Ben Miles
  • Directors: Martin Dennis
  • Writers: Steven Moffat
  • Producers: Beryl Vertue, Geoffrey Perkins, Nick Mortimer, Sue Vertue
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 270 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AQS8B
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,549 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Coupling - The Complete Second Season" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All 9 episodes
  • Interviews with producer Beryl Vetrue, writer Steve Moffat, and actor Jack Davenport
  • Trailers

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Product Description

More than just a one night stand! Pick up BBC's most successful new comedy since Absolutely Fabulous, as Coupling returns with the two-disc set Coupling: The Complete Second Season. Find our who splits, who hooks up and pick up even more outrageous "Jeffisms" from this brilliant and sexy farce.

Steven Moffat's second season of Coupling is a brilliant consolidation of all those neuroses, small deceits, obsessions, and personality tics that struck such a resonant chord when Steve, Susan, and their four friends were first unleashed on us. Comparisons with Friends itself are tiresome and lazy: Coupling is an intrinsically British comedy that picks apart the trivial and the mundane in everyday relationships and takes them on surreal journeys, leaving the participants hilariously bemused and rarely any wiser. Its success is due to the magical combination of Moffat's very funny scripts and the talents of six extremely likable actors, including Jack Davenport (Steve) and Sarah Alexander (Susan). But it's Richard Coyle's Jeff whose sexual fantasies exert a compelling fascination that will really keep you watching in disbelief.

Breasts, bottoms and pants are the basis for most of the conversational analysis when these friends get together as a group, as couples, as girlfriends, or as mates, invariably becoming metaphors for the state of a relationship or situation. Individual viewpoints and terrors are explored through respective memories of the same event and what-if scenarios. Chain reactions inevitably ensue, fuelling comedy that is based almost entirely on misunderstanding. --Piers Ford

