Being ‘Married,’ seeking ‘Satisfaction’

July 16, 2014 10:06 PM

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Being ‘Married,’ seeking ‘Satisfaction’

When a marriage is in trouble, what should a couple do? Two new series pose very different solutions, neither of which is particularly promising. USA’s “Satisfaction” gives us a couple who dabble in the world of prostitution — she as a customer, he as an escort. They make big changes, however ill-advised. FX’s “Married” opts for a couple who ultimately do nothing except settle for mediocrity and continue to complain.

Yes, prostitution first. “Satisfaction,” which premieres Thursday night at 10, is the better show, as it works to look closely at marital drift and middle-life despair. It’s on USA, home of the light drama with series such as “Royal Pains,” but it nonetheless dives into some of the more uncomfortabl...

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