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Have you watched Master of None’s second season? Last night, I cozied up in bed and watched the first few episodes, and, I have to say, it brought me great joy — the rolling Italian hills, the hilarious dialogue, Aziz Ansari being his awesome self.

Did you know that Aziz’s parents in the show are played by his actual parents? They’re the best. In the Conan clip above, he tells the funny story of when his devout Muslim parents discovered that he eats pork — a real-life moment that actually inspired this season’s third episode.

The way he approaches religion in the show is smart and personal, and he talked to New York Magazine about the importance of representation: “If every time you see a Muslim person, it’s the f*cking guy from 24 or Homeland, yeah, it’s going to shape your opinion of all these people. If every time you saw a Muslim person on TV, and it’s my dad, you’ll be like, ‘These goofy people! They’re probably gonna ask me for a bite of my sandwich.’ ”

What TV shows are you watching right now? Any other recommendations?

P.S. Who’s your current celebrity crush?

  1. It was a fun season indeed! The first 2 episodes take place in Tuscany, I have walked some of the same streets just recently, glad to have them displayed so realistically. Sometimes big ol’ Hollywood skews the reality into perfection – here they were able to keep the charm.
    However I have to mention this… Am I the only one who thinks that this season was heavily influenced by Louis C.K.’s “Louie” style of episodes?
    Not going to spoil this for anyone, but if you already watched it, think of the episode with the cab driver (and going to the movies). It was a nicely directed episode, but every minute of it reminded me of Louie…
    Looking forward to season 3!

  2. I haven’t watched it, but it’s been BLOWING UP my Twitter feed lately! I love Aziz, so I’m definitely going to try it.

  3. Kaitlin says...

    I watched a few episodes last night (when I should have been studying…) and SO SO enjoyed it–this season is even better than last season. When big guy is at his ex’s wedding and looks at old pics of them together… man. That feeling sucks, doesn’t it? (I was at the beach last summer sitting next to acquaintances all talking about the wedding of my guy-who-got-away and feeling like crying) but isn’t it great to know it’s a universal feeling?

    The music this season is just so on point. I’m loving it. Also, thought this list of film references for season 2 was pretty great. http://www.vulture.com/2017/05/master-of-none-film-references.html

  4. Well I’ve been missing out. I should probably get started with season 1 :)

  5. H says...

    I just finished season 2 last night and my husband and I loved it. We are both Asian-American and we were musing if the show is as appealing to non-minority demographics. I think most episodes transcends cultural lines and are universally appealing, and it sounds like that’s so by the comments here!

  6. Averil says...

    Big Little Lies is incredible. The cast is just amazing, and you can truely relate to everyone character in some way. I can’t believe it doesn’t get more coverage – seriously, sit down and watch it. It will be all you think about until you’ve finished the season! Also, the soundtrack is amazing too.
    Never heard of Master of None – will be watching this is evening with a nice (big) glass of wine :)

  7. Marie says...

    As much as I liked the show, I was really disappointed that Dev goes for the beautiful, white, petite Italian girl who didn’t have much to say but whose broken English and awe for miniature toiletries only seem to make her more charming. For a show that speaks up against (racial) stereotyping, I think this is a missed opportunity to point out that looks and cuteness are not all that matters.

  8. Rachel says...

    I watched Season 2 of Master of None in 1 day and really hope there’s a season 3! Gah!
    Also love Catastrophe!

  9. Raerae says...

    Just a side note, am I the only one who thinks Conan looks like a giant a Aziz looks like a little kid in a suit? Lol

  10. Lee says...

    Ok, Masters of None is killing it this season and I’m loving it too. However, The Handmaid’s Tale is riveting. I was worried it wouldn’t do Atwood’s dystopian novel justice but, it measures up. It’s not light viewing but it is compelling and gives you real food for thought.

