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Funko
17-03-2005, 15:34:13
http://www.myspace.com/theoffice

Seem to have forgotten the humour...

zmama
17-03-2005, 15:56:42
Steve Carrel is a very funny guy and could pull it off if the writing is good, but it won't be

Funko
17-03-2005, 16:08:55
You can see him on that site, 12 minute clip. He doesn't really pull it off, he's no Ricky Gervais... plus, the writing is bad.

Ricky Gervais' new sitcom is coming soon.

Venom
17-03-2005, 16:42:07
He doesn't even pull it off in the 30 seconds commercials. So not going to be good. Looks like it was shot in a homemade studio almost.

Funko
17-03-2005, 17:09:06
It looks very similar to the UK version...

Venom
17-03-2005, 17:12:08
That makes complete sense then.

Funko
17-03-2005, 17:14:09
Yes. :)

sleeping_satsuma
17-03-2005, 19:46:25
its not that bad considering its probably aimed at a mainstream American audience. I think Americans, Bill Hicks aside, usually just seem too perky to pull off world weary cynicism and satire, whereas Brits are trained professionals. Besides which, I'm not sure why America remake things in their own language that we've already done...? We don't make British Frasier or Friends, its never good to imitate because it never seems the same or better. Still, I don't think this is a bad attempt

fp
17-03-2005, 21:00:02
Originally posted by sleeping_satsuma
We don't make British Frasier or Friends

There were dozens of reviews of Coupling in the British press pronouncing it "The British Friends"

sleeping_satsuma
17-03-2005, 23:17:45
yeah but it wasnt intended to be that, its just what the media made of it

fp
18-03-2005, 21:58:18
That might not be what the writer intended it to be, but I bet you the execs at the BBC were thinking it was the British Friends when they commissioned it. But you're right, of course, other than having three guys, three girls and being about relationships it's really nothing like Friends at all.

Venom
18-03-2005, 22:02:50
It doesn't have the same name so it's obviously different.

sleeping_satsuma
19-03-2005, 23:00:48
it was bugger all like friends.

BigGameHunter
20-03-2005, 01:18:48
Eeek...I hate Friends.

I can't watch Frasier when I'm stoned because the men have big foreheads similar faces and after a while I start seeing my own face superimposed on theirs, which would be fine except for when they are both on the screen at once.

Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
20-03-2005, 02:33:16
[i]Besides which, I'm not sure why America remake things in their own language that we've already done...? [/B]

Money.

Funko
21-03-2005, 09:42:03
Originally posted by sleeping_satsuma
it was bugger all like friends.

Er...

Well... it was about 3 guys, 3 girls who were all friends, they hung out in a bar not a coffee house and it was much more irreverend and grown up but... well that's what a British Friends would be like. Anyway, there are enough links for easy media comparisons. *shrug*

It was 'better' although admittedly any value judgement like that is totally subjetive.

Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
22-03-2005, 04:51:48
Better for you, you Pommy bastard! You just don't get Yank humor. You're too, I don't know, refined to get the overt non-subtlety of their crass, in-your-face humor, so refreshing after all that intellectual comedy we've had to put up with over the years.

sleeping_satsuma
22-03-2005, 20:00:58
Originally posted by Funko
Er...

Well... it was about 3 guys, 3 girls who were all friends, they hung out in a bar not a coffee house and it was much more irreverend and grown up but... well that's what a British Friends would be like. Anyway, there are enough links for easy media comparisons. *shrug*

It was 'better' although admittedly any value judgement like that is totally subjetive.

I think the types of comedy/situations etc were totally different. Friends was really about the trajectory of a group of friends and how their lives developed. Coupling was about dating specifically.

Friends is a classic. I think its easy to forget how much it changed sitcoms. Coupling is just an amusing series, no one will remember it in ten years.

fp
23-03-2005, 07:16:05
Originally posted by sleeping_satsuma

Friends is a classic. I think its easy to forget how much it changed sitcoms. [/B]

And how much it changed coffee shops, come to that.

Funko
23-03-2005, 09:25:56
Now you can buy big coffee cups.

protein
23-03-2005, 10:24:26
You mean maximo, medianna or granissimo sized cups?

protein
23-03-2005, 10:25:24
"Large? What is large?"

"just give me the biggest cup you do"

"oh, largeissimo"

Funko
23-03-2005, 10:26:46
Originally posted by protein
You mean maximo, medianna or granissimo sized cups?

I have no idea what you are talking about. Make mine a pint. :beer:

Funko
23-03-2005, 16:04:21
Mixed reviews:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/tv_and_radio/4375947.stm

Darkstar
23-03-2005, 19:52:46
Originally posted by Funko
Seem to have forgotten the humour...

Lost in transmission...

sleeping_satsuma
23-03-2005, 23:07:50
hmmm I was reading today on the bbc that Coupling was remade as an American series, scotching Funko's scurrilous 'British Friends' rumours :)


I'll watch this Office before making a judgement. Its bound to be different to the Brit one- I think they might have chosen a lead who wasnt subtle enough, but its got to be better than reality tv.

Funko
24-03-2005, 09:47:39
That doesn't scotch them at all. :rolleyes:

And they weren't my rumours. We were saying it's a regularly made comparison.

