Love Life (American TV series)
2020 American romantic comedy anthology streaming television series
Love Life is an American romantic comedyanthologystreaming television series created by Sam Boyd that premiered on the HBO Max streaming service for its launch on May 27, 2020. In June 2020, the series was renewed for a second season which is set to premiere on October 28, 2021.
An anthology series that follows a different person each season from their first romance until their last romance.
The series is narrated by Lesley Manville (season 1) and Keith David (season 2).
On May 23, 2019, it was announced that WarnerMedia had ordered a romantic comedy anthology straight to series with the first season consisting of ten episodes for HBO Max. The series was created by Sam Boyd who was also expected to executive produce alongside Anna Kendrick, Paul Feig, Jessie Henderson, and Bridget Bedard. The pilot was also written and directed by Sam Boyd. Production companies involved with the series were slated to consist of Lionsgate Television and Feigco Entertainment. On June 11, 2020, HBO Max renewed the series for a second season.Janet Hubert, Jordan Rock, and Maya Kazan joined the second season as executive producers.
Alongside the initial series announcement, Anna Kendrick was also cast in a lead role. On August 13, 2019, it was reported that Zoë Chao, Sasha Compère and Peter Vack joined the cast in starring roles, with Scoot McNairy joining in a recurring role. On November 5, 2020, William Jackson Harper was cast to headline the second season with Kendrick set to reprise her role of Darby as a guest. On May 3, 2021, it was announced that Jessica Williams and Chris Powell joined the main cast. On July 20, 2021, Punkie Johnson was cast in a starring role while Leslie Bibb, John Earl Jelks, and Arian Moayed were cast in recurring roles for the second season. Kimberly Elise, Ego Nwodim, and Blair Underwood also joined the cast as guest stars for the second season. The following month, Keith David was cast in the role of the season's narrator while Steven Boyer joined the cast in a recurring role.
Filming had begun by August 2019 in Queens, New York. The final scene of the finale was filmed on March 12, 2020, and production was forced to shut down the next day because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While several more days of filming pick-ups had been planned, they were able to complete the season without those additional shots.
The series premiered on May 27, 2020, on HBO Max. In Australia, the series was released on May 27, 2020, on Stan, and public broadcaster BBC acquired television broadcast rights in the United Kingdom (where the series started airing on the broadcaster's main BBC One channel) to the series on September 10, 2020. The series is streaming on Lionsgate Play in India. In the United States, the series was aired on TBS on August 22, 2021. The second season is scheduled to debut on October 28, 2021, with the first three episodes available immediately, follow by three episodes on November 4, and the final four episodes on November 11.
On Rotten Tomatoes it has approval rating of 64% based on reviews from 47 critics, with an average rating of 5.84/10. The site's critics consensus reads: "Love Life first season breezes by on Anna Kendrick's charms, but those looking for a real connection may find its featherweight familiarness frustrating." On Metacritic it has a weighted average score of 54 out of 100 based on reviews from 22 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
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Love Life premiered on BBC iPlayer recently, and it seems that viewers are slowly discovering the new series starring Anna Kendrick as the unlucky-in-love heroine, Darby. So what do people think about the new show - and is it worth your time? Find out here...
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According to Twitter, the show has been a total hit, and is the perfect comfort watching. One person wrote: "Curious to know where people are finding joy at the moment? I for one highly recommend #lovelife with Anna Kendrick on iPlayer for total escapism from current woes."
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Another added: "Just finished #lovelife, that was fantastic. No spoilers, but I really loved the development of Darby and Augie's relationship and the end just made me so happy. was a very realistic and well-told and written story, and Anna Kendrick is always amazing." A third person tweeted: "If you haven’t watched #lovelife on @BBCiPlayer then you simply must because @AnnaKendrick47 and that cast are STELLAR."
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Another fan took issue with just one element of the show, writing: "Really enjoyed #LoveLife on @BBCiPlayer. It’s sweet and sad and Anna Kendrick is great in it, but I call [rubbish] on the storyline where they get a baby to sleep for 5 hours straight by sleep training for one night (I’m just bitter)."
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The official synopsis for the new ten-part series reads: "Love Life is about the journey from first love to last love, and how the people we're with along the way make us into who we are when we finally end up with someone forever.
Anna Kendrick plays Darby
"This fresh take on a romantic comedy follows a different protagonist’s quest for love each season, with each half-hour episode telling the story of one of their relationships. Anna Kendrick stars in the first season along with Zoë Chao, Peter Vack, and Sasha Compere."
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Love Life review – light romcom glides by on Anna Kendrick's charms
Ever since her fierce, funny and, well, pitch perfect turn in Pitch Perfect, I have known that I would trust Anna Kendrick with my life. And by life, I mean entertainment. Two things that are rapidly becoming synonymous. And now, just when I need her most, up she pops in her first major television outing obviating even the need to rent a movie (or, of course, go to the cinema – on which glorious endeavour, as with all golden memories of the Before Times, the less we dwell the better).
In the 10 half-hour episodes of Love Life – created and written by Sam Boyd – Kendrick (who also executive produced) stars as Darby Carter, whose millennial misadventures in both the love and the life we follow at the rate of roughly one per instalment, moves through New York and her post-grad 20s and on into her 30s. So the opening episode has her in 2012 hoping for the kind of relationship in which, as narrator Lesley Manville – yes, our Lesley Manville! – explains in voiceover, you don’t have to change into a new outfit to meet up. “You just wear what you’re wearing because you are who you are.”
