Coupling (U.S. TV series)
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|Also known as||Coupling U.S.|
|Created by||Steven Moffat|
|Developed by||Phoef Sutton|
|Directed by||Andrew D. Weyman|
|Opening theme||"Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps"|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||11 (including 7 unaired) (List of episodes)|
|Running time||20 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Reveille Productions
BBC Worldwide Americas
NBC Universal Television
|Original run||September 25, 2003– October 23, 2003|
|Related shows||Coupling (UK)
It failed to perform in the ratings and was canceled before the November sweeps, with several episodes remaining unaired despite heavy publicity by the network. It was immediately panned as a poor imitation of the original UK series by viewers and critics. BBC America even ran commercials noting that they would play the original British versions on their station just after the American equivalent episodes on NBC aired, so that viewers could see instantly just how superior the original was. Miscasting and stilted delivery of a nearly identical script were believed to be the reasons for the failure, though creator Steven Moffat claims the level of network interference was the sole reason.
The American adaptation came at a time when NBC was having success with remakes of BBC shows, such as The Weakest Link and Dog Eat Dog. NBC would find success in 2005 with a remake of another BBC series, The Office, which aired for nine seasons.
Because of what was deemed as indecent content, two affiliates of NBC refused to air the program; KSL-TV (Channel 5) in Salt Lake City, and WNDU-TV (Channel 16) in South Bend, Indiana. Both stations were owned by religious organizations, as KSL is owned by the Bonneville International division of the LDS Church, while WNDU was at the time owned by a subsidiary of The University of Notre Dame. In those markets, WB affiliate KUWB (Channel 30) and a UPN digital subchannel of CBS affiliate WSBT-TV (Channel 22), respectively, aired the series after their network's primetime lineups.
- Colin Ferguson as Patrick Maitland
- Jay Harrington as Steve Taylor
- Christopher Moynihan as Jeff Clancy
- Lindsay Price as Jane Honda
- Rena Sofer as Susan Freeman
- Sonya Walger as Sally Harper
|Original airdate||Episode title||Written by||Based on UK episode|
|1||101||September 25, 2003||"The Right One"||Steven Moffat||"Flushed"|
|2||102||October 2, 2003||"Size Matters"||Steven Moffat||"Size Matters"|
|3||103||October 9, 2003||"Sex, Death & Nudity"||Steven Moffat||"Sex, Death & Nudity"|
|4||106||October 23, 2003||"Check/Mate"||Danny Zuker|
|5||104||Unaired||"Present Tense"||Paul Corrigan & Brad Walsh|
|6||105||Unaired||"A Foreign Affair"||Phoef Sutton & Steven Moffat||"The Girl with Two Breasts"|
|7||107||Unaired||"Nipple Effect"||J.J. Philbin|
|8||108||Unaired||"Dressed"||Steven Moffat & Phoef Sutton||"Dressed"|
|9||109||Unaired||"Object Lessons"||Liz Astrof|
|10||110||Unaired||"Holiday"||Paul Corrigan & Brad Walsh|
It was announced on July 12, 2008, that Carsey Werner Home Entertainment were planning a home DVD release of all 11 episodes of the series. The Home DVD & Game Review website announced on March 29, 2009, that the series will be released on a 3-disc boxset.
- Crupi, Anthony (June 14, 2011). "Mormon Station Refuses NBC's 'The Playboy Club': Second time church-owned affiliate dumps a series". Adweek. Archived from the original on October 15, 2011. Retrieved October 15, 2011.