Description
Known as the British "Friends", Coupling

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0000797E5/103-8783237-7039850?v=glance


Coupling is essentially a British "Friends," a bit more risque and a lot more, well, British.

http://www.r21online.com/archives/000362.html

Known as the British "Friends", "Coupling" is a sexy, hip new comedy that gives you an insight into how the opposite sex ticks. ...

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.gsp?product_id=2037438&cat=127230&type=2&dept=4096&path=0%3A4096%3A178204%3A127230

Coupling, ... is often spoken of as a British Friends

http://www.dvdtimes.co.uk/content.php?contentid=5213

Funko
24-03-2005, 09:48:24
And there are dozens more links I could post...

The Shaker
24-03-2005, 10:22:37
The first 2 are identical.

Cheaplinkskater.

Funko
24-03-2005, 10:29:29
I got confused. Deleted the duplicate.

sleeping_satsuma
24-03-2005, 17:31:50
Originally posted by Funko
And there are dozens more links I could post...

Well done you for taking it so seriously :rolleyes:

fp
24-03-2005, 18:18:27
:lol:

AH is rolling her eyes at someone for (in her opinion) taking a silly thread too seriously and getting worked up about it? Not that she has ever done that, of course.... :cute:

Darkstar
24-03-2005, 19:13:49
Pardon... (going for a thread kill. Bound to fail :D)

When Friends started, wasn't it the Americanized version of "Coupling"? That's what was posted here by those who know (that's not me ;)). I remember a thread where that was already argued about. About when we Americanized "Coupling" more recently, but that series was still born.

Venom
24-03-2005, 19:35:56
Whoever said that is retarded I think. Friends born 1994, Coupling born 2000.

fp
24-03-2005, 19:50:06
Originally posted by Venom
Whoever said that is retarded I think.

Yeah that sounds like us.

BigGameHunter
24-03-2005, 21:44:40
Friends did absolutely nothing for me.
Pure mainstream crap.

sleeping_satsuma
25-03-2005, 00:51:45
It didnt start in the mainstream- it started as an alternative to the mainstream, however the popularity of the programme speaks for itself.

HelloKitty
30-03-2005, 00:17:23
Originally posted by Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
Better for you, you Pommy bastard! You just don't get Yank humor. You're too, I don't know, refined to get the overt non-subtlety of their crass, in-your-face humor, so refreshing after all that intellectual comedy we've had to put up with over the years.

Someone buy this man the Bottom DVD set.

The main difference betwen friends and Coupling is coupling was funny for 2 seasons, whereas friends was funny when the news ran stories interviewing people crying about the show going off the air.

And friends is complete ass.

Friends, Sienfeld, and Frasier can all burn in hell.

BigGameHunter
30-03-2005, 08:20:48
Hmmm...Sienfeld and Frasier were funny, for the most part. Friends was about fashion and tits and the further devolution of the American male into the American pussy.
Well, Sienfeld and Frasier were too, but they were funny.

sleeping_satsuma
30-03-2005, 18:43:48
tosser :lol:

sleeping_satsuma
30-03-2005, 18:45:22
Originally posted by fp
:lol:

AH is rolling her eyes at someone for (in her opinion) taking a silly thread too seriously and getting worked up about it? Not that she has ever done that, of course.... :cute:

jesus, not something THIS trivial. :)

protein
30-03-2005, 19:05:09
I reckon if it shares a producer with King of the Hill it should be pretty good. Maybe not in the same way that the original was though.

Venom
30-03-2005, 22:21:37
Many people seemed to like the first episode.

sleeping_satsuma
30-03-2005, 23:02:39
I thought the clip looked ok tbh, although RG put a lot more sublety to it and carell is more of a physical comedian. It was weird how similar the set was to the Brit one.

The Mad Monk
31-03-2005, 03:51:22
My sister-in-law found it too depressing. I didn't see it myself.

Funko
31-03-2005, 08:02:14
Originally posted by sleeping_satsuma
jesus, not something THIS trivial. :)

I wasn't taking it seriously but it's not normally so easy to prove that you were wrong. :beer:

sleeping_satsuma
03-04-2005, 21:56:15
yes, admittedly you proved a point I wasn't even making in the first place (that the press called Coupling the British Friends). If you recall, I said that we don't make British versions of American comedies. Whether the press labelled Coupling a British Friends is irrelevant, watching even one episode should tell any sane person that its completely different, and this is borne out by the way it was poached and remade by the Americans. Here endeth my point.

Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
04-04-2005, 03:32:30
You had a point?

sleeping_satsuma
04-04-2005, 16:23:36
it has endethed already!

Drekkus
24-05-2007, 13:58:13
Since we have Comedy Central on tv here, we also have The Office US. And I must say that it's pretty good. Don't know from what series these episodes are, but apparantly season two is a lot better.

C.G.B. Spender
24-05-2007, 15:05:04
Germany has the best version of the office (called "Stromberg"), but we're natural born comedians.

Drekkus
21-06-2007, 09:05:17
OK, now the Office US is officially funnier then the UK version. Call of Duty!!!!!

http://youtube.com/watch?v=dX7GU0uZBy8

Miss Information
22-06-2007, 07:04:38
That's funny? I do this all day long

Drekkus
22-06-2007, 07:55:43
I only dream of playing CoD at work.

Funko
22-06-2007, 07:57:04
I only dream of playing God at work.