Love (TV series)

Genre Romantic comedy
Created by
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 26–45 minutes
Production company(s) Apatow Productions
Legendary Television
Distributor Netflix
Original network Netflix
Original release February 19, 2016 (2016-02-19) – present
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Love is an American romantic comedy web television series created by Judd Apatow, Paul Rust, and Lesley Arfin. This show stars Gillian Jacobs and Rust. Netflix has ordered two seasons of the show. The first 10-episode season was made available on February 19, 2016,[1][2] and a 12-episode second season will premiere in 2017.[3]

The series is a "down-to-earth look at dating," exploring male and female perspectives on romantic relationships through the characters Mickey and Gus, played by Jacobs and Rust respectively.[4]




Season 1 (2016)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"It Begins"Dean HollandJudd Apatow & Lesley Arfin & Paul RustFebruary 19, 2016 (2016-02-19)
Gus (Paul Rust), an on-set tutor, is in a long-term relationship with Natalie (Milana Vayntrub). Gus angrily breaks up with Natalie when she reveals that she cheated on him and says he's not nice, just "fake nice". Mickey (Gillian Jacobs), a program manager at a satellite radio station, is in an on-again, off-again relationship with a cocaine addict, Eric (Kyle Kinane). Gus gets involved in a threesome and freaks out when he finds out that the girls are sisters. Mickey gets a call from Eric and decides to meet him at what she assumes will be a bar, only to find out that it is a spiritual meeting called Bliss House. The next morning, Gus meets Mickey at a store and offers to pay for her coffee because she's not carrying a wallet.
2"One Long Day"Dean HollandLesley Arfin & Paul Rust & Brent ForresterFebruary 19, 2016 (2016-02-19)
Mickey offers to pay back Gus for her coffee and cigarettes. Mickey's new roommate Bertie (Claudia O'Doherty) moves in with her. Mickey realizes that she dropped her wallet at Bliss House and offers to drive Gus back home. They have breakfast together and smoke weed. While intoxicated, Gus mistakenly mentions Natalie's address as his address, and confrontation ensues when they reach Natalie's place. Having collected his boxes from her place, Gus throws out all of his Blu-rays on the way back home.
3"Tested"John SlatteryJudd Apatow & Paul RustFebruary 19, 2016 (2016-02-19)
Gus struggles with his tutee, Arya (Iris Apatow), a young actress under a lot of pressure. Faced with losing his job if she fails her test, he ends up cheating and doing it for her. Meanwhile, Mickey also has trouble with work, and decides she has to sleep with her creepy boss Dr. Greg (Brett Gelman) if she doesn't want to get fired. However, she soon realises she misjudged Dr. Greg.
4"Party in the Hills"John SlatteryAlexandra RushfieldFebruary 19, 2016 (2016-02-19)
Gus is thrilled when Mickey invites him to a party, hoping to make a move on her. However, she is extremely late, and quickly blows him off when she discovers that two of her ex-boyfriends are present. While Gus makes friends elsewhere, Mickey struggles when looking at her past mistakes, and proceeds to make some bad drunk decisions. Gus quickly comes running to her rescue, but instead of seeing him as her hero, Mickey suggests that he should date Bertie.
5"The Date"Maggie CareyJudd Apatow & Paul RustFebruary 19, 2016 (2016-02-19)
Gus ends up on a date with Mickey's roommate Bertie and it does not go well. It's stilted and awkward until too much information is inadvertently shared. Gus stands up for himself with unexpected results. Mickey copes with starting over with her sobriety.
6"Andy"Joe SwanbergDave KingFebruary 19, 2016 (2016-02-19)
Mickey and Gus are planning a late-night date, and Gus is walking on a cloud. Mickey starts to have second thoughts because of her horrible past experiences. Dr. Colter is concerned about the quality of callers into the show. He wants better calls so he convinces Mickey to be a fake caller. She starts a call and ends up putting her personal life into her assumed identity. Dr. Colter realizes what's going on and advises her to cut and run because she's incapable of having real relationships due to her addiction problems. After a very long night filled with miscommunication - and an odd meet-up with Andy Dick - Mickey and Gus agree to have a real date.
7"Magic"Steve BuscemiLesley ArfinFebruary 19, 2016 (2016-02-19)
Gus sets out to dazzle Mickey on their first real date, but the night doesn't go quite as planned.
8"Closing Title Song"Michael ShowalterAli WallerFebruary 19, 2016 (2016-02-19)
As Mickey frets over the fallout from their date, a new guest shakes things up at Gus's movie night jam session.
9"The Table Read"Dean HollandBrent ForresterFebruary 19, 2016 (2016-02-19)
Gus gets an exciting opportunity at work, but a surprise visit from Mickey sends the day spiraling in a different direction.
10"The End of the Beginning"Dean HollandJudd Apatow & Lesley Arfin & Paul RustFebruary 19, 2016 (2016-02-19)
Troubles keep mounting for Gus as he gets to experience life in the writers' room. Meanwhile, a new crisis pushes Mickey to a breaking point.

