I am going to start writing what I think and feel when I watch a series or a film. I am tired of just writing about 1001 Albums. I am by no means a critic writer. These will be my point of view.
I know Netflix‘s Never Have I Ever was classified as a comedy, but I found it to be more of a dramedy. I definitely enjoyed watching about a different culture, but that is something I do naturally. I hate when people say that we do not have enough representation of Mexicans, Indians, Asians, or whatever you want to see. You can literally turn on Youtube or Netflix to see any type of person you want to identify with. In this series we get one of almost everything, except there are a lot of Indians and at least three gay characters. Netflix tries to represent everything under the heavens in one series.
Now, as for this series, I was going to skip it, but a friend suggested it. I really did enjoy the acting, except for Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Devi. This is her first acting job so I was patient, but she was not great. Hopefully, she will mature as she does more acting. Fortunately, the supporting cast around her was excellent, especially Jaren Lewison as Ben, Devi’s competition at school, Poorna Jagannathan as Devi’s mother Nalini, and Sendhil Ramamurthy as her father Mohan.
Speaking of Sendhil Ramamurthy, he has a connection to Mindy Kaling, the creator of the series. He was in some episodes of The Office. Also, look out for Angela Kinsey too from the same series.
I enjoyed the music, but I did not find myself searching too much for any of it. I would not watch the series again, but I would check out season 2. It ended with a bit of a twist so I wonder how will it be resolved.
The point of the series, which I need a point or why bother, was that lying to your friends and family can cause more trouble than it is worth. Devi lies a lot. She is also not a good friend at times. I hate when I feel people are lying to me or not being good friends as I feel I am to others. Is the story new? Not really. It has been done many times, but not from the perspective of a first generation Indian American. 7.5/10.