Los Angeles Times

But not ‘divorced from reality’ rich

‘Sex and the City’ creator’s ‘Uncoupled’ also focuses on New York’s upper class.

- ROBERT LLYOD TELEVISION CRITIC

With “Uncoupled,” premiering Friday on Netflix, Darren Star (co-creating with “Modern Family” vet Jeffrey Richman) offers up another urban lifestyle fantasy. One can think of it as the third in a New York trilogy beginning with Star’s “Sex and the City” and “Younger,” or a tetralogy if we include the short-lived 1995 prime-time soap “Central Park West.” But let’s call it a trilogy.

Like “Younger,” in which Sutton Foster played a 40year-old woman passing for someone in her 20s, it begins with a midlife breakup. Neal Patrick Harris stars as 40somethin­g Michael, whose partner of 17 years, Colin (Tuc Watkins), tells him he’s moving out just as they’re about to enter the elaborate surprise party Michael has arranged for him. (Colin is turning 50; this is a story in which all the main characters are middle-aged.) Michael will spend the remainder of the eightepiso­de first season obsessing, trying to move on, obsessing some more, falling flat on his face (literally, in a nice bit of slapstick) and getting up again. (There is also a choice bit of him going downhill on skis, backwards.)

Where: Netflix

When: Anytime, starting Friday

Rating: TV-MA (may be unsuitable for children under the age of 17 with an advisories for coarse language, nudity and smoking)

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