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Seasons:
1 | 2
Release Date:
9 March 2004 (USA) See more »
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More than each other, they need therapy. Lots and lots of therapy. See more »
Plot:
"Significant Others" is an improvised comedy about couples in and out of marriage counseling, taking... See more »
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In a hoard of improv comedies, "Others" is fresh and endlessly inventive. I absolutely loved it See more (7 total) »

Cast

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Faith Salie ... Eleanor (12 episodes, 2004)

Herschel Bleefeld ... Ethan (12 episodes, 2004)

Andrea Savage ... Chelsea (12 episodes, 2004)

Brian Palermo ... James (12 episodes, 2004)

Jane Edith Wilson ... Connie (10 episodes, 2004)

Fred Goss ... Bill (10 episodes, 2004)

Chris Spencer ... Devon (9 episodes, 2004)

Nicole Randall Johnson ... Alex (8 episodes, 2004)
Mary Pat Dowhy ... Ginny (7 episodes, 2004)
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Series Directed by
Rob Roy Thomas (12 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Writing credits
Jordana Arkin (12 episodes, 2004)
Rob Roy Thomas (12 episodes, 2004)
Peter Tortorici (12 episodes, 2004)
Kevin Bleyer (5 episodes, 2004)
Lori Gottlieb (5 episodes, 2004)

Series Produced by
Jordana Arkin .... co-executive producer / co-producer (12 episodes, 2004)
Allison Kingsley .... consulting producer (12 episodes, 2004)
Michael Pendell .... producer (12 episodes, 2004)
Rob Roy Thomas .... executive producer (12 episodes, 2004)
Peter Tortorici .... executive producer (12 episodes, 2004)
Bruce Kirschbaum .... consulting producer (8 episodes, 2004)
Shari Brooks .... segment producer (6 episodes, 2004)
Ian Gelfand .... segment producer (6 episodes, 2004)
Lisa M. Simmons .... associate producer (6 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Original Music by
Al Wolovitch (12 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Film Editing by
Jon Bachmann (8 episodes, 2004)
Noriko Miyakawa (8 episodes, 2004)
Fred Goss (6 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Casting by
Francene Selkirk (12 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Art Direction by
Elisabeth A. Scott (11 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Makeup Department
Elaine Thomas .... makeup artist (12 episodes, 2004)
Bridget O'Neill .... hair stylist (11 episodes, 2004)
Yesim 'Shimmy' Osman .... additional hair stylist (3 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Production Management
Michael Pendell .... unit production manager (5 episodes, 2004)
Cheri Tanimura .... post-production supervisor (5 episodes, 2004)
Stuart Black .... post-production supervisor (4 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marcia L. Lappin .... second assistant director (6 episodes, 2004)
Michael Pendell .... associate director (6 episodes, 2004)
Louis Race .... first assistant director (6 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Art Department
Liz Goodwin .... head props (1 episode, 2004)
Franklin Roach .... set dresser (1 episode, 2004)
 
Series Sound Department
Reggie Bryant .... sound mixer (9 episodes, 2004)
Peter Arata .... sound re-recording mixer (6 episodes, 2004)
Mike Rodriguez .... sound re-recording mixer (6 episodes, 2004)
Reggie Ryant .... sound mixer (2 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Ackerman .... lighting director (6 episodes, 2004)
Michael Trim .... lighting director (5 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Casting Department
Tracy Mueller .... casting associate (12 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary-Kate Killilea .... costume supervisor (6 episodes, 2004)
Gamila Smith .... costume supervisor (6 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Editorial Department
Jon Bachmann .... supervising editor (6 episodes, 2004)
Samson Crouppen .... post-production coordinator (6 episodes, 2004)
Alison Tusan .... assistant editor (5 episodes, 2004)
Noriko Miyakawa .... supervising editor (3 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Transportation Department
Jesse Dutchover .... transportation coordinator (12 episodes, 2004)
Jeffery Duke Stevens .... transportation captain (8 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Other crew
Mark Baker .... technical advisor (11 episodes, 2004)
Mike Caron .... production coordinator / stage manager (11 episodes, 2004)
Curt Ingram .... production accountant (8 episodes, 2004)
Andrew Pendell .... production assistant / office assistant (8 episodes, 2004)
William Garrett .... office assistant (7 episodes, 2004)
Curtis Wilmot .... location manager (7 episodes, 2004)
Mary Lou Browne .... researcher (6 episodes, 2004)
Joe Hoover .... production assistant (6 episodes, 2004)
Chip James .... writers assistant (6 episodes, 2004)
Randall Parker .... production assistant (6 episodes, 2004)
Anneke Scott .... production assistant (6 episodes, 2004)
Lindsay Staloff .... production assistant (6 episodes, 2004)
Justine Wu .... production assistant (6 episodes, 2004)
Louis Race .... stage manager (5 episodes, 2004)
Karen R. Sachs .... production coordinator (5 episodes, 2004)
 

