14 Hilarious British Comedies You Can Binge Right Now

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The cast of “Coupling”. (Photo: BBC)


If you ever wondered what a Steven Moffat-produced show that wasn’t Doctor Who or Sherlock would look like – well, I’ve got your answer. And it’s maybe not what you’d expect. Moffat also wrote the sitcom Coupling, which aired from 2000 to 2004. It’s a bit more of a personal kind of story from him, given that was based in part on his own relationship with producer Sue Vertue, whom he later married. How much, you may ask? Well, the two lead characters are named Sue and Steven, so the “inspiration” here takes a pretty literal form.

Coupling is an ensemble-style romantic comedy, which basically means it looks a lot like an adult version of Friends. It follows the dating, sexual adventures and general life mishaps of six thirty-something main characters. Three are men, three are women, and they are all basically looking for love. Some of them are more successful at this than others, some of them swap romantic partners and a lot of one night stands are involved.

Jack Davenport, Sarah Alexander, Richard Coyle, Gina Bellman, Ben Miles and Kate Islitt star.  They’re all attractive and charming and have great chemistry together. (Davenport, for the record, looks particularly dishy.) And the show is very funny. Fair warning, though: Many of the jokes in Coupling are sexual in nature, so just be prepared for that going in.

Number of Seasons: 4

Where to Watch:  Hulu