Sunday, November 22, 2015
TV Show Review: Master of None (Season 1)
Aziz Ansari's new Netflix comedy is hilarious, one of the best comedy shows I've seen all year. It strikes me as similar to Louis C.K.'s FX sitcom but with Aziz's special brand of humor and insight.
Aziz Ansari plays Dev an actor in commercials, television, and movies, which gives the show a great opportunity to comment on trends in show business and reflect on some of Ansari's personal experiences. The show about how Indians are displayed on television was one of my favorite episodes.
Dev's romantic love interest Rachel, played by the brilliant Noel Wells, provides an overarching story and some entertaining and sharp-witted commentary on dating in the modern world. Ansari's book Modern Romance is definitely on my to-read list. Noel Wells does a great job countering the humor of Ansari's character and I look forward to seeing her in more lead roles. Their back and forth banter is the highlight of many of the episodes, especially Nashville and Mornings.
Lena Waithe as Denise and Eric Wareheim as Arnold provide great backup characters and always have hilarious advice and comments as Dev struggles with modern dating and trying to make a living in show business in New York. Some of the funniest moments are when these characters are on screen.
There are great cameos from Claire Danes, H. Jon Benjamin, Todd Barry and other comedic and acting greats. The show definitely utilizes these minor roles for maximum humor. Ansari's actual father Shoukath Ansari plays Dev's father and is a fan favorite and worth a laugh with nearly every line. There is also some perceptive notions of the immigrant parents in the episode Parents that is funny and informative.
I really hope we see more of this show. It is like having one of the best characters from Parks and Recreation on the screen the whole time. Aziz lit up his performance as Tom Haverford and continues to make great comedy. The storyline was touching, perspicacious, and had me laughing throughout. I would recommend this show to any fan of comedy.