  11. Justine says...

    Whoa. That’s a cool quote from Chris Rock. When I’m cooking I watch Comedians in cars getting coffee. I love Jerry and I love watching him interact with the greats: Tina, Larry, Chris, Louis…. It’s the kind of show you can watch but also just listen to as you turn away from the screen to stir a pot. With that said, season two of Masters of None is amazing. I loved reading these comments and agree with so many of them. I happened to queue up the first ep of season two while sitting down to a big bowl of spaghetti. It was perfect. The show is pure brilliance and joy.

  12. Cindy says...

    funniest thing ever!! I love the Conan clip…”Help! She’s making me eat pork!!” I laughed so loudly in the office I think the GM across the building could hear me…

  13. Loved S2 of Master of None – episodes 6 and 8 are my favorites. I am watching the Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu and wondering how we got here.

  14. I love Master of None (both seasons), but I gotta say, I am tremendously disappointed with how they failed to develop Francesca’s character. Did you read The Cut piece about it? I complained about it while I was watching that all she was to Dev was Italian and beautiful, but nothing else, and I felt so vindicated after I read that take…

  15. Gen says...

    Absolutely love Master of None- waiting to allocate a whole day to binge this Season 2 in one shot. IMO it was the best new show last year. Other good shows right now: Fargo, Veep, Silicon Valley, Better Call Saul. I really want to catch Handmaids Tale which is in my queue.

  16. Alicia says...

    My husband and I love Master of None. There is something genuine and unique about it. There has already been two times in season 2 where I just wanted to cry for him…because dammit he is still trying to figure it out!! And a few episodes that were just flat out smart! I was thinking, what a great idea to do an episode like that (you’ll see what I mean when you get there..) I also love that I really can relate, to not disappointing your parents in any fashion to picking a career that will feed your soul…Enjoy everyone! ** Also the music! So fun. ;)

    • june2 says...

      The music IS amazing! Wondered about that!

      I just finished I Love Dick. While the writing appears to be directly from an art school personality meme…it is still so refreshing to see something that would never ever be produced on mainstream tv that I decided I actually fully enjoyed it for what it was. Really hope there are seasons to follow!

  17. JMB says...

    I love the relationship between the two guys. There’s a sweetness there you don’t see often. It reminds me of that show with Rebel Wilson, Super Fun Night. There’s a kindness and a loyalty to that sort of friendship that isn’t offered up in many tv shows and movies unless they’re about nuns or school teachers. It gives me the same feeling I had when I read Little Women when I was a kid. Regular people being GOOD people- positive, supportive. I like it. <3 AND IT'S SUPER FUNNY.

  18. Jenny T says...

    We also love Master of None, though it’s interesting to me how heavily it plays on Italian stereotypes when I feel like a major theme of the show is pushing back on other cultural stereotypes. That scene with the cop sampling the pasta sauce really made me cringe.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i hear you! i was wondering if that scene had more old-fashioned stereotypes on purpose because it was based on the 1940s film The Bicycle Theif – but i can’t remember if there was a cop-eating-pasta-scene (or anything similar) in that movie. i hear you, jenny!

    • Rachel says...

      Ah, I dunno, my Italian husband thought that was hilarious, I think because it was such an over-the-top stereotype that it was making fun of itself!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s a good point, rachel!

  19. Isabelle says...

    I cannot WAIT to watch the second season. I barely watch any TV shows but this one also brought me great joy.

  20. Rose says...

    I really like Master of None – particularly loved the First Dates episode , which was super smart and real but also really creative! However, I find that some of the acting on the show is really terrible (the small part characters – not the technical term – e.g. the guy who approaches Dev & his date at the rooftop bar). Anyone else find this? And do you think it’s deliberate? I was wondering, as it’s a comedy..

    • Kristen says...

      Yes Rose, I completely agree that some of the acting is stiff and awkward. I saw it in an early episode when Dev and Arnie were at his ex-girlfriend’s wedding. That episode almost made me not watch the rest of Season 2. However, I’m glad I continued as the episodes got much, much better.

