Love (Season 1) (2016)
Netflix / TVMA
Comedy / Romance
Starring: Gillian Jacobs, Paul Rust, Claudia O’Doherty
Creators: Judd Apatow, Lesley Arfin, Paul Rust
Your telling me there’s another show about love? Another show about the trials and tribulations that relationships bring with them? I guess it’s not that surprising when you think about it. The topic of love is a subject that has been tackled time and time again. It’s certainly not an original theme. Teaming up with Netflix, Judd Apatow has put out a new comedic show about the journey of love, appropriately titled Love. So far nothing about this show sounds original…but Apatow finds another angle that makes the show a little refreshing.
Love is the story of two star-crossed lovers who seem like the unlikely couple at the onset. Mickey, played by Gillian Jacobs, is a rambunctious and loud girl who works for a radio show. She’s an alcoholic and a sex addict who has her fair share of boy problems. On the other hand, we have the timid and geeky Gus, played by Paul Rust, who works as a tutor at a big name television studio. The two couldn’t be any more different but after a chance acquaintance at a gas station convenience store, the two being the long road to love.
Topics like first dates, ex-lovers, awkward parties, and sex are all covered over the course of the ten-episode series. As I’ve mentioned before, there is nothing original about Love’s subject matter, not even the name. Series creator Judd Apatow, the guy behind other hit comedies like Bridesmaids, Knocked Up, and Girls, manages to change things up and gives the concept of love a different perspective. Mickey and Gus have different views on the subject of love and their outlooks on the crazy rollercoaster of romance are what make the series interesting and different from the rest. Don’t get me wrong, there were definitely moments where I was like, “okay, this has been done before,” but the show managed to stay fresh a lot more than I initially thought.
The first half of the season acts as a character study, examining Mickey and Gus and the type of people that they are. These kinds of episodes happen a lot over the course of the season. There’s even an episode that revolves around the two’s days at work and the kind of madness surrounding their respective workplaces. Weird creepy bosses and dramatic Hollywood actresses, you know, normal fare. Admittedly the show gets off to a slow start but begins to pick up when the two start to get into a more serious relationship. As things intensify between the two, things get a lot more interesting. The last couple of episodes were not only full of hilarious situations, but serious drama as well. I wasn’t expecting the show to get as serious as it got…but there’s an interesting story to tell behind Love’s comedic exterior.
Judd Apatow has put out a show that gives a funny view of love, but also a sobering one. Love isn’t perfect in its execution but it’s a fun show with some really likable characters. I haven’t even mentioned Mickey’s roommate Bertie (Claudia O’Doherty) who was actually one of my favorite parts of the show. The show gives us a stunningly accurate depiction of love, one that is instantly relatable to anyone who has had a bout with love. Love is a fun little show, one that I was not expecting to enjoy. The show has already been renewed for another season, so we’ll see where Apatow goes with this comedy. Also, how many times have I said “love” during this review. It almost sounds silly at this point. Love love love. By the way…..love. Okay, I’m done now.