Non-Spoiler Review: 'Love' is the perfect show to restore optimism in Netflix subscribers
Finally, a solid Netflix Original in 2018. I was beginning to think it wasn’t possible.
This was a big weekend for the world’s top streaming service, as two proven television series and a Jared Leto-led crime drama all debuted on the platform within 24 hours. While the sophomore season of Jessica Jones seems to have fallen a bit short of Season 1’s success and early reviews of The Outsider are less than stellar, Love is the perfect show to restore optimism in subscribers.
The series entered its third and final season this Friday, wrapping up the unconventional love story that began in February, 2016. Staring Gillian Jacobs (Community, Don’t Think Twice) and Paul Rust – who is also one of the creators of the series alongside wife Lesley Arfin and Judd Apatow – Love is full of light-hearted laughs and moments of genuine tenderness. Both aspects land effectively.
Jacobs continues to be one of my favorites in this space and her chemistry with Paul Rust feels authentic. In fact, nothing felt forced, an important distinction when dealing in the “modern romance” genre. The charm lies in the subtleties and Apatow & Co. walk that line perfectly.
Where Master of None tends to hit you over the head with overarching themes, Love takes a much more nuanced approach to storytelling. This went a long way in driving a message home without spoon-feeding it to the audience.
It’s sad to see a good series go, but the three-season run feels like the right decision. A perfect way not to overstay your welcome with an otherwise captive audience, we’re left with a nice binge-able series that didn’t stick around long enough to become stale.
Featuring all the tropes of a Judd Apatow production – mostly for the best – Love is an astute 12-episode observation on the 2018 dating experience. It’s confusing and messy and equal parts hilarious and sad.
Kudos Judd Apatow. You made me enjoy Netflix again.
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