    • Rose says...

      Yes, it’s mainly an issue in the first few eps. It just gets better as it goes on. Basically loved everyone in the “NY I love you” ep.

  21. Michelle says...

    Life in Pieces! It’s similar to Modern Family but fresh and different and hilarious. This is coming from someone who loves Master of None.

    • Colleen Wenos says...

      Yes! Although I’m not sure why Jen is married to Greg. Opposites attract?

    • Kim says...

      Yes, Michellle! I stumbled across Life in Pieces and it’s one of the funniest sitcoms I’ve watched in a few years. Why is noone talking about it?

  22. I loved this new season on Master of None! There is so much kindness and goodness in the show. Just what we need right now. I’m now rewatching season 1.

  23. Rebecca says...

    I’m a massive fan of both Aziz and the show. I loved season one so much and definitely rewatched several times. I thought many episodes of season 2 were genius and refreshing and a pleasure to watch, but the main plot ends up one that’s overdone and unrealistic. Sorry don’t want to spoil it so I won’t say too much, but what I thought was supposed to be a funny show on dating in New York (or, in the modern day in general…and ps that’s my life currently) became unrelatable and overly serious as it veers off this angle. It also puts Aziz into situations where his incredible skills as a comedian are not able to shine through. I was sadly disappointed by the end, but also reminded myself of some of the episodes that I did really enjoy, plus the overall originality and beauty of the cinematography, so…there’s that. :)

  24. HomeFires is my number one show right now. My husband and I just finished the first season and have begun the second and it’s even better. I find myself thinking about it and the characters, who are trying to cope with WWII in a small English village, all day after watching it. Seriously think this is as good or almost better than Downton. Amazing writing and actors. I am obsessed and even my husband, who isn’t crazy about my PBS shows, is addicted.

  25. Could not love this guy more! I am excited to start the second season. His monologue after Trump’s inauguration on SNL was one of my all-time favorite speeches ever and he is so spot on about events in the world today.

  26. Love this show!

  27. Laura says...

    Any Anne of Green Gables fans: I highly recommend the new series on Netflix, Anne with an E. It’s a bit darker than the original PBS series, but I am so in love with the casting and it gives me that same warm, fuzzy feeling I have always felt for these characters I feel that I know so well! I admire Anne’s spunk and gumption so much!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      this sounds amazing! thank you, laura!

    • KS says...

      OMG! Anne of green gables. I still watch the original at times. I was taking personality test long age and I got Anne and I was over the moon(silly right!), while some of my friends had never heard of it. How is that possible? :)

  28. I watched the first two episodes of season one but didn’t get as into it as I thought I would. I want to give it a second go, though, because I love Aziz and everyone I know seems to love the show. Other shows I’m watching on Netflix are: Anne With An “E” (any Anne of Green Gables fans will enjoy this Canadian reboot), Escape to the Country (like British House Hunters, super entertaining) and Parks & Rec reruns almost always. Keeping it super light these days!

    • Jillian says...

      I know what you mean. I did the exact same thing with the first season – watched a few, stopped and then started again in case I was overlooking something. It took me about 4 episodes to get into it and now I’m so hooked. One more episode to watch tonight (I’m actually counting the minutes until I can put my little one down!) and then I can start this Season 2 that everyone is talking about!

  29. Sally says...

    I just started watching the second season of Master of None and it’s so funny. I love it. It’s also smart and witty and just my style. I’m actually going to sneak home from work early to watch another episode. (It’s Friday!)

  30. Lauren E. says...

    My husband and I started to rewatch The Wire. It is still so. freaking. good. It might be the perfect TV show.

    And on a MUCH much lighter note, I recently started watching Jane the Virgin. I’m obsessed. It is SO good! And such a delight. Gina Rodriguez is my current girl crush.

