Modern Love, an Amazon original series, debuted this year on October 18th. This anthology follows eight different storylines in eight different episodes, each about 30 minutes long. This series is based on the “Modern Love” New York Times essay series, where people send in personal essays they wrote about their own love stories. After watching an episode, it’s refreshing to see that you watched a real person’s story. Suffice to say that Modern Love is a heartwarming series that is perfect for getting you in the holiday feeling. Although each episode is entirely different and had an effect on me in their own way, I will now rank each episode, leading up to the best one (in my opinion). Spoilers ahead!
So He Looked Like Dad. It Was Just Dinner, Right?
So this one was not your typical love story, but it looked at love in a different way. The female lead in this episode has a need to feel closer to the dad-like figure that she works with. She sees him in this light because she lacked a father figure growing up. For the majority of this episode I was cringing, and the end of it was kind of confusing, but sweet? Definitely not my favorite but unique in its own way.
Take Me as I am, Whoever I am
This episode was different because it focused on the female lead’s (Anne Hathaway!) bipolar disorder. Her disorder causes instability in her life, which is unreliable at times. I really enjoyed the end of the episode, where she finally opens up to one of her work friends, and they develop a friendship. This starts as a friendship that allows the lead to change her life for the better. This episode was more about finding yourself, so I was missing the romantic, love aspect of the show, which is why it wasn’t one of my favorites.
At the Hospital, an Interlude of Clarity
This episode started out interesting, but ended in a cute way. So two strangers are on their first-ish date, but then an accident involving a broken glass causes a trip to the emergency room (a great end to a date). Surprisingly enough, even though they barely know each other, the girl stays with the guy while he is recovering in the hospital. The whole point of this episode was that the girl was “out of his league,” which caused insecurity issues for the guy, but the girl had insecurity issues as well. The end of the episode shows that love is never superficial, which is always a good message. Ultimately not my favorite because I thought the couple didn’t have that much chemistry and the episode itself was kinda boring.
Rallying to Keep the Game Alive
Tina Fey starred in this episode, and I’m a fan of anything she’s in. This episode follows the marriage issues of a middle-aged couple, which are real issues that many couples actually have. What I really liked about this episode was that it reminded me of something my mom told me- that you and your significant couple should have a hobby that you do together to spend time with one another. After couples therapy, they find that tennis is a way to keep them together. So, yeah, I really liked this episode because it brought up some real issues and the ending was really nice.
When the Doorman Is your Main Man
This episode started off weird, but as it went on I found it adorable. You may recognize the female lead as Tracy from How I Met Your Mother (Cristin Milioti). This is a love story different from typical romantic love, but more about a caring type of love. The doorman in the episode is a little bit creepy at first, in the way that he keeps judging the female lead’s love interests, but as the episode progresses, you see that he’s the only person that’s there for the female lead. He’s there for her as she goes through her unexpected pregnancy, he’s there for her with her job issues, and he’s there for her when she just needs someone to talk to. Their caring love for each other is really cute to watch and the ending ties everything together nicely.
When Cupid Is a Prying Journalist
I loved this episode. First off, Dev Patel stars in this one, which is amazing. The episode starts out with Patel being interviewed about his success, and at the end of it, the interviewer asks him about love. The episode goes back in time and goes through his story. I loved watching his love story, as it starts out with a meet-cute and gradually progresses into a healthy relationship. Unfortunately, the relationship goes south and the pair break up. As Patel finishes up his story, the interviewer herself (Catherine Keener) reflects on her own love story, which is filled with surprising twists and turns. The ending is really cute, but melancholy at the same time, and I highly recommend that you watch this one.
Hers was a World of One
This episode was funny, relatable and hit-you-in-the-feels all at the same time. Starring Andrew Scott (or Moriariaty from BBC’s Sherlock) and Brandon Kyle Goodman, as a biracial gay couple who are trying to adopt a baby. One woman (Olivia Cooke) settles on the couple to be the parents of her child, and is kinda weird, but keeps it real. The sorta thrupple has their quirks and issues, but come together for the baby. I loved how normal their story was in today’s day and age, but still unique in its own way. This is #2 on my list, so you should all give it a try.
The Race Grows Sweeter Near Its Final Lap
This episode was a real tearjerker (I know because I cried). The couple in this episode is an older couple, also biracial (Jane Alexander and James Saito). Their respective spouses had died, and they were both living on their own. They met each other doing what they were passionate about- running. The scenes switch back and forth from their love story in the past to how Alexander is dealing with the loss of her love (*tears*). I loved how this episode reflected upon older love, and how it’s different compared to young love. This final episode in the anthology wraps up by showing short clips of the leads and couples from the previous episodes and how they’ve all progressed since their respective stories- so you will be crying by the end of it and, if you aren’t, you don’t have a heart.
In conclusion: this TV series is a must-watch for all romantics and humans in general. It’s honest and relatable and all of the stories have actually happened. Amazon did an incredible job turning essays written by real people into a watchable show. I definitely recommend it to everyone who can watch it. Throw on your fuzzy socks, sit back on the couch, turn on an episode of Modern Love, and lose yourself in these wistful little love stories.