Master of None may just be one of my favourite shows of 2015, and one of the best on demand shows out there. I started cautiously at episode 1, chuckling, enjoying the facial expressions of Aziz Ansari, and watching another one a few days later.
Before I knew it, the show had grabbed me by the hand, said “I know what you love” and rushed me head first into one of the warmest, funniest, and most honest TV shows of the year. A beautiful combination of witty, offbeat humour, honest and loveable characters and genuine and relatable storylines.
Once in a while a show or a film comes along that feels like it’s been made just for you, and in terms of the way it plays out, the loveable relationship dynamic, the use of music, it’s all the things that I love the most.
The last 4 episodes of the season, Ladies and Gentlemen, Old People, Mornings and Finale improve and deepen upon the previous 6, expanding the worlds of the characters with each passing moment, and developing the characters into realistic and engaging people.
Ladies and Gentleman excellently tackles the subject of sexism in society, as Dev gets to know what it’s really like for women in the everyday world, as they have to deal with horrible instances of misogyny everyday. As his relationship deepens with Rachel, we see him develop as a person, learning what it’s like from her point of view.
In Old People Dev bonds with Rachels grandmother and learns that the elderly are still people, and not invalids to be forgotten about. It’s a really beautifully played episode with a fantastic performance by Lynn Cohen and, like most of the shows best episodes, it takes a delicate subject and approaches it with honesty and grace.
Mornings is one of the shows greatest episodes, set entirely in the flat that Dev and Rachel now share, it examines the foibles and troubles of their growing relationship over many months, as they get used to each others presences, argue, laugh and develop as people. It’s exquisitely played and perfectly performed with both Aziz and Noel being realistic in their portrayals of their characters, and both incredibly likeable and watchable throughout.
The Finale episode focuses more on the dramatic problems in Dev and Rachels relationship instead of focusing on jokes, it ends on a melancholy note, but one that feels organic for the show. It’s emotional, and it would be heartbreaking to have Dev and Rachel fully break up, but it’s a hugely satisfying finale that leaves you sad, but satisfied.
Netflix is doing a fantastic job at producing excellent content, just this year we’ve had Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Wet Hot American Summer and the third excellent season of Orange is the New Black, and now Master of None is raising the game for funny, moving and diverse TV, and I can’t wait for more.
Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang are excellent writers, the show works so well because they have a handle on exactly the show they want it to be. Aziz is a terrific lead, the supporting cast is uniformly funny and endearing, and the fact that each episode rotates Devs friends, keeps it fresh and broadens the reach with each episode.
The cinematography is very stylised and gorgeous to look at, the music is offbeat but spot on and in 10 episodes, it’s done a better job of talking about the big issues, than most shows have done in an 8 season run. I really want this show to reach a bigger audience, it’s effortless approach to the important subjects is a godsend, and mixed with the show’s goofy, witty and engaging humour, Master of None is the perfect show.
Also, Aziz Ansari and Noel Wells have the best chemistry I’ve ever seen in a show, I could even watch them do daily vlogs on YouTube for ever, I love them that much
“Yumtown. Population: Dev”