When I heard that Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust were going to be starring in a new Netflix series created by Judd Apatow called Love, I was very intrigued. Netflix has had a slew of hits lately with Jessica Jones, Master of None, and Making a Murderer, so I was looking forward to diving into it's newest comedy.
Before I even started it, I had heard from some Twitter friends that it wasn't all that great. Actually, that it was pretty bad. No one liked the characters, it wasn't funny... I shouldn't even bother with it.
Surely, I thought, this was over exaggeration. Maybe it needed to find its footing, but I was certain I'd be able to slog through it.
I couldn't. I got half way through episode 2 before I called it quits. This show is just not good.
I thought long and hard about what I wanted to say about it, because I really don't like posting negative reviews. I want to tell people about things that they will LOVE, not things to avoid. But unfortunately, I just can't move in that positive direction with Love. It's not particularly funny (I can count exactly one instance that I found slightly chuckle-worthy), it's not charming, the leads are really trying with what they're given, which is just not a lot. The dialogue is stilted, nothing has a great flow. I have no issues with the characters being "unlikable", that's pretty much the name of the game for most TV shows now, but I feel like there's so little to grasp onto as it is. Both characters feel inorganic, like they're trying to fit into stereotypes and tropes to make us understand them better i.e. Gillian's character, Mickey, the angry cool chick and Paul's character, Gus, the put-upon nerd.
I really wanted to be able to say that I enjoyed this show, and it's very possible that it does improve as it goes on. However, I'm not really willing to put in the hours to find out.