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Coupling's Jeff Murdock

Updated on August 23, 2013

Coupling's Jeff Murdock and the ladies.

In the smash hit TV show Coupling, Jeff Murdock is a character played by British actor Richard Coyle. Jeff is let say, the socially handicapped guy. He gets so nervous around women that what blurts from his mouth is just hysterical. And of course his lack of luck with the ladies made him obsessed with sex. A subject on which he has some pretty weird ideas. I discovered Coupling and Jeff Murdock a while ago (the original British show, no the US version) and I am a big fan.

Shown here: Coupling - The Complete First Season

Coupling = "Friends" on viagra

Coupling is a BBC TV show aired from 2000 to 2004. Think about it as "Friends" on viagra and of course a hundred times funnier. The Brits sure know how to make excellent TV comedies.

The episodes revolved around the life of 6 friends, in their late 20's. Most of the episodes take place in a pub, and from time to time in a flat or at their jobs. Their main interest in life is relationship and of course sex.

The dialogs are brilliant, and honestly you can't just stop laughing.If you have a wicked sense of humor, you'll catch all those innuendos.

And please, don't bother with the American version.

The Cast

Jack Davenport

Sarah Alexander

Gina Bellman

Ben Miles

Richard Coyle

Kate Isitt

Richard Mylan

Julia Davis

BBC's Coupling theme song

Perhaps perhaps perhaps sang by Mary Wilson

Who is Jeff Murdock?

Who is Jeff Murdock?

Coupling Seasons 1-4 - The Jeff seasons

Having a girlfriend is like legalised sex." -Jeff

Jeff is coupling's funniest character. He is such a big looser when it comes to dating, that whatever weird excuses or ideas he can have just seems natural and not one bit "too much". His character while being funny and totally hysterical remains credible. Some more about Jeff Murdock:

Name: Jeffrey Murdock

Age: late 20's, early 30's

Born in: his strong Welsh accent supposed he was born in Wales

Lives in: London, UK

Occupation: works in an office, probably as an accountant

Best friend: Steve

His father: we know nothing about his father.

His mother: has certainly traumatized him with her threats of emasculation with a miniature guillotine if he kissed a woman. He refers often to his mother, and apparently her favorite line was a discouraged "Oh Jeffrey"

His favorite occupation as a kid : write the word naked on a bit of paper hundreds of times and rub his face in it.

His crush as a child: Britt Ekland (the Swedish actress). He would watch the TV all time, hoping to see her naked. It got to the point where he would get arouse every time the TV was switched on..

Learn a little more about Jeff Murdock

What Jeff has on his mind:

He's got female body parts multiplying in his brain

Jeff got a job interview....the problem is: he can't "turn off the naked people" in his head, thanks to his friend Patrick

Flirting according to Jeff:

Your ears will be the pride of my ear bucket!

Tonight is Jeff's best chance to score. You see this beautiful girl doesn't speak English!

Jeff's favorite pick up line:

you look so good you should be embalmed

Jeff's foreplay tips:

The sock gap:

"Miss it - and suddenly you're a naked man in socks."

The world according to Jeff

Some of Jeff's weird concepts:

The Giggle Loop

For once, his obsession does not revolve around sex!

The "zone" - and the unflushable

Porn Buddies

In the event of Steve's death, the first thing I will do is go straight to his house and remove all the pornography before his parents can find it

Jeff quotes

"She's leaving the country...she doesn't speak English...I insulted her friend's breasts...and she thinks I collect women's ears in a bucket"

"I need breasts with brains. I don't mean individual brains, obviously... I mean, not a brain each. You know, I like intelligent women, but you've got to draw the line somewhere... I think breast brains would be over-egging the woman pudding."

"I love the word naked, it's brilliant isn't it, 'naked'. When I was a kid I used to write the word naked on a bit of paper hundreds of times and rub my face in it."

"Steve's whole fantasy life revolves around Mariella Frostrup If ever meets Mariella Frostrup in person his right hand will shout 'mother'."

"All of us in our time are visited by the Melty Man... Don't say his name, Patrick. Don't even think his name, or he will rise from the shadow dimensions to do his evil work inside your terrified pants."