  31. Lisa says...

    Brooklyn 99. I’m late to the party again on this one, but it is just SO funny and I love Andy Samberg (in so many ways, including I would consider him as a good husband number 2).

    I cannot WAIT for the new Twin Peaks to arrive, having just watched the original series. So many questions! I’d forgotten that there’s a couple of cliffhangers at the end of the last episode and we’ve had to wait 25 years for them to be resolved! (unless David Lynch forgot about them. I really hope not. That would suck).

  32. Hannah says...

    I’m so in love with this season! I am so charmed by the romance of everything. It feels nostalgic and sweet while being honest and modern. Not cheesy at all, but gives me those old Hollywood magic feelings. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I’ve been dancing around my house to the song Guarda Come Dondolo featured in episode 9. So good!

    • Lisa says...

      I completely agree–there’s something about this season that feels very relatable and real, while still transporting you to a kind of old-Hollywood magical world. Without spoiling (!) I think many of us have found ourselves in a situation like Dev and the feelings felt very real to me, even through the magical lens.

  33. Anna says...

    Sometimes reading the comments on these posts are like looking into my own head! I’m also really loving Master of None season 2. I try and pace myself so it’s not finished too quickly. And I was just Googling the actress Francesca plays last night for haircut inspiration. She nails that European bang…

  34. polyana says...

    I love everything about Master of None. Aziz and Yang did a beautiful job writing for this season (I watched it in two days), by literally bringing so many different perspectives and points of views based on real life you really don’t see any other shows having the courage to do. Plus, Aziz Ansari looks a lot like my brother who lives far away, and is also super funny and sweet, so the show also kind of makes me miss him even more!

    Other than that – very excited for the new season of the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt!

    • Justine says...

      Yes! Masters of None and Kimmie released within a week of each other!

  35. I am re watching Gilmore Girls from the first season during long breastfeeding sessions: it has not suffered aging effects, it still makes me have a lot of fun! I will soon try master of none! Curious about the italian location, since I am italian living in Milano.

  36. Trisha says...

    I have been stopping random people on the street and screaming from the rooftops for everyone to watch Master of None! It is currently my favorite show. All I asked my guy for Mother’s Day was to let me watch this show uninterrupted! ha. Of course he came in with the kid and got sucked in too. I think she did too and she’s only 18 months old. I am so in love with Aziz now! This show has everything, diversity, the best humor, great friendships, and THE FOOD! I just wanted all the pasta and red wine. Love it!
    ALLLORRA! ha
    I think I’ll have to just keep rewatching both seasons until season 3 :-p

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      haha that’s awesome, trisha!

  37. Stacie says...

    My husband and I haven’t watched a TV show at home in like 2 months! (We have a 4.5 month old and are ready to go to bed when she does lol). So I’ve started watching clips of things while I’m pumping at work, and I started this yesterday. I’m only halfway through the first episode and I love it. (: Also, Twin Peaks is returning on Sunday, so I might have to make time for that too!

  38. The Great British Baking Show on Netflix! So good.

  39. I’ve been watching The IT Crowd an English TV show about an IT Department in the basement of a major company. It is hilarious and each season is only 6 (25 minute) episodes so its easy to binge a season in a night. I always end up laughing non stop for the duration of the episode and think everyone should watch it!

    • Celeste Warf says...

      I so envy that you haven’t seen IT Crowd yet-I wish I could watch it fresh again. The theater episode is my very very favorite!

  40. Kate says...

    I just binge watched all 3 seasons of Grace & Frankie and am so sad I finished it! Cute, funny, and all-around awesome. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are gold. I haven’t seen a show that showcases the vibrant and interesting lives of 70-somethings in forever (since Golden Girls!). Grace and Frankie kill it with their wit and shenanigans. If you need a pick me up watch it! :)

  41. Katie says...

    You guys always read my mind. I loved Season 1 but Season 2 was pure magic. I could not get enough. I want to echo the cheers to Aziz for casting a wide spectrum of REAL people and honestly portraying modern friendship / relationships / romance. Shows like Master of None make the lack of diversity and authenticity in most television shows and movies all the more glaring.

