Netflix’s ‘Love’ Is As Endearing As Ever In Its Final Season [Review]

The Playlist | 3/9/2018 | Eli Fine
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Netflix is famous for withholding its viewing data, but it’s probably not a big stretch to say that “Love“ isn’t bringing in huge numbers, like say “Stranger Things.” For one thing, the Judd Apatow-produced series has quietly been on for three seasons, with very little fanfare. Which is unfortunate, because “Love” is an endearing, romantic modern sitcom that deserves better.

Over the course of the first two seasons of “Love,” Mickey and Gus (Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust) will-they-or-won’t-they’d around each other while simultaneously navigating their work lives, and, in Mickey’s case, alcoholism and sobriety. Given the series’ shortened lifespan, season three mostly dispenses with the will-they-won’t-they drama in favor of the inevitable “will they?” and the answer is, as you might expect, yes. Season three is all about how Mickey and Gus function as an official couple.

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Spoiler alert: they function well. “Love” has always been at its best when it’s just Mickey and Gus hanging out; Rust and Jacobs have all the chemistry in the world. There’s a definite Apatowian “hot girl falling in love with nerdy-looking dude” wish-fulfillment aspect to their whole relationship, and your tolerance for this show likely hinges on your tolerance for that unlikely trope (for what it’s worth, both Apatow and Rust seem to be living actual versions of that trope). But regardless as to the likelihood of their pairing, watching the show’s two romantic leads flirt as they peruse through a thrift shop, or eat a mango, or misrepresent themselves at an open house is always a joy.

Rather than contriving elaborate, sitcommy fallings-out between Mickey and Gus, this season is content to examine minor relationship conflicts that arise between our leads. However, things start to unravel towards the antepenultimate episode. Gus brings Mickey home to meet his extended family in middle America, leading to...
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