‘Uncoupled’ is a better ‘Sex and the City’ series than ‘And Just Like That’

sex and the city It was always more of a vibe than a comedy. It was the TV equivalent of a single friend who was desperate to talk about his latest terrible date, but he was hoping the right person was just around the corner. It is also exactly the type of energy disengaged, Netflix’s new comedy SATC creator Darren Starr and Jeffrey Richman, delivers. In the wake of And just like that… and it’s infuriating to slaughter your favorites, it’s nice to have a completely good show that can commiserate with being single.

Based on the premise alone, it feels inevitable to compare And just like that… Y disengaged. the sex and the city The sequel revolves around a newly single Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) who has to navigate the dating world after Big (Chris North) dies. Although Michael’s (Neil Patrick Harris) new single status isn’t all that sad, it still puts him in the same spot as Carrie. These are two people who never thought they’d have to date again and who are now drowning in the dating pool, and not in the fun way. Chaos sign.

But so far, Carrie’s return to single life has felt as sad and frustrating as Carrie herself. At her best, sex and the city She always managed to mix glamor with relatable embarrassment. And just like that…, which is directed by Michael Patrick King and not by Starr, I never found that balance. If Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) wasn’t flagrantly cheating on her husband at her best friend’s apartment, she was being a little racist and rattling around with a purse full of empty minibottles. Carrie Bradshaw, a woman who made a career out of talking about sex, suddenly became shy when it came to talking about sex in public. She even threw up on a first date, a galling mistake that would have devastated her past. Only Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and Samantha (Kim Cattrall) were able to escape this sequel with minimal damage; Charlotte because she was always a clueless prude, and Samantha because Cattrall wisely decided to stay out of it. And just like that… It wasn’t the jolly brunch we’ve all hoped for. It was a depressing lunch that just wouldn’t end.

disengaged channels those brunch vibes, albeit in a less fancy restaurant. Like the first seasons of sex and the city, the series follows a group of friends, Michael, Billy (Emerson Brooks), and Stanley (Brooks Ashmanskas), as they go on a series of dates. From the school teacher desperate to speed up a relationship to the client flirting with both Michael and his business partner, each presents a lighthearted, carefree and laughable dating scenario. Yes, dating a man who keeps asking himself to events is insufferable. That is identifiable regardless of his age or sexual orientation. Whatever’s going on with Carrie’s podcast (They’re taking live phone calls! Literally how?)? Not that much.

Starr’s latest series even comes with its own cast of SATC understudies Michael is our hopeless romantic Carrie; Billy, the sexually adventurous Samantha; and Stanley, the sarcastic and exaggerated Miranda. Excellent. Why mess with a tried and true formula? Throw in some fun supporting characters, like Tisha Campbell’s good-natured Suzanne and Marcia Gay Harden’s luxurious Claire, and the dynamic feels like we’re back in the ’90s and early ’00s. disengaged it’s more like later seasons of sex and the city, the era of show business that was too serious and too ridiculous. But no one has died through Peloton, and the connections are hot rather than cringe-inducing.

This does not mean that disengaged Its on sex and the city‘s level, because it absolutely is not. Starr’s original series still reigns supreme when it comes to comedies about romantics living in the city. But at least disengaged it feels like she wants to have fun as she walks the line between dirty jokes and wide-eyed romance. You can binge watch over the course of a couple of days and have a good time. As low as that bar is, that’s an impressive win over And just like that…

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