When I first saw the trailer for "Never Have I Ever," I really thought that it was going to be a cringy show.
Ohhhhh, here we go again stereotyping Indian people.
I was hesitant to watch the show initially. There were lots of backlashes when it released criticizing the humor and some of the content in the show. However, one day my friend asked if I wanted to see it and how we should judge for ourselves. "Sure, let's do it." For the next week, we would Netflix Party the show pausing and writing our comments on it. We both agreed that Devi is a toxic friend and doesn't always have the best outlet for her problems.
Yeah, there are a few misses like ummmmm, how is the mom this cool????? How did Devi get so lucky with Paxton??? Were some of those cringy jokes necessary?????
However, ultimately, we both agreed that it was a good show.
The overall theme and the struggle that an Indian American teenager goes through was portrayed really well. There is always an identity issue that we face in certain groups. To the Indian aunties, we are "Americanized" and then to our classmates, we are "Indian." That dynamic struggle of finding one's identity and battling two cultures all while being a teenager is portrayed really well, and I recommend the show.
This show has paved the way for more Indian American representation in the mainstream, and I am looking forward to Season 2.