I just finished binge watching the second season of the Netflix original show LOVE. I’m a Judd Apatow fan and have liked a lot of his films. He writes characters that are pretty realistic, have many flaws, and are totally cringeworthy in their behavior. I think his writing is dry and funny in a lot of cases, with grit and promotes conflicting feelings. For those uninitiated, he’s written The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, This is 40 (my review here ), the box office bomb (but interesting) Funny People with Adam Sandler, and some episodes (and was executive producer) of Freaks and Geeks (great series). He also produces HBO’s Girls, which I won’t watch since Lena Dunham is an unfunny feminist cunt, but I digress.
I binge watched the first season of Love, which is about this super nerdy beta guy (Gus), and a cute woman who has major issues (Micky).
I really enjoy the show, but watching Gus is pretty cringeworthy most of the time. He is a classic co-dependent White Knight beta who really isn’t that nice. If you’ve read No More Mr Nice Guy, you’ll see he’s using his niceness as a manipulation tactic and he does some pretty fucked up and shitty things throughout the show. Micky calls him out on this shit a fair amount, but he has a tough time changing. Both main characters are really flawed and that is the engine that drives the show. Without giving too much away, Micky’s Ex comes back into the picture in Season 2 and is the prototypical Alpha on the surface, but upon further examination he’s got a lot of beta tendencies too. Once you gain perspective, you see the world a little differently.
Apatow has some scenes that are somewhat unrealistic, but does some other things really well. His supporting characters, while not seen extensively and not super well developed, still have depth and are really fun. The humor is darker, dry and sarcastic, which I enjoy, but you’re left scratching your head often as to what these two messed up people see in each other. I love it, and you could use it as a basic reference point as to the definition of a Beta dude. I recognize many of my old traits in him. There’s a scene in Season 1 Ep. 1 where he bails on sure sex, and there are scenes throughout where he misses signs of interest from other women. I’ve been there. One time, in college, I had a girl I was interested with back to my apartment, and my roommates were gone. In a total facepalm moment, even after making out, I misjudged her interest and slowplayed the situation. She slept over that night, but on the couch instead of my bed. So yeah, I get the whole nice guy shit. It sucks. But you live and learn.
Anyway, I rarely have the motivation to get through entire series of TV shows, they just require too much commitment. This was one of the rare ones that is easy to get into, is fun, cringeworthy, and gritty, and the episodes are only 30 minutes, so they come and go quickly. It scores really highly at Rotten Tomatoes too. Check it out if you want a dark rom-com with an ex-addict and a beta White Knight.