After recently completing a triumphant Road To Nowhere European tour, Network Distributing have released Season 1 and 2 of Aziz Ansari’s Netflix Master of None on Blu-ray and DVD. Created by Ansari along with Alan Yang, Master of None picked up all the plaudits when it launched on the streaming service, including an Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series and a Golden Globe for Ansari’s performance as Dev Shah.
The show’s success comes down to the refreshing, unique insight we’re offering as we dive into the life of a 30-something who’s trying to get his floundering acting career going, whilst also endeavouring to negotiate the NYC dating scene, with the help of some brilliantly eclectic friends. Master of None is a clever combination of being serialized and also, somehow, definitive individual episodes. Season 2 sees Ansari try all kinds of genres as well in terms of his style and inspiration, plus both seasons’ focus perceptively on all types of topics including identity, race, gender and diversity which, in turn, offered this reviewer an authentic look into someone else’s life, and it’s achieved with grace and connection.
What’s smart about the whole enchilada, especially the second series, is that individuality of each story. Maybe this comes from the way he writes stand-up, but it also offers up real dialogue about love, life and relationships and also the complications we all find ourselves falling into. One specific link through the series is Dev’s vast love for all things food and with it being set in New York, you’ve got a veritable banquet of choice. But his desire for something else outside of what he knows also takes him literally away, with Italy becoming part of the second season as he heads off to make pasta (in a proper way) and maybe find a new love in his life.
This coupled simple love for food and friendship underlies every situation and after his wanderlust takes him to Europe, and us witnessing unspoken chemistry with an unforeseen friend of a friend, what will he choose? You’ll have to watch to find out… and because Dev is both likeable and relatable in his day-to-day life, it never fails to be charming.
If you’ve been anywhere near your late twenties or early thirties, there’s much to understand here and it doesn’t really matter if you’ve grown up in any major city or not, there is creativity throughout. Master of None will make you laugh and cry, there’s the classic cringe-worthy moments as well, but underneath everything is a warm, welcoming heart and that’s what really drags you in, especially with his friendships with Lena Waithe‘s Denise (who continues to offer him straightforward answers) and Eric Wareheim‘s Arnold, a man-child friend who keeps his spirits up and shares his love for food.
Master of None also co-stars Noël Wells, Kelvin Yu, and Alessandra Mastronardi; with guest stars including Colin Salmon, Claire Danes, John Legend, Andy Samberg and Angela Bassett, it’s out to own now: https://amzn.to/2ES9gRV