CULT FICTION: Six reasons why everyone should watch Master of None
Master of everything.
Every week we're choosing one TV show that deserves your attention because time is precious and there are some stunning shows available to watch.
As we're looking forward to some incredible new TV shows in 2016, here's a look at one of the very best shows from 2015, the effortlessly brilliant Master of None.
1) What's it about?
You’re having sex with a relative stranger and the condom breaks. What do you do? In this event , other shows might go for the cheap laughs but Master of None's approach is its biggest strength. It's happy to be different to everything else.
What separates Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang's show is that it prefers to be perceptive and observational about how the world really works as opposed to seeing things through a prism of one-dimensional characters, hackneyed writing and laugh tracks.
It's a sort of rom-com for the millenial generation, taking a look at everything from relationships to the pitfalls of getting older. Every episode deals with a specific theme - infidelity, old age, racism and the joys/perils of living with your partner are all discussed - but the show never descends into the realms of cliche.
By choosing to focus on the little things that matter during your late 20's and early 30's, the show somehow manages to capture the entire big picture. In a very strange way, it feels like Master of None has succeeded without ever really trying that hard.
The entire series just casually drifts by and by the final episode you'll genuinely feel like these characters are your mates.
2) It's almost like...
Woody Allen at his very best but with Ansari's own unique perspective on the world.
3) It's worth your time because...
There are only 8 episodes in the first season but you'll be begging for more. It's almost impossible not to be charmed by it's subtle brilliance. If you need another reason then the soundtrack kicks ass.
4) Did you know...?
Ansari was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance.
5) One episode and you're hooked...
Parents. I've already written a piece about just how brilliant that episode is.
6) If the show was a person...
It's your best friend that's unflinchingly honest, loyal and sharp.