Love Life: Season 1 (2020)

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Love Life's first season breezes by on Anna Kendrick's charms, but those looking for a real connection may find its featherweight familiarness frustrating.

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Critic Ratings: 43

81%

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User Ratings: 105

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Episodes

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Air date: May 27, 2020
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4
Air date: Jun 4, 2020
5
Air date: Jun 4, 2020
6
Air date: Jun 4, 2020
7
Air date: Jun 11, 2020
8
Air date: Jun 11, 2020
9
Air date: Jun 11, 2020
10
Air date: Jun 11, 2020

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Critic Reviews for Love Life Season 1

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (18)

The performances from Kendrick and Chao (and a mega-charming Jin Ha as practically the only decent dude in Darby's life) make it a pretty pleasant eight episodes to watch.

May 27, 2020 | Full Review…
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Though Kendrick delivers a solid performance, it's muted by how bland her character can be.

May 26, 2020 | Full Review…
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Even Kendrick's considerable talent and skill can't make up for the show's overall flimsiness.

May 25, 2020 | Full Review…

Early shows aren't necessarily signature shows - no one thinks of HBO as the network of "Arli$$." But with "Love Life," HBO Max is making not so much of a splash as a ripple.

May 21, 2020 | Full Review…

Kendrick's talents as a fierce, often biting, performer - who can channel powerful emotions into specific gestures and phrases - are wasted on Darby, who's painted purely in broad strokes.

May 18, 2020 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…
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But the anthology show, starring and executive produced by Anna Kendrick, trades in tropes that are as overused on TV as the word "tropes" is in TV criticism.

May 21, 2020 | Full Review…

But despite all this, it's still difficult to see Love Life as anything other than low-rent streaming filler, and it does virtually nothing to push the genre envelope in any meaningful directions.

Jun 26, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

While Kendrick isn't exactly stretching her acting legs here - she's played characters similar to Darby several times - she nonetheless is a big reason it's ultimately worth spending five or so hours with this woman.

Jun 22, 2020 | Full Review…

t's comfortable and feels realistic. The odds are, especially if you're a woman, you'll recognize at least some of your relationship gaffs in Darby's exploits.

Jun 4, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

It's an easy and enjoyable half-hour comedy, almost refreshingly apolitical, adamantly refusing to take a stand on anything that does not pertain to dating.

Jun 4, 2020 | Full Review…

If you're looking for a pleasant diversion during these locked-down times, it's quite easy to fall for Love Life. But does it deserve a long-term commitment when there are so many other fish in the sea? I'm not sure if my heart is totally in in yet.

Jun 2, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Lots of (fully clothed) sex and romance in enjoyable series.

Jun 1, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Love Life: Season 1

  • Jun 17, 2020
    HBO has proven over the many years they've been around that quality is their top priority. Whether you're talking about shows like The Sopranos or more recently Game of Thrones (just to name the popular ones), it seems as though they hit far more home runs than fouls. With the launch of HBO Max in a few places around the world, a few new series have recently been released by them, and Love Life is one that I have taken the time to check out. Although I think this is a very solid series, here's why I believe it's also the least HBO-ish show that HBO has done in a long time. Many descriptions for this series on websites like IMDB or Wikipedia have used the term anthology to describe the episodic nature of how this story is told. Personally, I didn't see it that way. Love Life is a story about Darby (Anna Kendrick ) and she's in every episode, as is nearly every supporting character. This first season follows her as she falls for a different man in each episode, trying to find her true love. I love the structure of this show, as it gives certain storylines time to breathe, instead of montaging over it. For that reason alone, I was sucked into the life of Darby due to the unique nature of the story being told. This is the type of series that works really well in giving multiple directors a crack at individual episodes. Even though the same character is being followed, it's a new romance so new voices are definitely welcomed in the director's chair. Nothing about this series felt uneven at all, which was a pleasant surprise. In fact, each episode felt fresh due to new directors coming in and out of the show. This is actually what kept this series from feeling far too familiar and cliche. This is also precisely what I was talking about when I called it the least HBO-ish show in a while. It felt more like a series you would see on Netflix or Amazon Prime, which isn't a bad thing, but this light-hearted rom-com series just didn't feel as resonant as some of HBO's other programming. I would say the biggest gripe I have towards this series is the fact that you sort of know how most of the episodes are going to end up, seeing as each episode has her with someone new. There are absolutely story threads that keep that from feeling overwhelmingly repetitive, but it did take me out of it at times. They do switch it up by having an episode set in the past and a few obvious ones that you know won't last, and I felt that's where the series was at its best. Yes, you want to root for Darby to find love and surely some of the episodes will focus on that, but I felt the best writing was done during the short flings because they almost felt like contained stories. Still, I wouldn't exactly call this show an anthology, even though that made it sound like one. Creator Sam Boyd, who assembled a great team to progress his vision, also directed the very first and very last episode of this season, which was fairly obvious, as the creative touch was very much the same in these two episodes. I loved where this season began, as well as where it concluded, leaving me happy to watch more. The main issue with this series though, is that it can feel slightly repetitive and formulaic in terms of how the majority of the episodes play out. Overall, Love Life is a very solid first season and the potential for a second is definitely there, even though it will probably have a very different feel. For fans of a good rom-com, this series maybe for you.
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  • Jul 02, 2020
    If you're a fan of Anna Kendrick you will love this series. Also.. if you love men who are douches you'll also love it!
  • Jun 29, 2020
    A Must Watch! Has light, fun moments but real deep undercurrents of truth and reality. Very natural writing and acting! Anna Kendrick really shines as the lead in this series!
  • Jun 27, 2020
    This is a treasure! Totally relatable but deep, natural, funny and realistic -- too realistic at times that you will cringe at how naive/ignorant/silly we all can be when we were younger. Anna Kendrick is amazing in this! Great cast! Great writing!
  • Jun 26, 2020
    Love Anna in this show!
  • Jun 22, 2020
    refrshing and surprisingly not predictable of the usual tropes - even if the situations are totally relatable. It was funny (smart/witty lines) & not the belly laugh kind. Had deep emotional (but realistic and cringeworthy) stories that show how flawed or immature humans can be. Amazing cast led by Anna Kendrick who is really an actor with depth! Rest of the cast are impressive as well from the film/theater/comic world! Amazing how they were able to round up such an impressive cast. This is a series that I will be rewatching from time to time :)
  • Jun 14, 2020
    I honestly thought this may be good. Kendrick is a safe bet matched up with Paul, who is phenomenal with female drive comedies. Yet I found the first episode to be bland, towards the end I had to fast forward it because I just wanted it to end. To put it bluntly, I couldn't careless if I never see another episode. I just hope season 2, they decide to pick up the interesting factor.
  • Jun 13, 2020
    All of the storylines are super relatable, very engaging, and the perfect length. I like that this season wrapped up without a huge cliffhanger. Awesome show.
  • Jun 13, 2020
    Sweet, truthful, relatable. So well cast and captivating without over doing the storyline. Truly wish they made more episodes, I miss it already!
  • Jun 13, 2020
    Kendrick e mereu bine, restul asa si asa

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