Uncoupled, a gay version of Sex and the City

Uncoupled, a gay version of Sex and the City

Within disengaged, Neil Patrick Harris is single, in New York, after a relationship of 17 years. Darren Star, famous creator behind the hits of sex and the city and D’Emily in Parissign this new Netflix series with Jeffrey Richman, producer of Modern Family. Interview.

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Olivia Leyva

Olivia Leyva
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disengaged is an eight-part comedy starring Neil Patrick Harris, a posh New York real estate agent who finds himself single overnight after his partner dumps him after 17 years together. disengaged, It’s a bit like sex and the city happy version. We’re in uptown New York, and it’s all about love and friendship.

The tone is light and the apartments are sumptuous. There are three very different gay friends: there is Billy who accumulates lovers, Stanley the lonely and Michael, the new bachelor in love. There is also Suzanne, Michael’s colleague who runs a single-parent family, and Claire, a wealthy divorcee.

I want to compare disengaged a sex and the city. Because here we are talking about a great success, six seasons, two movies and a sequel, that suits me very well!

Jeffrey Richman, producer


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The three friends of the series. disengaged. Brooks Ashmanskas plays Stanley James, Neil Patrick Harris plays Michael Lawson, and Emerson Brooks is Billy Jackson.

Changing the world of flirting

Darren Star wanted to create a romantic comedy starring a gay man in his 40s living in New York who becomes single after a terrible breakup.

“A nightmare breakup! We have all experienced difficult but decisive breakups in our lives. Ruptures that have brought about changes,” he says.

“And Michael finds himself, 17 years later, in the world of dating and flirting, and that’s the funny thing, because he’s lost. It really is a nightmare! Everything has changed,” he says.


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Darren Star at the series premiere disengaged in New York, July 26

Seventeen years later, the definition of privacy has also changed. “We don’t want to be alone, so we are ready to do anything and everything to meet someone and do crazy things! says Darren Star.

Throughout the episodes, Michael will go through different moods after the breakup, between rage, anger and denial. He doesn’t understand why he is single when he thought he had found the man of his life. The new single will try the dating app. GrindShe will have younger lovers and have many adventures in this funny, sometimes absurd, but enjoyable series.

a universal theme

“The series takes place in a gay environment, but the theme of breakup is universal. We can all recognize ourselves in this story, whether we are gay or straight, because we experience the same thing when our hearts are broken. There is a great humanity in the character of Michael”, emphasizes Jeffrey Richman.


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Neil Patrick Harris plays the main character of the series. disengaged.

“Neil Patrick Harris is perfect. He is funny, talented, authentic and so sexy! thinks Darren Star. This is the time to ask questions, to see that the possibilities are many and that there is still life ahead of him. »

The creator highlights the importance of bringing more mature characters to the small screen. “The good thing about Jeffrey Richman and I is that we are of a certain age and we know that we can have exciting lives in our 50s or 60s! We really understand our characters! “, he jokes.

You may experience a midlife crisis full of hope and twists and turns. Sometimes the worst can happen, but we get something positive out of it, we keep hope for the future, that’s what we have to remember.

Darren Star, creator


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Neil Patrick Harris plays Michael and Tisha Campbell plays his colleague Suzanne.

The choice of New York to camp the story was obvious to the two creators. “It’s a city where anything can happen, people meet people there, anytime! they say. It is a very human city from this point of view. People come to New York to reinvent their lives here, because anything is possible. »

Darren Star and Jeffrey Richman have fun on the show wondering: what could be worse than being a gay bachelor in late-40s New York? A divorced woman in her fifties? “It will take more than a season to answer this question! It’s about attitude. Be creative and move on! They answer with a laugh.

The two creators hope there will be a sequel to disengaged. Meanwhile, Darren Star lives between New York and France, where season 3 ofEmily in Paris is filming until the end of September. “It’s very rewarding to film abroad, to be in France,” she says. We have a lot of fun and it makes us take a break from our American reality. »

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