Coupling: Collection

Coupling: Collection

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Although Americans know Coupling primarily in the form of NBC's failed U.S. remake, the original British series has been a hit since it first aired on BBC2 in May 2000. Written by Steven Moffat and produced by his wife, Sue Vertue, the raunchy comedy follows the sexual and romantic exploits of six young professionals in London as they hang out in a pub, hunt…  See more details below

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Although Americans know Coupling primarily in the form of NBC's failed U.S. remake, the original British series has been a hit since it first aired on BBC2 in May 2000. Written by Steven Moffat and produced by his wife, Sue Vertue, the raunchy comedy follows the sexual and romantic exploits of six young professionals in London as they hang out in a pub, hunt for conquests, and reluctantly settle down with one another. Despite the three-guys, three-girls setup, any similarities to the hit U.S. sitcom Friends are superficial. Coupling is far more concerned with frank sex talk and romantic Darwinism than sentimentality and soap opera plotlines. Early episodes focused almost entirely on conceptual "knob gags" -- long setups and payoffs of an unfailingly vulgar nature. From sex toys to lesbian chic to one character's closet full of homemade porn, Moffat's scripts take R-rated dialogue as a given. As the series has progressed, however, its characters have essayed more mature relationships while remaining fixated on the intricacies of sex. The relationship between flustered everyman Steve (Jack Davenport) and his icy blond girlfriend, Susan (Sarah Alexander), provides the show's nominal through-line, even as the more extreme characters earn more of the laughs. Patrick (Ben Miles), a Tory womanizer, represents one male extreme. The other comes in the form of Jeff (Richard Coyle), a juvenile sex addict afflicted by both performance anxiety and verbal diarrhea. As for the ladies, Jane (Gina Bellman) is the over-confident, deliberately kooky man-trap, while Sally (Kate Isitt) is the self-help addict obsessed with halting the aging process. Although each character starts out as little more than a collection of tics, time has deepened the emotional resonance of the entire cast. After three seasons on BBC2, Coupling underwent some changes in its fourth season. Richard Coyle abruptly quit, leaving Moffat to replace Jeff with Oliver (Richard Mylan), a similarly bumbling man-boy. The show also moved over to BBC3. In America, the series first aired on PBS before migrating to the BBC America cable network. Despite their various levels of television experience, most cast members were relative unknowns when the series began. Only Jack Davenport, with the BBC hit This Life and the film The Talented Mr. Ripley under his belt, had much of a profile; he has since appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/2005
UPC:
0794051210227
Rating:
NR
Source:
Bbc Warner
Time:
13:55:00
Sales rank:
21,742

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary; Behind-the-scenes features; Outtakes; Deleted scenes; Interviews; Cast bios

