If you are looking for your newest Netflix binge, check out the newest comedy series “Master of None.” Co-created by comedian Aziz Ansari and “Parks and Recreation” writer Alan Yang, the show explores the universal perils of early adulthood. “Master of None” touches on topics such as immigration, 21st century dating and sexism.
The series is a mix of Louis CK’s “Louie” and Lena Dunham’s “Girls” told through Ansari’s perspective. If you have ever listened to any of Ansari’s standup, you will already recognize some of these stories.
This show is both honest and hilarious. It explores fresh topics for television, such as the perception of Indians on television. It is a deeply personal series following the life of Dev Shah (Ansari) a 30-year-old Indian-American trying to become an actor in New York City. His swanky NYC digs and love of restaurants make it obvious that he is surviving off his commercial acting, but he wants more for his career and life.
The episode that is gaining the most attention is episode 2 called “Parents.” Ansari cast his real-life mother and father to play his parents in the show. The episode shines light on the American-born children trying to connect with their immigrant parents.
Through a flashback, the episode contrasts the first-world problems of the new generation and the incredible struggles growing up poor and immigrating to America. During a dinner to learn more about his parents and thank them for their sacrifice, Dev asks his parents what it was like for them when they were his age. His father replies, “You had all the toys, we used to take you to soccer, guitar lessons, video games. I simply studied, played outside, ate some rice and went to bed.”
“Master of None” is a comedy for everyone. It has a diverse cast with individual struggles that everyone can relate to. It does not pander to its audience or try to cram in every race, gender or sexual orientation just to be politically correct. It shows unique individuals trying to navigate through their worries and hopes. This show is an excellent argument for why there should be more diversity on television.