Herald Sun - Switched On - - ON THE COUCH -

A lot of the time, a tele­vi­sion show or film cov­ers off the early parts of a re­la­tion­ship in a few scenes or a neat lit­tle mon­tage, re­duc­ing the ups and downs to a few min­utes of screen time.

But Love de­votes an en­tire sea­son to this story-rich chunk of time, play­ing out the awk­ward con­ver­sa­tions, the anx­ious waits for replies to texts and the clunky sex­ual ten­sion in real time.

The new Netflix se­ries, cocre­ated by com­edy supremo Judd Apa­tow, is a su­per slow mo­tion ro­man­tic com­edy that fol­lows nice guy Gus (Paul Rust) and peren­nial hot mess Mickey (Gil­lian Jacobs) af­ter their chance dawn meet­ing at a ser­vice sta­tion.

“All the episodes re­ally do con­tinue, maybe not from the ex­act mo­ment, but it’s a con­tin­u­ous story,” Apa­tow says.

“That was the in­ten­tion. So if there’s a pause be­tween two peo­ple who just met call­ing each other, for us that might be sev­eral episodes long.”

The show fea­tures Apa­tow’s sig­na­ture cyn­i­cal but hope­ful view of love: for ex­am­ple there’s a line about how mar­riage has to be more than just post­ing pic­tures on Face­book of your baby wear­ing a cute head­band.

“The hope is that we’re able to show that peo­ple are vul­ner­a­ble and have feel­ings,” Rust adds.”


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