Falling for Netflix’s Love


Despite its bland title, Love is packed with passion and punch. The show is a 10 episode Netflix original produced by Judd Apatow –best known for Knocked Up and This Is 40– and spouses Paul Rust and Lesley Arfin. Together, the team brings truth, humor and a fresh look at the reality of modern love.

The first episode, titled “It Begins,” starts by looking at love through two lenses. We meet a temperamental Mickey (Gillian Jacobs), who is taken aback when her quasi-ex-boyfriend breaks into her house. We then switch to the world of Gus (Paul Rust) where rambling on about Omaha steaks to his disinterested girlfriend seems to be commonplace.

Right off the bat, it seemed as though the producers were setting up for two vastly different worlds to collide. I was gearing up for just another love story.

When Gus feels dejected after discovering that his girlfriend cheated on him, Mickey is offended by her runaway one-night stand. When one is feeling heartbroken, out-of-place or enlightened, the other is experiencing the same exact thing. Where there are tears, there are more tears. Where there are intoxications, there are more intoxications.

However, as the show went on, I began to see that the plot is merely the foundation of the show. What makes Love something so raw and unique is its characters and what they bring forward. From the way these characters look to the slang they use (or misuse in Gus’ case), everything is an untouched representation of culture. There is one scene where Mickey sits in bed desperately waiting for a text from her quasi-ex. Meanwhile, Gus finds himself attempting to revive his youthful spirit with the college students who live in his building.

Love also delves into more than relationships between two people. On Gus’ post-break up search for self-actualization, he asks his companions for advice on who he is and where “the repressed, hostile, nerds, whose girlfriends accuse them of being fake-nice live.” The show hones in on this idea of self-identity and how finding oneself can be done through both church enlightenment with Mickey or sexual mishaps with Gus.

The humor of Love is short, punchy and witty. It’s the instances when Mickey’s neighbor tells her son Otis that he has reached his dirt-eating “quota” that make you laugh out loud. Some of the short one-liners, like how Mickey shares that her cat is a reincarnation of her grandpa, are the little bits that make Love’s feel-good humor.

Love is a unique makeup of aspects from sitcom, rom-com and indie series. It’s a one of a kind show with more to comment on than love in today’s society. So, if Scandal is just too stressful or The Walking Dead has one too many killings, feel free to sit alone in your room crying, cackling and falling for Netflix’s Love.