Master of None is one of those shows that love everything around it and in doing so makes you fall in love with it as well. This Netflix comedy series is the answer to the years of prayers of ethnic minorities for better representation in Hollywood. Its loveliness and general warmth will soothe your heart and the delectable foods showcased in the show will make you drool. The first season aired in 2015 with thunderous applause that continued with the winning of Emmy. The second season aired in 2017 and its reception was equal if not better than the first season.
For the uninitiated, Master of None chronicles the day-to-day lifestyle of one Dev Shah played by Aziz Ansari and his vibrant group of friends. Dev is an aspiring actor based in New York with a hope of making it work in show business. He has another thing to take care of: his growing tummy against regular tasty attacks. Dev is a second generation Indian-American minus all the stereotypes. That means he doesn’t have an accent and he doesn’t smell like curry. His friends are as vibrant as his personality. One is a second generation Taiwanese American named Brian, another one is a black lesbian named Denise, and the third one is the idiosyncratic foodie, Arnold. Fun fact! Aziz Ansari is the co-writer of the show with Alan Yang, and both are second generation immigrants.
The show tackles the issue of racism, sexism, homophobia and current generation’s dearth of commitment in love with ample innocent humor. So we get a picture of the society not in simple black and white but also with a shade of brown. The first season revolves around Dev who is at the crossroads of life. He’s neither sure about his life nor his relationship with Rachel. At the start of their relationship, they have their initial kindling of romance, followed by sex, some genuine fights, and more romance and sex. And throughout these episodes, we discover the nuances of cultural differences and ideological differences of two as well. Their wavelength match with each other, yet the stars never align for them. Sometimes if two people aren’t meant to be together, they won’t. Season 1 ends with these two breaking up with each other. Rachel goes to Japan to explore life before the window gets closed in front of her and Dev sets out on his journey to nurture his passion for pasta making in Italy.
Season 2 starts with a respectable homage of the classic ‘Bicycle Thieves’. He meets Francesca (Alessandra Mastronardi) there, and they produce a liking for each other. Things get complicated as Francesca is already engaged with someone else and when she arrives at New York for a trip and meet Dev, the uncomfortable feelings come out. Dev is back in New York after his pasta training, and he has found a project called Clash of the Cupcakes to host in TV. He accompanies Francesca around the trips to tourist destinations and food parlors of New York streets. Initially, they seem to have pure fun, but Dev grows affection for the beautiful and funny Francesca. He’s also torn between himself about the ethicality of wooing a woman already engaged to someone else. Further, he’s not sure about Francesca’s true feelings about him, and even though he understands that she likes Dev, Dev is not sure about the nature of that liking.