Netflix Original Series: Master of None
A review of the Netflix Original Series Master of None
The personal and professional life of Dev, a 30-year-old actor in New York.
Sullywood Rating: 9/10
In a year where we had an extremely disappointing Fall season as far as new comedies go, Master of None swoops in and saves the day. Master of None stars Aziz Ansari as Dev, an actor who with his multitude of friends, and with their guidance and advice, takes each experience, one day at a time.
I am honestly not a fan of Aziz Ansari. I find most of his characters obnoxious, over the top, and just plain not funny. But his turn as Dev is refreshing and shows Ansari can carry his own show. His reactionary comedy to what people say and do is top notch. For once, he gets to be the normal person who gets to judge everyone else by their odd idiosyncrasies.
I cannot stress enough how funny and real this show is. The best way I can describe this show would be that it does a great job of working around itself. What I mean by that is that comedy isn’t the focus, Dev’s life is, and the comedy helps the show along. His experiences and relationships create the comedy all on their own. Its not forced, its not shouted from the rooftops, its just real. For example, what really is the best text message to send depending on the situation, something we’ve all lost sleep over. The banter back and forth between Dev’s friends on what he should do are usually the highlights of each episode. Which going back to my point regarding Aziz, this same principle applies to his character. He’s the normal person, and his quirky friends provide the awkwardness that Aziz so normally brings to life in shows like Parks and Rec. This show also does a great job of telling a story each episode. For a 30 minute comedy show, you really get to know Dev and every single person in his life, well except Arnold, who purposefully doesn’t get a chance to share anything about his day.
Speaking of Arnold, Eric Wareheim, the actor who plays him, is fantastic and easily the breakout star of the show. His dry personality and don’t care attitude is an odd mix with his urge to also share his opinion and give advice. Its a good combination that provides us with a different character to enjoy.
This first season is only 10 episodes and my guess would be that you could finish this show in 1 day easily. The episodes are only 30 minutes, but its one of those shows you wish was longer. Honestly, stop whatever is you are streaming at the moment and dive into Master of None, you won’t regret it.