Not feeling the Valentine’s Love? Or are you and your favourite too lazy or skint to go out tonight? We’ve soldiered bravely through some of Netflix’s fine selection of romantic comedies and dramas and compiled our favourites to help you stage your own love in this evening...
Originally named Scrotal Recall (a name which, somewhat surprisingly, many found off-putting), the still punnily titled Lovesick is the tale of Dylan, played by folk musician, Johnny Flynn and his friends. On receiving a positive chlamydia diagnosis, Dylan contacts all of his former lovers to let them know they should get tested. Three enthusiastic cheers 👏 👏 👏. Each episode centres around and revisits a different encounter from his past and it gradually becomes clear why Dylan is still single. Lovesick balances a light and humorous tone with a poignant outlook as it negotiates sexual health, jealousy, relationships, friendship and death. We’ve just finished season 2 and like season 1, it finishes on a delicious cliffhanger that leaves you wanting more. Damn you, Netflix
Love is a Judd Apatow-produced joint. Which doesn’t really tell you a lot about this show cos it’s quite a different style to Apatow’s films. TV film set tutor Gus, performs a random act of kindness for chaotic Mickey in a gas station and their offbeat friendship becomes something more. Mickey and Gus are not the most obvious natural pairing and while it’s clear they’ve a huge amount of affection for each other, their mutual insecurities and differences lead to eye-gougingly awkward misunderstandings and rows. Comic relief is provided by Mickey’s Aussie flatmate, Bertie, played by stand-up comedian Claudia O’Doherty, Gus’ young actress tutee and Mickey’s creepy boss.
Master of None
We make no secret of our love for Aziz Ansari at SH:24 and reviewed his Modern Romance book, his (very well researched) take on dating and relationships last year. Master of None opens with an abruptly halted romp as the condom breaks. An Uber ride later and Dev and his hook-up are in a chemist buying Plan B (or emergency hormonal contraception/the morning after pill as we call it here). We follow Dev’s life in New York; his dates, his friendships, impromptu babysitting assignments, fledgling careers as an actor and even his relationship with his parents. It’s fair to say when Dev isn’t in love, there’s lots of love in his life. With a racially and sexually diverse cast of characters, Master of None addresses matters of race, culture and gender in a nuanced and relatable way. Season 2 is out this year, it’s been a looooong wait.
And if none of that leaves you with a warm fuzzy, hey, at least pancake day is coming up.
Mmmmmm pancakes…We’ll be doing THT’s Toss Off to raise money for their work supporting people with HIV this February - get involved: https://tossoff.tht.org.uk/