Modern Love season 2: When is it released? Who's in the cast? All you need to know about the love and relationships series

The acclaimed anthology series based on the relationships column of the New York Times is coming back for a second season. Find out who's starring in this 'warm hug' of a show.

By Alex Fletcher Updated: 20 July 2021 - 3.11pm

Modern Love, the anthology series featuring short stories inspired by the New York Times column of the same name, is returning for a second season.

The critically acclaimed first series was a huge hit when it first arrived on Prime Video in 2019, with its life-affirming stories and big-name cast - each episode features a new set of characters - offering viewers, according to one critic, "a warm hug".

Here is everything you need to know about Modern Love season 2, which is coming to Prime Video in 2021.

When is Modern Love season 2 released?

All episodes will launch on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, August 13th.

Minnie Driver in Modern Love season 2 Amazon Prime Video

In this season, love breaks all the rules. An old flame reignited. A test of friends vs. lovers. A night girl and her day boy. A romance with an ex's ex. A one-night stand. An impossible promise. A ghost of a lost lover. An exploration of sexuality.

The eight-part second season of the popular series Modern Love brings to life a collection of stories about relationships, connections, betrayals and revelations.

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Who is in the Modern Love season 2 cast?

Tobias Menzie and Sophie Okonedo in Modern Love season 2 Amazon Prime Video

Just like season 1, the show has an incredible cast of famous actors you will know and love.

The impressive list includes Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Deuce), Susan Blackwell (Madam Secretary), Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Lucy Boynton (Bohemian Rhapsody), Tom Burke (Mank), Zoe Chao (Love Life), Maria Dizzia (Orange is the New Black) and Academy Award nominee Minnie Driver (Cinderella).

The cast also features Dominique Fishback (Judas and the Black Messiah), Tony Award nominee Kathryn Gallagher (Jagged Little Pill), Emmy Award nominee Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Garrett Hedlund (Mudbound), Telci Huynh (God Friended Me), Tony Award winner Nikki M. James (Book of Mormon), Aparna Nancherla (Corporate), Larry Owens (High Maintenance) and Zane Pais (Room 104).

Lucy Boynton and Kit Harington in Modern Love season 2 on Amazon Prime Video Amazon Prime Video

Completing the lineup are Academy Award winner Anna Paquin (Flack), Isaac Powell (Dear Evan Hansen), Ben Rappaport (For the People), Milan Ray (Troop Zero), Jack Reynor (Midsommar), Golden Globe Award winner Miranda Richardson (Stronger), Marquis Rodriguez (When They See Us), James Scully (You S2), Zuzanna Szadkowski (Gossip Girl), Lulu Wilson (The Glorias), Don Wycherley (Wild Mountain Thyme), and Jeena Yi (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt).

The showrunner John Carney said: “With so much uncertainty in our current world, these stories bring truth and love to people everywhere and I’m so appreciative to be a part of making that happen.”

How to watch Modern Love season 2

Amazon Prime Video have revealed short descriptions of the 8 new episodes, which are all released on August 13th.

On a Serpentine Road, With the Top Down

A woman’s only remaining connection to her late husband is her vintage car but now, 30-years later, she’s confronted with the difficult choice of selling it – and saying goodbye to her old love forever. Starring Minnie Driver and Tom Burke.

Modern Love series 2: Minnie Driver on grief, Ireland and more

The Night Girl Finds a Day Boy

A woman with delayed sleep phase syndrome meets the love of her life. The catch is: he’s awake while the sun is shining and she is not. Zoë Chao and Gbenga Akinnagbe star.

Strangers on a Train

Two strangers meet on a train from Galway to Dublin in March 2020 and decide to go old school: no numbers exchanged, only a promise that they will meet up on the train two weeks later. And then a worldwide pandemic shuts down all of Ireland. Lucy Boynton and Kit Harington star.

Kit Harington on Modern Love and being 'the least comic character on TV'

A Life Plan for Two, Followed by One

The new girl in school falls in love with her best friend and is convinced that they're meant for each other... even though she can’t seem to ever get out of the 'friend zone.' Dominique Fishback and Isaac Powell star.

Am I …? Maybe this Quiz Will Tell Me

A middle-school girl questions her sexuality when she finds herself having feelings for another girl. She turns to social media quizzes for answers. Grace Edwards and Lulu Wilson star.

In the Waiting Room of Estranged Spouses

After a chance meeting in a therapist’s office, a former marine and a housewife develop an unlikely connection when they discover their respective spouses are having an affair with each other. Anna Paquin and Garrett Hedlund star.

How Do You Remember Me?

For two young men, running into each other reminds them of their first and only date together. But do they remember that night the same way? Marquis Rodriguez & Zane Pais star.

Second Embrace, With Hearts and Eyes Open

Two parents, after being divorced for several years, begin a casual fling and reignite their old flame, only for one of them to receive a life-changing medical diagnosis. Sophie Okonedo & Tobias Menzies star.

Sophie Okonedo and Tobias Menzies on their Modern Love episode

Modern Love soundtrack and trailer song

British indie legends Snow Patrol have released a new song, The Way, which is used in the trailer for season 2.

A swooning romantic epic, the track perfectly matches the joyous and emotional nature of the TV series.

Where was Modern Love season 2 filmed?

Anna Paquin and Garrett Hedlund in Modern Love season 2 on Amazon Prime Video Amazon Prime Video

The season was filmed in Albany, New York City, Schenectady and Troy, New York and in Dublin, Ireland

Showrunner John Carney is also one of the directors alongside John Crowley (Brooklyn), Marta Cunningham (Insecure), Jesse Peretz (Glow), Andrew Rannells (Black Monday) and Celine Held and Logan George (Topside).

What the reviews said about Modern Love season 1…

Paste said: “[They’ve] created a series that matches the tone of its source material; there’s a grace, a sweetness, a delightful vibrancy to these episodes.”

Decider said: “Tender, life-affirming, and the storytelling equivalent of a warm hug."

Refinery29 said: “Rather than grapple with the difficulties of modern, modern dating, the anthology is a warm blanket of Obama-era optimism.”

The Age said: “I found myself cheering each set of lovers on, hoping they could work it out. Watching it with my husband I felt a warm buzz of happiness at the end of each episode - and there aren't many shows you can say that about.”

The season 1 cast included Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, Dev Patel, John Slattery, Andy Garcia and Andrew Scott.

Watch Modern Love if you like…

This Is Us (Prime Video), Love Life (BBC iPlayer), The Romanoffs (Prime Video), Easy (Netflix)

Watch Modern Love season 1 now on Amazon Prime Video.

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