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Thanks to anthology format, it’s easy to fall into ‘Modern Love’

Anne Hathaway and Gary Carr in season one of Amazon's "Modern Love."
Anne Hathaway and Gary Carr in season one of Amazon's "Modern Love."Christopher Saunders/Amazon Studios

I was a fan of the first season of Amazon’s “Modern Love,” the series based on the New York Times column of the same name. Like most anthology shows, including my beloved “The Twilight Zone,” it’s a little uneven, but overall it was a pleasure. If you’re looking for some easy summer viewing, try it.

But of course in this case you don’t need to catch up with season one in order to watch season two, which premieres on Aug. 13. The eight new episodes, like the eight old ones, will feature casts of familiar stars, including some of my favorites such as Tobias Menzies, Sophie Okonedo, Minnie Driver, Kit Harington, Garrett Hedlund, Aparna Nancherla, Anna Paquin, and Miranda Richardson.


The new season will be international, with three episodes set in Ireland (the other five take place in New York). The stories range from one about a widowed doctor who can’t let go of her first husband or his car to one in which a soldier returns from Afghanistan to face the breakup of his marriage.

Matthew Gilbert can be reached at matthew.gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.