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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 19, 2018
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  • Summary: After a bicycle accident, therapist Joy Richards (Toni Collette) seeks to fix her marriage and dwindling sex life with her husband Alan (Steven Mackintosh) by proposing an unorthodox solution in this series based on Nick Payne's play of the same name.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Gwen Ihnat
    Oct 19, 2018
    91
    Love is a journey, and if we’re lucky, it’s a long one. But Wanderlust--led by Toni Collette--offers a fascinating exploration of the twists and turns along the way.
  2. Reviewed by: Allison Shoemaker
    Oct 18, 2018
    90
    Mackintosh and Collette make their characters messy, engaging, and deliciously, undeniably human, giving two incredibly strong performances in a year of new shows that skip merrily across the emotional spectrum. ... But it’s rare to achieve such heights without some truly great writing, and Wanderlust has plenty of that. Payne’s willingness to let characters be full of contradictions, and to allow them to do cruel things while remaining worthy of sympathy, makes each scene more layered than it might seem at first glance.
  3. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Oct 19, 2018
    83
    Always present, Collette invites the audience to go along with her on Joy’s little trial, and watching her react to the character’s discoveries is as gratifying as discovering them yourself. Wanderlust lists the definition of its title underneath the title card in every episode--“strong longing for, or an impulse toward wandering”--but it is never lost. Not with Collette at the wheel.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Oct 19, 2018
    75
    More than anything, Wanderlust confronts a familiar issue in a way that makes its characters relatable and oddly endearing. By accomplishing that, it becomes less about the underlying questions that Payne asks than becoming invested in the stories of the confused, mostly middle-aged folks asking them.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Oct 19, 2018
    70
    Their kids' stories, which figure into the tightly woven tapestry, are the more compelling, perhaps because they carry only a little bit of baggage.
  6. Reviewed by: Karen Han
    Oct 16, 2018
    70
    The show’s earnest approach to relationships and sex--there’s no shying away from the awkwardness of any of it--is appealing enough to counteract the way the plot falls into a much more typical (and disappointing) pattern.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Haigis
    Oct 17, 2018
    38
    It’s not clear how much has changed--only that they’re less desirable than they imagine, and that their situation is less complicated than they think. After so much drama, the series arrives at the underwhelming conclusion that the grass only seems greener on the other side.

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