Aziz Ansari’s sharp sense of humor created a delightfully off beat comedy back in 2015 for Netflix. Master of None‘s first season was a combination of fresh, topical humor and Ansari’s unique delivery. The show follows Aziz’s lead character of Dev, an actor weaving relationships and general daily life in New York City. However, the show is much deeper than that. In Master of None‘s second season, series creators Ansari and Alan Yang have layered in great observational comedy, timely themes and a perfect sense of self awareness.
In season 2, Dev has moved to Italy to study pasta making after breaking up with his girlfriend Rachel back in New York. Dev soon moves back to New York where he gets a job hosting a Food Network style food competition involving cupcakes. While searching for a new flame, Dev navigates dating sites and heeds advice from his friends on dating.
Master of None is a truly brilliant show. Ansari and Yang find humor in nearly every life situation. The comedic pair find a way to make typical everyday situations hilarious, relatable and often insanely poignant. The show finds a way to take big risks from a storytelling standpoint. One of the most fascinating episodes of the season is “New York, I Love You”. The episode follows the lives of several diverse New Yorkers over the course of a night. Ansari and Yang take chance on a segment with no sound and subtitles as the focus shifts to a deaf girl. The bit lasts just the right amount of time and the dialogue is spot on.
Dev’s job as the host of “Clash Of The Cupcakes” is a great parody of modern reality tv shows. Every day, seemingly new cooking competition shows pop up and Dev realizes the monotony and corniness of the affair. It also defines Dev as a character. Aziz Ansari has written these characters so beautifully that the show doesn’t need a continuing arc from episode to episode. Instead, Ansari decides to flesh his characters out, and let the viewer find them in everyday situations.
The show does a spectacular job of subverting those traditional narrative composition to take risks that many other shows wouldn’t take. In part, that is what makes Master of None so fascinating. The show isn’t afraid to point out flaws in everything and everyone involved. In the episode “Date Night”, Dev points out to a woman, whom he’s just slept with, that the figurine on her night stand is racist. The woman points out she still slept with her even when he thought she was racist. Dev is sort of taken aback but realizes his flaws.
Master of None tackles stereotypes and the struggles of life but never hammers the viewer over the head with it. The series actually has something to say about the issues and themes it chooses to tackle. It doesn’t present topics simply just to remain relevant in the field of contemporary issues. Master of None improves upon its previous season with a consistently hilarious and always relevant comedy.
Best Episode: Episode 9, “Amarsi Un Po”
Worst Episode: Episode 7, “Door #3”
Season Score: 9.5
Consensus: Master Of None‘s brilliant look at everyday life doubles down in season 2 with astute looks at social issues and modern relationships with an unexpected dramatic touch.