Make Your Case: Best Comedy Series

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Veep
Transparent
Silicon Valley
Modern Family
Master of None 

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 
Black-ish

If you told me that Master of None wasn’t getting a second season, that all we had to judge it on was Season 1, I’d easily put it in the Top 5 Best TV Comedies of the 21st Century. No show in recent memory has left such an imprint in a single season of ten episodes. No other comedy this year has crafted such an impeccable thesis statement and capped it off so poignantly and hilariously. This year? This decade, even. Most shows take at least three seasons to really craft a satisfying narrative. Master of None did it in ten episodes. The Golden Age of Television still remains supreme.

Blame and/or thank creators Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang for all this. People point to shows like Girls as representations of 21st century youth culture. But Master of None is leaps and bounds a much more realistic (and funnier) look at friendship, diversity, relationships, and finding purpose in life in your 20’s and 30’s. Ansari also plays lead character Dev, a struggling actor in New York City who’s still living off of the residuals from a Go-Gurt commercial. Each episode feels like a short film, almost like something out of a 1970’s Woody Allen film, and characters from one episode might end up recurring from episode-to-episode, but some might just make a single episode. Sort of like real life, where friends come and go depending on the scenario, and some people you might not even see for months. Beneath the sharp production design, there is nothing more real than the situations and relationships on this show.

We will be getting a second season of Master of None, and one can hope it will live up to the exceedingly high expectations it has set for itself. But for this singular season of a masterful diverse comedy, nothing makes more sense than rewarding it Best Comedy. 

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