Aziz Ansari’s Netflix Show: What We Know About ‘Master of None’

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Aziz Ansari is about to become the Master of None for Netflix. While audiences have known that the comedian is launching a series on the streaming service for a while now, we had yet to learn any specific details. At Netflix’s Television Critics Association panel this week, Ansari finally revealed exactly what fans can expect from the upcoming series, which is partially inspired by the actor’s own stand-up comedy.

Entitled Master of None, the show will star Ansari as Dev, a 30-year-old actor in New York who has trouble deciding what he wants to eat, much less figuring out the path for the rest of his life. Dev’s story leads him through all kinds subjects, from as the plight of the elderly to the immigrant experience to how to find the most delicious pasta for dinner.

Created by Ansari and Parks and Rec writer Alan Yang, the show is sort of based on the subjects that Ansari touches upon in his own comedy, as well as his recently released book Modern Romance. But the series will approach the topics in a more in-depth way, as well as broach some entirely new themes. “The show is definitely not a relationship show,” Ansari said at the panel, per THR. “We’re really trying to do a wide breadth of topics and subject matter.”

The series will bring several members of the Parks and Rec creative team back together. In addition to starring in and writing for the show, Ansari will also executive produce alongside Yang and Parks’ former showrunner Mike Schur. Meanwhile, Yang will serve as Master of None‘s showrunner.

Aside from Ansari, the series boasts an talented ensemble cast, including Jon Benjamin (Bob’s Burgers), Lena Waithe (The Comeback), Eric Wareheim (Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!), Noel Wells (SNL) and Kelvin Yu (writer for Bob’s Burgers). Per THR, Claire Danes (Homeland) is also set to guest star as a potential love interest for Dev while Noah Emmerich (The Americans) will also make an appearance.

Though the cast is impressive, none of the characters are required to be in every episodes, as in traditional sitcoms. Instead, the stories told in each episode – all of which are driven by Dev’s point of view – determine which characters appear at what point.

So what antics can we expect to see Dev getting into? Audiences will reportedly see Dev film a movie over the course of the first season. Per THR, Ansari and Yang will draw from their own experiences on various projects’ sets to formulate the character’s experiences as an actor.

But the series won’t only focus on Dev’s career. Viewers will also get to meet Dev’s friends and family. In fact, the character’s parents are played by –get this – Ansari’s real-life parents. “There are not a ton of old Indian guys that are actors, and I feel my dad is uniquely funny,” Ansari said of getting his father to be on the show. His mother was reportedly less enthusiastic about the idea, but eventually agreed to make an appearance.

Masters of None extends the relationship between Ansari and Netflix. The actor has previously filmed two comedy special exclusively for the streaming service – 2013’s Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive and this year’s Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden.

The first 10-episode of Masters of None will hit Netflix on November 6.

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