As it is with many Netflix shows available, Master of None began with a “ya let’s try out the first couple, see how it goes.” Before we knew it, my fiancee and I spiralled into laughter and enjoyment of watching the new comedy and consumed all 10 Season One episodes in 24 hours.
For those who haven’t seen or heard Aziz Ansari and his comedy routines, or even late-night talk show appearances, I highly recommend it, especially if you’re in the 25-40 age range I thnk he really writes for. I say that because not only is he incredibly funny, Ansari’s analytical comedy brings everyday scenarios and thoughts to life. Many of the jokes on stage and in Master of None come from a place of truth and gives viewers a chance to laugh at thoughts and experiences of their own.
Master of None is really an exploration into the maturity of young adults and those “entering adulthood” in the 21st century. That may seem like a tired and lazy excuse for a comedy show, but Ansari and his fellow cast members take a step back through these 10 episodes to think of topics like having kids, getting married, taking risks in the dating world, and cultural diversity in media.
The series kicks things off with a hilariously awkward look at the Plan B Pill. Whether you’ve ever had to encounter a scenario like that or not, the way Ansari and fellow writer and creator Alan Yang handle it is ingenious, capturing not just the awkwardness of going to the pharmacy to purchase it but the little things like cashing out and taking the cab ride home together.
Rachel (Noel Wells) and Dev (Aziz Ansari) begin their journey in this season with this encounter and grow together as the episodes go on. Both do a great job of emulating how real people would react to the big and little scenarios life throws at us. Without spoiling too much of the season’s storylines, the couple has their ups and downs. Ansari and Yang use simple matters in almost everyone’s life and figures out how to turn them into funny and sometimes touching practices. For example, how we (as a society) treat the elderly in our family, relating to our parents and the new age of technology, and minorities on TV and in the movies.
Many of the show’s topics seem deep and mature, not necessarily suited to a sometimes goofy comedy, and that’s because they are. As noted above, each scenario is treated with respect and gives the characters Dev, Rachel, Arnold (Eric Wareheim), Denise (Lena Waithe), and the audience a chance to look at the work around them in a mature, but funny way.