Modern Love (TV series)

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Modern Love
Based onModern Love
by The New York Times
Written by John Carney
Directed byJohn Carney
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Trish Hofmann
Running time29-35 minutes
Production company(s)
Original network Amazon Video
Original releaseOctober 18, 2019 (2019-10-18) 
present (present)

Modern Love is an American romantic comedy anthology web television series, based on the weekly column published by The New York Times , that premiered on Amazon Video on October 18, 2019. [1] The episodes vary from 29 to 35 minutes in length. On October 24, 2019, Amazon renewed the series for a second season. [2]



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. [3] The Amazon series, based on the New York Times column of the same name, adapts different love stories taking place in New York City.



No.TitleDirected byWritten byEssay byOriginal release date [4] Prod.
1"When the Doorman Is Your Main Man" John Carney John CarneyJulie Margaret Hogben [5] October 18, 2019 (2019-10-18)MOLV 102
This episode follows Maggie (Cristin Milioti) as she navigates the dating scene in New York City. Advising her through this process is her building’s doorman, Guzmin (Laurentiu Possa). Guzmin voices his concern when he disapproves of the men Maggie brings home to the apartment. Maggie then discovers she is pregnant, but she is no longer with the father. Guzmin supports and assists her during the preparation for her baby. Maggie eventually moves to California for a job opportunity. A few years later, she brings her daughter back to New York to reconnect with Guzmin and gets his approval on her new boyfriend (Brandon Victor Dixon).
2"When Cupid Is a Prying Journalist"John CarneyJohn Carney Deborah Copaken [6] October 18, 2019 (2019-10-18)MOLV 101
Julie (Catherine Keener) interviews Joshua (Dev Patel), a young, successful founder of a new dating app. Julie, a journalist, concludes her interview with Joshua by asking if he had ever been in love. He confesses that the one time he had been in true love, he realized it too late. The episode then flashes back to his relationship with the one that got away, Emma (Caitlin McGee). Julie then recounts a failed reconnection with her first love, and tells Joshua that he must go after Emma. The episode ends in a happily-ever-after for Joshua and Emma, all thanks to the prying journalist Julie.
3"Take Me as I Am, Whoever I Am"John CarneyJohn CarneyTerri Cheney [7] October 18, 2019 (2019-10-18)MOLV 103
When Lexi (Anne Hathaway) is filling out an online dating application, she reflects on how her bipolar disorder has affected her love life in the past. She recalls her failed relationship with Jeff (Gary Carr) from the grocery store and remembers him through a series of fast conversations, song and dance, and depressive episodes. Lexi reveals it was her failure to tell Jeff about her bipolar disorder that made her realize she should be open about her mental illness and give people the opportunity to know her in both moments of highs and lows. At the end of the episode, she decides to disclose that she is bipolar on her dating profile.
4"Rallying to Keep the Game Alive" Sharon Horgan Sharon HorganAnn Leary [8] October 18, 2019 (2019-10-18)MOLV 106
This episode tells the story of Sarah (Tina Fey) and Dennis (John Slattery), a married couple with two children. It opens with the couple in counselling, deciding their marriage is over. Scenes from the previous 6 months show Sarah and Dennis working on their marriage in various ways for the sake of their children, including playing tennis (by Dennis’ own rules). Back in the present, the two leave counselling and get a meal together. Sarah finally explains her issues with Dennis’ childish and selfish behaviour, and he eventually apologizes. Viewers then see their relationship’s improvements two years later (and their tennis matches that now follow the rules).
5"At the Hospital, an Interlude of Clarity"Tom HallTom HallBrian Gittis [9] October 18, 2019 (2019-10-18)MOLV 104
Yasmine (Sofia Boutella) and Rob (John Gallagher Jr.) find themselves in the hospital before the end of their second date when Rob cuts his arm open on a martini glass. Throughout their time at the hospital, the two ask each other a series of rapid fire questions to get to know each other better. As the night goes on, the topics of the questions become more personal and intense, forcing them to become more vulnerable with each other and reveal deep truths. By the next morning when Rob is discharged from the hospital, the couple find themselves with a certain bond despite meeting not long ago.
