Modern Love: a cult column in the New York Times turned into a series

(New York) Love stories of all kinds, here’s the material on Modern Loveweekly column of New York Times which has become a cult and is now an Amazon series, a collection of romantic pastilles against the grain of current television.

Updated October 17, 2019

Thomas URBAN
French Media Agency

“She dumped me”: “She dumped me”. This is the title of the first column of Modern Lovein October 2004. Since then, nearly 800 stories, centered on two people who don’t always have a relationship, have followed him in the Sunday edition of New York Times.

The launch of a podcast in 2016 further increased the popularity of these short stories, written by living historians, to the point that Daniel Jones, who directs this column, says he has received between of 8,000 and 9,000 essays per year. , for 52 last published.

Now, Modern Love became a series, for the Amazon Prime platform, a new example of the diversity of New York Timesafter the hit podcast The Daily and its television counterpart, The Week.

Clearly, romanticism is honored by Modern Love The Amazon version, both with a selection of eight stories adapted for episodes posted online from Friday, and with a selection of Irish director John Carney, is a strong reference to “ nice movie »(Sing Street).

“Some Modern Love too black and they don’t want to take too many blacks ”, Daniel Jones pointed out.

Despite the complexity of some topics, such as bipolar disorder, the death of a spouse, the adoption of a homosexual couple, a ray of sunshine crossed these eight vignettes in almost half an hour.

All filmed in an idyllic New York, with spacious apartments, numerous public gardens, restaurants and intimate cafes, where many leading actors change, from Anne Hathaway to Tina Fey, by Dev Patel or Catherine Keener.


Since the advent of the golden age of series, American cable channels and even more streaming platforms have given their series a somewhat black and sarcastic overall tone, which is undoubtedly up-to-date.

Even the comedies, as it were flea bag, Veep hope The office harmful, and thus stands apart from the canons of traditional, more orderly television in history.

Modern Love seems determined to take the opposite course, even if it means confusing.

“A lot of us, I’m the first, tend to defend ourselves, because now we get a lot of things that shock us through their bad side,” actress Anne Hathaway said during a round table.

“It’s nice to have a place where you don’t have to protect yourself,” he added, while presenting the series as “a nice little anthology, not the recipe for saving humanity”.

“I hope that when people watch, they’ll do it with an open heart, because it won’t hurt,” said Cristin Milioti, who plays a woman who was harassed by her concierge.

“Sometimes people come to things thinking: is it deep enough?”, Said Gary Carr, who gave the answer to Anne Hathaway. “But sometimes you need to escape, something invigorating.»

“Romanticism is a fun thing,” says Anne Hathaway, “because some people are allergic to it while others find it good and accept it for what it is. »

However, Modern Love stays its time with its distribution open to diversity and its ability to resolve, albeit mildly, some major societal issues.

“I’m a gay black man and I feel like I’ve seen the same kind of stories forever,” argues Brandon Kyle Goodman, whose episode aroused a homosexual couple who wanted to adopt a woman’s child. homeless. “This series and this episode is exciting because it’s a different vision.»

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