Catherine and I watched almost the entire first season of the BBC series Coupling tonight. It’s bloody brilliant, so to speak. Seinfeldesque (a compliment) with more sex.
You can rent it, after we return it on Thursday, from That’s Entertainment; it’s in the Independent Film section, not the boxed set, as it’s a single DVD.
coupling was causing a small buzz at the banff television festival. we i got back i rented the box set from that’s entertainment. strangley there were a couple of episodes that looked like american sitcoms (including seinfeld and friends) had ripped out their plots…or visa versa.
I noticed that too, Dave: esp. the “Himbo” (coupling) vs. “Mimbo” (Seinfeld). I don’t know the relative dates enough to know which came out first. Of course maybe it’s all coincidence, and there are really only 15 sitcom plots. That all said, the “talking about breasts to the Israeli woman” episode is classic and unique.
Coupling was on BBC Canada along with a bunch of other fairly recent BBC comedies the best of which was “The Office” — a very nasty bit of humour about a middle management group in a faceless organization.