|Created by||Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger|
|Music by||Siddhartha Khosla & Lauren Culjak|
|Opening theme||"Somebody to Tell Me"|
by Tyler Glenn
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Running time||24–33 minutes|
|Distributor||Disney Platform Distribution|
|Original release||June 17, 2020 –|
|Preceded by||Love, Simon (2018)|
Love, Victor is an American teen comedy-drama streaming television series created by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, inspired by and set in the same world as the 2018 film Love, Simon. The series premiered on June 17, 2020, on Hulu. It is produced by 20th Television, with Aptaker and Berger serving as showrunners.
Michael Cimino stars as Victor, a teen from a half Puerto Rican, half Colombian-American family living in Atlanta, alongside George Sear, Rachel Hilson, Bebe Wood, Anthony Turpel, Isabella Ferreira, Ana Ortiz, James Martinez, Mason Gooding, and Mateo Fernandez. Nick Robinson, who starred as the titular Simon in the original film, produces and narrates the series. The second season premiered on June 11, 2021. In July 2021, the series was renewed for a third season.
The first season focuses on a new student at Creekwood High School, Victor. The series follows his journey of self-discovery: facing challenges at home and struggling with his sexual orientation. He reaches out to Simon when it seems too difficult for him to navigate through high school.
The second season deals with the aftermath of his coming out and follows Victor as he navigates through this new world with his friends, while also dealing with his relationship with Benji, which is tested multiple times, due in part to Victor's family and a new possible love interest.
Cast and characters
- Michael Cimino as Victor Salazar: A new student at Creekwood High School, struggling with his identity surrounding his sexual orientation and adjusting to a new city
- Rachel Hilson as Mia Brooks: Victor's smart friend and ex-girlfriend who has a quick wit and an easy laugh. They dated before Victor came out.
- Anthony Turpel as Felix Westen: Victor's awkward new neighbor who seeks to befriend him
- Bebe Wood as Lake Meriwether: Mia's social media–obsessed best friend
- Mason Gooding as Andrew: Creekwood's cocky and popular basketball-loving jock
- George Sear as Benji Campbell: Victor's openly gay, confident and charming classmate to whom he takes a liking
- Isabella Ferreira as Pilar Salazar: Victor's anxious younger sister troubled with her new life
- Mateo Fernandez as Adrian Salazar: Victor's little brother
- James Martinez as Armando Salazar: Victor's father, a blue-collar man who works hard for his family
- Ana Ortiz as Isabel Salazar: Victor's mother who is under a lot of pressure after a move to a new city
Nick Robinson, reprising his role as Simon Spier from Love, Simon, mostly appears via voice-over, narrating Simon's messages to Victor. Robinson appears as Simon in person in the eighth episode of the first season and the tenth episode of the second season.
- Mekhi Phifer as Harold Brooks, Mia's father
- Sophia Bush as Veronica: Mia's father's new girlfriend, who runs a non-profit organization for women
- Charlie Hall as Kieran, one of Andrew's close friends and a member of the basketball team
- AJ Carr as Teddy, another one of Andrew's close friends and also a member of the basketball team
- Lukas Gage as Derek, Benji's ex-boyfriend (season 1; guest season 2)
- Betsy Brandt as Dawn Westen, Felix's mother who suffers from mental health issues (season 2)
- Ava Capri as Lucy, Benji's friend and Andrew's ex-girlfriend (season 2)
- Anthony Keyvan as Rahim, Pilar's friend who comes from a religious Iranian Muslim family and Victor's new love interest (season 2)
- Julie Benz as Shelby, Armando's new friend and later love interest he met at a PFLAG meeting (season 2)
- Beth Littleford as Sarah, the manager of the coffee house where Victor and Benji work (seasons 1–2)
- Leslie Grossman as Georgina Meriwether, a local news host and Lake's mother (seasons 1–2)
- Abigail Killmeier as Wendy, a theater student who Felix takes as his date to the Spring Fling (seasons 1–2)
- Andy Richter as Coach Ford, the physical education teacher and varsity basketball coach (seasons 1–2)
- Will Ropp as Wyatt, one of Andrew's close friends (seasons 1–2)
- Ali Wong as Ms. Thomas, Creekwood's sex education teacher (season 1)
- Steven Heisler as Roger, Armando's former boss with whom Isabel had an affair (season 1)
- Keiynan Lonsdale as Bram Greenfeld, Simon Spier's boyfriend, reprising his role from Love, Simon (season 1)
- Katya Zamolodchikova as herself, performing at the gay club Messy Boots in NYC (season 1)
- Tommy Dorfman as Justin, Bram and Simon's roommate (season 1)
- Natasha Rothwell as Ms. Albright, vice principal at Creekwood, previously the school's drama teacher, reprising her role from Love, Simon (season 1)
- Terri Hoyos as Natalia Salazar, Victor's grandmother (season 1)
