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TV Review: Perfect Couples

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Perfect Couples is at its best a pleasant TV comedy. You will not find anything earthshaking nor expect something that is considered phenomenal when you watch the show, although there will always be the possibility that it might turn in something that will make it memorable.

At the rate things are going, Perfect Couples may just be one of those shows on TV to which you would not give much of your attention. However, this is definitely a better pick than some of the truly horrible shows out there. Now, let us see if “Perfect Couples” can make it in our list of shows to watch on Thursdays nights.

The premiere episode starts off on a sexy note – with three women dozing in bed in testosterone-inducing positions. Well, their respective husbands or partners showcase their own unique styles in getting in bed. Their disparate styles range from the oh-so romantic to the downright odd approaches. Imagine yourself trying out the technique of Vance, played by David Walton, who simply shouts at Amy (Mary Elizabeth Ellis).

Perfect Couples delves on the comedic distortion of “perfect” relationships. We see the pair of Dave (Kyle Bornheimer) and Julia (Christine Woods), as the typical happy couple right at the center, and dealing and surviving the “push” and “pull” of their friends on opposite ends. Vance and Amy are the over-the-top and volatile pair who need to engage in a scuffle before attending to their affairs in bed. Rex (Hayes MacArthur) and Leigh (Olivia Munn) seems to the perfect couple among the three. Yet, beneath those idyllic scenes lurks a completely dysfunctional relationship that thrives on unnatural behavior and perky lines lifted from relationship and self-help books.

Obviously, we are dealing with a triumvirate of contrasting couples. Rex and Leigh take on the mushy or sentimental pair. Vance and Amy are the frenetic and unpredictable pair. Dave and Julia are the practical and logical pair but can become crazy at the drop of a hat. Generally, there is still a lot of room for improvement in the creative department. There is a need to inject new elements into the old school three-odd-couple formula in order for the show to make a mark in the comedy sitcom-laden Thursday night schedule.

There is definitely some serious work to be done before Perfect Couples can join the league of NBC’s top comedy sitcoms. The good news is that the required ingredients are there and, given enough time, we could have one great TV sitcom that we can compare with the likes of Community and 30 Rock.

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