  42. Edith says...

    I just finished the third season of Srugim (on Amazon Prime) and loved it. It’s an Israeli drama series about a group of 30 year olds living their lives, dating, relationships and struggling with the role of religion in their life. It takes place in Jerusalem. I especially loved how the friendship between the three female head characters is portrayed, very touching and with humor. Since I do not know much about religious life in Jerusalem, it was very insightful and refreshing to learn about it through these series. It’s sort of Sex and the City but in Jerusalem:) Really recommend it, it’s addictive, I was sad when it ended. I am telling everyone I know about Srugim, since no one has heard about it!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      sounds so good, edith! i’d never heard of it. going to check it out this weekend. thanks for the rec!

  43. Stephanie says...

    I’ve been getting into “Great News,” a new show developed by the one-and-only T. Fey! It’s fresh and funny. Hope ya’ll love it.

  44. Nicky says...

    Master of None is currently my FAVORITE show. It’s so diverse, refreshing and insanely funny. I am an Asian American, born and raised in NY. And to me, the writing is so on point and it’s completely relatable, I find myself saying out-loud “THIS IS REAL LIFE” all the time while watching it. My boyfriend is sweet guy from the suburbs of New England (no diversity whatsoever – when I visit his family, i’m THE sole minority for miles) who loves it more than I do. I love that it’s something we both appreciate and laugh about.

  45. Sadie says...

    I loved both seasons! Especially the episodes, “New York, I Love You” and “Thanksgiving”. Lena Waithe really shines.

    Also, I enjoyed the episode about dating and dating apps. I starting seeing my husband right before dating apps became prevalent and I’ve wondered what’s it’s like today to date in a city. It seems kinda intense but I love how empowered the women are! I think the episode is a fun peek inside the dating world for an old married lady like myself. ;) “I’m going to Whole Foods. Need me to pick you up anything?”‘ would’ve worked on me!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that whole foods line was the BEST.

  46. Alex says...

    Master of None is brilliant and funny and sooooooo endearing. I binged season 2 and am so sad it’s over. I think i’ll watch the whole thing again next week.

    Ansari/Yang 2020!

    • Rachel says...

      I’d vote for them! :)

  47. I’m going to start watching this show after the Conan clip – hilarious!

  48. SN says...

    We had a 17 hour flight back home this weekend and watching ‘Master of None’ was the best way to pass the time. I LOVE Aziz — he’s so sweet and funny, but thoughtful and oddly charming.

  49. Cass says...

    LOVED the Italy episodes (got me so excited for an upcoming trip!) the beautiful, film-like quality, Aziz’s Italian – amazing! We powered through the first five eps the night it dropped and loved them but the second half of the season felt very disjointed and the latter Francesca stuff (trying to avoid spoilers) just seemed painful and almost self indulgent… am I the only one who thinks so?! There’s a beauty and freedom in being able to make whatever you want but I would have loved to see better pacing/storytelling in the second half – and some very different choices. It just seemed like Aziz was scripting his own fantasies and they didn’t always work and certainly didn’t flow.

    • L says...

      I’m up to episode 8 so I haven’t seen the ending but I agree that the second half didn’t flow at all. I actually really liked the storytelling in the second half and if some of the episodes had been a stand-alone thing I would have loved them (the New York one, especially) but it was a bit jarring when you’re binge watching and all of a sudden the pacing or format changes drastically. I was watching with my husband but at one point he was doing something else and only half paying attention and part way through the New York episode he asked me if we were still watching the same show or if I changed it. It definitely felt like it was a whole different show, but a different show that I really like, so I can’t complain too much.

  50. Ekta says...

    Watching Cable Girls on Netflix and loving it – lots of strong women, lots of drama, lots of sweet moments.

