Rank #1: Part I: You May Want to Marry My Husband
Debra Winger reads the late Amy Krouse Rosenthal's essay about her fairytale love story, which was cut short by cancer. This is an encore presentation.
Rank #2: The Secret To Marriage | With Sandra Oh
Communication. Respect. Intimacy. Doing the dishes. Those are all things that have been called the secret to marriage. But Gabrielle Zevin has a different idea. Sandra Oh ("Killing Eve") reads her piece.
Rank #3: A Life Plan For Two | With Olivia Munn
Some crushes are brief: the guy at the gym, the girl on Twitter, your barista. But others are epic -- and take on a life of their own. Olivia Munn ("The Predator") reads Marina Shifrin's essay.
Rank #4: My Back-Seat View Of A Great Romance | With Chloë Grace Moretz
"What did it mean that the most romantic thing I’d ever been a part of hadn’t even happened to me?" Chloë Grace Moretz ("The Miseducation of Cameron Post") reads Rachel Monroe's essay about watching a love story unfold from the sidelines.
Rank #5: Another Voice Had Come Between Us | With Catherine O'Hara
Catherine O'Hara ("Schitt's Creek") reads Patricia Morrisroe's essay, about a piece of technology that complicates a marriage.
Rank #6: Single Woman Seeking Manwich | With Awkwafina
Let's face it. With the ghosting, inappropriate comments, and awkward small talk ... dating can be so bad it's hilarious. Awkwafina ("Crazy Rich Asians," "Oceans Eight") reads Sarah Moses's essay.
Rank #7: GPS For My Lost Identity | With Diane Guerrero
Sometimes, our deepest loves aren't people at all -- they're the places that make us feel most like ourselves. Laura Dave tells a story about one of those places in her essay, which is read by Diane Guerrero ("Orange is the New Black").
Rank #8: Modern Love Playlist: Secrets
It can feel easier to leave things unspoken than to find the right words to explain ourselves. But sooner or later, the things we keep from each other can come to define our relationships. This edition of Modern Love features a playlist of three of [...]
Rank #9: A Kiss Deferred | With Joanna Kulig
Nikolina Kulidzan was twelve years old when she fell in love for the first time. Not long after, the Bosnian War changed her life forever. Her essay is read by Joanna Kulig ("Cold War").
Rank #10: Rallying To Keep The Game Alive | With Connie Nielsen
It's easy to single out the biggest decisions in a life. But this week's essay by Ann Leary is about little choices, that you might not think about very much in the moment, that end up slowly changing everything. It's read by Connie Nielsen ("I Am [...]
Rank #11: Playing Role Reversal With My Therapist | With Isabelle Huppert
Therapists' offices are supposed to be places where you can be both vulnerable and safe. But what happens when your therapist crosses a line? That happened to Julianna Baggott -- and she writes about it an an essay that's read by Isabelle Huppert [...]
Rank #12: Part II: My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me | With André Holland
Last week, you heard an essay by Amy Krouse Rosenthal -- "You May Want to Marry my Husband." It was published just days before she died of ovarian cancer. Today, André Holland of "High Flying Bird" reads the essay her husband Jason wrote in [...]
Rank #13: Your Dog Has Seen Me Naked | With William Jackson Harper
Have you ever dated someone living in a studio apartment with a pet? If so, how did you handle the logistics around sex? Ryan Pfeffer writes about how he dealt with that situation in his essay, which was performed by William Jackson Harper ("The [...]
Rank #14: Finding My Own Rescuer | With Mandy Moore
Mandy Moore ("This Is Us") reads Anna March's essay about disability, ability, and the misconceptions surrounding both.
Rank #15: Modern Love Playlist: In Sickness And In Health
This playlist episode features stories about people whose relationships were challenged by illness -- and where the promise to stand by each other "in sickness and in health" was tested. It features stories read by Michael Shannon, Sarah Silverman, [...]
Rank #16: A Hiker’s Guide to Healing | With Cameron Esposito
Aspen Matis decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail because she was looking for solitude, safety, and escape. She writes about what she found there in her essay, read by actor and comic Cameron Esposito.
Rank #17: Learning Humanity From Dogs | With Ethan Hawke
Ethan Hawke ("Blaze") reads an essay about how lonely it can be at rock bottom -- and how sometimes, taking care of someone else is the only way out.
Rank #18: Making A Judgment On Love | With Giancarlo Esposito
On a normal day in 2004, Lloyd Zimmerman got the chance to fulfill a man's dying wish. Giancarlo Esposito ("Better Call Saul") reads his piece, about the complications of a last request.
Rank #19: A Fear Stripped Bare | With Sarah Shahi
When she was growing up, Susan Sajadi thought that her mother was fearless. It wasn't until years later that she realized the truth was much more complicated. Her piece is read by Sarah Shahi, who stars in NBC's "Reverie."
Rank #20: The Hunter-Gatherer, Parking Division | With Jason Alexander
The challenge of finding the perfect partner is matched only by the challenge of finding the perfect parking space in New York City. Jason Alexander ("Seinfeld") reads Andy Raskin's essay, about the search for love and parking in Chinatown.