"I am a prison for sperms. Those poor little tadpoles have been sentenced for life in Jeff Murdock's groin. And let me tell you, that can be a pretty lonely place."

"Having a girlfriend is like legalised sex."

"Women remember, Steve. It's like they've got minds of their own."

"When God made the arse, he didn't say, 'Hey, it's just your basic hinge, let's knock off early.' He said, 'Behold ye angels, I have created the arse. Throughout the ages to come, men and women shall grab hold of these, and shout my name.'"

"I get very tense around apples... Well, I get very tense generally. I think I've fallen into the trap of blaming fruit."

"Sex can be very stressful for men. You judge us on technique, sensitivity, stamina...we're just happy if you're naked...half breast"

Jeff's coupling friends

What his friends think about him

You're a pioneer in paranoia!

"When the van comes for you, Jeff, go quietly." -Susan

"Jeff, every morning I wake up glad I'm not you." -Steve

"Let me explain, Patrick. Here on earth, there is a gap between seeing someone you like and having sex with them that we like to call *conversation*. In Jeff's case, it can last for up to ten years." -Steve

"Sorry [Jeff] , it's hard to tell which part of the story is meant to be interesting. " -Patrick

Jeff Murdock Is The King!!????

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Also let me know if you have written a lens on other great british TV shows!

I will visit you (and everyone else of course)

Do you like Coupling as much as I do?

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    • OhMe profile image

      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I have never seen Coupling but Jeff Murdock really sounds funny.

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      andreaberrios lm 

      9 years ago

      Great lens, I have never seen the show, but it looks like fun.

    • Paul Ward profile image


      9 years ago from Liverpool, England

      One of the very few TV shows I own on DVD - nice Coupling lens

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      C A Chancellor 

      10 years ago from US/TN

      Great lens! I loved Coupling -- Jeff is hilarious.

    • rwoman profile image


      10 years ago

      I admit I'm a fan, too

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      10 years ago

      Haha, what a great lens, well done!

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      10 years ago

      Jeff made Coupling. After he left it just wasn't the same. I wish BBC America would Coupling back on its On Demand menu. I miss it.

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      Kylyssa Shay 

      10 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      I love, love, love Coupling and Jeff is my favorite character of them all. I love that he is so incredibly apt to say exactly the wrong thing, maybe because that's how I fear I can be sometimes. I guess I identify most with Jeff out of all of the characters.

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      11 years ago

      About 7 yrs ago, I happened to be up late and saw some then-unbeknonwst-to-me show with a goofy guy on a train, I'd caught my first ever glimpse of the show mid-episode.. It turned out to be the Man with Two Legs episode, and I thought it was the funniest damn thing I'd ever seen, still to this day. I immediately ordered seasons 1 and 2 online, then got 3 when it was released. Jeff Murdock is one of the greatest-played characters ever. And even in the US, the British humor situations translate universally (and don't even bother with the American remakes, and don't bother with season 4 when Jeff left and was replaced by Oliver). I'd love to see some of Richard Coyle's other work. I definitely recommend renting/buying old Coupling episodes.

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      11 years ago

      I felt Jeff was the show, when he left it just kinda fizzled out. No offense to the new guy, but he was no Richard Coyle! I just wish we could see more of his talents here in the US. BBC won't release Strange on DVD (so I recorded it when it was on last week!)! Love the lens!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      11 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I haven't seen the show. But after reading this lens, it looks like a fun show. You put a lot of good work here. Very nice lens.

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      11 years ago

      Great lens! I'd never heard of the show before but it was fun being here:)

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      nightbear lm 

      11 years ago

      I have never even heard of this. But I found your lens very entertaining. I enjoyed all the videos. Really nice job

    • debnet profile image


      11 years ago from England

      I never saw the show but heard good things about it. I know a lot more about it now. Thank you for featuring 'Only Fools & Horses' I've lensrolled you back :) If I ever get round to updating it, I'll feature you back :))

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      13 years ago

      Great lens and welcome to the SquidWho Comedians Group - Kathy

    • MacPharlain profile image


      13 years ago

      Coupling rocks and Jeff was the heart of it. Coyle played the part brilliantly. Cool lens!


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