  51. Emma says...

    I loooved Denise’s episode. Such a grounded take on coming out over time. Also Dev and grandma ???

  52. Katie C says...

    My husband and I just started watching season 2 a couple days ago. We were crazy about season 1 but I think I love season 2 even more. Also, I went for a haircut today and brought a pic of Francesca for inspiration:)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      ooh how was the cut?? :)

    • Andrea says...

      YES I am going to use her picture too for my Fall chop!

    • Katie C says...

      Bella!;)

  53. Elise says...

    I love how each episode felt like a beautifully directed movie. Some episodes seemed like short stories that he just wanted to tell…kind of like Girls did this season…except that Dev and his friends are so likeable, diverse, and make you smile. I love Girls too…but this was refreshing.

  54. Em says...

    I’m watching This is Us right now, which I first heard about a bit ago when Cup of Jo posted asking people what they were watching, and This is Us kept popping up in the comments.

  55. Katie says...

    You got me watching Catastrophe! And, every now & then I watch an old West Wing, which has a soothing effect. PS – my celebrity crush right now is Jason Mantzoukas. I like that he plays this hilarious & totally reprehensible character on The League, and yet seems to be a smart, funny, and charming guy in interviews.

  56. ev says...

    I’m almost done with season two and I’ve really enjoyed the pacing. It feels like his vision for the show has a very unique structure as opposed to, say, network shows? nothing is rushed and things you expect to happen don’t. often, the episode just ends. I enjoy not being able to guess which way the story will expand.

    Loved the episode about Thanksgiving, too. I feel liked it captured African American families in a refreshing way. Also, the episode with interwoven stories reminded me GIRLS ‘ bottle episode.

  57. Brianna says...

    I haven’t watched Master of None, but now I think I will. I’ve been re-watching Gilmore Girls, but I’m sort of over it. I’m also watching Frasier, which never gets old. I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m pretty sure I’m the only person on the planet with a thing for David Hyde Pierce – his slow burn for Daphne is ridiculous and romantic all at once.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      omg my mom is in LOVE with him! hahaha, too funny. he’s so charming in the show.

    • Brianna says...

      Right? I’ve never seen him in anything else, but yes! He’s such a charmer.

  58. Char says...

    Loved the first season of Master Of None, can’t wait to get started on the second season!
    Current shows I’m watching are The Handmaid’s Tale, and American Gods. Definitely recommend both!

  59. I love this show too!

  60. Caitlin says...

    We love how gentle the show is – it’s the perfect thing to watch before bed. Cute and funny and not some big drama. I also love his parents in the show – especially the dad coming over for tech help. My parents, who have four daughters, none of whom are particularly techie, adore their two sons in law who are techie. Free IT help!

  61. Diana says...

    I watched the first three episodes last night as a way to feel cozy after a long day of travel–from Italy! I was so excited to hear Aziz speak Italian and to feel transported back to Tuscany. Ahhh. It was wonderful. I loved the first season and can’t wait to get home to continue watching season 2!

  62. Laura says...

    My husband and I sat down to watch the first episode of Master of None season two on Saturday, and we ended up watching the whole season in one sitting. Each episode was better than the next. I just loved it. Aziz Ansari is such a gem.

  63. Ellen says...

    Just watched the first two episodes of Master of None, season two last night with my husband — most enjoyable! One of the things I enjoyed most was the portrayal of male friendship in the show. The friendship is warm and supportive and not made up of the typical TV scripted, jokey put downs. Aziz Ansari is doing a great job delivering up human kindness and respect with a sense humor. Amen brother!

    • Lizzie says...

      Such a great point, Ellen. I really enjoy that aspect too, it’s so refreshing!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, they are so sweet together! and so supportive. great point.

    • Kate says...

      Yes! My husband and I love Master of None and that’s the exact same thing I said to him. I love the portrayal of male friendship – so refreshing to see a tv show honor that relationship. Their little inside jokes and songs crack me up. “Eating in Italy is my favorite thing, eating in Italy is my favorite thing!”

