Wanderlust: Season 1 Reviews

April 18, 2019
Wanderlust was written by the playwright Nick Payne, and its tone benefits from a single voice: The show certainly has funny moments, but it strives for realism most of the time.
April 17, 2019
Love is a journey, and if we're lucky, it's a long one. But Wanderlust offers a fascinating exploration of the twists and turns along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 17, 2019
Stellar performances otherwise, from [Toni] Collette and [Steven] Mackintosh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 17, 2019
[Toni] Collette makes us believe in Joy; if only [Nick] Payne had made us care.
October 30, 2018
Wanderlust is something much richer and more adult.
October 22, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 22, 2018
What the series does particularly well is catch what it feels like to be on the verge of intimacy - the pause on the doorstep, the strangeness of another person's space, the charged moment that leads to (or away from) a first kiss.
October 19, 2018
The writing, weighed down by aspirations to serious thinking about sexual desire, and fulfillment, wanders from a chipper archness-a tone that doesn't do a lot for bedroom atmospherics-to incoherence.
October 19, 2018
More than anything, Wanderlust confronts a familiar issue in a way that makes its characters relatable and oddly endearing.
October 18, 2018
In some ways, "Wanderlust" is a self-analytic over-forty fantasy. It's also a self-help soap opera espousing a practical philosophy of sex, love, and self-knowledge. Always, it's conscious of its heavy hand.
October 18, 2018
Wanderlust is worth watching solely to see the gifted and luminous Collette do her thing.
October 18, 2018
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.
October 17, 2018
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.
October 17, 2018
Writer Payne and director Snellin keep the story intimate (even when one big early twist seems more convenience than coincidence), managing a series of creative choices that bring enlightenment and surprise to a well-worn concept as each episode unfolds.
October 17, 2018
The series arrives at the underwhelming conclusion that the grass only seems greener on the other side.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 16, 2018
It's all treated with an eye toward honesty rather than shock value, and ultimately is what makes the show worth watching.
September 21, 2018
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.
September 10, 2018
To tell the truth, I found them both rather boring (although him more than her) and also found their sex life rather boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 7, 2018
Joy's whole problem is that she's been having BBC sex, and now she's there on the BBC having more of it. These are sex scenes that you know the Queen might be watching. We are not aroused.
September 6, 2018
It's all so finely calibrated that you almost don't notice the comedy but it's there on Collette's face.