There is no doubt about it: I am OBSESSED with all things Devi and Never Have I Ever!
If I thought the first season of this Mindy Kaling produced comedy drama about the triumphs and struggles of an Indian American teenager struggling to deal with her father’s untimely death and high school life was basically my life story, Season 2 has done the damn thing and sealed the deal.
No, really, I was Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) back in the 2000s, from not being able to deal with my dad’s death to all of the crazy boy shenanigans and right down to how I dressed and looked. Exhibit A:
This addictive second season, once again narrated by iconic tennis legend John McEnroe (with a special guest narrator for the Paxton-centric episode – I won’t spoil the surprise of who it is!), focuses on Devi’s unexpected love triangle with rich nerd Ben ( Jaren Lewison )and ridiculously hot Paxton (Darren Barnet). Seriously, does this boy ever not look good?!
Of course, grief and boy problems are just two of the great storylines making up this season’s canvas. We’re also seeing some queer growth for Fabiola (Lee Rodriguez) ; self-worth realisation for Eleanor (Ramona Young), Kamala (Richa Moorjani)’s assertiveness and horrors of all horrors, Mom Nalini (Poorna Jagannathan) ‘s brief sojourn into dating again.
Besides all of the quintessential teen drama we all can relate to, the pushy Indian mom stereotype whose idea of motivating her kid is comparing her to everyone else is SO spot on. I won’t lie: watching Devi’s desperation to hold onto her dad Mohan ( Sendhil Ramamurthy) via his voicemails, home videos and dreams hit me right in the feels and I was sobbing for that entire episode. I miss being my dad’s perfect girl too.
I always knew that Mindy Kaling was my spirit animal because she is hands down still my choice to play me when Tendai turns my How I Met Your Father blog into a sitcom (yes, I know Hilary Duff is doing one of her own but tell me you’re not stoked to see Mindy turn my already embarrassing dating stories into Netflix gold?!). I just didn’t realise that her teen story would be mine too.
This one is DEFINITELY worth a binge-watch!
Never Have I Ever Season 2 is available on Netflix.