I am nothing if not loyal and this does not just apply to people. Brands, clothes, movies, shows, books – once I love it I’m ALL IN! Harry Potter, Friends, The Office, Nancy Meyers movies… can’t get enough. It doesn’t even matter how many times I’ve seen, worn, used, or read things- they are like keeping the company of old friends. I can depend on them and I appreciate that.
I think this has to do with why I just CAN’T get on board with shows like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia or Seinfeld. My boyfriend loves them and I admit they are well-developed and funny with great writing but I hate all the characters. I don’t root for them so I struggle with getting on board with a few hour binge.
My point? It takes a while for me to really fall in love with a show. I like things that keep me entertained – The Catch, Empire for a bit (less so now), Younger (which actually is going more towards the love list), Black Mirror (I love creepy anthologies – bring on the Goosebumps, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, and Twilight Zones allll day), and Orange is the New Black- but it is rare that I really LOVE a show. Love like I could watch it over and over and over….
I think I have found one that makes my heart soar a bit and if I could have my own show (Gosh- DREAM!), it would be similar. Realistic, relatable, funny, light, deep, insightful, diverse…. insert MASTER OF NONE. Aziz Ansari as Dev really anchored himself as not only a writer and comedian, but an actor and voice for a generation in this show.
Why do I feel this way? Welp… follow along as I explain….
Aziz is the shit. Period. I love him. He’s adorable, sweet, witty, goofy, precious, and who can resist that squeaky, friendly voice? I find him to be a refreshing take on comedians and his writing chops really shine in this show. I’ve seen him live, I’ve seen him in specials, on Parks and Rec, as Randy, but THIS-this is gold.
His career struggles are relatable. For me personally, since he is a performer and I know what is like to live a life auditioning- I get that opportunities are few and far between and the inner battle of wanting to be an efficient, successful adult v. wanting to defy the odds, reach for a dream, and do what you are good at/makes you happy. Regardless if you can relate to this, everybody experiences ups and downs in their careers. It’s inevitable when you have one and really strive to do something well and develop in your position.
Ok, the show in general is all-around relatable. The show doesn’t have this happy-ending vibe (though it definitely IS happy and will leave you chuckling) but it focuses more the peaks and valleys that we all face as we enter deeper into adulthood and watch what’s leftover from childhood dissipate.
Dev is full of surprises. Dev isn’t just a funny, supporting character in this. He has all the colors, layers, emotions and experiences of anyone his age and manages to follow his heart throughout his journey on the show. There is a lot of realism to him. He is an unconventional leading man and because of this, it’s refreshingly realistic. You see him in a different light too.
The food and Italian culture integrated in the story makes you hungry and crave a vaca abroad. The Italian culture is something that resonates with Dev and his interests. It just adds some color and depth to the show because it takes you abroad and I think every person at a point in their life wonders what life would be like in another country. We all come to a point where we want to experiment and reinvent ourselves and diving into another culture lets us do that so Dev’s experience there is relatable.
The supporting characters are dynamic. His gentle giant best friend Arnold and childhood, lesbian best friend Denise add flavor and different view points to the show. (SPOILER ALERT…kinda) There is a Thanksgiving episode about Denise coming out and the whole story just made my heart melt a little. It was fun, sweet, sad, but also showed the evolution and growth of these characters in such a simple way. It didn’t over complicate a complicated storyline… it was performed with light comedy and appreciated.
His real parents are in it. And they are hilarious and the relationship between Dev and them is accurate to what I am sure he goes through with them given their cultural and generational gap within their own family. It shows the parent/child dynamic long after you leave their roof and how this “we know best” thing never really goes away. Additionally, it touches on how to adjust your relationship when you evolve and believe in things differently than your parents and how to stay respectful of them but true to yourself.
He touches on real-life issues and consequences. Along with the storylines from his parents, he generally talks about his ethnicity a lot and his other friends of various decent and what it is like having foreign parents and the generation gap. I find this fascinating because I already think the generation gap amongst born and raised American parents and kids can be interesting and difficult to navigate but from their perspective, there are more variables so it’s really captivating.
It’s the coming-of-age story for those late twenty-somethings/thirty-somethings. The fact of the matter is- we don’t stop growing up. Learning and developing is not just saved for adolescence. It’s constant and something we face and go through continuously. It really is the human condition. So to have a show that speaks to this particular time in life, in our unconventional, untraditional generation, is really rare and really nice that there’s something out there that speaks to this time. It’s light yet deep and I’m really happy to have something on tv that makes me laugh and feel all the feels.