- Juan Carlos Cantu as Tito Salazar, Victor's grandfather (season 1)
- Jason Collins as himself, playing basketball with a group of gay men (season 1)
- Josh Duhamel as Jack Spier, Simon Spier's father, reprising his role from Love, Simon (season 2)
- Daniel Croix as Tyler, Mia's friend she met at a college function (season 2)
- Kevin Rahm as Mr. Campbell, Benji's father (season 2)
- Embeth Davidtz as Ms. Campbell, Benji's mother (season 2)
- Nicholas Hamilton as Charlie, an online crush of Rahim's (season 2)
- Carlie Hanson as a bandmate of Benji's
|1||10||June 17, 2020|
|2||10||June 11, 2021|
Season 1 (2020)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date||Prod.|
|1||1||"Welcome to Creekwood"||Amy York Rubin||Teleplay by : Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger||June 17, 2020||1CFG01|
|Victor and his family move from Texas to Atlanta. Victor's younger sister, Pilar, resents having to leave her old life and boyfriend behind. Victor quickly becomes friends with the unpopular Felix, who lives in the same building. At school, Victor meets the well-liked Mia and her best friend Lake and develops a crush on openly gay student Benji. Victor is invited to join the basketball team but clashes with another member of the team, Andrew, who ridicules Victor for being seemingly poor. Victor learns about Simon Spier's coming out story at Creekwood and messages him via social media, who replies that he is there for Victor if he ever needs to talk. At the Winter Carnival, Victor sees both Mia and Benji but, wanting to fit in, decides to ask Mia to ride the Ferris Wheel with him.|
|2||2||"Stoplight Party"||Jason Ensler||Brian Tanen||June 17, 2020||1CFG02|
|Victor has been catapulted into popularity after going on the Ferris Wheel with Mia, who is starting to have feelings for him. Mia and Lake plan a "stoplight" party, where students wear colors according to their relationship status. Victor begins working at a local coffee shop where Benji also works, Brasstown, in order to make money to join the basketball team. At the party, Victor struggles to fit in. Felix pines for Lake, who instead likes Andrew. At home, Pilar breaks up with her boyfriend back in Texas, while Isabel and Armando face marital problems. Victor shares a tender moment with Mia and messages Simon that he might like her.|
|3||3||"Battle of the Bands"||Pilar Boehm||Jen Braeden||June 17, 2020||1CFG03|
|Victor asks Mia out and plans to take her to a Battle of the Bands being hosted at Brasstown. Lake asks Andrew to go with her to the competition, who agrees in order to spend time with Mia. Benji and Victor bond while working together, and Victor learns that Benji will be performing at the Battle of the Bands. Worried that being around Benji will distract him from his date with Mia, Victor instead chooses to take her to an art exhibition, where they share their first kiss. Victor and Mia eventually end up catching the end of the Battle of the Bands, and Victor's crush on Benji grows after watching him perform. However, it is revealed that Benji has a boyfriend, Derek. Lake discovers that Andrew is in love with Mia. Meanwhile, Pilar helps her mother Isabel by setting up a Facebook account for her, and is shocked when a man named Roger R. sends a friend request to the new profile and starts flirting with her.|
|4||4||"The Truth Hurts"||Michael Lennox||Marcos Luevanos||June 17, 2020||1CFG04|
|Pilar, suspicious that Isabel is having an affair, is heartbroken. She shares the news with Victor, who does not believe that their mother would cheat but is persuaded into setting up a meeting up with Roger from Facebook by pretending to be Isabel. Victor sees Roger in person and is shocked to discover that he is the former boss of their father, Armando. Victor and Mia bond over Mia's sadness at the fact that her father is dating a new woman and moving on from her mother. At a basketball game, Victor confronts his parents about Isabel's affair and learns that Armando is already aware of it. Pilar and Victor are shocked to learn their family moved to Atlanta to help their parents recover from the aftermath of the affair.|
|5||5||"Sweet Sixteen"||Anne Fletcher||Sheila Lawrence||June 17, 2020||1CFG05|
|The Salazars have not been close since the confrontation the previous week, upsetting Victor. Simon warns Victor to make time for himself, while Victor shares he hopes to figure out his identity. Victor's sixteenth birthday is coming up and a party is being thrown. All of Victor's extended family and friends are coming, including Mia and Benji. Felix and Lake bond while running an errand for the party. At the party, Victor's grandparents accidentally see Benji and Derek kissing, which angers them. Victor and Isabel stand up for Benji. Mia and Pilar bond over their respective family struggles. Victor and Mia kiss and declare they are an item. Armando warns Victor that Adrian might be gay and that he is not happy about it.|
