Happy Together (Russian TV series)

Happy Together (Russian: Сча́стливы вме́сте – Schastlivy Vmeste) is a Russian TV series that was broadcast on TNT from 2006 through 2013. It is a remake of an American TV series Married... with Children.[1][2] [3]

Happy Together
GenreSitcom
Created byRon Levitte
Micheal Moy
StarringVictor Loginov
Natalya Bochkareva
Darya Sagalova
Aleksandr Yakin
Yulia Zaharova
Pavel Savinkov
Composer(s)Nickolai Rostov
Ivan Rubennikov
Country of originRussia
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes365
Production
Running time20-25 minutes
Release
Original networkTNT
Original releaseMarch 8, 2006 
March 1st, 2013

Information

Instead of living in a house, the Bukins live in a box on the top floor of a small building, and the Stepanovs/Polenos live in the box in front of theirs. Prior to the series' beginning, the Bukins could buy off a part of the building's attic for extra rooms, so apart from the lack of a cellar, the lack of a backdoor, a garage in a separate building instead of being adjacent to the house, and a balcony used instead of the yard, the layout of Bukins' flat looks like the Bundys' house. The apartment is in a mess from some fixes in the house which were never finished, and in the show's early episodes an unfortunately placed construction site outside allowed people (and Baron, the family dog) to go in and out the Bukins' apartment by the balcony.

As a major change, instead of disappearing like Seven after a few episodes, Sema stays with the Bukins until the end of the series, and the often bizarre explanations for his absence from events the whole family should attend became a running gag. Also, the family dog Baron doesn't die and reincarnate, he remains the same until the end of the series. The episode Requiem For The Dead Briard was however adapted, with Baron being sold to a rich person by Sema instead of dying.

In April 2008, the producers announced all episodes of Married... With Children have been adapted as Schastlivy Vmeste (including all the episodes from the seldom seen 11th season) and an online contest was started where fans could submit new ideas for episodes.[4] Starting from the 31 December 2009, the show resumed its run with an initial order of 60 new episodes, the order might be doubled based on the viewers' response.[5] According to the episodes' opening credits, some of the new episodes are co-written by original Married... With Children writers, mostly Richard Gurman and Katherine Green.

The series was cancelled in 2013.

Characters

  • Ghena Bukin (Russian: Геннадий Петрович Букин) (based on Al, played by Victor Loginov)
  • Dasha Bukina (Russian: Евдокия «Даша» Евкакиевна Букина) (based on Peggy, played by Natalya Bochkareva)
  • Sveta Bukina (Russian: Светлана Геннадьевна Букина) (based on Kelly, played by Darya Sagalova)
  • Roman Bukin (Russian: Роман Геннадьевич Букин) (based on Bud, played by Aleksandr Yakin)
  • Elena (Russian: Елена Владимировна Полено) and Anatoliy Poleno (Russian: Анатолий Иванович Полено) (based on Marcy and Jefferson D'Arcy, played by Yulia Zaharova and Pavel Savinkov)
  • Evgeniy Stepanov (Russian: Евгений Варфоломеевич Степанов) (based on Steve Rhoades, played by Aleksey Sekirin)
  • Sema Bukin (Russian: Сёма Букин) (based on Seven, played by Ilya Butkovskiy)
  • Baron Bukin (Russian: Барон Букин) (based on Buck and Lucky, played by Bayra)

References

  1. Levy, Clifford J. (September 10, 2007). "Still Married, With Children, but in Russian". The New York Times. Retrieved May 12, 2010.
  2. Счастливы вместе : ТНТ (in Russian). Archived from the original on 2012-07-01.
  3. Levy, Clifford J. (September 10, 2007). "Still Married, With Children, But Trading Insults in Russian". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-01-15.
  4. "(in Russian)". Lean-m.ru. 2008-04-14. Retrieved 2012-03-14.
  5. "(in Russian)". Lean-m.ru. 2009-12-28. Retrieved 2012-03-14.
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