Watched the pilot episode of the original British Coupling
. Really funny. Big on embarassment humor. I liked how atrocious Brits are willing to be -- the US Coupling
wasn't nearly as rude, and so wasn't nearly as funny.
The comedy was much slower. It felt like, in spite of the laugh track, they were leaving air space for big continued laughs. So I'd yelp out a laugh and then have to wait for the next one, instead of one laugh rolling into the next.
And what's with the laugh track? This was a lot like Sports Night
: just enough laugh track to irritate, without enough to carry you over the irritation. The Friends
laugh track never felt obtrusive. Is that because they had real laughs on the soundtrack -- filmed in front of a live studio audience? I'd rather have seen Coupling
without the laugh track. One day perhaps they'll make it an audio option on the DVD. English with laugh track, English without laugh track, German with laugh track, German without-- wait a second, is Friends
funny in German?
Hard to say in the end what the show's hook was, unless it's "6 friends talk about sex. Incessantly." Which is, come to think about it, not a terrible hook.