“Modern Love” comes as excellent pain-relief for singles, incorrigible lovers and even to rekindle the hope of those souls who are in an endless search for their better halves

Amazon is considering including sugar-rush warning for diabetics on the cover of “Modern love” in the event viewers overdose through binge-viewing. And in case that wasn’t enough, we have secured a new dose of insulin for 2020 with the renewal of the series for a second season signed just a week prior to its premiere.

At this time of year when we’re all supposed to be cooing like turtle doves and sighing like besotted teens, “Modern Love” comes as excellent pain-relief for singles, incorrigible lovers and even to rekindle the hope of those souls who are in an endless search for their better halves.

Modern Love (Amazon Prime Video)

For over 15 years the New York Times published a column where they invited readers and colleagues to share their stories. With a backlog of over a hundred thousand contributions waiting to be published, this indeed is an unequivocal sign that love is one of those obsessions the world over. The good folk at Amazon know it and decided to make a series to present the eight most popular.

You might be left with that saccharine mawkish taste in your mouth after one or two, in others, you’ll feel like you’ve just chomped down into a lemon

Not all the episodes are directed by John Carney (“Begin Again”, “Once”). Even so, they all manage to maintain consistency in the dosage, and trump cards being the signing of some real heavyweight performances, including those by Anne Hathaway, Andy Garcia and Ed Sheeran, among others. Even though it might smack of ‘we’d better do something to ensure it doesn’t flop’, attractive, nonetheless.

To a certain degree, each story comes with its own particular charm and although you might be left with that saccharine mawkish taste in your mouth after one or two, in others, you’ll feel like you’ve just chomped down into a lemon. What’s keeps you hooked is precisely the fact of not knowing which you’re in for this time, which if you think about it, is exactly what happens with relationships, only here you avoid the associated risks.

It helps us remember that there are as many ways to love as there are people in the world

Some tales might appear unbelievable at first, like the story about the doorman who shares his opinions of one of his tenant’s love life – I would have told him to get lost – or the date that ends up in hospital. They’re so far removed from our day-to-day lives that they actually work and help us to accept the sentimental diversity surrounding us as something quite intimate and up close. It helps us remember that there are as many ways to love as there are people in the world. Or at least, as many as those who are willing to share their experiences.

The vast majority analyze heterosexual love, but they also treat a homosexual couple’s desire to become parents, as well as the difficulties in relating to someone who is bipolar; a role that earned Anne Hathaway a Best Actress nomination for the Television Critics Award this year, although she didn’t win the award in the end.

A love story featuring famous actors set in New York City, a formula that rarely fails

Although it might seem as if there’s no storyline linking the tales, personally I think it’s the constant search to love and be loved in any of its forms. Ultimately, it’s a love story featuring famous actors set in New York City; a formula that rarely fails. I just hope that next season will be just as addictive and that I’ll be binging on episodes in an endless loop, which unfortunately isn’t something this first season managed to achieve.

Inés Rodelgo
Passionate about writing, series and cinema and accountant by profession. Inés has been working at MEDIAPRO for 15 years