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1[[quoteright:240:]]²²''Love'' is an American Creator/{{Netflix}} original romantic comedy-drama series that debuted in 2016 and ran for three seasons. It has a total of 34 episodes. The show was co-created by Creator/JuddApatow, Lesley Arfin, and Paul Rust. ''Love'' stars Creator/PaulRust and Creator/GillianJacobs as Gus and Mickey, and it follows their struggles as they attempt to navigate love, sex, and relationships and the fallout from all of the above.²²The series tries to present a "down-to-earth look at dating" and explore both male and female perspective on romantic relations through the characters Mickey and Gus and their often dysfunctional, destructive behaviour.²²Not to be confused with the 2011 sci-fi film ''Love'', nor the '60s psychedelic rock band of the same name.²²----²!!This work contains examples of:²²%% * AbusiveParents: [[spoiler:Marty Dobbes is a more creepy, passive-aggressive manipulative alcoholic type.]]²%% * AbhorrentAdmirer: Mickey feels this way about her boss, more pronounced in Season 2 and 3.²%% * AdamWesting: Andy Dick appears as himself.²* AsHimself: Andy Dick appears as himself.²-->'''Gus''':...and what the fuck, you're friends with Andy Dick?!²* ADayInTheLimelight: "Bertie's Birthday" is a focus episode for Bertie and Chris in Season 3. Bertie celebrates her first birthday in America. It culminates in Chris taking Bertie out to a wrestling event when he finds out that she has no big plans to commemorate and sets the groundwork for [[spoiler: the two of them eventually becoming a couple.]] Notably, Mickey only appears at the very start of the episode while Gus is completely absent.²%% * TheAlcoholic:²%% ** Mickey. She's an alcoholic, drug addict and sex/love addict.²%% ** [[spoiler: Mickey's father is a lifelong alcoholic as well.]]²* BitchInSheepsClothing: The show makes the point of how Gus' politeness is a facade for him [[PolitenessJudo getting what he wants]]. This becomes especially clear once he starts directing his movie. He finally admits to this at [[spoiler:his parents' anniversary party.]]²%% * BetaCouple:²%% ** Bertie and Randy.²%% ** Bertie and Chris in the final few episodes.²%% * BetterAsFriends: Bertie and Gus halfway through their first date.²%% * BrattyHalfPint: Arya.²* BusmansHoliday: Gus and Mickey, obviously annoyed with Randy and Bertie, propose taking a trip to Palm Springs. When Randy and Bertie invite themselves along, it's the same situation except in a much worse house and neighborhood.²* BusinessTripAdultery: While Gus is away teaching on the set of Liberty Down, Mickey and Dustin get back in touch with eachother and have a brief fling. When Gus returns, Dustin still has expectations for Mickey, and she has to jump hurdles to make sure he doesn't find out. ²%% * BreakTheCutie: Poor Bertie gets one of these in season two's "Forced Hiatus".²%% *CelebrityParadox: Discussed, and invoked. In S2E2, Gus discusses the Bruce Willis example from Friends. However, Kevin wears a Breaking Bad t-shirt in another episode, so Breaking Bad exists in this universe. Gus' brother, Ken is played by Kyle Bornheimer who also plays a character named Ken in Breaking Bad.²%% * ButtMonkey: Gus is the butt of jokes of the ''Witchita'' set.²%% * ComingOfAgeStory: Seems to be this for ''Witchita'''s main character, played by Arya.²%% * ExtremeDoormat: Gus, until he isn't, either responding with passive-aggression or a proper [[FreakOut meltdown.]]²* FriendsRentControl: Mickey is a young adult who owns a pretty nice house in Los Angeles. Justified, as she has a decent career as a manager at a radio station and has a roommate.²%% * JerkWithAHeartOfGold:²%% ** Mickey is the most obvious example.²%% ** Gus does have good intentions sometimes. The trouble is he's just not very self-aware about how controlling his excessive politeness and sycophantic tendencies can be.²%% * JewishAndNerdy: A running gag in which Gus (who is Catholic) is perceived to be Jewish.²%% * HeelFaceTurn: Gus and Mickey both start to make them in Season Two, with Mickey being sober and Gus becoming more self-aware over the dangers of constantly checking up on Mickey.²%% * ItsNotYouItsMe: [[spoiler: Mickey to Gus in the last episode of season one.]]²%% * LeavingYouToFindMyself²* ManicPixieDreamGirl: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]]. Mickey is set up as the impulsive thrill-seeker who might teach Gus to lighten up and have fun, but her behavior is portrayed as extremely self-destructive and stemming from deep insecurities.²* NiceGuy: The general theme with Gus is a subversion of this trope: He seems to have good-intentions and claims to be the more smart one and the nicer one in any relationship he has and claims he keeps doing the right thing, but his girlfriend from the first episode points out he's "fake nice" and passive-aggressive about most stuff.²* NeverWorkWithChildrenOrAnimals: In-Universe. Said almost word-for-for by one of Gus's co-workers on the set of ''Witchita'' (a ShowWithinAShow about a young witch) when they have a wolf on set. Young Arya who stars on ''Witchita'' is usually extremely over-bearing, especially for Gus who is her on-set tutor.²* OffTheWagon:²** Mickey is a recovering alcoholic and drug addict who falls off the wagon hard and ends up partying with Andy Dick.²** Subverted in one episode where Mickey orders a drink, but refuses it at the last moment.²%% * OneHeadTaller: Bertie and Randy.²%% * ReasonYouSuckSpeech: Plenty, almost the trademark of the series.²%% ** Bertie is surprisingly adept at them.²%% ** Probably the best one is the one Gus gives [[spoiler:to himself in South Dakota in front of his family.]]²%% * RecoveredAddict: Mickey oscillates between this and FunctionalAddict.²* SpoiledBrat: Deconstructed. Arya is a demanding, spoiled, lazy, and arrogant teen star. However, she's also portrayed as more responsible than her parents, and has used her status to help out Gus repeatedly on set and [[spoiler: on the film he directs]]. ²* ShowWithinAShow: ''Witchita'', a show about witches. Gus is an on-set tutor for the show and tries to become a writer. He gets a writing credit when he thinks of a storyline. He also snarks about the show and often points out its plotholes. ²* UglyGuyHotWife: Mickey is several notches and levels above Gus looks-wise. She's very attractive even when she wears shabby clothes while Gus is an average-looking guy on a good day.²%% ** A similar non-married example with Bertie and Randy.²* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: There is no on-screen resolution of [[spoiler: Mickey's infidelity in the second season, or to Gus taking his ex-fiancée to her hotel room after the wedding, despite Mickey explicitly saying not to. Word of God is that both were intentional. Mickey's infidelity was left unaddressed to contrast with other shows that show men having consequence free flings, and Gus's actions were unaddressed to show that Mickey had more faith in him than prior seasons]].²----


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