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Runtime:
30 min
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Did You Know?

Quotes:
Connie:He's not a loser who's losing. He's a loser who's winning.
Bill:Like George Bush.
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In a hoard of improv comedies, "Others" is fresh and endlessly inventive. I absolutely loved it, 10 June 2007
Author: liquidcelluloid-1 from www.liquidcelluloid.blog.com

Network: Bravo; Genre: Improv Comedy; Content Rating: TV-14 (frank sexual dialog, strong language, suggested sex); Available: DVD; Perspective: Cult Classic (star range: 1 - 5);

Seasons Reviewed: Complete Series (2 seasons)

Is it me or does every show that tries to pull off the Improv sitcom for some reason seem to act like they are the first to break the mold and blaze that trail? As we've seen, improvising your way through a story can go either way - be a brilliant comic insight into real human dialog and behavior ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") or simply a self-involved train wreck ("Fat Actress"). Add Rob Roy Thomas and Peter Tortorici's "Significant Others" - a fast-paced comic look at a handful of couples in therapy - to the top of the short list of great Improv comedies. And you know what? This one actually does break the mold and do something fresh. I really just loved every bit of it.

The show itself is basically a revolving door for these great characters to pass in and out of. Hysterically uptight James (Brian Palermo) and tough, bull-in-the-China-shop, been-around-the-block Chelsea (Andrea Savage, by any account the star of the show) are the most functionally dysfunctional couple of them all. Eleanor (Faith Salie ) and Ethan (Herschel Bleefeld) are the newlyweds with a baby on the way watching their cool former selves disappear. Then there is Bill (breakout star Fred Goss), depressed, unemployed husband to Connie (Jane Edith Wilson) who cheats on his wife with her sister. Hilarious late editions Devon (Chris Spencer) and Alex (Nicole Randall Johnson) are the marriage veterans with an 8 year old child who is picking up all of their bickering.

There is something wonderfully simple about all of this. Playing with a premise that requires little more than the actors on a couch talking to the camera, Thomas and Totalicini do exactly the right thing: strip the concept down to the bare bones and let that spontaneous, naturally-sounding rhythm that improv dialog affords take center stage. With the fat trimmed they move like a firecracker from one laugh to the next. They fill it back up with endlessly original stories, told with maximum efficiency. We've seen the couple get mugged before, but we haven't seen them go to the mugger's suburban home and steal the stuff back. We've seen an extra-marital affair being exposed, but not while the guy was sitting between both women at a funeral.

What feels so forced and contrived in "Curb" or so unfocused and spotty in "Reno 911!" is consistent, effortless and smooth in "Others". There is hardly a false note in the show. This is a clever series cut way to short by Bravo – apparently a network allergic to having anything except crap on it. It is adult and sophisticated, while at the same time wacky and screwball - qualities usually only reserved for the best British shows, yet it is as distinctly American as apple pie and divorce. "Significant Others" is a laugh-out-loud blast from start to finish. You really must see it.

* * * * ½ / 5

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