Love on Netflix: What you need to know about the third (and final) season


The critically acclaimed series Love returns to Netflix for a third and final season on March 9.

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If you’re familiar with Love then you know that it’s a series that doesn’t pull any punches when it comes with the high times (sometimes literal) and low times of being in a relationship.

A Netflix original, Love is unabashed in its potty-mouth and content. Some moments can get a little over-the-top, but the dynamic between the characters always feels organic and genuine.

In a press release from late last year, Cindy Holland, VP of Original Programming, had this to say regarding Netflix being all out of Love:

"“Over three seasons, viewers around the world have laughed, cringed, and cried with Mickey and Gus, and we are excited to share this concluding journey with their fans.”"

What is Love?

“Baby don’t hurt me…”

Co-created by Judd Apatow, Love absolutely follows that 40-Year-Old-Virgin / Knocked Up vibe of humor he’s famously known for. It revolves around Mickey (Community’s Gillian Jacobs), a wild, unfiltered gal with substance abuse problems and Gus (Comedy Bang! Bang!’s Paul Rust), a straight-laced, socially awkward and kinda clingy guy. The two, just by circumstance, meet up and a surprising relationship blossoms.

The home base for Love is in Los Angeles and both Gus and Mickey’s jobs fall right into that La-La Land-line. Gus is an on-set tutor for a well-known child actress (Iris Apatow) while Mickey is the assistant to a famous on-air radio psychologist (Brett Gelman).

Brett Gelman as Dr. Greg Colter

Who’s been in Love?

The series itself has quite the list of guest pop-ins on screen and behind the camera. Comedy notables like David Spade, Will Sasso and Horatio Sans have all made appearances in minor roles. John Slattery of Mad Men fame and Steve Buscemi (yes, that Steve Buscemi) have shared time in the director’s chair.

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Where we last left off…

Mickey finally wants a committed relationship with Gus after a spontaneous and irrationally brief fling with her old ex Dustin (Mad Men alum Rich Sommer).  Gus, who is all but ready to start anew, adamantly agrees to the partnership. A resigned Dustin waits on Gus’s balcony to make an incognito exit as this unfolds, but not without parting words.

He tells Mickey that she’ll destroy Gus. Mickey, in return, doesn’t have the most self-assured of responses. This cliffhanger falls right into what we’re used to seeing from Love. There is always that air of uncertainty sprinkled with chaotic potential. This along with its diverse group of characters is what makes Love so humanly heartbreaking.

What can we expect?

That chaotic potential?  Considering we’re introduced to one of Gus’s old exes in the trailer (SNL’s Vanessa Bayer), it’s almost a foregone conclusion. Another lingering question is what is Mickey’s status as far her being a recovering sex-addict goes? How many of Cupid’s bows will continue to be broken because of that flaw?

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And what about Bertie, Mickey’s roommate? Played by Claudia O’Doherty, Bertie’s the heart of the series. So often we see her get overshadowed by the powder keg that is Gus & Mickey’s relationship. How is her tale going to tie up with her man-child man Randy (Mike Mitchell)?

In that previous press release, Apatow did say this:

"“I am really excited about the third season. I think it is our sweetest, funniest season and ends our story in a beautiful way.”"

All other worries will be answered come March 9.

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