Master of None

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Sweet romantic comedy with great cast, raunchy humor.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

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Positive Messages

The humor here is much sweeter than on many comedies. Characters don't mock each other; instead, they find the humor in life's foibles. Integrity and gratitude are major themes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Ansari's Dev is respectful and loving to his friends and polite and thoughtful to others. Cast boasts extensive racial and ethnic diversity. 

Violence
Sex

Graphic discussion of sex, including pregnancy, oral sex, sexually transmitted diseases, masturbation, bodily fluids. A couple has casual sex offscreen, with moaning and noises; we later see them in bed together having sex (a woman's naked back is seen). 

Language

Frequent cursing: "hell," "s--t," "f--k," "bitches" (not leveled at women) and vulgar words for sex and body parts. 

Consumerism

Brands are mentioned: Uber cars, Go-Gurt, Google; packages are pictured with logos. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Scenes take place in bars; characters drink but don't act drunk. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Master of None is a comedy about a struggling actor in New York City. The tone is markedly sweet and realistic, with jokes arising from typical life foibles rather than frantic antics or mockery. However, much of the humor is quite blue. There are jokes about casual sex, oral sex, pregnancy, bodily fluids, and more, with vulgar words for body parts and sex. We see a couple in bed (no nudity) and hear sex offscreen, with moaning and noises. Expect frequent cursing, including "hell," "damn," "s--t," "f--k," and assorted other graphic language, particularly connected with sex. Characters drink on-screen and go to bars; no one acts drunk. Other than the language, sex, and vulgar jokes, this show is actually a great bet for teens, as the characters are kind and respectful to each other, and the cast boasts extensive racial and ethnic diversity. 

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Parent Written byAaron C. April 3, 2020

Entertaining Show has a lot of Strong Language & Addresses some strong issues.

This show is refreshing & subtle, but quite entertaining. It also has strong sex talk & language. It also openly addresses racism, sexism, etc.
Adult Written byJosue De La Torre July 20, 2019

A show that deserves more attention

Mostly a romantic comedy but it's much more than just comedy. It has two more serious episodes that is dedicated to a lesbian minor character and two rando... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bytvOPINIONS March 26, 2020

! MASTER OF NONE is a MASTER OF MANY THINGS !

Master of none is an absolutely amazing show, although it only has two seasons :( ! It really depends on what you want you're kid to be watching but in Mas... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byDope_avocado August 29, 2018

HIGHLY RECOMEND

Although this show has lots of very adult content, I feel as a teen, everyone should watch it. This is because it touches on a lot of really good issues we face... Continue reading

What's the story?

Cocreated by and starring comedian Aziz Ansari, MASTER OF NONE centers on the adventures of Dev, a well-meaning but struggling actor in New York City. He starred in a yogurt commercial that's paid his rent for a few years, but that's winding down now, and he's finding it hard to get parts, no matter how many Skype auditions he bungles. It's getting to the point, in fact, where Dev wonders if he should forget the acting thing and just find a woman to settle down with and have some kids. In between hopeful line-readings, he pals around with his best buddies Nathan (Eric Wareheim) and Denise (Lena Waithe), having down-to-earth adventures such as taking his parents to dinner and attending a friend's kid's birthday party. 

Is it any good?

Exceptionally sweet and charming, this is the rare comedy that realistically manages to wring belly laughs out of everyday things: birthday parties, first dates, visiting your parents. As on Parks and Recreation, Ansari is adorable, yet here he plays a decidedly more kindly and down-to-earth character -- a regular guy, with regular friends, who does regular stuff that's exceptionally amusing due to his quick wit. Master of None finds the comedic possibilities inherent in calling a woman for a date, taking one's parents to dinner to thank them for emigrating to America, and visiting a drugstore for Plan B. It's all perfectly delightful, thanks to the sharp writing and ace cast. The language and sex jokes make this one slightly dicey for all-family watching, but families with older teens -- or those who simply don't care whether younger ones see these types of ribald-yet-sweet jokes -- will love watching together. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why so many TV shows like Master of None take place in New York City. Is there something particularly funny about New York? Is there another reason this city is such a frequent setting for TV shows? 

  • Do you know any other shows that star main characters who also write and produce the show? How does Master of None compare with these shows? Why would an actor want to write a show for him or herself to star in? 

  • Do the jokes on Master of None seem different from those on sitcoms that are aired on network television? How? 

  • How do the characters in Master of None demonstrate integrity and gratitude? Why are these important character strengths?

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