Season 2

A second season of 12 episodes was commissioned when the series was greenlit, slated to premiere in 2017.[3]


Love received positive reviews from critics, with particular praise aimed for the cast.[5][6][7] On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes the series holds a rating of 87%, based on 39 reviews, with an average rating of 7.1/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Judd Apatow's Love is an honest look at building a relationship, helped along by its two appealing leads."[8] On Metacritic the series has an average score of 72 out of 100, based on 27 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[9]

The Hollywood Reporter and Variety review the show positively but comment the length of the episodes (up to 40 minutes) and the familiar premise do not always work in the show's favor.[7] Daniel Fienberg at The Hollywood Reporter observes, "It's a variation on a common theme, but it's also squirmingly effective, fitfully funny and carried by a great, uncompromising performance from Gillian Jacobs...If you can warm up to the prickly, but probably realistic, characters, there's a lot to like, if not love."[6] Alan Sepinwall of Hitfix reviewed it positively and said, "I can see all those issues, and more. I just don't care. When you feel it — as I very quickly did with Love — nothing else matters."[10]

The show sparked criticism for including Andy Dick in the cast, who has been accused on several occasions of sexual assault, following Apatow's heated criticism of Bill Cosby in the media.[11][12] The series has also been criticized for perpetuating the supposed "attractiveness gap" 'trope' of the “ugly guy” getting the “hot woman.”[13]


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  2. Petski, Denise (4 January 2016). "Judd Apatow Netflix Comedy Series 'Love' Gets Premiere Date — First-Look Teaser". Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  3. 1 2 Littleton, Cynthia (16 September 2014). "Netflix Recruits Judd Apatow, Handing 2-Season Order to Lesley Arfin Comedy 'Love'".
  4. Carlson, Jay (31 July 2015). "A Synopsis and Very Early Look at the Judd Apatow Created Netflix Original Series 'Love' Starring Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust.".
  5. McLaughlin, Katherine (12 February 2016). "TV Review: Love, Netflix." The List ( Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  6. 1 2 Fienberg, Daniel (14 February 2016). "'Love': TV Review." The Hollywood Reporter ( Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  7. 1 2 Lowery, Brian (8 February 2016). "TV Review: Love." Retrieved 11 February 2016.
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  9. "Love – Season 1 reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  10. Sepinwall, Alan (16 February 2016). "Review: Gillian Jacobs Finds 'Love' In Netflix's New Judd Apatow Comedy". Hitfix.
  11. "Judd Apatow has been vocal against Bill Cosby. So why did he let an accused sexual offender on his new Netflix show?". Vox. Retrieved 2016-02-27.
  12. Williams, Mary Elizabeth. "Judd Apatow believes in Andy Dick: The vocal critic of Bill Cosby has nothing but "Love" for his old friend Andy". Salon. Retrieved 2016-02-27.
  13. Viruet, Pilot (22 February 2016). "Love and the History of TV's Attractiveness Gap".

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