There are so many TV shows and films out there that don’t showcase the real problems and habits of those in a relationship. There is one Netflix Original in particular that we think is somewhat realistic, relatable and believable. Love (2018) has survived three seasons but has sadly come to an end. For those of you who haven’t seen the show, it focuses on the lives of two individuals who are, in many ways, the complete opposite. As you may have guessed from the title, they fall in love. The three seasons show the development of their relationship including the happy times and the teething problems in between. We’re going to discuss why we think the show deserved another season, but also why it perhaps was canceled.
What’s the show all about?
It’s a romantic comedy focused on the lives of Mickey Dobbs and Gus Cruikshank. It’s all about their journey finding each other and getting through the rocky patches in a relationship. Mickey is a cool, care-free and somewhat crude individual. Gus, on the other hand, is clingy, cringey and cryptic. Both of them have their quirks and problems – Mickey is an addict and Gus hides behind his past. However, love brings out both the best and the worst in people but it’s the unity that creates balance.
Mickey is played by Gillian Jacobs and Gus is played by Paul Rust, who created the show along with Judd Apatow and Lesley Arfin. The show also stars Claudia O’Doherty as Bertie Bauer.
Why does it deserve another season?
The truth is, it just got good. Season three unraveled so many new problems for the pair to work through. Gus was finally able to be honest with Mickey, his family and himself. They’ve gone through the ‘honeymoon phase’ of their relationship and it’s just turned into something serious – they had a low key wedding and the next stage is living together. That is something many would like to see – could they bare each other? Not to mention Bertie’s relationship too. She has only just broken up with her lazy boyfriend Randy and things have sparked with Chris.
It may not be the best series out there and it is, without a doubt, incredibly cheesy at times. However, the episodes are easy to watch and the characters are surprisingly intriguing. The show doesn’t sugarcoat anything. It focuses on the true thoughts of real people and the issues in relationships. The two main characters grow together and it’s clear that they are a good influence on each other. They’ve both lied a lot, are trying to find themselves and need someone more than they first thought. When you meet Mickey, you don’t imagine that she would go for someone as awkward as Gus. However, the more the story opens up, the more we see how damaged Gus actually is compared to Mickey. So why must it stop there? They’ve finally found a place of happiness and truth, but we’re not ready for the story to be over yet.
Why was it canceled?
Usually, shows are canceled due to poor ratings and responses. However, Love came to an end based on a mutual agreement between the creators and Netflix. Paul Rust mentioned in an interview with Decider that they all decided that it was time it came to an end. In other words, they wanted to keep it original without it becoming too boring and perhaps repetitive. This is likely to be a smart decision, much to our despair. Even we can’t deny the true quality of the show so far, so why let something so great go downhill?
On the plus side, at least they didn’t leave the show on a cliffhanger. That would have been the worst decision they could have made – imagine watching your favorite show and then it ends on the most intriguing storyline? So that’s one thing we can be grateful for. It’s great that fans can part with the show feeling humble for Gus and Mickey – it’s easy to imagine them having a smoother relationship in the future, so we’re not left in suspense or wondering who, what, when, where and why? However, it’s a shame because there could have been so much more to tell.
We’re sad to say goodbye to Love because after all – isn’t it supposed to last forever?