Saturday, January 26, 2008

Coupling and Other BBC America Goodies

So the Writer's Strike has made me more productive. But, it's also got me venturing into new territory. Like BBC America. On Friday I came home and turned on the telly, only to discover that it was tuned to BBC America. While I do watch the occasional BBC show, I'd have to bribe either GQ Jones or Mini-Mogul to join me. So, it is still a mystery to me how the TV landed there. Nevertheless, an episode of Coupling was on. It was ridiculous and hilarious all at the same time. Here is the episode summary:

S2, E1: The Man With Two Legs
Jeff has fallen in love with a red shoe on his morning train…and the leg attached to the shoe, and presumably the woman attached to the leg. When he eventually gets a chance to speak to her, poor Jeff is so nervous that he somehow blurts out that he only has one leg. But the beautiful stranger takes pity on the amputee, and Jeff
can't believe his good luck! He is in a relationship, with a gorgeous woman who
is keen on him, and he hasn't said anything else that was stupid (besides the
bit about the one-leg).

The show cracked me up. I am particularly keen on Jeff - the lovable, socially handicapped member of the bunch.

I watched a couple more episodes, including Season 4, Episode One "9 1/2 Minutes." It was a rather clever look at the same 9 1/2 minutes from three different points of view. You can catch episodes on BBC America at 5:30PM EST on weekdays.

One of the first things I thought was 'I hope we don't try to turn this into an American television show, too.' Too late. Someone tried and failed miserably back in 2003.

Yes, I know we practically wouldn't have any reality shows it if wasn't for the American copycat versions of popular British shows. American Idol, America's Got Talent, What Not to Wear, Trading Spaces, The Weakest Link, The Office... the list goes on... are all remakes of popular UK shows. But sometimes only the original will do.


ZenDenizen said...

Actually Coupling was an attempt to copy Friends so it's kind of funny that we went and tried to water down Coupling even more, lol.

Stephanie said...

I haven't seen Coupling. But I have a friend that loves it. That episode sound hilarious. Whenever I turn on BBC America Hotel Babylon is on though.

Samara Leigh said...

Zen - Thanks for the info on Coupling trying to mimic Friends. How funny.

Stephanie - It's like when you try to catch a certain show, but it always seems to be that one episode of it that you've seen already. How does that happen anyway? :-)

Chrissy said...

I love this show! Yes, I am the friend that Stephanie is referring to, hehe.

I haven't seen much of season 4, mainly because I can never find it on BBC. But that season is not as good as the previous three which is mainly due to the fact that Jeff isn't on it (since he too is one of my favorite characters).

It is such a funny show because of how absurd it is! Hope you can find earlier episodes because there are some great ones!

I saw the american version of Coupling and that was just horrid, it was on for 9 episodes, that was 8 too many.

Samara Leigh said...

I noticed that Jeff wasn't in the 4th season episode I saw. They were talking to him via cellphone in the bar scenes. I definitely need to catch up to the older episodes!

Tempest Knight said...

Oh, I loved Hex, Robin Hood, and Torchwood. BBC America has some pretty cool programs.