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Netflix released its newest original series, “Master of None,” on Nov. 6, which critics and viewers have responded with deserved praise.

Aziz Ansari, a comedian known for his role in “Parks and Recreation” as Tom Haverford, is co-creator of the series and stars as the main character, Dev. Dev is the kind of guy that has a childlike sense of humor and seems to have a mostly carefree life.

Arnold, played by Eric Wareheim from “The Tim and Eric Show,” is one of Dev’s main buddies. Arnold is the awkward friend who makes random comments and frequently gives absurd advice. Wareheim is perfect for this role, as Arnold’s character is essentially an overgrown man-child. Wareheim’s sense of humor is of the “so stupid it’s funny” variety, so it seems he has to do little more than be himself to portray Arnold.

The series starts off with the first episode “Plan B.” It begins with Dev accompanying this girl he just met and hooked up with to the drug store to purchase a Plan B pill. This opens up the episode to a long exploration into the pros and cons of having children.

The episode covers many different perspectives on the subject. Some viewpoints discussed are those of Dev and Arnold, 30-year-old men who think children are gross and annoying, to that of their friend Kyle (David Charles Ebert), who explains special moments with his son are more significant than any night out with his friends.

There’s humor and a type of realness to each perspective that viewers can relate to. The episode doesn’t leave out one side of the story.

Episode one’s theme, although funny and interesting, in comparison to episode two’s, is pretty general. Episode two, “Parents,” explores what it’s like to be the first generation in a family that has immigrated to the U.S.

“Parents” introduces a new character, Brian, played by co-creator Alan Yang. I’m personally not a fan of Yang’s acting. It doesn’t seem “real” enough. However, it didn’t ruin the episode, and I was still able to focus on the story being told.

Brian is of Asian ethnicity and complains how his parents barely show affection toward him. Dev, who is of Indian ethnicity, touches on how his father can’t understand his desire to become an actor.

Dev and Brian decide to take their parents out to dinner to connect and learn more about them. Their parents tell stories on the hardships of coming from poverty and making it as immigrants in America.

Dev’s parents (who are played by Ansari’s actual parents) explain how Dev’s father worked at a zipper factory to save money for medical school. Brian’s father tells a story about how he and his family had to eat his pet chicken for dinner during hard times.

After dinner, Dev and Brian have a new respect and appreciation for their parents.

This second episode gives a unique, inside look on minorities in America and the hardships their families had to face to enjoy a better life. It touches on both the humorous and serious sides of the situation, making it interesting all around for viewers.

After watching the first two episodes of “Master of None,” I’m convinced it will be a great series. Fortunately, this is a Netflix series, so all of season one is available at once. I’m definitely looking forward to binge-watching the rest of the season and seeing what else this series has to offer.

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Ansari’s new comedy is a hit