|6||6||"Creekwood Nights"||Anu Valia||David Smithyman||June 17, 2020||1CFG06|
|Mia and Lake discuss Mia's relationship with Victor. She wants the relationship to be more than it is and is interested in sex after the class takes sex-ed. Benji is coming up on his first anniversary with Derek, where the two bond about how they are romantics. Victor confides in Benji that he is a virgin and is hesitant to have sex with Mia. Benji shares that if he can do it, anyone can. Nervous, Victor brings Felix with him, much to Mia's chagrin. Benji plans a nice evening for Derek, but he is not happy with it. Felix and Lake kiss for the first time. Lake suggests that Victor is gay, so he tries to force himself to have sex with Mia. Ultimately he cannot, and says he is old fashioned. She accepts this. Simon tells Victor he is not attracted to Mia and to end things before they get hurt.|
|7||7||"What Happens In Willacoochee"||Jay Karas||Danny Fernandez||June 17, 2020||1CFG07|
|Victor is viewing dating Mia as a chance to be normal. Mia asks him to attend a fundraiser with him and he accepts. Andrew pines over Mia at the fundraiser. Lake tells Felix that their hookup never happened, but Felix later realizes he wants to seriously date Lake. Benji and Victor are forced to take a road trip to repair the coffee machine of their work when it breaks. Felix bonds with Pilar, who gives him advice on Lake that later impresses her. When Victor learns that he could stay that night with Benji and sees this as a chance for him to figure out his sexuality, he tells Benji that they must stay in a motel overnight for the coffee machine to be fixed. At the motel, Benji reveals he came out because he almost died one-night drunk driving while trying to deny his sexuality. Benji tells Victor he is easy to talk to and is happy they are friends. Later that night, Victor kisses Benji who pushes him away as he is still with Derek. Horrified, Victor texts Simon who reassures him about who he is. Benji suggests they do not talk about the kiss.|
|8||8||"Boys' Trip"||Todd Holland||Brian Tanen||June 17, 2020||1CFG08|
|Victor takes a trip to visit Simon in New York City, where he is shown around town by Simon's group of accepting friends (Simon himself is in a party out of state). This annoys Mia as Victor is once again leaving, so she grows closer to Andrew and away from Victor. At detention, Andrew and Mia learn that Lake and Felix have been hooking up. Embarrassed, Lake upsets Felix by saying she wants to keep their relationship quiet. Mia tells Andrew she wishes he would be a nicer person, but she still cares for him. While at a drag party, Simon's friends accidentally let slip to Victor that they are all aware of Victor's situation at school and with Benji. Simon shows up and explains to an angry Victor that he needed his friend's guidance to help Victor navigate his world. Victor reconciles with Simon and his friends, who help Victor realize that they are all here for each other and he has people who accept him.|
|9||9||"Who the Hell is B?"||Rebecca Asher||Jeremy Roth & Jess Pineda||June 17, 2020||1CFG09|
|Victor comes out to Felix, the first person he has told. Victor is distraught to learn that Benji, due to the kiss, will be working elsewhere. Simon advises Victor to write a letter to Benji and see if he will understand him better and his mistakes. Isabel and Armando continue to fight, which upsets Victor and Pilar. Felix continues his romance with Lake and learns that she has an overbearing mother. To make her feel better he tries to tell her that he also has a stressful at home life, but she still does not want to be seen with him due to her mother's standards. Felix decides to break up with Lake. In Victor's backpack, Pilar finds a note to B, unaware that it is Victor's note to Benji.|
|10||10||"Spring Fling"||Jason Ensler||Teleplay by : Jillian Moreno|
Story by : Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger
|June 17, 2020||1CFG10|
|Benji gets Victor's note but tells Victor that he needs his space. Victor plans to take Mia to the Spring Fling and tell her the truth the day after. Felix and Lake go to the dance with separate partners, but end up reconciling and kissing in front of the whole school, their relationship now public. Felix accidentally tells Pilar that the note was about an incident on Victor's work trip. When Pilar questions Benji about it, Derek overhears; Benji and Derek break up after. While talking to Victor, Benji confesses Derek did not make him feel good like Victor does and that he wants to be with someone who does, and they kiss confessing their feelings for each other, which Mia witnesses unbeknownst to the two. Victor, to protect his relationship with Benji, promises him he will come out to everyone eventually. When Mia confronts Victor about his kiss with Benji and questions whether he liked her, he asserts that parts of their relationship were real. Pilar confronts Victor about him cheating, but he insists that he still is the same person. Comforted, Pilar and Victor head home, where their parents announce that they will separate. Despite the news, Victor comes out to his parents.|
