Netflix’s new coming of age drama “Never Have I Ever” is created by Mindy Kaling & Lang Fisher. It is a moving story of an Indian-American teenage girl dealing with her father’s death.
Things that worked
All the characters were likeable, and I was able to side with them right from the start. I liked how the characters had a weakness of some sort. It added a lot to the story’s authenticity and made it more enjoyable, in my opinion.
The character arcs of all the characters were fleshed out, and each of them had their own motives and payoffs. For Devi, it is recovering from her father’s death, for Fabiola (Lee Rodriguez), it is coming out to her parents, for Eleanor (Ramona Young), it is dealing with her mother.
All the characters had the same level of importance, and that’s what made the story entertaining, in my opinion.
The scenes between Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) & her father Mohan (Sendhil Ramamurthy) were so heartwarming, and they are, without a doubt, some of the best parts of the series. Those scenes and the connection between them strengthened the impact of the series.
I loved the narration of John McEnroe, and his on-screen cameo was a joy to watch. The comedy did work for me, and I laughed a lot throughout the series.
Things that could have been better
The depiction of the Indian family was not accurate and could have had a lot more effort put in, in my opinion. To be precise, they looked a lot like a north Indian family but were speaking Tamil, a south Indian language. Of course, most of the people watching the series wouldn’t care much about that, but I thought I’d mention it.
Creating an American show about a community and culture which is under-represented on American TV, requires guts, and Mindy Kaling deserves to be appreciated.
Verdict – (3/5)
Overall, Never Have I Ever is an enjoyable watch, thanks to the heartwarming relationship between the father & the daughter.