Un Gars, Une Fille
("A Guy, A Girl") was a French-Canadian television series created by Guy A. Lepage (of Rock Et Belles Oreilles
fame), spun off from a series of short sketches he'd done for his talk show Besoin D'Amour
, that ran on Radio-Canada from 1997 to 2003.
It tells the story of Guy (Guy A. Lepage) and his longtime girlfriend Sylvie (Sylvie Léonard), a couple in their late 30s (and as the series progressed, early 40s) living together. Most episodes would feature three segments revolving around a specific location or activity (in bed, at the restaurant, having friends over, going on vacation), sometimes telling a linear story throughout the segment and sometimes having it being random skits revolving around the setup.
The series was a huge success, spawning more than 30 adaptations for other markets, including an American adaptation, Lovebites
. That particular adaptation never caught on at all, but some adaptations became quite popular in their own countries.
This show provides examples of:
- Acting for Two: A number of actors played multiple roles throughout the series.
- As Himself: Yvon Deschamps, Charles Tisseyre, David Pelletier and Jamie Salé, among others.
- And the Adventure Continues: Un P'tit Gars, Une P'tite Fille.
- Berserk Button: For Guy it's the idea of spending time with his mother-in-law, for Sylvie it's a jealous rage over Guy's business partner Genevieve.
- Casting Gag: Most of Guy's old friends are played by members of "Rock & Belles Oreilles", a comedy troupe which Guy A. Lepage was part of.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Syvlie is ridiculously insecure in her relationship and takes offense to Guy's business partner Genevieve, or to any attractive female friend Guy may have, and sometimes even cooks up schemes to try and test Guy's fidelity.
- Crossover: With its French-from-France adaptation during a trip to Paris.
- Cute Kitten: Sylvie eventually gets one.
- The Danza: Both Guy (Guy A. Lepage) and Sylvie (Sylvie Léonard).
- The Faceless: Sort of a common gag, a large number of characters would never have their faces shown.
- Fake American: The show typically got the same Canadian actor to play American characters. Sadly, the only American accent he seemed to know was a southern drawl, which didn't work when the American in question came from Chicago, Illinois.
- The Immodest Orgasm: Sylvie got loud enough for one of their lodger to complain.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Being played by Guy A. Lepage, Guy sports one.
- Mathematician's Answer: When Guy asks Sylvie which of two wines she wants for supper. She answers, "Yes." This prompts him to reply "When someone gives you a choice between two things, you can't answer with yes! If you're afraid of committing to a decision, do you want me to pick for you, or do you want me to leave choices up to you?" Her answer? "Yes! Yes Yes Yes!"
- May-December Romance: Guy's father is over 60, and his last flame, stripper Mélanie, is in her mid-20s. They have a child together, too.
- Mistaken for Gay: Sylvie's friend Daniel, who doesn't like hockey, computers, action movies or cars but loves all his girlfriend Loulou's girly activities, leading Guy to call him gay often. Daniel is oblivious to the insult and takes it as a "guy joke".
- Obnoxious In-Laws: Sylvie's mother is pretty much Guy's Arch-Enemy.
- Old Friend, New Gender: Happens when Guy meets an attractive woman at a gay pride parade who claims to have known him in high school. Guy is initially confused until the woman reveals she's a transsexual and Guy knew her back when she was a guy, when they played together on the hockey team.
- Real-Life Relative: Sylvie's best friend Loulou was played by Guy A. Lepage's wife Louise Richer. In the "1968" skit, a fictional story about how Guy and Sylvie would have met each other as children, young Guy is played by Guy A. Lepage's real-life son while young Sylvie is played by Sylvie Léonard's real-life daughter.
- Running Gag: A large number, including the destruction of blue teddy bears resembling Sylvie's childhood one, as well as the "Road Runner".
- Small Name, Big Ego: After Sylvie made a few television talk show appearances, she began acting like she was a big movie star.