    • Lisa says...

      I like the friendship between Jake Peralta and Charles Boyle in Brooklyn 99. Normally a character like Charles would be mocked (in a nasty way) in a lot of shows (including by his best friend), but I love how Jake is just NICE to him and accepts the crazy as part of who his best friend is. As the dork in many friendships, I appreciate it

  64. As much as I loved the first season (such a perfect cast and soundtrack, the Nashville episode was superb) this second season disappointed me… I’m Italian living in Italy and the Italy he shows is not real. Modena is not a town not a small town and there were so many cliches… and I get that he’s maybe done this partly on purpose, but considering how genuine the first season felt (or the thanksgiving episode), I was hoping for more! His best elements are his friends, and we only get to see a bit of them in this second season, hope we get more in the third? ciao from Italy!

    • I’ve only seen the first two episodes of season two and so far I’m not impressed. It felt stilted and cliche and superficial. I’m hoping the other episodes are better (because I LOVED season one).

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      so interesting and enlightening to hear your perspective, rachele. thank you so much for sharing. i know the first episode was a take on 1948 film The Bicycle Thief, so i wonder if that’s part of why it might have felt cliched/old-fashioned. did the feel the same way about the second episode in italy?

      on a side note: modena and the countryside they rode was so gorgeous!

  65. I watched the whole season in two days. I loved the “New York I Love You” episode with the woven narratives. The show is so refreshing and different.

    P.S. ALLORAAAA!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      ALLORAAA!!!

  66. Molly says...

    Loving this season! I said that very thing to my husband while watching the back-and-forth scenes with his parents and their friends following prayers vs Aziz and his friends at a bar. Both lovely representations of community and friendship and something you almost never see on TV.

  67. Veronica says...

    I literally just finished the second season and I am so sad that it is over. It’s almost like when you finish a book that you love and you mourn the loss of the characters rolling around in your head. How adorable and gorgeous is Francesca BTW?

  68. Laura says...

    As for the post’s ending note, maybe there should be another Who’s Your Celebrity Crush post because OH MY GOSH DID YOU SEE DEV PATEL IN LION???????????

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      omg lexi was RAVING about him, i can’t wait to watch it!

    • Rebecca says...

      Lion was SO AMAZING. So many tears!

    • Meg says...

      Love the sentiment of celebrity crushes on people of various ethnicities but Dev Patel is Hindu, not Muslim.

    • Sarah King says...

      no one said dev patel was muslim. i think we’re just talking about current celebrity crushes per the final question at the bottom of the post.

    • Laura says...

      Yes, see it! I had to hold back tears on the airplane.

      Also, I never said Dev Patel was Muslim. I was just commenting on the “PS” note above because he’s genuinely my current celeb crush and I have the google history to prove it (did you see him at the Oscars? *swoon*).

    • Meg says...

      Ah, got it! Thought you were referring to the point just above (re: the importance of representation).

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      “the google history to prove it” = hahahaha

    • Lauren E. says...

      I was lukewarm on Lion except for SUNNY PAWAR. Oh my gosh, maybe the cutest little boy I’ve ever laid eyes on. Him screaming “Guddu!” just broke my heart clear open.

  69. Chewing Gum – so smart, and funny – Micaela Coel is awesome.

    Shetland – gorgeous and complex mysteries set in Scotland.

    Sense8 – I watch this for the on-location amazingness. The overarching story is just okay but the acting and the smaller moments are great.

  70. The Night Manager! It’s like watching a James Bond movie every night. And you totally turned me on to Peaky Blinders–can’t wait for the next season.

    • Diana says...

      I love-love-loved The Night Manager. Tom Hiddleston is the hottest man on the planet.

    • Looooooved this show too!!! Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie…what more could you want….?!!!

