From the killer soundtrack to the breakout cast (like the revelation that is Lena Waithe), Master of None has accomplished in 10 episodes what some shows take years to do: become the voice of a generation. Here are all the times it was basically the story of our lives.
1. Parental Controls
Real talk: a Buddhist monk could be pushed to the brink of a white hot rage-induced breakdown by having to explain WiFi to his parents. The bits about the generation gap are humorous but are given a lot of gravitas against the backdrop of the story of immigrant parents who sacrifice everything to only be told that their privileged kids don’t have time to sync their iPads. Bring on the guilt trip.
2. Ghost Texting
You’re having a delightfully breezy conversation with a possible hookup candidate—you both love tacos, Game of Thrones and coffee. Time to take this relationship to the next level—drinks, dinner, a concert? So you float that idea out there, and it’s drinks on Tuesday. Tuesday gets pushed to Thursday, Thursday turns into Sunday lunch, Sunday turns into nothing. Nada. Radio silence. This is a generational affliction near and dear to Aziz’s heart; he wrote a whole book about it called Modern Romance, and he goes there again in Master of None.
3. Awful Cartman Impressions
How do you know your potential girlfriend is batshit insane? She busts out a very enthusiastic Cartman impression 10 minutes into a first date. (This theory also applies to Borat and Beavis and Butthead.)
4. The “Smile” Guy
Hell hath no fury like the “nice guy” politely rebuffed at the bar. After a night of drinking, Aziz and his friend are on a drunkenly chipper walk home when disaster strikes: Aziz steps in poo. At the same time, a woman leaves the same bar and is followed home by the lurking solo clubber—you know, the dude who doesn’t take “I need to go find my friends” for an answer. Her night ends with a stranger banging on her door and a 911 call. It’s unfortunately a pretty relatable storyline, although one you don’t often see played out with humour and such a clear focus on a female’s experience.
5. Eat, Pray, Love Window
We live in the age of too many options: Get your PhD? Have a baby? Get married and don’t have a baby? Travel the world? Save for a house? Start a blog? Get bangs? When do all the decisions end?? Aziz and his girlfriend Rachel puzzle over all of the “what ifs” like moving to Hawaii or spending a year abroad. But the force of life, real life, seems to be greater than any of the options. Aziz says that it’s no big deal because in your 50s you get an Eat, Pray, Love window: a chance to chuck your regular life for pasta and a hot affair.
6. The Never-Ending Cucumber Muddle
Seriously, bartender in generic hipster bar, the cucumber is muddled. You can look up now.