She meets Augie Jeong (Jin Ha from Devs) at a party and after the obligatory (in art as in life) torturous wait for him to text, they start to date and spend an idyllic few months falling and being in love. Then he gets a huge job opportunity and leaves for Washington DC, leaving the lightly posed Question of the Week – is it better to have loved and lost to professional ambition than never to have loved at all? (The answer, at Darby’s 25, by the way, is yes. That’s me telling you that, not the show.) The next episode has her going out with her divorced older boss (“I’m not a creeper. I didn’t have you picked out or anything”) and coming a cropper at his father’s wake, the next a one-night stand with a man more vulnerable than he appears to be, and so on through all the basic dilemmas and intrigues one encounters while you’re trying on different personalities, deciding which one you are and who else’s best compliments your psychical wardrobe.
As you can probably tell from the above summary, there is nothing very deep or challenging in Love Life. It is a light, slight thing – charmingly held together by the chemistry between Kendrick and the actors playing her roommates and best friends, particularly Zoe Chao, whose long-term relationship with her boyfriend provides a secondary storyline as the series progresses. It has the kind of comic writing so good it makes even the hardest dialogue to pull off – fleet, authentic-sounding, genuinely funny banter between friends and lovers – seem effortless.
It is perhaps for those very reasons, however, that it seems an odd choice as the inaugural offering from its originating host, the new streaming service HBO Max. HBO is the home of “prestige TV”, whose most famous slogan is “It’s not TV. It’s HBO”. So you would expect a Max’d version of the network that gave us Curb Your Enthusiasm, Westworld, Sex and the City, Oz, Six Feet Under, The Wire and The Sopranos to want to come out of the starting gate with something a little more overtly impressive and complex than this brilliantly skilful but insubstantial offering.
Fortunately, that’s not something we have to worry about too much on this side of the pond. The BBC picked it up, plonked the whole thing on iPlayer, and is airing the episodes week by week on Wednesdays on BBC One, where we can enjoy it purely on its own terms. Which are not perfect, for sure. Even if you allow for the fact that a romcom – whether constituted as a 90-minute film or as a 10-part series – is never going to pass the Bechdel test, you could still legitimately ask for a little more development of its lead character and certainly of its supporting, recurring ones.
The format, the writing and acting talent on display could all bear more weight without crushing its romantic, retro – or retro-romantic – spirit. It is designed and planned as an anthology series with a new love-seeking protagonist each time and it will be interesting to see, if it goes to a second series, if all that potential for nuance and additional perspective and stories remains unexplored. It’s perhaps worth remembering that Sex and the City, which Love Life undoubtedly counts as one of its ancient ancestors, became markedly more of an ensemble piece and markedly more complex and rewarding after its initial outing.
I could happily binge the entirety of this baby SATC exactly as is. It is the perfect balm for troubled times. But I equally happily look forward to what could come next.
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And, although I enjoyed the first couple of episodes of Katherine Ryan’s The Duchess, a series that dissects the issues around 30-something women’s fertility rates isn’t what I need right now.
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When a fellow single friend in lockdown recommended Love Life, starring Anna Kendrick, I was sceptical.
Don’t get me wrong, I love a romantic comedy. But after months of revaluating my own dating life during such a stressful time, I’m cautious about watching any neatly packaged fictional romances play out in front of my eyes right now. I’m trying, but struggling, not to let the pandemic exacerbate any feelings of fear and doubt over my single status. I don’t want a 90s Hugh Grant film to further complicate things.
However, I trusted my pal’s judgment. She has endured daily seven-minute-long voicenotes about bizarre dates, relationship regrets and bad men, after all. She knows the score.
After bingeing the first seven episodes of Love Life, what I’ve seen so far has actually left me feeling more reassured and seen than most other things I’ve watched this year.
The HBO 10-part series, which is now available to watch on BBC iPlayer, is billed as being a “journey from first love to last love, and how the people we’re with along the way make us into who we are when we finally end up with someone forever”. Each episode explores a relationship, one-night stand and romantic encounter that leads Derby to her present life.
It actually sounds like exactly the kind of thing I don’t want to watch, right?
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But it’s just so… realistic and relatable.
There’s the episode where Darby feels inferior around her older, more successful and financially secure boyfriend. And the scene where, during a dry patch, Darby can’t even rely on her trusty vibrator for an orgasm.
Then there’s the weirdo she has a one night stand with to regain a sense of control. And, in a flashback during Darby’s therapy session, we see how her first love affected the rest of her romantic life.
In an especially poignant episode, Darby reassesses the most important relationship in her life: the one she has with her mum. She also realises she married a man who is awful to her because she, wrongly, thinks marriage is the thing that will make her truly feel loveable.
Throughout all this, she navigates it with honest, judgment-free conversations with her best friends – just like we all do.
Of course, it’s not perfect (I’m fed up of these narratives being told by women who went to private school and can afford to live in a swish New York apartment on their own by the time they’re 27). It’s not groundbreaking, either. But it is everything I need.
The series doesn’t leave me feeling “optimistic” about “finding love”. It doesn’t stop any fears I have about the future or sadness I have about the past. It just makes me feel normal. It reminds me that most of us don’t have it perfect when it comes to our love lives. We all go through periods of loneliness, depression, self-doubt, and pain when it comes to dating.
We’ve all got stuff we’d rather forget. But life always goes on and gets better – pandemic or not.
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I’ve still got a few episodes to go, but even if this turns out to be another ending tied up with a bow, I know that it wasn’t neatly done. Darby will have made one heck of a mess to get there; but it’s a beautiful mess – one that I’m still making in my own life and have no intention of tidying until I really want to, on my own terms.
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