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's finally here! November 5, 2003
By Shaz
I picked this up the day it was released. Yes, you can watch "Coupling" on BBC America, but these DVD's are worth it, because they still edit some content for time. With Season 2, you get the following 9 episodes:
THE MAN WITH TWO LEGS: Jeff finally works up the nerve to approach a girl on the tube whose leg he's been gawking at each day. Will he blow it with another one of his bumbling lines?
MY DINNER IN HELL: Steve bumps into a television presenter he's always fantasized about, and Jane has a fool-proof hairbrained scheme that she swears will help she and Sally meet her.
HER BEST FRIENDS BOTTOM: Steve makes a surprise visit at Susan's apartment, thinking it is she in the shower. It's Sally, and the entire episode revolves around that fact that Steve saw her bottom.
THE MELTY MAN COMETH: Will Patrick and Sally finally come together? If Patrick doesn't stop "failing" then perhaps they can!
JANE AND THE TRUTH SNAKE: In possibly one of the funniest episodes ever, Jane loses her job as traffic reporter. Never fear! She has a career plan up her sleeve that involves children's entertainment and a sock puppet. That's all I'll say.
GOTCHA: One year after their first date, a wedding invite is sent to Steven and Susan. Steve, of course, panics into thinking Susan will now pe expecting a proposal herself.
DRESSED: The meaning of Jane's invite to a dinner date is misunderstood, and she shows up naked under her coat. When she arrives to a flat full of guests, she has to do some quick thinking (rather a lot for Jane, really!).
NAKED: Jeff's 30th birthday is coming, and his workmates have planned a surprise celebration for him. Again, invites are misunderstood and Jeff ends up stripping down naked in front of his workmates...and his parents!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Comedy Classic! September 27, 2003
By A Customer
Coupling is comic genius. Despite the risque subject matter of practically every episode, the excellent script and brilliant acting and especially timing of the cast is superb. Ther isn't too much TV comedy that can withstand numerous viewings, but even after remembering most of the lines of every episode of Coupling, it still just cracks me up. Jack Davenport's (Pirates of the Caribbean and The Talented Mr Ripley) comic timing is incredible as Steve and Richard Coyle (Jeff) is..., well his character defies categorization, but Jeff is a unique and hilarious character because of Richard's remarkable abilities.
I watched the NBC pilot this week, and just cringed. It is the same story as the original BBC episode, with all of the humor sucked out, and with far, far less talented actors. The actor portraying Jeff is so badly cast, he destroys every line he is left with in the butchered script.
Consider taking some classic Monty Python sketches, editing them for an "American Audience" and having the lines delivered by a completely different set of actors who didn't understand the humor in the first place and you have the NBC version of Coupling.
Buy the Season 1 DVD to get acquainted with the characters and you will be hooked. I Cannot wait to get my 2nd season DVD. The 3rd season is airing intermittently on BBC America, and a 4th is still at the script stage. I can't wait.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! January 26, 2004
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I admit that I am a huge fan of this series (and thus not very impartial) but I just had to voice my opinion that Coupling is the brightest, most hilarious comedy to hit the airwaves in any country for many years. After the greatness of Season 1, I was worried that Steven Moffat would not be able to maintain the sheer brilliance of his characters and the hilarious situations they encounter. In Season 2 I found the writing and acting to be even better! "Jeff Murdock" remains the jewel in a crown of great characters. I have to recommend this DVD as equal to or greater than season one on all levels, which is saying alot. It is also great that Season 2 contains nine episodes, as compared to six episodes in Season 1. Buy this DVD... you won't regret it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong second season August 5, 2003
By A Customer
If you've seen the first season of Coupling, you'll love the second. It's often that sex farce comedies can't cut it past a first season. Coupling is a notable exception. The second season is where Moffat begins to explore more of the characters. Sally and Patrick develop an excellent story line that is completely dysfuntional, funny and sometimes touching. It also contains the most famous Jeff-ism "The Melty Man" and Jane puts in an appearance at a social gathering completely naked. While there are some episodes that are stronger than others, overall this season stands on sturdier legs than the first, which in retrospect, seems like a giant exercise in exposition. The extras on this DVD are better than the scant offerings of the first. These include commentary by cast and creators as well as a much more in depth interview with both Vertue and Moffat.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh-out-loud funny October 29, 2003
By A Customer
This 2nd-season package is a step up from the first, as this one has nine, as opposed to six, episodes, plus these have the added bonus of commentaries. (Both season sets are essential viewing though.) I noticed from watching this second-season disk set that the show was actually filmed and is presented in wide-screen, a nice treat for DVD owners, and something you don't see very often in the TV show world. I find the hefty $35 retail price a bit difficult to swallow, but fortunately is discounting it to $25, a bit more reasonable. I first started watching this on PBS back in the Spring 2003, and found myself laughing out loud through most of the show. Casting is as key to the chemistry of this show, as it is to Will & Grace and Seinfeld; the NBC Americanized version is PATHETIC, and I cannot even stomach watching it. (The writing has noticable changes as well, diminishing the comedy. For example, in the first episode of the original BBC series one of the male characters says everytime he tries to break up with Jane, she tricks him into continuing with the relationship. Last time he tried, Jane then told him she was wearing stockings. "In the three years we've been going out, she's never worn stockings before." Then adds, "And I begged!" In the Americanized NBC version he says more vulgarly that she wasn't wearing panties; more crude, and much less funny.) The guys all discuss things that ring true, but are so taboo that they've never been uttered before on the screen. Plus, there's no repulsive sentimentalism and lame attempts at drama that makes Friends so dreadfully awful. This original BBC series is laugh-out-loud funny and shouldn't be missed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 26 days ago by Susan Rivers
5.0 out of 5 stars Must See TV ... Episode 1
Episode 1 of Season 2 is my all time favorite of any sitcom ever.
Published 3 months ago by James Acton
5.0 out of 5 stars Endless Laughs
The first time I saw Coupling I was hooked and now I am on the hunt to get the whole collection.

The closest way to describe it is like Friends on steroids. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kinky
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny
Remembered from watching the BBC channel a few years ago. Even so, the jokes are still current, and very funny. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mary E. Stark
I cannot stress this enough---if you have never seen this series, you, my darling reader, are losing-out on a culinary smorgesboard of sexual wordplay and boy/girl situations... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Nannette LaRee Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars great, funny show
This is one of the funniest shows on television, british or american. I recommend this to everyone who loves to laugh. This came in the mail very quickly and the price was perfect.
Published 11 months ago by generu74
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny show from England
I love this show. It's the friends of England. Kinda silly, kinda risque. No one I know has watched it.
Published 11 months ago by A. Almeida
5.0 out of 5 stars My review for the second season is the same as the one for the first
If you love comedy this is a must have DVD. Jeff is a character ike no other and Richard Coyle is not afraid to go for broke playing him. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Elisea
5.0 out of 5 stars Best British sit com ever
I have lost more of these dvds that any other. I lend them to friends who enjoy them so much that then lend them to other friends and we do not get them back
Published 15 months ago by Caroleeinaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Coupling - Ensemble comedy at it's finest!
This BBC comedy is brilliant! Adult situation comedy with some of the best actors and writers there are. After you buy this DVD you'll want the other seasons too!
Published 16 months ago by Leslie Smith
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