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Coupling: The Complete First Season, Disc 1
1. Opening Credits [4:09]
2. The Zone [5:05]
3. Dumped [6:31]
4. Single Again [3:05]
5. Porn Buddies [6:16]
6. First Date [4:06]
1. Opening Credits [5:27]
2. The Pause [3:40]
3. The Sock Gap [4:15]
4. Batteries and Torries [4:52]
5. The Unknown [5:28]
6. A Little Bit Gay [5:27]
1. Opening Credits [6:50]
2. The Giggle Loop [3:38]
3. My Aunt's Dead [2:56]
4. Funeral Dates [6:03]
5. Threesomes [4:56]
6. A Minute's Silence [3:49]
1. Opening Credits [4:00]
2. A Hard-Man Cut [7:45]
3. Rejection [3:22]
4. Extra Breasts [4:19]
5. Porn or Erotica? [1:58]
6. Naked Women [7:45]
1. Opening Credits [2:45]
2. Breasts With Brains [2:59]
3. Collecting Ears [4:14]
4. Perfection [7:23]
5. I Don't Understand [5:38]
6. The Stupidest Title [5:54]
1. Opening Credits [2:47]
2. Loneliness & Nudity [9:11]
3. Room in Your Cupboard? [3:42]
4. Naked Rights [6:23]
5. In Safe Hands [3:46]
6. Susan's Audience [3:23]
Side #2 -- Coupling: The Complete Second Season, Disc 1
1. Opening Credits [4:09]
2. A Great Leg [5:05]
3. Meeting Ms. Leg [6:31]
4. Too Many Legs [3:05]
5. The Rump Specialist [6:16]
6. Gates of Paradise [4:06]
1. Opening Credits [5:27]
2. Flying Solo [3:40]
3. Parents & Sex [4:15]
4. Junior Patrick [4:52]
5. Whistling With Dad [5:28]
6. Gifts [5:27]
1. Opening Credits [6:50]
2. Nudity Situation [3:38]
3. Captain Subtext [2:56]
4. Like Australia [6:03]
5. Sofa Parasites [4:56]
6. Second Opinion [3:49]
1. Opening Credits [4:00]
2. Code Red [7:45]
3. Malfunction [3:22]
4. Floppiness [4:19]
5. Re-Entry [1:58]
6. The Melty Man [7:45]
1. Opening Credits [2:45]
2. Sacked and Suicidal [2:59]
3. Breast Octopus [4:14]
4. Opportunity Knocks [7:23]
5. The Snake of Truth [5:38]
6. Being Jane [5:54]
1. Opening Credits [2:47]
2. A Final Dilemma [9:11]
3. How to Marry Your Wife [3:42]
4. Wilf! [6:23]
5. Eat Them Up [3:46]
6. Gotcha! [3:23]
Side #3 -- Coupling: The Complete Second Season, Disc 2
1. Opening Credits [4:09]
2. Something Very Special [5:05]
3. Accidentally Naked [6:31]
4. Husbands and Wives [3:05]
5. Back at the Party [6:16]
6. Swapping [4:06]
1. Opening Credits [5:27]
2. Office Encounter [3:40]
3. Just Say Naked [4:15]
4. Going Up, Not Out [4:52]
5. Julia's Loo [5:28]
6. Oh, Jeffrey! [5:27]
1. Opening Credits [6:50]
2. Susan's End [3:38]
3. Steve's End [2:56]
4. The Beginning [6:03]
5. Julia's End [4:56]
6. The End [3:49]
Side #4 -- Coupling: The Complete Third Season, Disc 1
1. Take Me Back [4:09]
2. Phone Sex [5:05]
3. Phoning Around [6:31]
4. The Temple of Woman [3:05]
5. The Temple of Woman [6:16]
6. I Love You [4:06]
1. The "H" Incident [5:27]
2. A History With Wilma [3:40]
3. A History With James [4:15]
4. A Proper Date [4:52]
5. Jane vs. God [5:28]
6. A Simple Question [5:27]
1. Previously... [6:50]
2. This Sex Thing [3:38]
3. The Fork [2:56]
4. Devil Woman [6:03]
5. Dead Girlfriend [4:56]
6. Serious Trouble [3:49]
1. Arachnophobia [4:00]
2. Sally's Dream [7:45]
3. Patrick's Dream [3:22]
4. Party Impressions [4:19]
5. First Snog [1:58]
6. Movie Night [7:45]
Side #5 -- Coupling: The Complete Third Season, Disc 2
1. Nether Freckling [4:09]
2. Spank Man [5:05]
3. Jeff, Julia, & Joe [6:31]
4. Radio Show [3:05]
5. Mole Buddies [6:16]
6. Sex With an Ex [4:06]
1. Home Improvements [5:27]
2. Patrick's Girlfriend [3:40]
3. Overnice [4:15]
4. Secret Toilet Weapon [4:52]
5. No Lock [5:28]
6. We Are Men [5:27]
1. Blue Lines [6:50]
2. Porn Menu [3:38]
3. A Bit Mad [2:56]
4. Explorations [6:03]
5. Not Us Then? [4:56]
6. Time's Up [3:49]
Side #6 -- Coupling: The Complete Fourth Season, Disc 1
1. Desperate [4:09]
2. Sally and Patrick [5:05]
3. Steve and Susan [6:31]
4. In the "John Hurt" Way [3:05]
5. Oliver and Jane [6:16]
6. Rescued [4:06]
1. Execution [5:27]
2. Oliver's Ex [3:40]
3. Come Inside [4:15]
4. Party Line [4:52]
5. Sexy Pregos [5:28]
6. Hooking Up [5:27]
1. Enchanted Glade [6:50]
2. Serving Sleep Time [3:38]
3. Susany [2:56]
4. Lively Nipples [6:03]
5. The Game [4:56]
6. New Enchantments [3:49]
1. Exit Plan [4:00]
2. Birth Partners [7:45]
3. The Backups [3:22]
4. The Circus [4:19]
5. Patrick's Girls [1:58]
6. Epidural Anyone? [7:45]
1. Long, Long Ago [2:45]
2. Toilet Roll Pick-Up [2:59]
3. Despairing Scream [4:14]
4. Unedited Flat [7:23]
5. Battle With Nudity [5:38]
6. Emergency! [5:54]
1. Jeff's Return [2:47]
2. Accidental Proposal [9:11]
3. Anxious Oliver [3:42]
4. Jane's Boyfriend [6:23]
5. Epidural Bliss [3:46]
6. Daddy [3:23]

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Coupling: Collection 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Coupling is brilliant! The writing is sharp, smart, snappy, and sassy. The characters are well developed (especially for the relatively few episodes) for all that they are caricatures. I have introduced this to a dozen people who became as addicted as moi. Be warned that Richard Coyle (Jeff) does not return for Season 4, and replacement character is weird, but not Jeff weird. If you are thinking about buying just one season, save yourself the money, time, and angst and just buy the whole set from the get go!
billcstf04 More than 1 year ago
I started watching while living in the UK and watched the first 3 seasons there, now I am in Panama and cannot get any more I will have to get this set it is a great show.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just wanted to write in complete and utter agreeance with the first review. Also to say if you want to find more shows like this look for the channel BBC America. The actors in this show go on to do other hilarious shows! In so far as Jeff is concerned, as long as you keep in mind that the new guy is not meant to be anything like Jeff they are two separate, weird, and humorous entities. This show is a definate must see for anyone who loves a good laugh on the truths of relationships :"
HK0730 More than 1 year ago
HILARIOUS!!!! One of my favorite shows EVER! Soooo funny, so original, and everything's better with a British accent!
AsiaSquawkBoxFan More than 1 year ago
This is a sitcom with a complimentary ensemble of characters exploring their sexual identities in their 30s. The ensemble ignites explosive laughter and Richard Coyle, who plays Jeff, is the catalyst. The best episode is SS1: The Woman with two breasts. The show is well written with fantstic comedic closure of plot points. It feels theatrical due to the blocking styles and static sets, but it is worth watching. Not as crass as the IT Crowd [BBC], but the potty humor is intelligent enough. High marks for the 1st 2 seasons. Richard Coyle is not in the last two seasons and the show basically fell apart.
Litwoman88 More than 1 year ago
I am a self proclaimed Anglophile so I watch BBC America often. I started watching this series while it was airing but immediately went out and bought the whole set. All the characters are great but I especially love Steve. His diatribes are fantastic. I could watch the dinner party episode at Susan and Steve's over and over again.
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