Brits Do It Better

When NBC unveils its new sitcom "Coupling" next fall, it'll look familiar to some viewers--the smart ones who watch BBC America. "Coupling" is just the most recent British hit to be adapted for U.S. airwaves (think "Trading Spaces," "What Not to Wear"). And BBC America brings the often-superior original versions to 35 million U.S. homes via satellite or digital cable. Watching the source material gives a glimpse at how producers cater to our culture (like reading Plutarch to understand Shakespeare). Never seen "Coupling"? It stars six attractive singles with intertwined romances, so the comparisons to "Friends" are inevitable. But it's actually a wickedly funny, sex-fueled romp. Let's just hope it doesn't get diluted during its trip across the pond.