The best TV scenes of 2017

Television provides so many units in which to appreciate the medium’s annual output. A series can leap to the forefront on the strengths of a single great season; if it’s running as part of the traditional broadcast calendar, those accolades might have two halves of separate seasons. Try as streaming services and…

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The Emmy race for Outstanding Comedy Series comes down to Atlanta and Veep 

The A.V. Club is counting down the days leading up to the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, September 17, with an examination of this year’s major categories. Each day, TV editor Erik Adams is breaking down a category and giving us his picks for who should win, and who will win. Today we’re looking at the nominees…

The 22 best minor characters on TV right now

To the protagonists go the TV spoils: The spotlight scenes, the attention of award-giving bodies, the premium paychecks. And while a well-realized main character might hook you in to a TV show, that show isn’t worth sticking with unless its world is also populated by equally well-realized characters who support,…

The best TV of 2017 so far

From a business prospective, the forecast for TV in 2017 isn’t the brightest: While ratings continue to erode for the broadcast networks, several cable outlets that joined the original-programming gold rush are now backing out, with cash-flush digital competitors like Facebook and Snap poised to stake those abandoned…

Master Of None ends in personal and professional devastation

Master Of None’s season two finale sees Dev through personal and professional crises, as his new business venture with Chef Jeff and his romantic month with Francesca both come crashing to their ends. At times, it’s a difficult episode to watch. But “Buona Notte” touches on the season’s central theme of what it means…

Francesca and Dev have an emotional affair on Master Of None

Even though it’s one of the season’s central ongoing storylines, Dev and Francesca’s unfurling romance hasn’t been as well developed as some of the other narratives that make up this ambitious and varied season. “Amarsi Un Po’,” at least, develops Dev’s attraction to Francesca beyond surface-level details. There’s an…

Master Of None’s “Thanksgiving” presents one of the best coming out stories on television

Thanksgiving is a loaded holiday for a lot of queer folks. For some, it means going back into the closet entirely. For others, it means going partially back in the closet. Maybe your family knows you’re gay, but they don’t want you to be “too gay” at the dinner table. Maybe only some family members know because it…

Yes, that was actually Aziz’s “little cousin Harris” in Master Of None

The religion-focused third episode of this season of Master Of None introduces Navid, who learns about the world of pork products from his cousin Dev, played by series creator Aziz Ansari. Harris Gani is the actor tasked with portraying Navid, but he’s not just any old “Harris.” Rather he’s Ansari’s “chubby cousin…

Personal and professional decisions challenge in Master Of None’s “Door #3”

It’s easy to oversimplify life’s big choices, to view decision-making as a process of choosing between this and that. But as the title of this episode of Master Of None suggests, there’s usually a “Door #3.” Television often presents characters with clear-cut choices between doors one and two. Master Of None digs…

Master Of None’s love letter to New York flips the script

Crafting a love letter to New York City certainly isn’t a groundbreaking concept in art, and yet Master Of None—with a story by Cord Jefferson and a teleplay from Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang—has written a striking love letter that soars above so much of television’s depictions of the city. Even its title reflects the…

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Master Of None finishes strong in otherwise disjointed “Dinner Party”

For three episodes in a row now, Master Of None has really dazzled me with its final shot. The sequence at the end of “Religion” that draws parallels between Dev and his father’s preferred rituals and the final shot of Dev alone on his couch at the end of “First Date,” which captures the strange solitude dating apps…

Aziz Ansari’s parents return to Master Of None for a funny, incisive meditation on “Religion”

“Religion” opens with a montage of resistant kids being dragged by their parents to their respective places of worship. Including a diverse array of religions (including Scientology, which heightens the humor a little too much), the montage suggests a widely relatable concept. But as it zooms in on Dev, starting with…

Eric Wareheim, Alan Yang, and Lena Waithe break down Master Of None season 2

Aziz Ansari’s Master Of None has had a remarkable track record of producing episodes that stand alone as their own artistic achievements. The A.V. Club wanted to get the behind-the-scenes stories on three particularly striking ones in the second season. To discuss “Le Nozze,” an Italian jaunt about lost love, we…

Master Of None crashes a wedding and celebrates friendship in “Le Nozze”

In “Le Nozze,” Arnold (Eric Wareheim) arrives in Italy for a wedding (“le nozze” translates to the wedding in Italian). That wedding provides some semblance of a narrative structure for the episode, but for the most part, Arnold and Dev wander aimlessly in the episode. Their aimlessness is essential to the episode…