Coupling (U.S. TV series)

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Coupling
Also known as Coupling U.S.
Genre Sitcom
Created by Steven Moffat
Developed by Phoef Sutton
Written by
Directed by Andrew D. Weyman
Starring
Opening theme "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps"
Composer(s) Ralph Schuckett
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 11 (including 7 unaired) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Michael E. Stokes
  • Liz Astrof
  • Paul Corrigan
  • Brad Walsh
  • Robert Peacock
Editor(s)
  • Joe Bella
  • Danny White
Running time 20 minutes
Production company(s) Reveille Productions
Hartswood Films
BBC Worldwide Americas
NBC Universal Television
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run September 25, 2003 (2003-09-25) – October 23, 2003 (2003-10-23)
Chronology
Related shows Coupling (UK)
Joking Apart

Coupling is a 2003 American remake of the British television sitcom of the same title, which aired on NBC.

Reception[edit]

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.[citation needed]

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.

Jeff Zucker, former President and CEO of NBCUniversal, later said of Coupling that it "just sucked".[1]

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Ep#[2] Production
number
[2]
Original airdate[2] Episode title[2] Written by Based on UK episode
0 Unknown Unaired "Pilot" Steven Moffat "Inferno"
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

The original unaired pilot starred Breckin Meyer as Jeff, Melissa George as Susan, and Emily Rutherfurd as Sally.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ a b c d Epguides.com

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