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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: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  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: 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Oct 18, 2018
    80
    The seemingly put-together layers of Joy are slowly peeled away, a process mirrored by Collette, whose performance is all happy smiles and positive rhetoric until her character is forced to become truly vulnerable. ... Wanderlust is worth watching solely to see the gifted and luminous Collette do her thing. Wanderlust also makes an admirable effort to subvert gender stereotypes.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Oct 30, 2018
    70
    Collette happens to be excellent, but to enjoy her performance in full, you must accept without judgment that her character, whose true struggle is to confront grief, is named Joy. The actual writing is rarely so unsubtle, except when Payne yields the floor to earnest speechifying about carnal needs and emotional desires.
  6. Reviewed by: Tim Surette
    Oct 19, 2018
    50
    Wanderlust wants to be an insightful examination of relationships and sex, but it's never edgy enough to say anything provocative or new. Joy and Alan had decades of marriage to convince themselves to stray; you'll probably stray after just a few hours with Wanderlust.
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Nov 9, 2018
    8
    It's a good series, good performances and everything. But there is still room for improvement in a possible second season.
    Toni Collette
    It's a good series, good performances and everything. But there is still room for improvement in a possible second season.
    Toni Collette shows that she is an excellent actress, as always giving a show.
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  2. Nov 22, 2018
    1
    Starts out strong -- a good exploration of an adult dilemma with great actors -- then the last two episodes devolve into such tedious crap IStarts out strong -- a good exploration of an adult dilemma with great actors -- then the last two episodes devolve into such tedious crap I have to say don't even waste your time getting involved. I could have screamed at the snail pace as people just stood around moping or eating a cupcake in their underwear. The writer or director had no finish for this and all the drama was sucked dry even before we get to that godawful therapy episode. Really too bad this fell apart. Good topic, much potential, but ultimately a big mess. Even the great music gets shut off & we get treated to several dirges to go with the endless moping. Expand