It is not often you come across a series with writing that can compete with some of the worlds top films. It too is not often you come across an American series that is worth getting through the first episode for. Well, shock of all shocks I have found just that kind of series and it is called Master of None. The brain child of funny-man and cutie extraordinaire – Aziz Ansari, Master Of None follows the personal life of a 30-year-old Indian actor named Dev living in New York City.
So much more than a mere comedic look at a ( struggling) actors life, Master of None will make you laugh, cry and truly enjoy the intrinsically truthful details Aziz Ansari is offering up. The series struck me more as a personal memoir of Ansari’s. There are many different and convoluting story lines that keep you entertained but perhaps the most authentic subject Ansari deals with is his relationship both within and as an onlooker of the American life. Having been raised in the Southern states of America ( both Dev and Ansari) and having been brought up by Indian immigrants gives Ansari an interesting vantage point to discuss the American life in both a comedic and heartfelt way.
Not shying away from his differences, instead completely embracing them Master Of None is an absolute must see for any person living in the western world who has been raised by immigrant parents. A stand out episode for me has to be when Dev and his ( I want to say Korean friend) Brian make it a mission to find out the story of their parents and why they decided to leave their homes and move to the USA ( Ansari’s parents actually play his parents in the series). Living in a world that is constantly getting smaller with people constantly leaving their homelands for greener pastures, the episode really opens up your eyes to the difficulty each immigrant faces in their decision. Instead of seeing these immigrants as outsiders, Ansari brings you into their world, their life, and their struggles. You stop othering them- which is a momentous feat for an intellectual essay to achieve let alone an American series.
All in all, whether you identify with Dev or perhaps his group of the most liberal and rainbow nation-esque group of friends, Master Of None has something for everyone. Funny, romantic and heartfelt at times, Master Of None offers its fair share of global realisations and sadness that is delivered in the most eloquent way.