Modern Love – anthology series is a mix of Harlequin Romance and American Horror Story
Modern Love explores “love in its multitude of forms – including sexual, romantic, familial, platonic, and self love,” which are presented in eight half-hour episodes. The Amazon series, based on the New York Times column of the same name, adapts different love stories taking place in New York City.
It’s so refreshing to see such a diverse cast of characters naturally portrayed as humans, rather than being added to the story solely for their sexuality, religion, ethnicity, or gender. Each episode is like a separate short story, with different characters, actors, and plots.
Season One premiered on Amazon Prime Video October 18, 2019, and featured 8 episodes with such notable names as Tina Fey, Judd Hirsch, and Ed Sheeran. Season Two is set to premiere on August 13, 2021, with 8 new episodes.
SNAPSHOT REVIEW – SEASON TWO
“The Night Girl Finds a Day Boy” – two individuals on the opposite spectrums of life meet and try to make a go of it, despite the challenges of being complete opposites of each other.
“How Do You Remember Me?” – gay couple lead an unassuming life in a loving relationship, where one seeks excitement on the side by way of a secret relationship with another guy.
“Am I Gay or Straight? Maybe This Fun Quiz Game Will Tell Me” – high school girl questions her sexuality, and makes the first move on another girl, then has regrets, but in the end, love wins.
“A Life Plan for Two, Followed by One” – shy girl meets nerdy boy, where he enjoys the great friendship they have, while she wants more out of it. Interesting twist as the story moves forward a few years with same characters, but older actors.
“In the Waiting Room of Estranged Spouses” – two couples are entangled when one spouse has an affair with the other’s spouse, and the two jilted ex’s accidentally meet while going to the same therapist, and eventually begin a romantic friendship.
“Strangers on a (Dublin) Train” – two strangers randomly meet on a train on March 13, 2020, as they head to their respective lockdown destinations, making a promise to meet up at the train station in two weeks, without exchanging contact details. Will they meet again?
“On a Serpentine Road, With the Top Down” – woman has flashbacks to her deceased husband every time she drives the car he purchased when they were dating in college.
“A Second Embrace, With Hearts and Eyes Open” – separated couple with two kids, rekindle their relationship one night. Then, when one gets a medical condition, the pair decide to renew their vows and start again.
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