While Judd Apatow is known primarily for his comedic work in the film industry, his career initially began to blossom in television with cult favorite shows like Freaks & Geeks, The Ben Stiller Show, The Larry Sanders Show, and Undeclared. That’s not to discredit some of his feature work around the same time, but the previously mentioned titles have grown to become what defined Apatow’s career in the mid 90s/early 2000s.
Since then, the writer/director/producer has gone on to have one of the most prestigous comedic film careers of the past few decades with films like Knocked Up, Funny People, This is 40, and my personal favorite with The 40-Year Old Virgin. However, it looks like Apatow is on the verge of returning to the small screen with his new Netflix original series, Love.
The show stars Gillian Jacobs (Community) and Paul Rust (co-creator) as an unlikely pair who, from the sounds of it, somewhat stumble into a relationship with each other. The first official teaser for the series has premiered online today, as well as a new image from the series (via EW). Check them out below:
Here’s the official synopsis for Love as well:
“Created, written and executive produced by Judd Apatow, Paul Rust and Lesley Arfin, Love follows nice guy Gus (Rust) and brazen wild-child Mickey (Gillian Jacobs) as they navigate the exhilarations and humiliations of intimacy, commitment, love and other things they were hoping to avoid. Love is an unflinching, hilarious and excruciatingly honest take on modern relationships.
Brent Forrester and Dean Holland also serve as executive producers of Love.”
The series sounds like it could be similar to one of Netflix’s most recent (and best) additions as well in Aziz Ansari’s Master of None, although this could lie much more on the rom-com side of the spectrum. Jacobs is coming off of her run in Dan Harmon’s beloved, but troubled Community, and it sounds like Love could have a much higher level of success than her previous outings with the series already getting a two season order from the streaming service.
I’ve been a fan of Apatow’s for years now, and even in his projects that don’t turn out as well (*cough* This is 40 *cough*), I always manage to admire his desire to find truth through comedy, and the melancholic, albeit outrageous tone that underlies nearly every single one of his projects is what has made him stand out in the comedy field, in my opinion. If Love manages to capture that same mood, then I’m on board. Count me in.
Love will premiere on Netflix on February 19th.
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