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April 17, 2016 | by  | in TV |
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Love

★★★★★

Ten episodes

Netflix (2016)

 

Co-created by Judd Apatow, Paul Rust, and Lesley Arfin, Love is the story of two millenials in Los Angeles fumbling through their love lives. Rust plays Gus, an on-set teacher at a film studio, opposite Community’s Gillian Jacobs as Mickey, a radio producer with bad habits. When the two converge in a service station, with Gus offering to pay for Mickey’s coffee in a display of twenty-first century chivalry, their awkward courtship begins.

Mickey is self-absorbed and sardonic, in denial of her drug and alcohol dependencies, and hopping along from one bad relationship to the next. Gus is goofy and hapless, accused by his ex-girlfriend of being manipulative in his niceness. Mickey initially denies her attraction to Gus by setting him up on a disastrous date with her Australian roommate; Gus gets involved with an actress from work and decides that perhaps he doesn’t have to be so nice. Ultimately, this is the story of two people who just can’t seem to get it right.

Similar to Master of None, this is a show which plays upon the awkwardness of modern dating. Obsessively checking your phone for a reply; trying so hard to play it cool because to appear over-eager is a death sentence. Mickey and Gus are both flawed (in different ways), and unable to see that the other might be just what they need. At the same time, Mickey’s struggle with addiction adds a rawness to the show—in one episode she cavorts around town with a washed up Andy Dick, high on sassafras, and finally starts to address her problems. Hilarious as well as poignant, this is a refreshing show that doesn’t play it safe, while pretty accurately skewering the standards that we set for ourselves and those around us.

The second season of Love is currently in production.

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