Netflix has announced a new original TV show called Love, an "excruciatingly honest" look at modern relationships co-created by Judd Apatow, Paul Rust and Lesley Arfin.
The show may prove to be a not particularly 'romantic' comedy, given the bleakness of Apatow's recent relationship-based movie This Is 40 and the fresh take on intimacy he helped Lena Dunham hone in Girls.
Love follows Gus (Paul Rust from I Love You, Inglourious Basterds) and Mickey (Gillian Jacobs from Community) "as they navigate the exhilarations and humiliations of intimacy, commitment, and other things they were hoping to avoid."
As is the bold, chest-beating Netflix way, the streaming service has already made a two season commitment to Love, with the first 10 episodes to debut in 2016 and another 12 coming the following year.
26 Netflix shows you need to watch
26 Netflix shows you need to watch
1/6 Breaking Bad / Talking Bad
If 37 of your friends haven't convinced you to watch this masterpiece by now, I'm not going to be able to. If not the best TV series of all time then certainly the most entertaining, Breaking Bad tells the story of a cancer-stricken chemistry teacher who throws his hand in and decides to cook crystal meth instead. If you're a devout fan and missing the series, its sister discussion show Talking Bad is also on Netflix and may be worth checking out, if just to reminisce on the weekly theorising that gripped us.
2/6 Orange is the New Black
Taylor Schilling plays a middle class woman who is forced to trade her comfortable New York apartment and Mad Men boxsets for a tough, tyrannically-run women's prison, but it’s the supporting cast you'll stick around for. As well as being very funny, OITNB packs an emotional punch as you learn how the rest of the Litchfield inmates came to be incarcerated, challenging your preconceptions of them. Season 1 is up now, and season 2 is right around the corner (arrives 6 June).
3/6 Trailer Park Boys
A seven season micro-budget mockumentary might sound like hard work, but actually you'll find yourself chomping your way through this hidden gem in no time. It centres on the recidivists and down and outs of a Canadian trailer park, whose daily struggles include scraping enough money together to buy smokes, repelling cats who piss on their weed plants and trying not to pass out drunk in the street. You'll instantly feel bonded to protagonists Julian and Ricky, while their neighbour Bubbles is comedy gold. Each episode is only 20 minutes, get binging.
4/6 Louie (US only)
Start by watching Louis C.K's stand-up Live at the Beacon Theater (also on Netflix) then plough on into this series. It sees the comedian play a semi-autobiographical version of himself gigging, raising his two kids and trying to cope with the world of dating far later in life than he expected to. It doesn't pack a high laughs-per-minute ratio, but that's not really what he's going for in this series. It's more Woody Allen territory really (indeed he went on to star in Blue Jasmine last year), and has a surprising emotional depth. Season 2 is shaky, but worth sticking through for season 3 which is brilliant and incredibly thoughtful.
5/6 House of Cards
For too long US political dramas were all flags slowly unfurling in the wind to bugle calls and overblown final-hour speeches, but this Netflix original takes a much dimmer view of Washington. Kevin Spacey plays conniving congressman Frank Underwood, who will walk over anyone's dead body (maybe literally?) to get into power. Season 2 is even better than the first and watching it is like sitting down to eat a 16oz steak, so dense is the political plotting.
6/6 Arrested Development
Living in a pre-fab show house with his shallow, avaricious family, Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) is surrounded by fakery. When patriarch George goes to prison Michael must take charge of the family business, which turns out to be something of a poisoned chalice. Very funny and very innovative, though the latest season, a half-Netflix original, may be too meta and ambitious for its own good.
"I am so excited to get to work with Paul and Lesley on this project," said Apatow, echoing the sentiments of many shorwrunners who have worked with the company as he added: "Netflix has been supportive in ways I couldn’t create in my wildest fever dreams."
"Judd Apatow has a unique comic voice that manages to be delightful, insightful, and shockingly frank – often at the same time," said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. "Together with Paul and Lesley, he’s bringing a whole new level of agony and ecstasy to this modern day comedy of manners."Reuse content