    • Ali says...

      obsessed with The Night Manager. Its a few years old now but The Honorable Woman had a similar vibe to The Night Manager.

  71. Amy says...

    Lovvvve this show. And the second season is even better than the first. He’s doing something that no one else is doing (that I know of) and it doesn’t feel forced or fake. A must watch.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes! stella was saying how it feels like you’re just watching real friends chatting. it feels so authentic.

    • Sarah Beth says...

      I was feeling the same way! Authentic is the perfect word for it. In some of the later episodes, it was painful to watch bc it just felt so true and real! Throughout the whole season, I just kept thinking this feels just like my friends and my life, except more beautiful and funnier. But the feelings are so true!

  72. Lula says...

    My husband is away for a few days and I have been saving up the new series to binge while he’s away. I love it so much – it’s so smart. The episodes on race and women in the first series were spot on.

    I’ve watched the first two episodes of the new series and I was drooling over that restaurant scene with Dev and Arnold

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      “pasta in italy is my favorite thing, pasta in italy is my favorite… thing!” haha those two are so cute.

  73. Shannon says...

    Episode 5…. oh man. I love Francesca. And John legend covering MJ?? So so good.

  74. Colleen says...

    I watched part of season 1 and didnt really get into it. I can’t relate to all the free time single people have.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      you might still like season two. “Season one is about not knowing what you want,” aziz told vogue. “Season two is about wanting what you can’t have.”

  75. Nicole says...

    In the second season of “Master of None”, one of the episodes focuses on online dating (aka phone app dating). It was a painfully accurate summary of some of the bad horrific dates I encountered!

  76. I LOVE Master of None! It’s both hysterical and touching. It’s also one of the only times I see any part of myself (person of color / 1st generation American) reflected in a show. Aziz is so funny and oh so smart.

    • Gabriela says...

      Totally agree on the person of color/ first generation thing. He captures it so well.

  77. LOVING Master of None. My husband and I are trying really hard to not rush through it.
    But on my own I’m obsessssed with The Handmaids Tale.

    • Amy says...

      My boyfriend and I started watching and now he’s away on a business trip. I *secretly* watched all the remaining episodes the first two nights he was away! I haven’t told him yet but will have to fess up :)

  78. jillian says...

    p.s. thanks for getting me hooked on Catastophe too!! It’s one of my favorite shows now! my husband even likes it too :)

  79. Rumi says...

    Yes! Totally binged on the new season of Master of None :) The “New York, I Love You” episode is incredibly well-put together.

    Another fun odd series is “Chewing Gum”, but I think this was mentioned in previous reader comments.

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Yes, Rumi!! That episode was my favorite. So smart.

  80. jillian says...

    i liked the second season more than the first! it had me dreaming of traveling back to Italy! I hope he does another season! I’m dying to see what’s next for Dev after that last episode.

  81. Melissa says...

    Fargo, Shetland, The Handmaid’s Tale, Grand Designs

  82. Kristin says...

    Based on your/others’ recommendations on older posts I just binge watched all of Catastrophe in three days. So good! And so sad that I don’t have any episodes left!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      omg i hear you!! ending a great show (or book) is its own small version of heartbreak :)

    • Melissa says...

      I just finished Catastrophe too! I didn’t know what to do with myself…until I realized that I had all of season two of Master of None to binge, haha. That season three finale had me feeling all sorts of feelings. I’m scared for what season four has in store for us as the viewers!

  83. Carrie says...

    Aziz is such a cutie!

  84. cooper says...

    I love Aziz’s take on current events + politics! His SNL monologue shortly after the inauguration was encouraging and insightful and brought a small measure of comfort. I love Master of None and am excited for Season Two!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes! his SNL monologue was epic. Chris Rock watched aziz on stage that night and said: “You ever watch somebody, like, get more famous right in front of your eyes? It’s like, ‘Oh wow, you’re a bigger star right now than you were five minutes ago.’ “