Made for Love is a television show set in the near-future, but it’s about the here and now. A woman escaping from an abusive relationship. A tech mogul with too much power and not enough humanity. A general sense of chaos and an awareness that the world is always on the verge of a total meltdown. Sometimes, all we can do is laugh through the pain and the series does just that – the tinges of horror and the big science fiction ideas are always balanced by surreal, riotous comedy and a stunning lead performance from Cristin Milioti.

I loved the first episode of Made for Love when it premiered at SXSW. And I loved the additional three episodes, which were sent to me ahead of my interview with showrunner Christina Lee, director Stephanie Laing, and writer/executive producer Alissa Nutting (who also wrote the book on which the series is based). I sat down with all three of them over Zoom to chat about the series, how it balances comedy with genre storytelling, how the cast brings their oddball characters to life, and whether or not there are already plans for a second season.

The first three episodes of Made for Love are streaming now on HBO Max. Additional episodes will arrive weekly.

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made for love trailer

Cristin Milioti is caught in a bad romance, but she’s going to run, fight, stab, and scream her way out of it, even if it’s the last thing she does. Milioti stars in Made for Love, a new HBO Max Original sci-fi comedy series, as a woman on the run from her wealthy, sociopathic partner (Billy Magnussen) who has had a chip implanted in her head that will allow their two minds to meld. Watch the official Made for Love trailer below.

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Made for Love Review

A bleak near-future where late capitalism and big tech have created a nightmarish new reality. An abused woman on the run from her powerful, wealthy, sociopathic partner. Cristin Milioti winning our hearts while enduring one insane event after another in the desert. The first episode of Made for Love invites comparisons to Black Mirror, The Invisible Man, and Palm Springs by default. That, in and of itself, is a compliment of sorts.

But the grander compliment is that Made for Love is very much its own thing, a blend of satiric science fiction, just-gnarly-enough horror, and riotous physical comedy that feels like a grand announcement. “Welcome to the TV show that’s going to be your weekly obsession for the next few months,” the episode practically declares. Fans of gonzo genre storytelling and the ever-on-the-rise Milioti (and aren’t we all her fans at this point?) should line up immediately.

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made for love trailer

If you had “Ray Romano reads a rendition of Beyoncé’s ‘Crazy in Love'” on your 2021 Bingo card, you’re in luck. Because that’s the whole gist of the Made for Love trailer — as well a the promise of Palm Springs star Cristin Milioti in another twisty sci-fi dark comedy. Watch the Made for Love trailer below.

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HBO Max shows and movies list

We’re just a few days away from the launches of both AppleTV+ and Disney+, but there is still at least one more major player waiting to enter the streaming wars after those two: HBO Max. WarnerMedia’s streaming service will debut in spring of 2020 with around 10,000 hours of content available to consume, including popular hits like Friends and The Big Bang Theory. But there are also tons of original series in development for the new service, and we’re here to round them all up in one place so you can decide if it’s going to be worth it to add yet another streaming service to your monthly budget.

The service will provide content from every branch of the WarnerMedia corporate tree, including HBO, Warner Bros., New Line, DC Entertainment, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, The CW, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, and Looney Tunes. Here’s a list of all of the HBO Max shows we know about so far (not to be confused with HBO originals, which are a whole separate thing).
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