Movies In My Collection #174: Masters Of None

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In continuing with more Netflix movies and TV shows, we now take a look at Masters Of None:

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Master of None is an American comedy-drama web television series, which was released for streaming on November 6, 2015 on Netflix. The series was created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, and stars Ansari in the lead role of Dev, a 30-year-old actor who attempts to make his way through life in New York City. The first season consists of 10 episodes. The show was well received by critics, appeared on multiple year-end top ten lists, and receiving multiple awards and nominations. The show was renewed for a second season in February 2016, scheduled to premiere in 2017.

The show’s title alludes to the figure of speech, “Jack of all trades, master of none” and was originally suggested by Ansari. The series later incorporated a song of the same name by Beach House. Ansari says it took months to come up with the show’s title and he and Yang did not ultimately agree on it until all of the episodes were completed.

If you love Aziz Ansari’s style of comedy then you are really going to admire Masters Of None because it’s Aziz Ansari doing a lot of what he does best with a plot that has been essentially done before, this is a lot like a much lower profile Entourage that takes place in New York City mixed in with a little touch of Louie. There’s even a shade of Men Seeking Woman in this except with all the fantasy elements that show throws in. But, it’s still very funny.

The first episode is kind of a drag and there’s never really any indication of what this show is going for as a long standing story but then again, a lot of TV shows don’t usually get going until a few episodes on, after a couple of episodes, the show really does begin to pick up the pace, the fourth episode Indians On TV is the one that really won me over, and from that point on, it got me, I was hooked, the writing of Ansari and Alan Yang, a writer on Parks & Recreation, is so sharp and hilarious, it does a lot better satirizing Hollywood than Entourage did in those last few seasons and Ballers does right now.

If there’s any real negativity I can give this, it’s minor, I think that the some of the supporting characters aren’t as fleshed out as some of the other ones are, Noel Wells, who was last seen on Saturday Night Live back in 2013, is perfectly cast in this, I like her chemistry between her and Ansari but the other characters are not as fleshed out as I think the show wants it to be, Brian and Denise are not really written out as well as I think they should be, at least with Arnold, you can see how well he works with Dev because the actor, Eric Wareheim, and Ansari are friends in real life but with the actors playing Brian & Denise, Kelvin Yu and Lena Waithe, they aren’t really given a lot to work with here, they’re just there to be the supporting characters to the main character of the show and hopefully with season two, they can give them some more to work with.

But overall, Masters Of None is a really clever and very funny comedy series that showcases Aziz Ansari’s abilities as a leading actor very well, it’s very funny, it’s written well, the comedy works really well, this is yet another gem by Netflix that requires a watch.

You can check it out now on Netflix or wait until March 21st to pick up season one on DVD…or do what I did and just go to Target and pick it up on DVD, it’s exclusively available there until it’s available everywhere in March so, get it at Target now. Bottom line is, watch the show and you will not be disappointed.

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Masters Of None on Netflix

Masters Of None Season 1

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