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Perfect Couples

Perfect Couples
Genre Comedy
Created by Jon Pollack
Scott Silveri
Starring Kyle Bornheimer
Christine Woods
David Walton
Mary Elizabeth Ellis
Hayes MacArthur
Olivia Munn
Nicolette Robinson
Theme music composer A.C. Newman
Composer(s) Mateo Messina
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Jon Pollack
Scott Silveri
Andy Ackerman
Producer(s) Marc Solakian
Camera setup Single-camera[1]
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Universal Media Studios
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original channel NBC
Original run December 20, 2010 (2010-12-20) – April 7, 2011 (2011-04-07)
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Perfect Couples was an American comedy television series that was originally broadcast by NBC. The half-hour romantic comedy was co-created by Jon Pollack and Scott Silveri and produced by Universal Media Studios. A sneak preview of the series aired on December 20, 2010,[2] and officially premiered on January 20, 2011,[3] as a mid-season replacement for the 2010–11 television season.[4] The show was filmed in Los Angeles.[5]

On April 14, 2011, the show was replaced in its timeslot with The Paul Reiser Show [6][7] which was cancelled 11 days later on April 25 after only two episodes.[8] NBC officially canceled Perfect Couples on May 13, 2011.[9][10]


Perfect Couples revolves around three couples at various stages in their relationships, yet who face similar problems. Vance and Amy are a couple who fight a lot and have a very active sex life. Rex and Leigh view themselves as relationship experts and therefore a "perfect couple", while Dave and Julia are considered the normal pair to whom everyone can relate.[11][12][13]


Main cast



In early February 2010, NBC announced that it had green-lighted a pilot script by creators Jon Pollack and Scott Silveri.[14] Olivia Munn was the first actress cast in mid-February.[15] David Walton came on board the project in early March,[16] followed soon by Mary Elizabeth Ellis and Hayes MacArthur.[17] In late March 2010, Christine Woods was cast in what was described as the female lead.[18][19] Kyle Howard rounded out the main cast in mid-April.[20]

NBC announced a pick up of the series on May 12, 2010,[21][22] which is currently planned as a midseason replacement.[4]

On June 3, 2010, comedian and writer Jen Kirkman announced she would be leaving late-night show Chelsea Lately to join the writing staff for Perfect Couples.[23]

On July 1, 2010, reported that Kyle Bornheimer had replaced Kyle Howard as Dave due to uncertainty whether the actor would be available due to TBS' decision to see how the fourth season of My Boys performs before it is renewed or canceled.[24]


On March 22, 2011, it was announced that The Paul Reiser Show would replace Perfect Couples, even though the show still had two unaired episodes remaining.[25] Mid-April is not a typical time for a prime-time network television show to finish its run, leading many to believe the show may be canceled.[7][26][27][28][29][30] However, the premiere of The Paul Reiser Show fared even worse in the ratings, showing even more uncertainty for the timeslot,[31] and was itself canceled after only two episodes.[8] Perfect Couples was officially cancelled on May 13, 2011.


On December 20, 2010, NBC aired a sneak preview of the series after the season finale of the reality show The Sing-Off. The series received mixed reviews, scoring a 43 out of 100 based on 19 critics on Metacritic.[32] Entertainment Weekly critic Ken Tucker said the show has improved since the first episodes.[33]

The show was the lowest rated scripted series on NBC, with about 3 million viewers on average,[26] until it was replaced by The Paul Reiser Show, which fared even worse.[34]


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  31. ^ "The Paul Reiser Show Already In Trouble". 2011-04-15. Retrieved 2013-10-12. 
  32. ^ "Perfect Couples: Season 1".  
  33. ^ Tucker, Ken (February 17, 2011). "OK, 'Perfect Couples,' You're Winning Me Over".  
  34. ^ "Paul Reiser Show canceled | canceled + renewed TV shows". TV Series Finale. Retrieved 2013-10-12. 

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