Last night NBC launched it’s 3 hour comedy block experiment to see if the public can handle laughing for that long a time. It marked the season 3 premiere of Parks And Recreation as well as the debut of a new sitcom Perfect Couples which follows Community at 8:30pm. A preview episode of the show is currently streaming on Hulu. We watched it, here’s how it went down…
Perfect Couples follows 6 friends in their early 30’s just living their lives as, well couples…or at least I assume that’s what the entire premise of the show is about.
The preview episode shows Dave (Kyle Bornheimer) talking to his buddies about his wife Julia (Christine Woods) not keeping the glam alive when she gets home from work. One of his friends, Rex (Hayes MacArthur) then asks questions about their bedroom life, only to be interrupted by Dave saying, “She’s your sister.” Has this reached your brand of comedy yet? Meanwhile, Rex and his wife Leigh (Olivia Munn) are trying to set their inner clocks to Italian time. That’s it. I suppose their character arch will come later? Then there’s Vance (David Walton) and his girlfriend Amy (Mary Elizabeth Ellis). Amy wants to buy a house, but Vance isn’t really into rushing things, he wants to look around more. Amy then decides to trick him into going to a couple’s therapist. This, obviously, is the right call if someone doesn’t want to buy a house yet. Vance eventually figures out their new real estate agent is actually a therapist; gets mad at her, later accepts her apology, and forgives her.
Jump to a ladies meeting at a restaurant. The two ladies talk to Julia and agree with Dave. They also think she needs to step up her pretty. They discuss stage 5 “clicky foot” from wearing high heels all day, and Leigh says she doesn’t even go number two in her own home. They tell her to rest somewhere in the middle of that. Well, Julia actually agrees. She and Dave decide to be beautiful “tens” together and have a lovey-dovey montage of fine dining, romantic spots, and a recreation of a Cialis commercial while Nat King Cole’s “L-O-V-E” plays in the background. Of course, this facade doesn’t last forever, and they immediately want to go back to their comfortable beauty rating of 6’s. Displaying indeed how perfect they are for each other.
This particular episode was centered on Dave and Julia’s story, but the show seems to focus more on the guys. At least for now, the ladies seemed a bit snubbed. It already seems like Vance and Amy are the fun kind of weird ones. Rex and Leigh are the (seemingly) classy on the outside, crazy on the inside ones. And Dave and Julia are the normal, reasonable, boring ones. I mean, come on, normal is always boring am I right? But even though they’re normal, they’re still likable, as is the whole cast.
Overall, the premise of the show seems solid and the group works well as an ensemble cast. It’s pretty safe to say that thirtysomethings living their romantic lives is material that can be mined for comedy gold, it worked for other sitcoms such as Friends and How I Met Your Mother. The show delivers a few chuckle moments and has potential for a solid sitcom. I hope to see what future episodes bring. But now, each pairing seems to be good for the other. Almost as if they’re trying to be Perfect Couples…huh! Huh! See what I did there?
Watch the preview episode now!