The Bottom Line
- Cast members are occasionally charming
- Annoying, one-dimensional characters
- Comedy based on broad gender stereotypes
- Bland storylines
- Premieres January 20, 2011, at 8:30 p.m. EST on NBC
- Stars Kyle Bornheimer, Christine Woods, David Walton, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Hayes MacArthur, Olivia Munn
- Created by Jon Pollack and Scott Silveri
Guide Review - 'Perfect Couples' Premiere Episodes
Possibly the first sign of disaster here is Kyle Bornheimer, who has become the king of terrible failed sitcoms in the last few years after co-starring on Worst Week and Romantically Challenged. He’s just as much of a non-presence here as he was in those other shows, and I really don’t know why he keeps getting work. Bornheimer plays one half of the most “normal” couple on the show, and Christine Woods plays his wife, possibly the only appealing character Couples has. Far more annoying are the other two couples: the overdramatic lovers who fight and make up with equal zest (David Walton and Mary Elizabeth Ellis) and the touchy-feely couple whose every move comes out of a self-help book (Hayes MacArthur and Olivia Munn). The show takes these one-dimensional traits to the extreme, and by the third episode I wanted to strangle nearly every one of these characters. None of them comes off remotely like a human being, let alone a person who is deeply in love.
There’s so little to distinguish Couples from so many other bland contemporary relationship sitcoms (including Bornheimer’s mercifully short-lived Romantically Challenged) that it’s hard to imagine it garnering much of a following. The sooner this show lives up to the Bornheimer curse and gets canceled, the sooner NBC can find a fresh project that’s worthy of the company it keeps on Thursday nights.