"Never Have I Ever," already an outstanding comedy, manages to be even better in its sophomore run. Everything about the show is more confident – the physical comedy is goofier, Devi's dingbat logic is more outlandish, and McEnroe's narration easily flows with the action.
Sweet, shrewd series. ...[Maitreyi Ramakrishnan] has remarkable comedic swagger; she delivers Devi’s savage takedowns with the cheerful confidence of a young Amy Poehler. McEnroe is skilled at self-parody, and he toggles his tone between supportive observer, frustrated adult scold, and OK Boomer.
The end of high school is a pivotal time that countless shows have tried to replicate and only a handful have managed to successfully pull off. I’d never have imagined I’d be saying this about a show that used to be a despised Mindy Kaling self-insert, but Never Have I Ever genuinely pulls it off.
Overcoming the saturation of coming-of-age titles, Never Have I Ever adds fresh wrinkles to an old formula, thanks in part to a breakout turn by Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as a high-school sophomore adjusting to a life turned upside down. Sweet, funny and occasionally flat-out weird, it's the latest show that brings an independent-film sensibility to the half-hour comedy format.
Devi is played by newcomer Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, who brings a fine degree of spirit and believability to the role — outdistancing the often thin and predictable writing that Kaling, et al, have provided. The comedy here is fine; the deeper stuff (grief, alienation, obedience) gets the gloss treatment. ... Although the show fulfills its obligation to be breezy and fun, mainly as a teen-centric piece of fluff, never does it ever stretch to become anything more than another Netflix nothingburger.
Even though it’s fun while you first watch it, largely because of Maitreyi Ramakrishnan and Poorna Jagannathan’s great performances, thinking back on Never Have I Ever makes you a bit disappointed in Mindy Kaling. The Jewish characters are mishandled, the LGBTQ characters are derivative especially in season 1, and the main character Devi is sometimes insufferable. Plus, when you strip away the admittedly groundbreaking Indian representation and witty writing, the typical high school antics in the script are very unoriginal and uninspired.
Aimed at POC/LGBTQ/Jewish teens primarily. It’s typical high school fair with an emphasis on sex and boys strangely narrated by John McEnroe(Two other narrators turn up for variety). It’s pleasant enough and progressive naturally but not nasty woke like Lily Singh. Teen girls will like this the most. One negative is how oppressive Indian home life appears to be.
The series was a little bit intriguing at the beginning especially with John McEnroe's narration and the series goes downhill as it progresses. The same cliches we see in every teenage dramas. The same jokes, same drama , this time with an indian protagonist. The ending of this series is so excruciatingly painfull to watch I took breaks in between the 27 min episode unable to handle the cringe that I've been subjected to. The show ends with a kiss, yeah.. I'm not even kidding. I don't want to go into spoiler territory because this show doesn't deserve it, the actors did well for a teenage drama, the characters are cookie cutter, predictable and specially written for a teenage drama. There are some scenes that I liked l though, There is a scene where the character will come out as **** (spoiler. I don't care) which is handled really well. Other than that, total **** show. The title doesn't even make sense to the contents of the show! 'never have I ever'? It's a complete marketing strategy. The John McEnroe's narration was really great, but it was wasted potential as the narration is given less screen time as the show goes on. You might've noticed me using the word teenage drama alot, BECAUSE IT IS ONE. AND NOTHING MORE. it is sometimes funny, and that's it. Every episode ends with a cool soundtrack that no one knows and begins just the same! Why am I even angry at this show?.moving on. cinematograpy? Bland. screenplay? Bland. Comedy? Okay, and good in some episodes. Plot? No one cares. Script? Awful! The last episode is just downright disrespectful to writers in general. Potential sequel? Definitely, it's Netflix we're talking about. None of the show is worth your time, you can't trust an online stranger with 'Ball_fondler ' as a username but believe me i've been through some **** This show has quite an inclusive cast. Asian, black , indian, and appeals to all genders. Which I'm not opposed to whatsoever. But the indian cast is just a ploy into making you think this is different, it's not! I don't have anything against the actors by making the previous statement. What more..? Yeah , the other three people that wrote reviews gave a positive rating. I'm gald they enjoyed the show even though it's hot garbage but what do I know. You might think I'm racist by giving this a bad review, before raging FYI I'm indian so... Gotcha!. Anyways don't watch it.
It's funny how the show was progressive enough to cram woke buzzwords into every scene, yet narrow-minded enough to portray Indian-Americans as a ridiculously superstitious group. Given that this irony was the only thing funny about the show, I couldn't watch beyond ep 2.