Never Have I Ever: Netflix Series Review


Never Have I Ever is inspired by Mindy Kaling childhood which is directed by Tristram Shapeero, Kabir Akhtar and written by Lang Fisher, Mindy Kaling, Justin Noble. 



This series starts with three-time Wimbledon tennis champion Jhon McEnroe narrating about a middle-class, immigrant, 15-year-old, Indian-American girl Devi Vishwakumar (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) trying to fit in Sherman Oaks High School after her father Mohan (Sendhil Ramamurthy) died at her spring orchestra concert.

A week later her legs stopped working suddenly, after three months later while Devi is checking out a boy named Paxton (Darren Barnet) at a supermarket she gets her legs back, to deal with the grief and shock she visits a child psychologist.

At her sophomore year, she made a list of things to do which makes her cool. Devi is so desperate to have a boyfriend, so she asks the hottest boy in the school Praxton whether they both can make out. When he took off his shirt, she was afraid and escapes from there. Devi makes her friends believe that she made out with Praxton.

On the other hand, Devi's cousin Kamala (Richa Moorjani) came to the US from India to get a Master's degree in biology at CalTech. Her parents saw a match in the US who is an engineer but Kamala was in love with a boy at university. Nalini (Poorna Jagannathan)Devi's Mother loves her for her tradition and culture but Devi hates her.

The rest of the series goes how Devi managed to face her issues with her mother, father demise, wish to make out with boyfriend, friends.

Finally, she fell in love with Ben Gross (Jaren Lewison) who is a childhood nemesis in studies helps her out in a difficult situation.

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan acting was excellent in this series as a desi teen, who is a topper, competitive and nerd in her class and extracurricular activities like the most middle-class Indians.

This series highlighted which are common in Indian families some of them are.
  • The restrictions faced by Indian teen girls from their parents.
  • The discrimination faced by an Indian woman when she marries a man outside their community.
  • Treating books like a goddess and should not be thrown on the ground. The Importance of Ganesh Chaturthi for the Indian Hindu community.
  • The cold-hearted aunties who always poke you where you hurt the most.
Overall this Indian American teen drama series narrated by Jhon McEnroe except for one episode is entertaining and showed the real-life of a desi Indian-American teen suffering from the pain of rejecting her and grief from her father's death.

What's good?

  •  Joke-rich script
  • The charm of Canadian-Tamil actress Maitreya Ramakrishnan.

What's Wrong?

  • If you are not involved you might feel bored at a few parts.

My Rating 8/10

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