Master of None: A Look at the Seasons So Far

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Master of None: A Look at the Seasons So Far

Julianna Boyson, Writer

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*Warning: This review contains spoilers.*

The first season of Master of None was released on Netflix on November 6, 2015. It quickly gained popularity and was featured on many websites’ “Best TV Shows” of 2015 lists. The second season was released on May 12, 2017, and it, too, received exceptional reviews and praise.

Both of the seasons’ main plot focuses on Dev, played by Aziz Ansari, and his love life. During the first season, his love interest is Rachel, a random girl he meets at a bar. Their relationship lasts up until the last episode of season one when she decides to move to Japan. In season two, Dev’s love interest is Francesca, an engaged woman. Dev and Francesca spend at least four of the ten episodes flirting and hanging out while simultaneously villainizing her fiancé for not spending every second of his time with her. These episodes offer nothing more than a justification why it is okay for Francesca to cheat on her fiancé. Clearly, it’s not the best love story.

Both seasons of the show did earn Emmys for writing: season one for the episode “Parents,” which discusses relationships between second generation Americans and their parents, and season two for the episode “Thanksgiving,” which focused primarily on a supporting character coming out as gay to her parents and how doing so affected her relationship with them. “Thanksgiving” was amazing, probably the best episode of the entire series, but the problem with Season Two was that it was defined by episodes that had little relation to the overall plot.

One of those episodes was “New York, I Love You,” which, like “Thanksgiving,” did not mention of the love triangle (which is perhaps why they’re better) and instead focused on completely different stories. “New York, I Love You” follows the lives of three random New Yorkers, and the main characters of the show are only featured for maybe a minute and a half of the episode.  Again, the best episodes of the series has the main characters incredibly un-involved.

While I do love the show and am anxious for the next season to come out soon – currently there’s no release date – I do hope that the writers can find a way to make good episodes that actually include their main cast.

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