Movie (& TV) Monday: Master of None

Aziz Ansari in Master of None.
Photo from Slate.com, via Netflix

 

Sorry guys, TV wins out again. You’ve probably had a conversation about the shorter attention span of our generation? Well, maybe I’m adding fuel to that fire by showcasing as many shows as I am movies..and maybe there is just some great television out there worth mentioning 🙂

That’s how I feel about the Netflix original Master of None. Created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, the show follows a young New Yorker (played by Ansari) as he navigates ’emerging adulthood’*. The show feels fresh and timely. Talking about the show, a friend mentioned how Ansari has captured many of the same feelings and conversations he has had–something most shows fail to do. Don’t get me wrong. I love sitcoms like Friends, but I can’t say many of the situations it portrays are as relatable. From a female perspective, I especially enjoyed the episode ‘Ladies and Gentleman,’ where the guys in the show are surprised to find out the about the misogyny women face every day, from the workplace to the dating world. The Terry Gross interview with the co-creators gives a great inside look at the show and reveals some of Yang’s and Ansari’s motivations for the material.

By the way, if you haven’t had a chance to read Ansari’s book, Modern Romance, I would recommend doing so. It’s a quick read full of interesting anecdotes about romance (and relationships in general) in the modern age, pooled both from Ansari’s own experience and sociological studies. I was impressed with the international population Ansari and sociologist Erik Klinenberg analyzed for their research, and intrigued with the explanations of how our brains have been conditioned to expect that instant gratification (and with it, withdrawal) we get with each new text message and email.

*Term Ansari uses in Modern Romance to describe the relatively new period of young adulthood, where we don’t go straight from our parents home to that of our spouses

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