Updated: Sep 21, 2018
If you aren't tuned into this show, you should be! Love Is... is a new series on OWN that chronicles the love story of a young couple in Los Angeles during the late 1990's.
The series is based on the true life love story of Hollywood power couple Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil. Between the two of them, they have written, created, produced, and directed TV shows and films
that have kept us entertained for years. These include series such as Moesha, The Jamie Foxx Show, Soul Food, Girlfriends, The Game, and Being Mary Jane.
Love Is... begins in the present day and introduces viewers to the vibrant middle-aged couple known as Nuri and Yasir. The series is told in retrospect as viewers follow the couple as they retell and relive the beginning stages of their relationship.
Nuri Summers is a young and successful writer in Hollywood, which is quite an impressive feat considering the race, gender, and age dynamics in place for writers in the entertainment industry. Her character is buoyant, light-hearted, and spontaneous. Nuri shows us the beauty of optimism and the strength of vulnerability.
Yasir Omar is a young man struggling to find his place in the world. He is intelligent, eloquent, and romantic. However, despite his great qualities, he does have a few weaknesses. In the beginning of the series he is unemployed, practically homeless, and engaged in a "situationship" with his former lover. Yasir's resilience and consistency are characteristics that are surely destined to propel him forward on his journey of personal growth.
Nuri and Yasir are not alone on their adventure of discovering what love is. Yasir and Nuri are each supported and uplifted by their friends Sean and Angela respectively. Sean offers Yasir unconventional, yet well-intended advice. Sean struggles with his own relationship woes, but that does not stop him from deeming himself fit to guide his best friend along the voyage of love. On the opposite end, Angela doubles as Nuri's co-worker and best friend. Angela, like Nuri, has found success as a writer in Hollywood. However, her personal affairs aren't as well structured as her professional ones. Angela has not had the best luck in the
game of love. However, despite her mishaps in romance, she is encouraging and supportive of the blossoming romance between Nuri and Yasir. Although skeptical in the beginning, her faith in her friend's newfound love starts to grow. Sean and Angela are both key elements to the story of Nuri and Yasir. After all, where would any of
us be without our friends?
The series has been described by critics as refreshing, with some saying Love Is... will "make you believe in love again". There is laughter, cries, joy, sorrow, passion, pain, and everything in between. You can catch the show Tuesdays on OWN at 10/9c. So go ahead and join the millions of viewers that are tuned in every week to discover what Love Is...