Modern Love: Season 1 (2019)

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Carried by its charming cast, Modern Love sweet and simple sensibilities are easy enough to enjoy, even if its quaint portrait of modern life in New York City doesn't always ring true.

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Critic Ratings: 63

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User Ratings: 183

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Air date: Oct 18, 2019

The doorman has good accord with many women in New York. The doorman takes good care of many single women whom he holds the door for.

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Air date: Oct 18, 2019

"I tossed out one last question: 'Have you ever been in love?' No one, he said, had ever asked him that in an interview. 'Yes,' he finally answered. 'But I didn't realize it until it was too late.' Then he asked me to turn off my recorder. I hit Stop."

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Air date: Oct 18, 2019

"My personal life was another story. In love there's no hiding: You have to let someone know who you are, but I didn't have a clue who I was from one moment to the next."

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Air date: Oct 18, 2019

"We rallied, not with the adrenaline-pumping determination to win at all costs, but with the patience and control that came with not wanting it to be over: not the summer, not our son's childhood, not this game, ever."

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Air date: Oct 18, 2019

"There is never a good time to fall off your couch onto a martini glass and begin losing a dangerous amount of blood, but having this happen in the middle of a promising date is an especially bad time."

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Air date: Oct 18, 2019

"He was very handsome. He wore gray turtleneck sweaters and smelled like mint aftershave and old books. He was 55 and recently divorced for the second time. He was my father. He wasn't really my father."

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Air date: Oct 18, 2019

"There was no guarantee that doing an open adoption would get us a baby any faster... in fact, our agency warned us that, as a gay male couple, we might be in for a long wait."

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Air date: Oct 18, 2019

"Old love is different. In our 70s and 80s, we had been through enough of life's ups and downs to know who we were, and we had learned to compromise. The finish line was drawing closer."

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Tv Season Info

An unlikely friendship. A lost love resurfaced. A marriage at its turning point. A date that might not have been a date. An unconventional new family. These are unique stories about the joys and tribulations of love, each inspired by a real-life personal essay from the beloved New York Times column "Modern Love."

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Critic Reviews for Modern Love Season 1

All Critics (63) | Top Critics (28)

Modern Love really feels like it would have benefited from less tidiness, less ponderousness - maybe even, dare I say, a little less New York Times-iness.

Dec 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Modern Love had the chance to build upon the Times' original essays, but to its detriment, the show adapted them as faithfully as possible, yielding mostly dull interpretations.

Oct 23, 2019 | Full Review…

There is plenty of earnestness afoot, even when it's lurking just under the surface, and there are a few happy endings, too.

Oct 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Modern Love could be about more than love. At its best moments, and in its best episodes, it is about more than that, but it's almost as if those moments escape from a show determined to keep them hidden away.

Oct 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Despite its varying trials and travails, Modern Love strives for an overall feel-good vibe that isn't always entirely earned.

Oct 17, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Modern Love isn't bad, but it doesn't have many smart things to say about modernity or love. It's mostly trite and retrograde.

Oct 8, 2019 | Full Review…

[An] exquisite series. [Full review in Spanish]

Jan 21, 2020 | Full Review…

Modern Love is an anthology series that is unfortunately a mixed bag. It has episodes that show its true potential fulfilled, but there aren't enough of them to warrant a full recommendation.

Dec 27, 2019 | Full Review…

With an ensemble that also includes Tina Fey, Andrew Scott, and Julia Garner, the show feels like something of a missed opportunity.

Dec 4, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The first three and last two episodes of Modern Love make for passable fluffy entertainment. The middle two are entirely skippable, and watch the dad episode at your own risk.

Nov 28, 2019 | Full Review…

The show is uneven but well worth a look.

Nov 15, 2019 | Full Review…

A stellar cast of actors and well-known writers work hard, but only a couple of the episodes are exceptional. Still, at 31 minutes long, it can be a nice break from the world's insanity.

Dec 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Modern Love: Season 1

  • Jan 24, 2021
    Every episode is so realistic and relatable 💯
  • Nov 20, 2020
    This is the first show I review on RT. I'm doing it because it touched me deeply, like no other show has. Each episode leaves you with a feeling of joy. It makes you feel like it's OK to be loved and to love other people. Its characters are real, flawed, and just normal. They give me hope that love is possible even though we're flawed, because love is accepting each other's flaws and imperfections. Can't recommend enough.
  • Oct 28, 2020
    Incredible. I'm a lover of rom coms and this does not disappoint. I'm not crying you're crying.
  • Aug 08, 2020
    Modern Love's star-studded cast has some inspired moments, but ultimately falls into far-fetched cringey situations full of tacky cliches.
  • Aug 06, 2020
    It was such a wonderful series - showing all kinds of love. All so real, so relatable. I only wish there were more. It is a must watch!
  • Aug 04, 2020
    Love the alternative point of view about love and the uniepisode format.
  • May 08, 2020
    Just finished binge watching the entire season of Modern Love. Ok, first it got me into a pensive mood and calmed me a bit from my own life's trials and tribulations. - Made me write a nice e-mail to my adult children expressing my love for them and to reinforce their decisions. - Made me understand Bipolar disease and generally gave me a better appreciation for mental illness. Could have been accomplished without all the La la Land dance numbers! - The last episode was the best. Old people's love was portrayed so beautifully.
  • Apr 10, 2020
    I usually don't like shows/films where each part is a separate storyline but this was an exception. It's one of those shows that makes you feel a kind of reinvigoration for love and life, even if it's just for the day. The episode I ESPECIALLY appreciated was the Anne Hathaway episode. It is very rare to see an honest portrayal of someone with severe mental illness, highlighting both sides of the up/down coin. I have complex-PTSD so while I couldn't identify with the manic episodes the character experienced, I could deeply identify with the lows and the self-imposing complete isolation; the not wanting colleagues, family and friends to know about your condition and see you at your absolute worst. While the "musical" aspect of the episode was definitely more of a caricature of the condition, it was still so honest and great to see. The only episode that really made me cringe was the one with the girl from the Ozarks, as it had such a weird twist. I get that it was trying to show all different forms of love but that one was really out there. All in all, definitely worth the watch!
  • Mar 21, 2020
    I watched the first part of more than one episode thinking that I wasn't going to like the rest of the episode and, with one exception (the one ending with "Wait!"), they all won me over. One seemed to be a better version of my life, while others showed me perspectives from people living very different lives than mine. And yet all touched on various recognizable human feelings that we all experience. It was an imperfect but fascinating journey- like Life.
  • Mar 17, 2020
    Very thoughtful and entertaining show. I appreciate how they show other non traditional relationships and bring them to light.

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