Season 2 (2021)
|Title ||Directed by||Written by||Original release date ||Prod.|
|11||1||"Perfect Summer Bubble"||Jason Ensler||Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger||June 11, 2021||2CFG01|
|After Victor comes out to his family, Pilar immediately accepts him though their parents fail to do the same. At the end of summer vacation, Isabel is still struggling to accept his sexuality. Armando, who has grown more supportive of Victor's identity, is living in a new home after separating from Isabel. When Victor invites Benji and his friends over for dinner, Isabel throws out her meal in an attempt to avoid spending time with Victor and Benji and ultimately fakes indigestion to secure an early exit. Mia arrives back from her job as a camp counselor and feels isolated from her friends. Victor and his friends head to Lake Lanier where he shares a moment with Benji, realizing they have each other to lean on even when things get hard. His father tells Isabel that they have no choice but to accept Victor for who he is. Felix's mother, Dawn, is suffering from severe depression that has resulted in her losing her job and has put her and Felix at risk of eviction. Victor, frustrated at how Isabel has failed to acknowledge his relationship with Benji, tells her to refer to Benji as his boyfriend from now on.|
|12||2||"Day One, Take Two"||Alex Hardcastle||Brian Tanen||June 11, 2021||2CFG02|
|13||3||"There's No Gay in Team"||Alex Hardcastle||JC Lee||June 11, 2021||2CFG03|
|Someone on the basketball team complains to Coach Ford about not feeling comfortable with Victor in the locker room. He tries to reach a compromise by offering Victor his own private space in the lockers, but this just makes Victor feel unwelcomed by his own team. Mia starts dating a college freshman named Tyler, who invites her to a college party after she lies about her age. Armando attends his first PFLAG meeting, which is led by Simon's father Jack. The two meet at a bar afterwards, where Jack gives Armando advice on how to support Victor. Felix starts a side hustle doing other people's homework for cash in an attempt to pay back Pilar and help his mother. Lake finds out and bails on going to the college party with Mia to help him do the homework. She also helps Felix pay back Pilar. Mia gets drunk at the party, where Derek (Benji's ex boyfriend) sees her and calls Victor and Benji to come get her. Victor and Mia talk through their break up and resolve to still be friends. Tired of the team's homophobia, and disappointed in Andrew for not stepping up as Captain to help him, Victor quits basketball.|
|14||4||"The Sex Cabin"||Jason Ensler||Jillian Moreno & Alex Freund||June 11, 2021||2CFG04|
|15||5||"Gay Gay"||Kristin Windell||Marcos Luevanos||June 11, 2021||2CFG05|
|16||6||"Sincerely, Rahim"||Sarah Boyd||Michelle Lirtzman||June 11, 2021||2CFG06|
|17||7||"Table for Four"||Satya Bhabha||Jeremy Roth||June 11, 2021||2CFG07|
|It is Benji's birthday and Victor plans to celebrate with him. But when he learns from Benji's parents that Benji does not drink and has been in Alcoholics Anonymous for a year, they get into a fight over him never telling Victor. Lake tries to win back Felix with a romantic date at the aquarium. Felix meets her there, and while he understands that she was trying to help his family, whenever he sees Lake he just feels sadness from losing his mother. He reveals that she is being held indefinitely at the hospital before telling Lake that it is over. Isabel tries to attend a PFLAG meeting and sees Armando flirting with a single mother. She and Armando agree to see other people. Benji apologizes to Victor and promises he is working on himself and they kiss. Isabel comes home and walks in on Victor and Benji having sex.|
|18||8||"The Morning After"||Natalia Leite||Sarah LaBrie||June 11, 2021||2CFG08|
|Victor and Benji have sex, but Isabel walks in on them. This leads to a confrontation with her and Benji, in which a heated Benji outs Victor to Adrian. Stunned, Victor asks Benji to leave. The next morning, the Salazars finally tell Adrian that Victor is gay, and he happily supports it. Mia is upset to learn her father is making her move to California after the wedding, and debates reconnecting with her estranged mother. She makes him promise to not take the job, but he goes back on his word. After Benji gets angry at Victor for not siding with him against Isabel, Victor tells Benji that he will never understand his experience coming out to Latino parents. Felix and Pilar grow closer and she kisses him. Father Lawrence tells Adrian that Victor may go to hell for being gay, pushing Isabel to finally stand up for her son and quit the church. Victor confides in Rahim, and they bond over being gay People of Color. Benji and Victor make up, but after learning Victor told Rahim Benji's secrets, Benji says that they should take a break.|
