Hotly anticipated TV series, Everything I Know About Love is here. Should you stream it? Let’s find out.
Based on best-selling memoir by 33 year old Dolly Alderton, Everything I Know About Love, is a love story but not in the way you might think. It is the story of 20-something best friends Maggie and Birdy, and the complexities and challenges of friendship in early adulthood.
Set in 2012, Maggie (Emma Appleton), Birdy (Bel Powley) and university friends Nell (Marli Siu) and Amara (Aliyah Odoffin) move into a share house in London’s Camden and a relatable typical 20s lifestyle follows – parties, questionable boy choices, too much white wine, unfulfilling jobs, depleted bank accounts and the ‘search for everything’ that so often characterises our twenties.
Sensible, insecure Birdy gets herself a dependable boyfriend which pulls her away from her wilder, harder partying best friend Maggie, who unexpectedly experiences the first loss of heartbreak via friendship rather than romance.
Dolly’s book connected with her audience by being open, honest and up front about her personal experiences, and the complex, beautiful friendships (that we believe will last forever!) that we create as we move into adulthood.
Maggie is often a questionably challenging character to love, but the series is fun, it is fairly light and it is certainly an entertaining watch, particularly if you are looking for a break from something more darker (like the sci-fi horror of the recent season of like Stranger Things).
The producers behind Bridget Jones’ Diary, and Love Actually are behind this series so that should give you a flavour of the style and feeling of this series. It is an easy watch with little controversy but enough of a feel-good factor to draw you in and make you pine for the carefree days of your youth.
There are some slightly cringey moments, Maggie’s affirmations of Birdy, some of the questionably unrealistic party scenes (would you really all go home on each other’s shoulders after a wild night out- we feel like someone vomiting in the toilet, random hook ups and lost friends looking for an elusive taxi is more likely), but there are also enough real moments to connect with.
For this watcher it is stream-worthy, but not binge-worthy, and a lovely filler between some more meatier shows.
Who will love it?
Fans of Sex and the City, Girls, and anyone nostalgic for that period of wild freedom and confusion that is your 20s will love this series.
Watch the trailer here.