I’ve been a fan of the Netflix series Love since it premiered in 2016. The show was produced by Judd Apatow, and was originally picked up for two seasons. It was renewed for a third season only a month before the second season premiered.
All of the good things I said about Season 2 are still true. This is a romantic-comedy told in 34 total episodes, about two dysfunctional people in Los Angeles who discover an unlikely love between them. Along the way, we’re introduced to a huge supporting cast, all of whom are likeable or likeably unlikeable (I’m thinking about Brett Gelman’s Dr. Greg here). This longer format allows the plot to meander and explore character more deeply than you can in a 2-hour movie, and we get to look at our main characters, Gus (Paul Rust) and Mickey (Gillian Jacobs), from every possible angle, not all of them attractive. While this remains Gus and Mickey’s story overall, the series also explores other aspects of love, as that between Mickey’s roommate Bertie (Claudia O’Doherty) and Randy (Mike Mitchell) – and then between Bertie and Chris (Chris Witaske), even before Bertie and Randy break up.
I’m not too old yet to forget my 20’s and 30’s. It was a transitional time. It’s this transition that Love also strives to capture. We see Mickey’s strained relationship with her married friends. We feel for Gus as he is constantly disrespected in his day job as an on-set teacher for young actors on the set of the fake-but-believable CW show Witchita. Both Mickey and Gus are in transition even as they are exploring their relationship with each other.
An aside: the young actress who plays Arya, Gus’s main student on the set, is actually Judd Apatow’s daughter. I didn’t know that until today. But, I digress—
We knew before this season dropped that it was the last of the series. And, while I loved the show, I’m also glad it’s ending. The story it had to tell has been told. To continue to go on would be a mistake. The only thing that could possibly happen next would be Mickey and Gus breaking up again, then getting back together again, and then—
I mean, come on. Did we even still care about Rachel and Ross by the time Friends went off the air? I can’t speak for you, but I didn’t. And I would hate to see the same plot contrivances happen with Mickey and Gus. This series ends with a wedding. It doesn’t go as planned, of course. But, it does go. It was a fitting cap to the series.
This was a good one, guys. Now that it’s over, you can easily watch the entire series.
I’m definitely going to look for future projects from Paul Rust and Gillian Jacobs, especially. I doubt any of the featured players on this show will be hurting for acting jobs.