Uncoupled on Netflix Review UNCOUPLED. Creators: Jeffrey Richman and Darren Star. Cast: Neil Patrick Harris, Tisha Campbell, Emerson Brooks and Brooks Ashmanskas. Netflix.


I am so glad I didn’t read about this little series before watching it. It has been slated by critics and the public, and it scored a measly 6.1 on IMDB. Truth is, I was looking to watch something that wasn’t going to be too taxing, or demanding, something that I could laugh at and cry with and this is exactly what Uncoupled delivered. Maybe it’s because my own expectations were low.

I missed the Neil Patrick Harris hooha because, I think, I didn’t have a TV at the time of Doogie Howser MD. So I’ve always thought of him more as a successful queer rights activist than a great actor. I had no strong feelings about him when I started this cute eight-part series, other than expecting gay boys in NYC schtick. I was surprised at how much I liked it.

Forgivable stereotypes

The plot is straightforward. Michael (Harris), a successful real estate agent, gets surprised dumped by his partner of 17 years on said partner’s surprise 50th birthday party. The rest is Michael coming to terms with the break-up and relying on his friends to help him through. Luckily, he has the utterly fabulous Suzanne (Tisha Campbell), his business partner and friend, his two completely borderline stereotype besties Stanley (Brooks Ashmanskas) and Billy (Emerson Brooks) who I forgave for being stereotypes totally because I have besties just like them, and a cast of mostly gorgeous other people who keep this gay Sex and the City-knock off alive and fabulous.

In fact, the only character I found truly boring was that of the previous partner Colin (Tuc Watkins). Claire (Marcia Gay Harden) is the divinely insane super rich, middle aged, recent divorcee, with some of the best throw away one-liners ever, and aging queen neighbour Jack (André De Shields) is a glorious cameo.

NYC is a character

And then there is the city. I love relationship stories where NYC is a character and not only a backdrop. This is the fashionable, and outrageously glamourous Manhattan. Added to this are the apartments that this show literally presents.

There are some delicious sex scenes, a brilliant monologue delivered by a drag artist whose day job is a therapist (David Pittu), and some clever comedic touches like having parents who seem to love the ex even more than they love their own son.

I LOL’ed in every episode. I also teared up once or twice. I was charmed and warmed by this little series and I didn’t have to over invest or sacrifice hours of my life. If you have time on your hands, can swallow general American self-obsession and the borderline narcissism revealed in almost all the characters, you may enjoy this as much as I did.

Disclaimer: I am writing about it really soon after watching it because I will forget about it really soon.

What: Uncoupled

Where: Netflix