Love (Seasons 1-3)
Created by: Judd Apatow, Lesley Arfin, Paul Rust
Starring: Gillian Jacobs, Paul Rust, Claudia O'Doherty, Brett Gelman
It came to my attention recently that not everyone has seen the fantastically written, comically frustrating show Love. All three seasons are now available on Netflix so now would be a great time to check it out.
Love is a refreshing take on romantic relationships and all the confusing and beautiful feelings that come along with them. It follows the relationship of Mickey (played by Gillian Jacobs) and Gus (played by Paul Rust) as they struggle with their insecurities.
Mickey is a straight-talking, self-sabotaging alcoholic, working at a radio station alongside the egotistical radio psychologist Dr Greg (played by the always hilarious Brett Gelman). Gus is an awkward, geeky, loveable, but sometimes annoying, pushover working on a Hollywood TV set as a teacher for the child-star Arya. Gus and Mickey are inexplicably attracted to each other after a chance encounter at a gas station. The rest of the show follows their relationship as it starts to flare, flicker and falter as they attempt to make each other happy.
Throughout all three seasons of Love you will adore these characters and the relationship they start to develop. You will want them to succeed and be happy together. You will come to hate them when they inevitably make a stupid decision. You will loudly yell at the TV and proclaim that they "DESERVE BETTER DAMMIT!". You will shake your head in confusion when they decide to try again. But then, you will see how happy they are when they put aside their selfishness, their anxiety, and their misgivings. You’ll see them smile awkwardly at each other as they realise how pointless their argument was and suddenly, you’ll catch yourself with a big, dumb grin plastered across your face when they kiss and make up.
With incredible main characters and a fantastic supporting cast, Love captures all the ups and downs of a relationship as it follows these two flawed but endearing characters throughout their romantic journey. Give it a watch and let the feels wash over you.
Relationships are weird and confusing and beautiful and terrible and exciting and terrifying. But they’re wonderful. Take chances and make mistakes. Love yourself and each other.