6"So He Looked Like Dad. It Was Just Dinner, Right?" Emmy Rossum Audrey Wells Abby Sher [10] October 18, 2019 (2019-10-18)MOLV 105
Maddy (Julia Garner) begins to take an interest in an AI engineer at her work, Peter (Shea Whigham), who embodies everything she remembers about her late father and everything she would want him to be. She attempts to catch his attention at work. Soon after, he asks her to dinner at his house where they discuss the absence of her father. They begin to see each other more frequently -- he performs chores around her apartment, takes her to doctor appointments, and they spend weekends at the zoo together. When Peter tries to kiss Maddy after purchasing her a $400 coat, she gets upset as she saw him as the dad she never had, not a romantic partner. In the end, Peter informs her that he’s taking a sabbatical, that he’s proud of her, and that she is the daughter of any father’s dreams. Finally, after Peter’s encouragement, Maddy feels grown up now.
7"Hers Was a World of One"John CarneyJohn Carney Dan Savage [11] October 18, 2019 (2019-10-18)MOLV 107
The lavish couple Tobin (Andrew Scott) and Andy (Brandon Kyle Goodman) are matched with an expecting mother, Karla (Olivia Cooke), by an open adoption agency. The couple feels troubled, as Karla is both nomadic and homeless, but agree nonetheless. After the first two trimesters of Karla’s pregnancy, she moves back to New York into Tobin and Andy’s place. Tobin quickly grows fed up with Karla’s living habits and blows up at her, but they quickly make up that same night after a vulnerable discussion about their lifestyles. Later that night, Karla goes into labor and they are rushed to the hospital, where Tobin stays by her side the entire time. The bond they created allowed them all to learn from each other’s vastly different lives.
8"The Race Grows Sweeter Near Its Final Lap"Tom HallJohn Carney & Tom HallEve Pell [12] October 18, 2019 (2019-10-18)MOLV 108
This episode alternates between the past, a love story between Margot (Jane Alexander) and Kenji (James Saito), and the present, during Kenji’s funeral. Margot and Kenji are an older couple who connect over their love of running. The two decided to take their love slowly because of Kenji's difficulty in recovering from the death of his wife, who had died six years prior. Their relationship began to progress quickly after Kenji suggested they sleep together after a marathon they ran together. After the funeral, Margot decides to go for another run and passes by young couples in love, including characters from previous episodes. Margot compares herself to these young couples, considering her own age and experience with relationships.



On June 11, 2018, it was announced that Amazon had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of eight episodes. The series was set to be directed, written, and produced by John Carney. Production companies involved with the series were slated to include Storied Media Group and The New York Times . [3] [13] [14] [15] On November 26, 2018, it was reported that Emmy Rossum, Sharon Horgan, and Tom Hall would serve as additional directors for the series. Horgan and Hall also wrote the episodes they were set to direct while Rossum was expected to direct an episode written by Audrey Wells. Additionally, it was further reported that Dimitri Hoffman, Sam Dolnick, and Choire Sicha would serve as executive producers, Trish Hofmann as a producer, and Daniel Jones as a consulting producer. [16]


On November 26, 2018, it was announced that Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, Dev Patel, John Slattery, Brandon Victor Dixon, Catherine Keener, Julia Garner, Andy García, Cristin Milioti, Olivia Cooke, Andrew Scott, Shea Whigham, Gary Carr, Sofia Boutella, and John Gallagher Jr. had been cast in the first season. [16]

In April 2020, it was revealed that Jesse Eisenberg has been cast in the second season. [17]


Principal photography for the series had reportedly begun by September 18, 2018 in New York City. [18]

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