Coupling: Complete Third Season [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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For those of you not familiar with the show, it basically follows a group of six people (allegedly based on the writers life and not a rip off of Friends) through their relationship problems. It is in places one of the crudest shows I've seen, but it manages to pull this off without being offensive as it all seems to fit somehow.
All of the gags in series three are pretty much along the same lines as before, though they all feel a little more forced than before. I think some of the problem is that we now know what the characters are likely to say, so it does not surprise when they do. I don't think anyone could have expected Jeff to have told a woman that he has a false leg in series two, but now we know that these are the things he does, we can't be that shocked.
Not that this is a bad DVD, far from it. The first five episodes all contain standout moments, but the last two are noticeable weaker and the overall package suffers as a result. The extras disc is completely pointless as well - I would sooner have just had the shows and no extras for less money.
To sumarise, if you are a Coupling fan, buy it. If you've not seen the program before, checkout series 1 and 2 first.
The central theme continues as the guys struggle to comprehend the girls in a series of classic 'Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus' situations. And then there's Jeff...... who knows which planet he's from?
There's continued great use of the parallel view technique, (seen in earlier series) either concurrently with a split screen or the same scene reprised from the other gender's viewpoint. With some beautifully crafted scripts to emphasise the differences this technique adds to the comedy.
Very, very funny. It's 'Friends' with more raunch and more reality
In the end, series 3 does still have a lot of marvellously funny moments, and the characters that previously played second fiddle are brought out more. The extras on the second disc are light (28 minutes) although they do contain some interesting interviews, and there are commentaries on a lot of the episodes (4 or 5) which are worth a listen.
In the end, I think it IS as good as the first two series. The acid test is that it too can be watched several times without getting boring, and for me that says a lot.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic series....never fails to make me laugh !! A real tonic.
Just loved Jack Davenport.!! (And Richard Coyle )
All the brilliant episodes you want are there, but the extra DVD doesn't add much- pretty pedestrian interviews and a half-hearted blooper reel.Published on 17 July 2014 by Blackpool Lights
I consider this show the British answer to friends and i love it, its full of classic British humour and can rewatch the show over and over. Read morePublished on 16 July 2014 by Mike
before it lost a little in series 4 (Oliver is no geoff), this was the funniest show on tv and one of the funniest EVER. Why it is not better known is an utter mystery.Published on 27 Mar. 2014 by Steve Jackson