This one I wanted to keep light and easy as there is already too much going around already. I wanted to take a break from the current situation and the ongoing stress so I was looking for some fun lockdown binge-series on Netflix. I came across the Never Have I Ever series on Netflix and finished it in one go. I thought of writing a review on this series as I really enjoyed watching the show and it was a relief for me in this lockdown situation.
Never Have I Ever – thought the Netflix series will be so refreshing
Last month I made a list of Netflix series from 2018 that are really good to watch in this lockdown but they are mostly thriller fantasies and dramas. For the past few days, I was feeling low being in the second month of lockdown and was craving to watch something fun and lighthearted. It was like every day going through the same lockdown routine, watching the news which made it even worse and then trying to stay active and happy all throughout this.
I took a break from the routine for a while and thought of catching up with some delightful, fun, and light comedy movie or series on Netflix. While I was browsing on the Netflix “Never Have I Ever” series came up as a suggestion on trending now and I thought of giving it a shot.
“Never Have I Ever” is an American Comedy Drama series with Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as the lead protagonist and is made by Mindy Kaling and Lang fisher. This series is about an Indian American teenage girl Devi who’s trying hard to balance her school, family, friends, and relationships while secretly grieving her father’s death.
What I liked about the show was the title “Never Have I Ever” we used to play this game in high school a lot and also how real all the characters were. It had a decent and interesting storyline, nothing over the top, and also the narration was amusing and entertaining. This is the first American comedy show with an Indian character in the lead and I fell in love with Devi’s character with all her confusions, experiences, expressions, emotions, and realizations.
I loved being a part of Devi’s high school adventures as it took me back to my high school. The only difference was that I spent my teen years in India. I was telling my mom how Devi’s mother struggled with raising her teenage daughter in a different country and culture with Indian Values and how even I troubled her a lot in my teen years with similar problems. Even Though the series is an American drama but every one can easily connect to it and will definitely take you back to your teen years.
What was more interesting for me was an Indian American teen exploring her emotions and uplifting herself with everything going around her. So many cultures and backgrounds are represented in the series naturally without being awkwardly or politically forced on it. I wish there were more light-hearted shows like these that combine both comedy and important issues of teenage anxiety and emotional turbulence.
I just binged watched the whole season. This show is like a breath of fresh air and perfect in a day of lockdown. There are some stereotypes in the show, but it’s just to make the viewers understand the complexities of a culture. Its witty, on-point, fresh and upbeat humor with a perfect high school backdrop. Give it a watch if you haven’t already, at least it will make you smile.
Here I made a fun “Never Have I Ever “list of things I never did while in high school. Let me know in comments What are those 2 to 3 things you would add to your “Never Have I Ever” list.
The above list of my “Never Have I Ever” is inspired by Devi’s experiences in the Netflix series. I enjoyed making this list as I used to write these in my friends slam books in high school. This series definitely took me back to my high school memories and all those stupid things we did while in school.