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Love - S01E10

Romance . Drama . Comedy
 

Troubles keep mounting for Gus as he gets a taste of life in the writers' room. Meanwhile, a new crisis pushes Mickey to the breaking point.

 
Episode Title: The End of The Beginning
Airs: 2016-02-19 at 00:01
  • Erik Adams

    Love communicates the honesty its creators strived for, if only for the believable way it draws Gus and Mickey together across time, space, and their own insecurities. Put in the time with Love, and that time will be rewarded.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Ben Travers

    While it does struggle through a few bloated scripts and is certainly more challenging than some viewers may be ready for (without the immediate benefits of more traditional comedies), the series isn't shy of rewards for those who stick it out.

    Indiewire Full Review
  • Jeff Jensen

    If you fall for the ambition of watching the gradual, fraught bonding of these two people, then Apatow’s tendencies work to the Love’s advantage and create form that mirrors its meaning, love as a meandering, messy process.... None of this works without great acting and chemistry, and Rust and Jacobs bring both in abundance.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Rust and Jacobs are the drive shafts, though, keeping Love on all fours with characterizations that likely will keep most viewers invested.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    Apatow, Arfin, and Rust do a nice job of balancing the relationship, and of exploiting the abundant chemistry between Rust and Jacobs.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    With the aid of Jacobs' standout performance and just enough humor and insight, [Love] slowly lulls you into a state of theta-wave fascination.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    Love is a funny, winning version of the format, and the casting is spot on. Ms. Jacobs’s Mickey has a prickly melancholy, like a more naturalistic version of her Britta Perry from “Community.” Mr. Rust is well-cast to nerd-connoisseur type.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Sims

    Like other excellent half-hour dramedies about the pains of growing up and settling down (Girls, You’re the Worst), Love is at its best when it digs deeper into its protagonists’ biggest (and most repelling) flaws.

    The Atlantic Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    None of this common-themed show would work very well without the right couple at the center, and Rust and Jacobs pull it off beautifully. They have loads of chemistry in spite of their superficial differences.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    It’s a show that’s structured like a sitcom but frequently works like a low-stakes drama that just gets more emotionally expensive. After you’ve watched all 10, Love stays with you like a memory you can’t--or don’t want to--shake.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Daniel D'Addario

    With sharp, observational wit, the show takes us through the familiar process of getting to know someone.

    Time Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Even if the creators had stuck to the traditional pattern of star-crossed-lover romances, instead of turning it on its ear, Love would probably be almost as lovable as it ends up being. That’s because of great writing and great performances.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Rob Lowman

    The first few episodes of Love careen from being clever and funny to some intentionally cringeworthy moments. The challenge for the series, which has already been renewed for a second season, is to have Mickey and Gus begin to see the light. Otherwise, the show paints a humorous, if somewhat disquieting, picture of the dating scene in L.A. and is populated by some likable auxiliary characters.

    Los Angeles Daily News Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    Love doesn't reach the comic heights of You're the Worst, but it does bring the funny, much of it supplied by Claudia O'Doherty (Trainwreck) as Mickey's put-upon Australian roommate.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Margaret Lyons

    The direction is top-notch, and the show is incredibly immersive. Its awkwardness can be searing, and when its characters teeter on the edge of genuine introspection, you can see the glowing potential within the show. When it's its nastiest, poking at the worst parts of its characters' psyches, there's an addictive, sadistic glee at play. But unlike its brethren, Love doesn't feel like it has much to say.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Tim Grierson

    Later episodes get bogged down in subplots that feel like busywork meant to keep our characters apart, and perhaps there aren’t any major revelations to this show’s look at dating in your 30s. But Love’s modest, hesitant misadventures are charming in their own right. Maybe it’s not quite love, but it’s definitely like.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Isaac Feldberg

    As delightful as it is to watch Gus and Mickey learn what they love and like (and loathe) about one another, too many obstacles will feel contrived sooner rather than later. As it currently stands, though, Love‘s rambling introduction is one that most won’t mind accommodating.

    We Got This Covered Full Review
  • Dan Fienberg

    Most of Love doesn't feel new, but it's committed and if you can shake the fact that there are a dozen shows with similar moves and if you can warm up to the prickly, but probably realistic, characters, there's a lot to like, if not love.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Adam Graham

    It doesn’t follow the usual rhythms of television--Apatow puts the long in longform storytelling--but there are times when you want to tell him to just get on with it already.

    The Detroit News Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Fun comedy that takes time to warm up to.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    [Love is] a perfect example of an OK show that gets better the more of it you watch.

    Slate Full Review
  • Chris Cabin

    Ultimately, Love feels stuck between a premise that would have worked much better as an extended film, an intimate vision of a young Apatow breaking into the TV world, and the by-the-numbers structure of a sitcom with a few flashes of genuine originality.

    Collider Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    It’s all perfectly likable without being overly memorable. Too much of the comedy in Love relies on awkward sitcomish set-ups.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Perfect for binge-watching, because it takes a while for this opposites-attract relationship to move forward. [15-28 Feb 2016, p.17]

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    While it was easy enough, and mildly enjoyable, to binge through the 10 episodes (all of which were made available), having now seen this extended introduction to their story, it would be hard to muster much enthusiasm for devoting another two hours--much less five--to see where this modern tale of “When Gus Met Mickey” goes from here.

    Variety Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Netflix’s new sitcom Love is everything you expect from Judd Apatow --raunchy, rude, crass, bloated with drug jokes and sex gags and maybe more 
f-bombs than any other series­ ever.... Across 10 episodes, Love takes its time bringing its two leads together, which is just fine.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Caroline Framke

    Love's first four episodes are so overstuffed with bland filler that episodes two, three, and four could've been cut altogether, and the show could've skipped right from the pilot with "The Date" without the plot losing much importance. The show's saving grace is that the far more interesting end of season one is a promising sign for season two, which Netflix ordered months before the show even premiered.

    Vox.com Full Review