Love: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1

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Judd Apatow's Love is an honest look at building a relationship, helped along by its two appealing leads.



Critic Ratings: 46


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User Ratings: 886

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Air date: Feb 19, 2016
Air date: Feb 19, 2016
Air date: Feb 19, 2016
Air date: Feb 19, 2016
Air date: Feb 19, 2016
Air date: Feb 19, 2016
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Air date: Feb 19, 2016
Air date: Feb 19, 2016
Air date: Feb 19, 2016

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On-set tutor Gus Cruikshank (Paul Rust) and radio program manager Mickey Dobbs (Gillian Jacobs) both get out of their respective toxic long-term relationships feeling embittered by the idea of love. By chance they meet at a convenience store and immediately hit it off, but baggage from past relationships keeps them from exploring the possibility that theirs may be the real deal. The first season of "Love" also stars Claudia O'Doherty as Bertie, Mike Mitchell as Randy, and Chris Witaske as Chris. Dave Gruber Allen, Steve Bannos, Brett Gelman, Tracie Thoms, and Iris Apatow appear as recurring characters.


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Critic Reviews for Love Season 1

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (22)

A perfect example of an OK show that gets better the more of it you watch.

Feb 22, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Wherever Mickey and Gus are going seems worth the extended trip. Love is a many-spindled thing. But its smooth/sharp edges keep it in a groove.

Feb 19, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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The leads are very entertaining. But each episode literally flows into the next -- one episode's final scene is often the first scene for the next -- making it feel like a 5-hour Judd Apatow romantic comedy, which I'm not sure anyone really needs.

Feb 18, 2016 | Full Review…

The title is Love, but Netflix didn't debut its new comedy on Valentine's Day. Maybe that's because, to its credit, Love is not nearly sappy enough for a day devoted to romance with a capital "R."

Feb 18, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The question that hovers over the show isn't "Will they get together?" We basically know they will. The real question is "Can the show bring them together in a believable way that makes their connection seem natural?" I vote yes.

Feb 18, 2016 | Full Review…

Fun comedy that takes time to warm up to.

Feb 18, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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What makes Love on Netflix interesting is not just that we don't ever seem to be fully told to buy Mickey's free spirit Pixie Dream Girl status but that we're never really supposed to buy into Gus's nice guy status either.

Jul 3, 2019 | Full Review…

There are enough good bits to keep it interesting, but just because the show feels more believable than the than the romantic comedies that it eschews doesn't automatically make it more compelling.

Jul 31, 2018 | Full Review…

Far from being the perfect romantic comedy and with a somewhat unequal result, its protagonists love each other precisely because they insist again and again to prove that they are not perfect. Nobody is. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 12, 2018 | Full Review…

I watched all of Love in a single night. I have no idea how it'll play for you, but I was totally invested, and I'm awfully curious to see where Apatow, Arfin and Rust take the series in the already-ordered second season. Godspeed, weirdoes.

Apr 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Love, like the genuine article, takes its time and the result is a romantic comedy somewhere between the acid cynicism of You're the Worst and the deceptively aimless dives into white, affluent Los Angeles' semi-urban ennui found in Togetherness...

Aug 10, 2017 | Full Review…

Love, all 10 episodes of which are available on Netflix, could well be the best thing Judd Apatow has been associated with since the short-lived, much-loved Freaks and Geeks all the way back in 1999.

Apr 25, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Love: Season 1

  • May 28, 2020
    I started watching this TV Series out of boredom one day and was pleasantly surprised at what I found. Love is so relatable and you can't help but love every single character - except maybe Randy. The following 2 seasons also do not disappoint.
  • May 13, 2020
    This shows biggest strength is it's realistic and flawed characters
  • Apr 23, 2020
    It's rare to find a show with so many character where you feel like you know everybody and a couple of protagonist with that much chemistry, though I felt that they shouldn't be together at the beginning, the story and the cast just make me want the characters to be happy, and I feel like that's the Apatow signature: real-life messed up characters that you deeply care about.
  • Apr 22, 2020
    Loved it So much genuine moments, both awkward and funny - that's what makes it a tad more realistic than most "similar" shows out there.
  • Jan 14, 2020
    Okay. 1. The nudity is so unnecessary but whatever, no big deal, I guess. 2. The sex is so awkward to watch and hear. 3. Gus is the most annoying person in all of television history and shows little to no character progression. 4. I actually quite like the show.
  • Dec 30, 2019
    Love this series so much
  • Nov 14, 2019
    I've already watched this like 7 times.
  • Apr 25, 2019
    Best show I've seen in a long time! Great humor, great writing in general I love love love it!!! Mickey And Gus all the way!!!
  • Jan 21, 2019
    Reminds me of "Say Anything." It is about people who have no filters, which are always the most interesting and annoying people, so the good and bad reviews are both right. The main actors are very good and the supporting cast is just as good. The twists and turns are worthwhile. I'm not sure this is a rom com, because you are not that invested in the romance, but more in her independant struggle and his. The biggest reason you like them is that their friends are lovable and love them. Much of the healing comes from those other relationships.
  • Dec 16, 2018
    The main issue: The borderline hideous male lead, Gus, and a problem we see so, SO often. It is extremely distracting when we see extremely homely guys baggin 10s and havin threesomes w/ such. It's so very stupid, but more importantly, WHOLLY unnecessary to the episodes' stories. Outside of that -- and wish it had a more believable/attractive male lead -- the comedy & writing is really good, witty & original.

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