Never Have I Ever is a brilliant Netflix series co-created by Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher. It is one of the sweetest, funniest, most emotional and addictive coming-of-age series that I’ve watched in a long time.
The writing creates a perfectly balanced comedy that deals with grief in a way that will tug at your heartstrings, make you shed a few tears, cry-laugh, and cringe.
Over the ten episodes, we follow the life of Indian-American teen, Devi Vishwakumar (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan), who is trying to have sex with the hottest jock in school, thinks her dead dad came back as a coyote, is learning how to be a better friend, and is running away from home, all while struggling to navigate both her American and Indian identities.
Not only do we live vicariously through the life of Devi but we’re also given a window into the lives of the supporting characters.
Devi’s very conservative Indian mother, Nalini (Poorna Jagannathan) will make you love and hate her at the same time. She is incredibly tough on Devi, but this, we find out later is due to her own struggles with grief. She is also one of the funniest characters in the series, often doing the opposite of what you’d expect her to say or do
The series touches on other difficult topics and conversations through the supporting characters. Paxton Hall-Yoshida (Darren Barnet) is the hot, cool jock at school but at home he is the overprotective brother of his disabled sister. Devi’s friend Eleanor (Ramona Young) struggles with a mother who lies and isn’t present in her life, while the other, Fabiola (Lee Rodriguez) struggles with revealing her sexuality. Devi’s cousin, Kamala (Richa Moorjani) has to decide whether she wants to be with her secret boyfriend or pursue her family’s expectations of an arranged marriage, and Devi’s biggest rival, Ben (Jaren Lewison) lives a life of luxury but at the cost of extreme loneliness.
Never Have I Ever is a fresh, honest, funny and serious all-rounder and will have you sobbing at the end. You definitely won’t regret watching it!
Check out the trailer here:
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