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TV Review: Lovesick, Season 1

TV Review: Lovesick, Season 1

British Humor Sets Show Apart From Others


“Lovesick” is a surprisingly heartfelt series about love, friendship and chlamydia.

Set in Scotland, “Lovesick” is a Netflix original show set around three friends, Dylan (Johnny Flynn), Luke (Daniel Ings) and Evie (Antonia Thomas). At the start of the series, Dylan finds out he has chlamydia and must go on a hunt to track down all of his ex-partners and inform them of the bad news.

Throughout the six episodes we follow Dylan through a series of awkward encounters as he navigates his way through his list of ex-girlfriends. Flashback sequences detail how each girl made the list and allow us to decipher how the characters have reached their present-day situations.

Although the show gets off to a slow start, stick with it and you won’t be sorry. Going in you may think the show is nothing but a light-hearted situational comedy, however over the duration of the first season you’ll discover characters you grow to care about and a story you’re truly invested in.

If you’re a fan of other Netflix original shows such as “Master of None” and “Love”, you will almost certainly enjoy “Lovesick”, as the show has a similar feel, with an added sprinkle of classic British humor. Originally aired under the title “Scrotal Recall” in the United Kingdom, its British sense of humor is what sets the show apart from the previously mentioned Netflix shows, though it may not be to everyone’s tastes.

“Lovesick” is a heartfelt show with characters you end up rooting for and become emotionally invested in throughout the series. In terms of character development and likability, Luke was the stand-out character of the first season. All three leads, but with special consideration of Luke’s character, are very well-written, coming across as three-dimensional and possessing true-to-life personal qualities and downfalls.

“Lovesick” realistically explores the grey area between love and friendship and the issues and risks that come along with moving a long-term friendship into a relationship. Additionally, the show deals with the discussion of sexually-transmitted diseases in a mature but not too serious manner, leading the way for a more open dialogue about sexual health and making the subject less taboo.

Ending on a cliff-hanger, the first season goes out with a bang, leaving you excited for the second, which is now available to stream on Netflix.

Megan Derbyshire and Aurora Harris are British filmmakers currently residing in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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