Love hit Netflix earlier this year, and much like many Netflix originals, the 10-episode comedy series is as binge-worthy as its peers. The series consists of 10 episodes between 25 and 45 minutes each, meaning if you wanted to grab your duvet and have a day on the sofa watching some pretty good TV while consuming your body weight in ice cream, you can.
The series was created by Paul Rust, who plays one of the leads, Gus, and his wife Lesley Arfin who wrote the first season of Girls. The couple also had a helping hand in the creation of the show from comedy heavy hitter Judd Apatow (Knocked up, The 40 year old Virgin). The story follows quirky cool girl Mickey Dobbs (Gillian Jacobs) and reserved nice guy Gus Cruikshank (Paul Rust) as they struggle their way through millennial lifestyles in Los Angeles, falling in and out of love with each other.
There’s a lot to love about Love, so here’s just a few highlights:
Unlike a lot of romantic comedy television shows and films, Love actually extends beyond the basic trope that characters start out with, making them three-dimensional rather than a stereotype. Take Mickey for example; on the surface she’s the stereotypical cool girl who does what she wants and doesn’t care what you think, but as we grow to know her over the series, we realise she actually does care quite a bit. She’s struggling with quite a few addictions and she hasn’t matured much since high school. This teaches you the age old lesson not judge a book by its cover; there’s a lot more beneath the surface, and this is the truth with most of the characters we encounter in Love.
Helped by the aforementioned deep and three-dimensional characters, the story and the world that Love is based is realistic. Dating is not how it used to be; it’s not like today’s generation go on traditional dates and meet their partners in the traditional sense. We have apps that do the job of finding dates for us, and dates seem to be becoming a thing of the past. Love considers today’s dating scene, so it’s relatable for a modern audience. It’s also realistic in the sense it’s not completely happy, dealing with some pretty deep and dark issues that quite a few of us may have encountered, or at least know someone who has. Love pairs together two equally flawed people and lets the audience know that even if it might take time and effort, there’s someone for everyone.
Despite some of its deep-seated issues, Love centres itself with some hilarious comic reliefs. One of these is Ayra, played by Iris Apatow. Gus works on a film set as an on-set tutor and she is one of his tutees. Iris Apatow shows her own star power, portraying the bratty but under pressure young actress, holding her own amongst a pretty stellar cast, despite the fact she doesn’t have too much screen time. The daughter of show creator Judd Apatow and his wife – comedic actress Leslie Mann – Iris, who you may have seen in This is 40 alongside her older sister Maude, shows that she’s just as talented as the rest of her family, with great comic timing and delivery. I’d expect to see her following in the footsteps of her parents and becoming a fixture in big Hollywood comedies of the future.
Another of the great comic reliefs in Love is Mickey’s outrageously honest Aussie room mate Bertie (Claudia O’Doherty). She’s the exact opposite of Mickey in the most refreshing way, especially with her honesty with quips like: “I’ve had a depressing day and I just wanted to get something that would remind me that happiness can find you when you least expect it.”
With her adorable love, slight obsession with the Christmas rom-com The Holiday, and her sharp honesty when Mickey needs it most, she makes for a great best friend and sidekick to Mickey’s more brash character.
Love is available to stream on Netflix and has been commissioned for another two seasons. The second season is set to air in 2017!
Written by Heather Thornton