- 'Never Have I Ever' is a great comedy with an emotional punch.
Netflix is full of coming of age teen dramas. They either get it very right or very wrong. Never Have I Ever is the perfect palette cleanser to all the over-the-top teen dramas. It’s honest, comedic, diverse, but packs an emotional punch that is a genuine connection point. Created by Mindy Kaling (The Office, The Mindy Project), Never Have I Ever is one of Netflix’s best comedies.
Newcomer Maitreyi Ramakrishnan plays the main character Devi and Indian-American teen who is navigating high school life. Devi struggles with the typical struggles with wanting a boyfriend and being cool. She falls for the cool guy Paxton Hall-Yoshida (Darren Barnet) and comically fights back against her nemesis Ben Gross (Jaren Lewison).
But the show revolves on Devi going to therapy and coming to grips with her father’s untimely death that left her paralyzed. This is also what sets the show apart. Other teen dramas try their protagonist quirky flaws which seem to be solved when they take their glasses off. Devi’s struggles are raw and genuine. She struggles with anger issues and accepting her culture. She’s not perfect by any means and even if she makes mistakes, one can understand that it’s coming from a place of not being able to accept the hand she’s been dealt with. Devi isn’t always right, just like a normal teenager.
Devi’s friends Eleanor Wong (Ramona Young) and Fabiola Torres (Lee Rodriguez) have plot lines that dive into their lives, which is refreshing that they aren’t left as sidekicks. John McEnroe narrates the series, which is explained why but adds a hilarious twist. It’s funny in a refreshing way but tackles the subject of grief in a way that doesn’t feel patronizing. Every character has a time to shine and guests stars including Angela Kinsey and Andy Samberg have a role in the show.
Never Have I Ever is one of the Netflix shows that deserves a second season.