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THE COUCH - TV Chat Thread

Who remembers this show? Butterflies. Great show.

The subject, the day-to-day life of the comfortable middle-class Parkinson family, is treated in a bittersweet style. There are traditional comedy themes (such as Ria's terrible cooking, and various family squabbles) as well as other more serious themes such as Ria's unconsummated relationship with the outwardly-successful Leonard. Ria is still in love with her husband, Ben, and has raised two teenage sons, yet finds herself unhappy and dissatisfied with her life and in need of something more. Throughout the series, Ria searches for that "something more", and finds some solace in her unconventional friendship with Leonard. In a 2002 interview, Carla Lane explained, "I wanted to write a comedy about a woman seriously contemplating adultery."

One of the sons from the show now stars in the new version of Frasier. And also, interestingly, the singer of the theme song, Clare Tolly, sang the wailing vocals on The Great Gig in the Sky on Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. Which is quite a contrast.