Master of Joy
Yesterday Lainey wrote about TV FOMO in the age of Peak TV, and how hard it is to keep up with the sheer volume of shows available now. With something like 500 scripted shows airing in 2017 across all platforms, it is virtually impossible to see everything. I wrote to Lainey yesterday that I have just stopped trying and have discovered my TV happiness in what I call “two hours to joy”: A TV show has two hours to bring me joy, or else I’m out. There’s too much content to suffer through something that doesn’t make me happy to watch.
In 2015, a show that made me very happy was Master of None, Aziz Ansari’s post-sitcom sitcom. The trailer for season two was just released, ahead of the season dropping on May 12. There’s no two-hour test for Master—just the trailer makes me smile. There’s the Italian countryside, New York, a dating montage, Dev’s parents!, Arnold, Brian, John Legend, Bobby Cannavale, and that woman chugging wine from the bottle at the 42 second mark! It’s the perfect blend of stuff we love from the first season, and new stuff to look forward to (we’re only missing Paro). I’m especially curious about Bobby Cannavale—is he something to do with Dev’s dreams of becoming a chef? And I CANNOT WAIT to see the return of Ansari’s real parents playing Dev’s fictional parents. They are DELIGHTFUL in both contexts.
If, for some reason, you have not yet seen Master of None, you have a few weeks to get through it. Maria says it’s hard for her to catch up with a show if she’s missed the “peak”, but a great time to get caught up is right before a new season. And Master of None is a genuinely good show that goes down easy—very bingeable within a weekend. There’s a lot of TV to be watching, and no sense wasting your time on stuff that doesn’t bring you joy. But give Master of None two hours, and I bet it brings you joy.