Jack of all trades, co-creator’s Aziz Ansari’s and Alan Yang’s “Master of None” is a new Netflix comedy. It is nice. That might not sound much like high praise, but it is… Alright, it is very nice. Each episode reaches a point of dramatic tension that makes me want to turn away or to deflect the oncoming train wreck, but so far I have managed to power through and reach the sweetest of endings.
This series is set in Brooklyn and stars Dev (Ansari), a Millennial Indian American. Autobiographical, the series charts Dev’s personal and professional life. He is an aspiring actor, with friends and colleagues that make for an eclectic, but great cast. Ansari is best known for NBC’s “Parks and Recreation”, where he played the one-dimensional Tom Haverford, who is more stereotype than character. One underlying theme to “Master” is Mr. Ansari’s desire to transform TV’s Indian Americans from caricatures to real people.
Each episode is so beautifully and finely crafted that it is hard to pick a favorite, but if I had to it would be the second one, “Parents”. Here we see the generation gap widened into the gulf between immigrant parents and their first generation children. These parents have sacrificed much for their offspring and really only ask for the chance to share a little bit of time with the fruits of their labors, but the new X-Men movie is starting and their sons have to get there early for the trivia question promos. As cringe-worthy as this sounds, it is redeemed. Also, Ansari’s parents are played by his real parents and his father steals every scene.