Master of None can be described as a quirky comedy about Aziz Ansari’s life, a comedy about an up and coming Indian millennial, or an Indian version of Entourage, or even perhaps an Indian version of Seinfeld, but none of those exactly describe the spectacular heart-felt season two perfectly.
Very indie at times, and also very stereotypical when it has to be, Ansari outdos himself in a couple of episodes of the much too short 10 episode season. And if you think it’s easy to make a TV show about your life, take from Ansari, it’s NOT! The last season of Master of None dropped on the streaming channel, in November of 2015. It took two years for Ansari and his best friend to come up with ideas, write, film, and produce season 2 and the actor still gets fearful about starting season 3. As fans already bombard him with wanting more, Ansari needs rest. It’s not easy making a TV show.
Despite its title Master of None however, is not about nothing. Like Seinfeld before it, it takes a light-hearted approach to topics ranging from online dating to coming out to your family on a holiday, but where Master of None season 2 really shines and potentially enters spin-off territory is the masterfully done Episode 6 of the show, which literally throws out the playbook and focuses on four completely different stories, that are never portrayed in TV.
From a doorman, to a deaf woman, to a cab driver and all the drama that consumes their lives, New York, I love You is a comedic cinematic masterpiece and I can see each one of those stories becoming a TV show in their own right. Just don’t expect Ansari to take it up anytime soon.
Likewise, Master of None ends the season on a topically sad note that happens all too often in Hollywood. When Ansari’s character learns of his TV buddy’s Chef Jeff’s sexual harassment issues with women on the set of the TV show they were working on, the timing of this season’s release couldn’t be more perfect. The Fox News scandals come to mind immediately as does our own President’s sexual misdeeds.
Master of None goes a bit deeper than Seinfeld ever does, but like Jerry Seinfeld before him, Aziz Ansari is definitely following in the comedian’s footsteps and hopefully it has as long a run.