Critic Consensus: Toni Collette creates comedy between the sheets in this unlikely sex-drama from acclaimed playwright Nick Payne for the BBC.
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Of the pleasures of Wanderlust -- and there are many -- the purest is watching Mackintosh and Collette dig into the many complexities that emerge from this premise.
Wanderlust lists the definition of its title underneath the title card in every episode -- "strong longing for, or an impulse toward wandering" -- but it is never lost. Not with Collette at the wheel.
Even though the general arc of it all is light-on for surprises there's a real tenderness to it, along with some delightful, well-judged performances from a fine little cast.
It's almost a romp, as we follow the sexual and emotional arcs of each character on the show, including his coworkers and her clients. Light, but meaningful, the show looks into the complicated interplay between intimacy and sex.
If married, middle-aged people want insights into their own sex lives, or lack of them, they don't have to have them explained - or "youthsplained" - by people in their early thirties, who, one hopes, have the truth ahead of them.
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