Aziz Ansari (wiki) has recently been in the news as part of the #MeToo (wiki) movement. Before this event, he’s originally a stand up comedian who transitioned into TV show fame. Some of his stand up routines on Netflix (here, here) are pretty funny. I’ve read his book Modern Romance which held a few hilarious dating anecdotes that are relatable to the singles dating life.
Master of None is his latest TV show on Netflix. Ansari recently won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in TV Series, Musical or Comedy. As one of the series on my “To Watch” list, I started watching sometime last month and finished watching it yesterday. As I watched the show, I began to realize that I was more interested in the dating and relationship stories between Rachel and Francesca. I think what makes this such a great show is the relatability of the characters and their backstories. The Thanksgiving episode is a great example and is one of the better episodes from both seasons. It’s well written and well directed and shows the evolution of Denise and her family’s acceptance of Denise as a lesbian.
Towards the end of season 2, I related to Ansari’s character of how he felt and with his emotions with relationships. I understood just how Ansari’s character felt as I had felt the same way many times in the past. That physical pain and heartache in the chest, the constant thinking in my own head space, and the irrational decisions were all relatable emotions and attributes. The last two episodes of season 2 made me reflect on my emotional, physical and rational state when I was experiencing these emotions. Watching these episodes made me sad that the relationships never worked out. Unlike the happy ending in season 2, the potential for a positive relationship wasn’t even an option in my case.
This show is worth watching. The cast and storytelling are relatable in this modern day.