Modern Love stars Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, Dev Patel, Catherine Keener, Andrew Scott, John Slattery and more

By Eric Todisco
October 21, 2019 02:41 PM
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Move over This Is Us, there’s a new TV series clearing out the tissue aisle.

Modern Love, which streams on Amazon Prime and stars Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, Dev Patel, Catherine Keener, Andrew Scott and John Slattery, has become an instant hit after just three days of streaming — and Twitter is in tears over it.

Created by John Carney, the anthology series contains eight 30-minute, unconnected episodes based on The New York Times‘ weekly column that features personal essays about love penned by New York residents.

Since the show began streaming all eight episodes on Friday, viewers can’t get enough of the emotional rollercoaster that is Modern Love.

Credit: Christopher Saunders/Amazon Studios

“I’m seriously only watching #ModernLove for the Andrew Scott episode.,” wrote one Twitter user. “But I’m on episode 2 now and already bawling my eyes out.I’m a sappy sap and this show is exactly what I need today.”

Fans specifically praised Hathaway’s performance as Lexi, a woman who struggles with bipolar disorder during the third episode, “Take Me as I Am, Whoever I Am.”

Carney, who directed and wrote the Oscar-winning romantic drama film Once, told The Hollywood Reporter on Friday that he stumbled upon the NYT‘s popular column years ago when making a film.

“I used to read the column because I couldn’t concentrate on anything else — when you’re making a film it’s hard to read about anything important in the world, no gloomy headlines,” he said. “‘Modern Love’ was the perfect espresso in the morning — a quick, five-minute read.”

Dev Patel and Catherine Keener
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The director, who also helped write most of the episodes, looked through the collection of essays to find emotional stories that would touch the viewers of his adaption.

“All I really thought to myself was, ‘Pick ones that you feel connected to; try to avoid the ones you think are cute or maybe I could make a conventional TV show out of them — pick the ones that spoke to you because of something your mother once said to you or because of a theme that happened to you,'” Carney explained. “Personally, two of the stories for me are about having babies, which we had just done for the first time and that was very fresh in my life.”

Shea Whigham and Julia Garner
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He also said that the original writers were paid for the show to use their stories, but were not involved in the creative process. However, they were shown the final episodes to give their approval.

The series also stars Brandon Victor Dixon, Julia Garner, Shea Whigham, Garry Carr, Cristin Milioti, and Olivia Cooke.

Modern Love is streaming now on Amazon Prime.