Title: Lovesick (formerly Scrotal Recall)
Fix: British Comedy, Netflix Original, Charmingly Inept Floppy-Haired Boy Who Is Unlucky In Love
A young single guy has to take an uncomfortable trip down memory lane in this offbeat, honest comedy series about sex, love, and life in your 20s. When he's diagnosed with an STD, Dylan is urged by his doctor to contact all the women he's had sex with. He decides to tackle the list alphabetically, and do it either in person or by phone, rather than just sending a postcard. Nope, it's not going to be easy--but it could be enlightening.
Dylan has chlamydia. Oops. While that can be cleared up with a few pills, the fact that he has to contact all of his sexual partners is a little messier. Ever the optimist, he decides that he will personally call or visit all of these women, and maybe it will be a good thing! Oh, Dylan.
I don’t actually recognize anyone from the show, but here are the three stars:
Johnny Flynn as Dylan
Antonia Thomas as Evie
Daniel Ings as Luke
Couch-Sharing Capability: High
You might be looking at the name and thinking it sounds ridiculous (or if you’re me, giggling every time you get to type Scrotal Recall, because boy parts are funny), but put that aside for a second. After snickering at the title for weeks, I finally decided to try the first episode. Three hours later, I had watched the entire series and found myself utterly bereft. WHERE IS THE SECOND SEASON? I NEED THE SECOND SEASON NOW.
Anyway, all this is to say that it’s ridiculously charming. Despite the premise, the humor has a great blend of high and low, and the characters are relatable. You have optimistic, floppy-haired Dylan, Luke the lothario, and Evie, their gorgeous lady best friend – the three balance each other out without touching on too many sitcom stereotypes. (Evie is still the most mature, predictably.) The supporting cast of characters is equally quirky, and although some of the ex-girlfriends come off as one-dimensional, the overall effect manages to be hilarious, awkward, and full of heart.
Recommended Level of Inebriation: Medium
A few pints will put you in prime viewing mode. (I mean, I watched it stone cold sober and loved it, but the characters drink so much that a cocktail or beer starts to look like a great idea.)
Use of Your Netflix Subscription: Recommended!
WATCH THIS SHOW. Seriously! Watch it! Each episode is only a half hour long, but it’s the Pringles of binge-watching: once you pop, you can’t stop. Since I did end up watching the entire show in one fell swoop, I can honestly say that although each episode follows a certain structure (the next girl on the list, some flashbacks, visiting her/reflecting on what happened), it never feels formulaic or trope-y. It does indeed end on a bit of a cliffhanger, too, which only adds to the need to find out what happens. Again: WHERE IS THE SECOND SEASON?!