TV Review: Master of None

by SARAH VISCONTI

From battling with the everyday struggles of what to rate your Uber driver to trying to figure out who to spend the rest of your life with, the Emmy-winning Netflix original, Master of None, shines a new light on diversity and how different stories from different people can all be tied together. The show premiered in 2015 and their second season launched in May 2017.  The show became a critical and commercial hit.

Dev Shah (Aziz Ansari), an aspiring actor, and his friends Arnold, Denise, and Brian all come from different backgrounds and all battle different struggles in their everyday lives (sexuality, race, relationships, family, religion). Each episode of the series features a different issue. By the end of each episode, the characters come to some sort of realization through each other, fortifying their friendships. Though the topics themselves come across as quite serious, the characters present them in a way that is quite candid and informal.

Not only does the show feature modern topics, but it is also uniquely filmed and edited. Examples include whole episodes being filmed in black and white and long sequences with no dialogue, where viewers have to infer what is happening.  Original techniques like these are used to bring some sort of vagueness to the show, making things that seem completely familiar to us seem far more ambiguous. By tying in topics such as race, sexuality, relationships, and religion, the show can help audiences better understand topics that they did not fully understand before.

With a rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and speculation about an upcoming  third season, the show has a bright future. With the popularity of the show, the creators can bring awareness to certain topics that are usually taboo in everyday life. In the end, this can help better society as a whole – just through one TV show!