One of the wonderful things about having a DVR is that you can program it to search and find shows you like and record them any time they come on.
While scanning the TV Guide channel a month or so ago, we stumbled upon repeats of the series, Coupling, on the local PBS station. A staple of their Friday night line-up, Coupling also became a staple of our week.
This is, of course, the British version of the show, not the four-episode-and-then-cancelled American version. Having never seen the American version, I can only judge it based on its run which is obviously abysmal.
And I can imagine why.
A show about sex, the British version tackles the subject as any good English comedy would—with nuance, subtext, understatement, irony and innuendo. It's not about what you talk about, it's about what you imply. I am certain the American version attacked the subject with all of the subtly of Dr. Ruth hyped on caffeine and well deserved its axe.
And now, it seems, our Friday night import is gone as well. When it didn't record last week, we chalked it up to a holiday fluke. But when the same thing occurred this week, we knew something was up. A check of the PBS station's website and it's nowhere to be seen.
Dang it. And I was just starting to learn something.