Mad Love (TV series)

Mad Love
Also known as 'True Love'
Genre Sitcom
Created by Matt Tarses
Starring Jason Biggs
Sarah Chalke
Judy Greer
Tyler Labine
Narrated by Tyler Labine
Composer(s) John Swihart
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Jamie Tarses
Matt Tarses
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Two Soups Productions
FanFare Productions
CBS Television Studios
Sony Pictures Television
Distributor CBS Television Distribution (USA)
Sony Pictures Television (non-USA)
Original network CBS
Original release February 14 – May 16, 2011 (2011-05-16)

Mad Love is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from February 14 to May 16, 2011.[1] The sitcom was planned as a mid-season replacement during the 2010–11 television season.[2]

On May 15, 2011, Mad Love was cancelled by CBS after one season.[3]


Kate, Connie, Larry, and Ben are New Yorker thirtysomethings searching for love in the city. When Kate and Ben meet and fall for each other, their friends remain cynical about the relationship. Each episode ends with some of the characters in a bar which they frequent, discussing the events of the day.

The cast describes the show as one about two couples falling in love in very different ways.

Cast and characters

Main cast and characters

Recurring cast and characters

Development and production

In September 2009, creator Matt Tarses received a new pilot commitment from CBS,[4] and the network green-lit the pilot in January 2010 under the original title True Love.[5] Initial casting announcements begin in February. Minka Kelly was the first actor cast, to play the role of Kate.[6] Ashley Austin Morris joined the cast a few days later as Connie, Kate's cousin and best friend.[7]

In March, Jason Biggs committed to the series to portray Ben.[8] Other casting announcements included Hal Williams, who signed on in early March to play Earl, who works in the observation deck of the Empire State Building where Ben and Kate meet.[9] He was expected to narrate the series, but Tyler Labine ultimately performed that function.[9] Dan Fogler and Sarah Wright were cast a week later.[10] Fogler was added to portray Larry, who is Ben's best friend, with Wright playing Tiffany, a woman who hires Connie to work as a nanny for her children.

Prior to filming the pilot, there were several casting changes.[11] At the end of March, Fogler was replaced by Tyler Labine, who was originally offered the role of Larry but turned it down.[12][13] In early April, Lizzy Caplan signed on to replace Morris as Connie.[14] The pilot episode was directed by Pamela Fryman.[9]

More casting changes were announced in June. Sarah Chalke joined the cast in the role of Kate, replacing Kelly.[11] A few days later, CBS placed a 13-episode series order.[2] The order was contingent on producers finding a replacement for Caplan, who had only agreed to guest star in the pilot.[2][15][16] Caplan described filming the Mad Love pilot as a positive experience, but decided that she preferred and wanted to look for work on shows more similar to her previous series, Party Down.[17] Judy Greer came on board in late June to portray Connie, finalizing the series cast.[15][16]


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
1"Fireworks"Pamela FrymanMatt TarsesFebruary 14, 2011 (2011-02-14)8.74[18]
Ben and Kate, two single New Yorkers, accidentally meet each other at the top of the Empire State Building and decide to make a date for later that night. Before the date Kate and Ben decide to bring their best friends, Connie and Larry to try and see if they could fall in love too, but after they meet for the first time, they instantly despise each other.
2"Friends and Other Obstacles"Scott EllisRob DesHotelFebruary 21, 2011 (2011-02-21)7.99[19]
Ben and Kate go on their first official date, but Larry and Connie keep getting in the way.
3"The Kate Gatsby"Rob SchillerAdrian WennerFebruary 28, 2011 (2011-02-28)7.90[20]
It's Kate's birthday and Ben tries to find the perfect birthday present.
4"Little Sister, Big City"Mark CendrowskiJared MillerMarch 7, 2011 (2011-03-07)7.27[21]
An overprotective Kate seems to forget that her younger sister Julia (Brittany Snow) is no longer a kid. Larry and Connie decide to be each other's wingmen.
5"To Munsch or Not to Munsch"Beth McCarthy-MillerCorey NickersonMarch 14, 2011 (2011-03-14)6.45[22]
Ben helps Connie with her nanny job in an attempt to befriend his girlfriend's best friend. Larry breaks up with women by avoiding them until they leave him, and Kate is determined to change his ways.
6"The Spy Who Loved Me"Rob SchillerJosh MalmuthMarch 21, 2011 (2011-03-21)6.53[23]
Kate spies on Ben , with the building's security cameras, when he's forced to work late nights with an ex-girlfriend, while Larry uses the cameras to track the movements of a mysterious woman.
7"Baby, You Can Drive My Car"Beth McCarthy-MillerCorey NickersonMarch 28, 2011 (2011-03-28)5.54[24]
While on a road trip to sell Ben's car, Kate accidentally crashes the car, forcing everyone to share a room for the night.
8"Paw and Order"Beth McCarthy-MillerLeila StrachanApril 11, 2011 (2011-04-11)5.48[25]
Connie dates a police officer in an attempt to get out of a traffic ticket. Kate accidentally loses her boss's dog.
9"Pub Quiz"Lee Shallat-ChemelRob SheridanApril 18, 2011 (2011-04-18)5.62[26]
Ben and Larry are forced to jump through hoops by an obnoxious client. Larry choose to participate in an annual pub quiz instead, risking both the account and his friendship with Ben.
10"The Young and The Reckless"Scott EllisRob SheridanApril 25, 2011 (2011-04-25)5.53[27]
Ben and Kate try to be more spontaneous on a day that Ben has to make an important speech. One thing leads to another and eventually Ben loses his pants, has to wear Larry's suit, and has no copy of his speech. Kate gives Ben his speech but Ben discovers that he doesn't need it. Meanwhile Connie has a book idea which does not go well. She then uses Larry's idea which allows her to come back for another interview. The episode ends with her trying to thank Larry.
11"The Secret Life of Larry"Gail MancusoPeter BeglerMay 2, 2011 (2011-05-02)5.71[28]
When Larry loses Connie's camera they go over the entire city looking for it. Connie is very mad at Larry in the beginning of the day, but soon realizes that he is not all bad.
12"Friends"Gail MancusoRob DesHotelMay 9, 2011 (2011-05-09)5.11[29]
When Tiffany decides to leave New York because of her divorce, it means Connie must find a new job.
13"After The Fireworks"Gail MancusoAdrian WennerMay 16, 2011 (2011-05-16)5.73[30]
Kate's ex-boyfriend reveals some shocking information that could put her relationship with Ben in jeopardy, and Connie and Larry's fake date takes a very real turn.


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