Updated: Jun 9, 2022
Starring Aziz Ansari (Parks & Recreation)
Seasons One and Two both streaming on Netflix. Earned a 100% review on Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 9/10.
A couple of years ago, I was scrolling through Netflix in my college dorm room on another Tuesday night when I stumbled upon Master of None. I had recently finished watching the show Community and was looking to dive into a new show. I had previously seen Aziz Ansari perform multiple stand-up sets on Youtube and Netflix. I also carried with me the unpopular opinion that he was a funny character on the show Parks & Recreation. (Why all the hate for Tom Haverford, people?) I was curious as to see what this show had in store for me while I enjoyed another gigantic bowl of Apple Jacks in my curbside recliner.
I’m not spoiling anything by saying this and you should probably thank me, but the first scene in the show is a sex scene and boy, was I glad I was in the room alone to start this show off. (I don’t mean to make that sound perverted or anything, I was just saying it would be awkward if my roommate came in and heard the initial audio of this show. All right, now that we got that out of the way, let me get back to the review.) This show has won numerous awards including three Emmy’s and one Golden Globe. It is easy to see why. This show is one that talks about things that most television series may be afraid to go out on a limb on. It is shot very artistically including a few black and white episodes and one strictly spoken in Italian. Now you might be saying, “hey, that’s not for me,” but give this show a chance. Being a man in his early 20’s, I was quickly enthralled by the show’s title and was able to connect with Aziz’s character, Dev, because he doesn’t have it all figured out.
If you’re looking for a new show to watch, I highly suggest Master of None. While not every episode will have you laughing hysterically or crying like you’re watching an episode of This Is Us, it does provide a satisfying balance between both comedy and drama. The show contains highly relatable story telling whether one is in a relationship or not. I am certain you’ll be able to find yourself in one of the shows characters and will be able to connect with certain episodes more than others. Add it to your queue right now. Do it.
Report Card: With powerful writing, acting and filming, it’s hard not to fall in love with this show. There’s a reason that it earned all of the awards that it did and you’ll be sure to see why after binging this show.
9.4/10 = A