An {{Creator/HBO}} original comedy made in the first half of TheNineties by the creators-to-be of ''Series/{{Friends}}'', David Crane and Marta Kaufman. The series was essentially a sex farce, detailing the life of Martin Tupper (Brian Benben), a neurotic [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity New Yorker]] trying to get laid in the wake of his divorce, his expectations of life addled by a childhood spent watching old TV.

The series used a variation on the ImagineSpot as its primary gimmick. Clips from old movies and TV shows were used for Martin's Imagine Spots. Also, being on HBO, it got a lot racier than network television might imagine.

* AllGuysWantCheerleaders: In one episode, Martin is suffering from impotence. Trying to cure it, he goes to bed with a busty, blonde cheerleader, naked except for her short skirt and pom-poms. She does the "We got spirit, yes we do!" chant while straddling him. The fact that this doesn't make him "rise to the occasion" seems proof that his condition is really bad.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Martin's ex-wife Judith's new husband Richard was annoyingly perfect in every way.
* BigApplesauce: Very much a New York show.
* BlackBestFriend: Eddie Charles.
* {{Bowdlerization}}: The series was badly cut when aired on FOX and in syndication
* ColdTurkeysAreEverywhere: A nice little sendup -- Martin has to give up coffee. Suddenly ''every one'' of the little film clips in his head is about...
* ADateWithRosiePalms: In one episode, Martin gets a job writing porn movies on the side after realizing how much money can be made by doing so. He decides to quit after coming home one day and seeing the movie ''that he wrote the script for'' playing on his television. Coming out of the bedroom with some lube is his teen-aged son. Martin is disgusted at the thought of his son pleasuring himself to a movie he had a hand in creating.
* {{Fanservice}}: Despite being kind of dumpy-looking, Martin hooked up with an astonishing amount of hot naked women.
* TheGhost: Annoyingly perfect Richard.
* ImagineSpot: The series' core gimmick.
* IncestIsRelative: In the episode "Theory of Relativity", Martin [[KissingCousins and his cousin Sarah]] (played by Helen "Supergirl" Slater) find themselves attracted to each other but unable to act upon it for most of the episode. When they finally find themselves alone and unable to be interrupted, their mutual passion fizzles out when they notice how much their feet resemble each other's.
* LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: Martin Tupper went through woman after woman in a effort to replace his true love, his ex-wife, Judith. (It should be noted that many fans of the show found Martin and Judith's [[LastMinuteHookup final season reconciliation]] to be the show's SharkJump moment.
* MagicPlasticSurgery: Eddie Charles is [[TheOtherDarrin replaced by a different actor]] partway through the first series. This is explained away by having him get surgery to change his eyelids. So he gets a whole new face and several extra inches of height! However, everybody says that he doesn't look any different. Martin quips "A little younger maybe." Devilishly clever, these eyelid surgeons!
* TheMissusAndTheEx: This happens in the episode "Three Coins in the Dryer". Martin imagines all kinds of craziness about them viciously fighting each other. It turns out that they are rather awkward and uncomfortable with each other, but perfectly nice. Martin's ex-wife only reacts with a friendly detached amusement that they have so obviously been having sex.
* PrimaDonnaDirector: Sir Roland Moorecock (Music/DavidBowie) in "The Second Greatest Story Ever Told" -- he's nasty to everyone but is kowtowed to nonetheless. Martin ultimately tries to call him out on his nastiness only to discover that he's more than aware of how much he's resented; he just ''doesn't care''.
* StraightGay: Both Martin's father Mickey and Mickey's lover Roger.
* TheTalk: Spoofed. Martin steels himself to tell Jeremy The Facts Of Life and is hugely relieved when Jeremy says, "Dad, I know all this. We learned it at school." Martin smiles and relaxes, calmly asking if Jeremy has any questions...
** "Yeah, what's cunnilingus?" Cut to man falling from a building with a horrified scream.
** Followed immediately by a series of equally direct questions, with similar clips as "responses".
** Played straight(er) later by Martin talking to Jeremy about a completely different and wrapping up by saying it was "as awkward as bad sex".
--> '''Jeremy''': (looking stunned) Sex can be bad?!
* WhoWouldWantToWatchUs: In "The Second-Greatest Story Ever Told", Richard's life is becoming a {{Biopic}}. Martin falls in love with the woman playing Judith...and then she meets the man playing Richard...