Love: Season 1 (2016)

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

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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 (45) | Top Critics (22)

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

Feb 22, 2016 | Full Review…
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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…
Top Critic

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…

Audience Reviews for Love: Season 1

½

SylvesterK

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Netflix is known for picking up products (mostly television series) by either renewing a beloved franchise or television series that has been cancelled or became a cult after the fact. They are also known for original quality content that makes people invest hours of their lives to see what happens next. With one of their newest shows in 2016, "Love" is one of their finest shows to date. In part from terrific writing from Judd Apatow, "Love" follows the Gus and Mickey, two unlikely people who are very on and off throughout the course of this show. The underlying tone is definitely the fact that they have an off-beat connection with each other, but it is their personal lives when they are not together that really shines. Sound intriguing? That is because it is. Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust are both great as the leads and throughout this first season, you will find yourself rooting for and against their relationship depending on the episode, and I thought that was the most unique part about each episode. They share similar interests, have jobs in a similar industry, and have great chemistry when on-screen together, so when the film is dramatic , it is very effective, when it is funny, it hits with a huge punch, and when it wants you to focus on story, you are already invested. This first season plays out like a 10-part feature film in how it begins and ends by coming full circle for the most part, while still leaving room for unexplored aspects over their lives and their relationship. I am not dying to get to the next season next year, but I will say that I will be eager and ready to watch when it does. As a starting season, it delivered everything and more that I was hoping for. Great direction, great writing, and just following in the Netflix footsteps of delivering great television, "Love" is a show that I can not recommend enough.

KJP

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