Starring: Aziz Ansari, Eric Wareheim, Lena Waithe, Noël Wells
Master of None is an oddity in that its outstanding moments don’t come from the storyline of leading man Dev, played by show co-creator Aziz Ansari, but instead from the peripheral plots and supporting characters surrounding him. In fact, one of the best episodes of the season, “New York, I Love You,” hardly features him at all. The episode follows the intersecting lives of various New Yorkers in the span of a day, resulting in a perfectly wrapped tribute to the humans of New York and the beauty of life’s little moments.
What Ansari lacks in developing Dev’s story, he makes up for in creating vivid odes to people, places, and things, whether it be the romance of Italy or the excitement of being "in" with the cool kid, and by spotlighting lesser told stories, allowing gems like the Emmy-winning “Thanksgiving” to come to fruition and shine. Lena Waithe, who co-wrote and was the main actress in the episode, describes the it as the story of “a little Indian boy from South Carolina and a queer black girl from the South Side of Chicago.” Though it may be inconsistent in its quality at times, allora! The good points are great, and make the show worthy of a top 25 slot. —Isabel Naturman