The streaming service Netflix thinks it knows its customers as well as Jerry and George know each other on “Seinfeld.”
While looking for “Love” months ago, Netflix advised me that I might also enjoy another romantic comedy, “Lovesick.” And it was right.
British humor doesn’t always translate well across the pond. But “Lovesick” is an excellent companion piece to “Love” in that both deal with the joys, anguishes, difficulties and mysteries of modern love.
Where It Can Be Seen: Netflix
Who's in it: Johnny Flynn, Antonia Thomas, Daniel Ings, Hannah Britland, Richard Thomson, Joshua McGuire.
Typical episode length: 25-30 minutes
Number of episodes to date: 14
Brief plot description: The comedy, which premiered in England under a different, more outrageous name, has some elements of the Fox program "New Girl" and this year's NBC hit "This Is Us." Flynn, a British musician, stars as Dylan, a handsome, lovesick, caring and carefree romantic who has to find all the women he has slept with over the years to tell them he has a social disease. How many? Let's just say this show may be able to run as long as "Two and a Half Men."
He is living with a beautiful woman, Evie (Thomas), he adores and a best friend, Luke (Daniel Ings), who couldn't have a more different attitude about women. Dylan is a romantic, Luke a shallow womanizer who is afraid of showing any feelings. McGuire also is aboard as Angus, an agreeable, goofy-looking friend whose marriage to a controlling woman is doomed from the start. She snores, which might be her most endearing quality.
Why it's worth watching: "Lovesick" isn't a traditional sitcom loaded with one-liners. The comedy is much subtler and more lovable than that as long as you don't mind some occasional raunchy moments. It uses the "This Is Us" approach to storytelling in that episodes go back and forth from the past to the present to reveal how these mostly adorable characters deal with the confusion, awkwardness and joy of love.
Viewers know Dylan and Evie belong together much earlier than their characters do, which leads to the typical sitcom hope that these two friends eventually realize they love each other in the same way the characters played by Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan did in "When Harry Met Sally."