Master of None, starring Aziz Ansari, gains mixed reviews online because of its clever and subtle plot that creeps onto viewers by end of Season 1.
In Master of None, we follow the professional and personal life of Dev, who is played by Aziz Ansari. Aziz Ansari is known for his comedic characters and it only makes sense that Master of None would be a comedic sitcom with Ansari as the main character.
We find out quickly that Dev is an actor in his thirties who lives in New York City. He has his own apartment and we get delivered back and forth between his professional life and personal life in the city all the while meeting his family, friends, and potential relationships.
At first, it was as if the show was pointless. There is no final goal for Dev to accomplish in the first season of Master of None. Dev is not looking to be the best at acting. He clearly shares he did a commercial a couple years back and since then has just continued doing commercials because they pay the bills.
In most sitcoms, the main character is looking for the head drug dealer, defeating a villain or trying to get the girl of their dreams and for Master of None, none of these examples apply it, but it isn’t until later where you understand the purpose of the show. It’s more of an aha moment.
As we follow the season forward, we learn that Dev is a child of an Indian father who had immigrated to the United States to become a doctor. Dev had never known about his father’s immigration and his struggle to be taken seriously as a doctor in America before Dev was born.
It actually didn’t hit Dev that he didn’t know his father at all until his friend Brian (Kelvin Yu) and Dev realize in casual conversation that they both have no knowledge of their father’s past lives and history.
While Dev is figuring a way to learn more about his father and mother he’s also juggling his career and his love life. He meets many women and dates a lot of stinkers. There’s only one girl that left an impression on Dev but at the time they met, Rachel (Noël Wells), was unavailable.
Dev continues dating around and seeking advice from his friends who all live their separate lives. His friends are diverse and open-minded which reflects the way Millenials are today. While he spends time with his friends he eventually goes back to wanting to bond more with his father.
Dev and Brian, find a way to get all their parents to eat dinner together and it’s after this scene where you realize that what Master of None wants to share with the audience is that Millenials are living in a different world. The world of the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s is long gone and that Millenials are trying to figure out what this new world is.
It is after we learn about Dev’s father that it hits Dev that his life has small problems compared to the problems his parents had when they were younger. While he has this epiphany he still attends auditions and pursues a new romance with his now available friend, Rachel.
The problems Dev faces in Master of None are subtle but real. Dev’s problems in career, relationships and within his morals are what Millenials fight with today. Dev realizes that he’s living among a privileged generation and that we face small problems compared to the issues his parents faced decades ago.
The way the characters play their roles have you feel as if they are all your friends too. The show is quite relatable to an audience of 20 to 40-year olds. The jokes are subtle and the problems Dev and his friends face in racism, sexuality, morals, career, and romance are relatable.
By the end of the season, Dev is your friend. Dev becomes a friend, and while you may have judged him at first, you realize later that he’s living his life like the rest of us. Dev lives and faces his issues one day at a time while slowly learning who he is and what his standards are for himself. Dev gains a deeper understanding of life and we get to learn about that understanding through laughter and uncomfortable social situations.
Master of None is peculiar but it is this characteristic that keeps you watching until the end of the season.