What do you get when you take a guy who was a well-known part of a cult classic television show like Parks and Recreation, as well as a stand-up comedy superstar, and plunk him down in the middle of his own original Netflix series? A masterpiece. And that’s just what makes Master of None a Critics’ Choice Award winner.

Aziz Ansari is no stranger to the world of the sitcom, but a Netflix original often offers a little more flexibility to get down to the nitty gritty. Ansari not only stars in this refreshingly real show that boasts no superheroes or time travel, he also co-writes the episodes, which allows his humor to subtly weave through each plot device.

Meeting Real World Millennial Struggles

Gone are the snarky and wacky elements of his Parks & Recreation and prior movie characters (30 Minutes or Less; Funny People) and arriving is a man who is playing a less-successful (read: kind-of-a-loser), more toned-down version of himself. Thankfully, the zingers and sarcasm that draws you to Ansari in the first place make intermittent appearances, while mixing in just the right amount of sincerity.

Moving through real-world struggles, season one concentrates on Dev, the hopeless over-30-single-guy, trying to find a good date and great sex, while catching the latter with the ever-popular Claire Danes. It captures the eye of the millennial with a Manhattan-setting and real-world characters that you would find in a groups of hipsters and creatives, as well as indie music stars.

What’s In Store For Season Two

Though season one focused mainly on the dating scene, season two mixes in the family element that all shows must come to eventually, especially when it comes to the various dynamics of children and their immigrant parents. This brings a whole new level to the work of Ansari and it seems like he’s finally reaching the peak of what’s real to him that we’ve only seen hints at in prior work.

Cast members that include consummate funny-girl Noel Wells (Dreamland; SNL) and uncannily hilarious writer/actor Eric Wareheim (Bagboy; the Tim and Eric series) make it a well-rounded group that viewers look for and cling to in any show that’s worth a shot. With the arrival of season two on May 12, there’s still time to binge and get caught up before Dev and company hit the scene once again. It’s well worth the view.

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