On 10 March, Netflix released the second series of their original romantic comedy show Love. The show first hit our screens back in February 2016 and has been met with rave reviews from critics and fans ever since. Produced by the shows main actor Paul Rust, his wife Lesley Arfin and Judd Apatow (the man behind Superbad and Knocked Up), Love has made a name for itself as one of the most creative comedy shows in recent years. At first, I was a bit cynical about it. I mean, is there really a need for more rom coms? The whole ‘boy meets girl’ scenario is played out again and again in TV and film and it can get slightly repetitive. As it turns out, Love proved me completely wrong.
What’s Love all about?
Set in Los Angeles, the show follows the story of Mickey (Gillian Jacobs) and Gus (Paul Rust), two people in their early thirties who are trying to figure out the next stage in their personal and professional lives. Mickey is an aspiring producer at a radio station. While Gus is an on-set tutor for child actor Arya (Iris Apatow), the star of the fictional TV show Witchita. Following previous failed relationships, a chance meeting brings the two together and we see how their friendship begins to develop into a dysfunctional love story.
You’ll totally relate to it
The show acts as a raw, honest commentary on dating and relationships in the 21st century. Love shows the painfully awkward and embarrassing aspects of sex and dating that you just can’t help but laugh at. The main characters come bearing all sorts of problems and imperfections and this, in my opinion, is what makes the show so enjoyable. Throughout the show, we see how Mickey and Gus deal with their own personal issues such as anxiety, addiction and low self-esteem. As well as the romantic aspect, Love also looks at relationships between friends, family and work colleagues.
Although they are far from perfect, both Mickey and Gus are extremely relatable in their own unique way and you can’t help but root for them. The writing of the show is incredibly clever and hilariously accurate. It’s impossible to watch Love without being reminded of your own embarrassing moments and that is part of what makes it so funny. It’s the perfect binge-worthy show for when you just want to chill out, laugh and have a good cringe!