Stand up comedian Aziz Ansari and actor/writer/director Aziz Ansari are completely different people. Stand up comedian Ansari bounces around sold out shows at Madison Square Garden while meditating on text messages gone wrong and the trials and tribulations of modern dating. Actor/writer/director Ansari crafts an incredibly emotional and thought provoking show in Master of None that says more about the world in 10 episodes then some shows can say in 10 seasons.
Playing the struggling actor Dev, Ansari interacts with a diverse group of friends, the stellar supporting cast, who in turn help him to discover more about himself and the world. Master on None also has some incredibly A-list guest stars that give you a game while watching to see how many incredibly famous people you can spot in the episode. Each episode of this Netflix show is like a little half hour vignette that expertly touches on a variety of topics from racism in Hollywood to the struggles of immigrant parents. With an emotional depth that I thought Ansari couldn’t reach he shapes every episode to elicit the most love, anger, or embarrassment that he can. It seems as if the persona that Ansari has crafted through his stand up and as the brand obsessed Tom Haverford on Parks and Recreation was all a precursor to the emotionally mature auteur that created this show.
In one of the shows stand out episodes, Dev and his friend Brian meditate on the struggle their immigrant parents had to face when they left their homelands to come to America. Diving into the back story’s of Dev and Brian’s parents the show speaks for all parents when it reveals what the characters don’t know: just how much their parents sacrificed to give them a better life. This episode is also where Dev’s parents, played by Ansari’s real life parents, are introduced adding to the emotional one two punch that is delivered in this episode as Dev realizes how much his parents have done for him. I won’t ruin the whole episode because it is worth a watch for anyone no matter where your parents came from.
There are about a hundred more reasons you should watch this show. The soundtrack is spectacular, the cinematography makes New York look better then it ever has but the main reason you should be watching this show is because of how it uses comedy to point out society’s shortcomings and expose the sad reality of the world all with the Ansari brand of comedy.