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Love Gov portrays the federal government as an overbearing boyfriend — Scott “Gov” Govinsky — who foists his “good intentions” on a hapless, idealistic college student, Alexis. Each episode follows Alexis's relationship with Gov as his intrusions wreak (comic) havoc on her life, professionally, financially, and socially. Alexis's loyal friend Libby tries to help her see Gov for what he really is — a menace. But will Alexis come to her senses in time? Tune in to find out!

 

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Episodes

Alexis Smith is like a lot of us: she would love to pay down her student loans, start her own business, obtain healthcare coverage that’s right for her, buy a house, and feel safe and secure from government snooping. There’s just one major stumbling block—her boyfriend, Scott “Gov” Govinski.

Love Gov: From First Date to Mandate tells the story of Alexis and Gov—a stand-in for every government bureaucrat who is “just here to help.” Will Alexis see her life left in ruins—a victim of Gov and his bad advice—or will she come to her senses in time and see her beau for the menace that he is? Watch Love Gov and find out!

Episode 1. Love Gov—An Education in Debt (5:33)

Alexis meets Gov, a meddlesome young man eager for her to take out more and more student loans—regardless of whether it makes financial sense.
Learn more about sky-rocketing college costs.

Episode 2. Love GovProtection from Jobs (4:35)

Alexis wants to start a business and hire her friend Libby. That sounds dangerous, so Gov is here to help!
Learn more about barriers to job creation and entrepreneurship.

Episode 3. Love GovA Remedy for Healthcare Choices (5:43)

Alexis needs a new health insurance plan, but the options are so confusing. Here comes Gov to protect her from choices!
Learn more about the cost of healthcare coverage.

Episode 4. Love GovHouse Poor (5:59)

Alexis wants to buy a home. Is Gov going to help? You couldn’t stop him if you tried.
Learn more about housing prices.

Episode 5. Love GovKeeping a Close Eye on Privacy (5:18)

Alexis thinks she’s being spied on. With her being this paranoid, Gov really needs to keep an eye on her!
Learn more about government spying.

Meet the characters

Who are these people, anyway?

Alexis

Alexis had big dreams: for college, starting a business, owning her own home, and more. She didn't count on Gov's help sending her into reset. She's ready to put Gov behind her and move on — now if only Libby would stop talking to her about ridesharing apps.

“Gov”

Scott “Gov” Govinski likes to think of himself as a Renaissance Man, but without so much beard. He's got degrees in engineering, healthcare and economics, and can speak Arabic in a pinch — and he's here to help, whether you like it or not.

Libby

Did someone say, “blockchain”? If you haven’t heard of that, Libby would love to fill you in. Plus, if you ask, she might even lend you her copy of Democracy in America — volumes 1 and 2. That's how good a friend she is.

Drone

In a classic case of bait and switch, Gov promised that Drone would be helping people and keeping the world safe for democracy — who knew that meant spying on everyone? Hopefully, Drone will be removed from the Spy Life for good and make it in the real world. Perhaps Prime Air is hiring!

Credits





Gov   JONATHAN FLANDERS
Alexis   KIRA POZEHL
Libby   KACI BEELER
Old Man at Lake   RICHARD ROLLIN GARTNER
Real Estate Agent   KIRK JOHNSON
Loan Officer   AMY JORDAN
Boy   MATTEO PAPOLA
Man in Office   MARSHALL WALKER LEE
Drone   ITSELF
     
Executive Producers   DAVID J. THEROUX and JOHN PAPOLA
Directors   JOHN PAPOLA and BRADLEY JACKSON
Story by   LISA VERSACI
Writers   FRANK FLEMING and MARSHALL WALKER LEE
Producers   MARSHALL WALKER LEE and MICHELE ROI
Director of Photography   RYAN HUNTS
Edited by   ANDREW ORSAK, JOSHUA MEYERS and RYAN HUNTS
     
1st Assistant Director   AUDIE ALCALA
2nd Assistant Director   MICHELLE MILLETTE
Art Director   JOAQUIN MORIN
Gaffer   ALEX DIAMOND
Grip   JEREMY MINTEN
Sound Mixing   ERIC FRIEND
Sound Recordist   ALEX HERRARA
Original Music   LAYNG MARTINE III
Digital Strategy   WESTON WOODWARD
Production Assistants   CANYON DARCY, ELLEN BARTLING, and FRANK FLEMING
Marketing   ROBERT ADE, KIM CLOIDT, CARL CLOSE, and REBECA ZUÑIGA
Technology   PAUL J. THEROUX
Special Thanks   MARTIN BUERGER, GAIL SAARI, MARY L.G. THEROUX, and RICK THEROUX