"Love" falls into the developing "un-romantic comedy" genre, telling the non-clichéd story of characters who seem aggressively incompatible.
The main characters on the show, Mickey (Jacobs) and Gus (Rust), fluctuate between frustratingly intolerable and genuinely likable.
They feed off each other's defining qualities -- Mickey, a complacent but wild drifter, and Gus, a textbook nice guy with budding ambition -- and leave audiences wanting to shake sense into them while trying to figure out if their own relationships are equally as fucked up as the one on-screen.
Netflix ordered two seasons of “Love” right off the bat and the show was recently renewed for a third.
The first season of “Love” ends with Mickey confessing her alcohol and drug abuse problems to Gus outside of the mini-mart where they first met; season two picks up in the same spot.
In comparison to season one, season two is garnering even higher praise from critics.
Season two's tone still has the will-they-won't-they quality of the first, but as opposed to what seemed like a series of individually moving parts, we see a core group who depend on one another develop in the new season.
Prior to the release of season two, I had the chance to speak with Judd Apatow, Paul Rust and Gillian Jacobs about the creation of the show, the ever-changing perspective of millennial love and the journey of the characters.
More often than not, fans of "Love" find themselves wanting to grab Mickey and Gus by the shoulders and either scream, "Get your shit together," or, "Please just grow a set of balls," respectively.
When asked if they share these sentiments as actors, Jacobs and Rust said,
For a show called "Love," it's not the first word that comes to mind when watching the tumultuous and often self-destructive relationships play out on-screen.
In terms of the show's title, Rust told me,
While I'm confident many people in their 20s and early 30s would also describe themselves as "clueless" when it comes to love, it's important to note what makes "Love" different than other comedic, relationship-focused shows.
With the theme of millennial love so prominent in mainstream TV, I had a hard time pinpointing exactly what makes "Love" so uniquely different.
Paul Rust perfectly articulated the answer,
Judd Apatow added,
As mentioned, the show doesn't really fall into a specific genre -- it's as difficult to define as the concept it portrays. However, one of the things the show illustrates perfectly is the role of the modern female lead.
In many instances, a female lead who is wrapped up in love gets written off as weak. Speaking on Mickey and the way her interest in romance fits into feminism, Jacobs said,
Because of the raw nature of the show, it's difficult to choose a side -- by no means are Mickey and Gus a Ross and Rachel, Carrie and Mr. Big, Topanga and Cory-type couple the audience roots for.
Judd Apatow shared his thoughts on if Mickey and Gus are a couple audiences should be rooting for.
However, in an effort to dig a little deeper, I asked Judd, Gillian and Paul if they wanted to see the pair end up together.
It's obvious the cast and writers of this show are as in tune and confused with love as the rest of us, which makes for a TV show that's brilliantly reflective of every self-destructive, ambitious, narcissistic, selfless fuck-up in this generation.
Seasons one and two of "Love" are now streaming on Netflix.