Do I carry a certain amount of bias for ‘Master of None’ as a minority actor who favors the ‘silly love stories with a heart’? Sure, I guess I do. But I still think ‘Master of None’ is fantastic.
As someone on Twitter brilliantly pitched it, this show is ‘a younger, less surreal version of Louie’. Aziz Ansari plays a version of himself, an Indian-American actor in New York trying to get ahead while also navigating modern love and figuring out if it’s something he genuinely wants. Like any good pitch though, that just gets you in the door.
The casting is exceptional. Along with my brother from an intercontinental mother Aziz, Lena Waithe gets to be the friend who most often makes the best advice for ‘Dev.’ H. Jon Benjamin (who for better for worse will never get away from Archer for me) shows up for a few episodes as a costar on a project Dev lands. Claire Danes gets to turn up to 15 as one of Dev’s love interests.
And the episode themes! Feminism from a ‘good guy’ point of view. The sacrifices our parents made for us (from a first generation immigrant point of view). Playing the stereotype (to make a living) vs. fighting the good fight (and maybe not getting ahead) as a minority in the Business. And true to the style of Aziz Ansari, it’s all entertaining and funny.
Netflix does it again. Carve out those 10 half hours and watch it.