Coupling: Flushed
February 9, 2015 1:44 PM - Season 1, Episode 1 - Subscribe

Steve Taylor is a charming, efficient man, but can't handle women well, being affected by fears which are only aggravated when he talks with his best mate Jeff, who always manages to say and do the wrong thing and worse...
posted by Pendragon (16 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Coupling! Yes I am in. I have opinions about this series.
Although now I have to go and rewatch it.
(This is not a problem.. until season 4)
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 3:00 PM on February 9, 2015 [2 favorites]

I used to watch the hell out of this show! I should probably rewatch it again, though I am pretty sure Moffat-style observations about the sexes will not be as charming as it was when I was in my early 20s.
posted by Kitteh at 4:58 PM on February 9, 2015 [2 favorites]

I just quoted the cushion rant on my *professional* blog today. Thank you! Off to rewatch!
posted by The Wrong Kind of Cheese at 5:08 PM on February 9, 2015

Sarah Alexander really should have been a bigger star.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 9:46 PM on February 9, 2015 [1 favorite]

I'm following the Spaced rewatch and got the idea for a Coupling rewatch. I forgot to tag this one as a rewatch ! I'm planning to post these on the same day as the Spaced rewatch.
posted by Pendragon at 9:53 AM on February 10, 2015

(This is not a problem.. until season 4)

Season 4 ? I don't know anything about a season 4 :-)
posted by Pendragon at 9:55 AM on February 10, 2015

Oh yaaaay! I loved Coupling when it was on BBC America, in what? 2001? I have a feeling it will be a different viewing experience now.
posted by tracicle at 12:31 PM on February 10, 2015

...oh poop, it's not on Netflix any more.
posted by tracicle at 12:43 PM on February 10, 2015

I have vivid 2000 era memories of
- "it's a sofa, it is designed to protect against skin abrasions, serious head trauma, and of course...DALEKS" and
- "BREASTS!" "...Now let's try that again, but this time, imagine you're Israeli...."
posted by bartleby at 3:08 PM on February 10, 2015 [1 favorite]

He is Jeff Murdoch. And there is no known cure.
posted by scalefree at 6:03 PM on February 10, 2015 [3 favorites]

Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps!

Jane is the best at being the worst. Susan was an absolute pro with great comedic timing. (She's married to one of the actors from Spaced.). But Jeff was more annoying than I remembered and, wow, they were definitely on a shoestring budget.

Season 1, at least, is on YT if you're desperate. The quality sucks though. Better to look elsewhere.
posted by Ik ben afgesneden at 3:32 AM on February 11, 2015

Quite a different Gina Bellman than Leverage.
posted by phearlez at 8:23 AM on February 11, 2015

I found a decent Ep 1 on yt. I had the biggest crush on Steve after watching this -- so imagine my delight when he turned up on Pirates of the Caribbean. I'd forgotten just how weak and immature his character is, though. He must improve, right? I didn't have a crush on a manchild?

Susan is great but it does feel at times like they're reading from a script, a little stilted or a little too on the mark somehow. And Jeff is...a narcissist, to say the least. But they all are, which is what makes the show. Susan's probably the most down-to-earth of all of them, and if Steve was less focused on his penis he'd be a close second.
posted by tracicle at 10:49 AM on February 11, 2015

Quite a different Gina Bellman than Leverage.

The character, through no fault of Bellman's, wears super-thin quite quickly. I remember watching on DVD and simply fast-forwarding through any plot that was hers. Saying the character was one-note might be extending her too much credit.

Outside of Masterpiece Theater/typical Channel 13 fare, this was my first exposure to British telly. I remember thinking just how cheap it looked compared to "Friends". I've now seen more British telly and, well, most of it is still a bit cheap. But the writing, directing, and acting are usually leaps and bounds ahead.
posted by aureliobuendia at 11:36 AM on February 12, 2015 [1 favorite]

I'm so sad it's not on Netflix anymore! It was there foreeeeever.
posted by mochapickle at 8:51 PM on February 15, 2015

Oh I used to love this show! I used to watch it on actual PBS, and then rewatched with NortonDC on dvd. Hey I could do this rewatch on dvd!

I had a crush on Jeff! Silly, tongue-tied, awkward Jeff. During the earlier seasons, anyway.
posted by onlyconnect at 5:44 PM on February 24, 2015

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