|19||9||"Victor's Day Off"||Kevin Rodney Sullivan||Brian Tanen||June 11, 2021||2CFG09|
|Overwhelmed by strained relationships with Benji and Isabel, Victor decides to skip school with Rahim. Throughout the day, they see Armando on a date with a friend of his from PFLAG. After having a fun evening at a gay bar downtown, Isabel finds the boys after spending the day looking for them. Victor confides that he is worried Benji is going to breakup with him, and he was scared to tell her because he thought she would be happy that his first gay relationship is ending. Isabel apologizes for how she has handled Victor's coming out, and promises that she loves and accepts him for who he is. After dropping off Rahim, Victor gets a call from Benji saying they need more time apart and that he will not be his date to Mia's father's wedding. Ready to be a better mother to Victor, Isabel comforts him.|
|20||10||"Close Your Eyes"||Jason Ensler||Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger||June 11, 2021||2CFG10|
In April 2019, Disney+ gave the 20th Century Fox Television–produced show – based on the film Love, Simon – a straight-to-series order, with the writers of the original movie, Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, attached as showrunners. The show would focus on brand new characters and would be set in the same world as the movie.
"Love, Simon is a powerful story embraced by critics and audiences alike for its universal messages of authenticity, love, and acceptance. We are honored to partner with the talented team at 20th Century Fox Television to bring this new chapter of a beloved story to Disney+, continuing the personal and uplifting narrative that captivated fans of the original film."— Agnes Chu (SVP content, Disney+)
In February 2020, the series was retitled Love, Victor and moved to Hulu, with a scheduled premiere date in June 2020, making it the second series – after High Fidelity – to move from Disney+ to Hulu. In April 2020, it was announced that the series was scheduled to premiere on June 19, 2020. On June 10, 2020, the premiere date was moved up to June 17, 2020, to give Juneteenth its own day in the spotlight. On August 7, 2020, Hulu renewed the series for a second season which premiered on June 11, 2021, and consists of 10 episodes. On July 30, 2021, Hulu renewed the series for a third season.
In June 2019, Ana Ortiz was cast as Isabel. In mid-August, the series' full cast was announced, with Michael Cimino as the lead, Victor. Also announced were James Martinez as Armando, Isabella Ferreira as Pilar, Mateo Fernandez as Adrian, Johnny Sequoyah as Mia, Bebe Wood as Lake, George Sear as Benji, Anthony Turpel as Felix, and Mason Gooding as Andrew. It was also announced that Nick Robinson, who starred in the film, would produce and narrate the series. Later that month, it was reported that Rachel Hilson had been cast as Mia, replacing Sequoyah. The recast was made in order to take the character in a new creative direction. On October 23, 2019, it was also announced that Sophia Bush had been cast as Veronica, Mia's father's new girlfriend.
In November 2020, Betsy Brandt was announced as having been cast in the second as Dawn, Felix's mother, who struggles with mental health issues. Ava Capri and Anthony Keyvan were also announced as joining the second-season cast.
|1.||"Somebody Tell Me" (Theme song from Love, Victor)||Tyler Glenn||2:48|
|3.||"God, This Feels Good"||Isaac Dunbar||3:18|
|1.||"Heaven Is a Hand to Hold"||Duncan Laurence||2:41|
|4.||"Young Love"||Carlie Hanson and George Sear||3:07|
|6.||"Horizontal"||Alice Longyu Gao||2:59|
|7.||"Private Life"||Allie X||4:23|
The series premiered on June 17, 2020, pushed up from a June 19 release date, on Hulu in the United States. Internationally, the series premiered on Disney+ under the dedicated streaming hub Star on February 23, 2021. The second season was released on June 11, 2021, on Hulu and premiered internationally on June 18, 2021, on Disney+'s Star. On Disney+, Love, Victor episodes premiered on a weekly basis.
According to Hulu, the series was the most-watched drama on the service during its premiere week between June 17 and 23, 2020. It was also the most-binged original drama series on Hulu in 2020 during its first week and the second-most binged original on Hulu after Solar Opposites.
For the first season, review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 90% based on 49 reviews, with an average rating of 7.13/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "Michael Cimino charms in Love, Victor, a sincere and sweet—if safe—spin-off with a lot of heart." Metacritic gave the series a weighted average score of 69 out of 100, based on 21 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
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