[Never Have I Ever] Season 1

Watched: late July 2020 to early August 2020

Watched on: Netflix

IMDb page.

Netflix Series Summary:

After a traumatic year, an Indian-American teen just wants to spruce up her social status – but friends, family and feelings won’t make it easy on her.

Notes

  • I thoroughly enjoyed this. It was laugh out loud funny many, many times. But I also couldn’t help comparing it to Sex Education – and the comparison is in Sex Education‘s favour. Both shows are about teens struggling with the awfulness of life, with therapy mixed in, parent issues, etc etc. Sex Education did all the struggle better. Never Have I Ever does the jokes better. The Model United Nations episode in particular is some of the funniest comedy I’ve ever seen, and approaches the league of Gussie Fink-Nottle’s speech at Market Snodsbury Grammar School.
  • I make the comparison because the thing I thought Sex Education did best was humanising the assholes – and that’s something NHIE does very well too.
  • John McEnroe as sutradhar was inspired brilliance.
  • Mohan Vishwakumar is the sort of incredible dad so difficult to live up to that one decides to simply stay childfree and not inflict the torment of a subpar dad on one’s unborn children. The man’s optimism was shiny. Shiny, I say. Who gets that enthusiastic about a U2 song?
  • Speaking of songs, NHIE’s song selection is very different from, but just as good as Sex Education’s.
  • Kamala ditching her boyfriend to go forward with arranged marriage is a story I’ve seen happening at least thrice in Chennai. Finally it gets Hollywood representation!
  • Kamala’s accent though…
  • I want to draw Fabiola. What awesome hair.
  • Eleanor was thoroughly annoying until the episode with her awful mother, at which point she went to an uncomfortable boundary line between sympathetic and pitiful.
  • The episode with the visiting uncle who answered for everybody – slow clap for the little touches.
  • What a fun introduction to Mindy Kaling’s body of work.

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