Master of None on Netflix: why Aziz Ansari is not at the center of season 3?  - News Series on TV

Master of None on Netflix: why Aziz Ansari is not at the center of season 3? – News Series on TV

The third season of the “Master of None” series on Netflix saw a change of main character following accusations against its co-creator, Aziz Ansari.


After several years of absence, the Master of None series is finally back on Netflix. The series co-created by Aziz Ansari (Parks & Recreation) returns to us for a new season 3, not without a change of size.

It is no longer Dev, the New York hipster (played by Anzari) who takes the place of the main character, but his best friend Denise, played by Lena Waithe (creator of the series The Chi, seen in the cast of Westworld season 3), and also credited as co-writer of this five-episode season.

This change of character, although perfectly organic, does not however take the place of a scriptwriting decision, since it is the consequence of the accusations of sexual harassment against Aziz Ansari.

So at the peak of his notoriety thanks to the success of the series (he notably won the Golden Globe for Best Comic Actor), the comedian was indeed accused in January 2018 by a photographer of inappropriate behavior and unwanted touching.

After a date, Ansari is said to have insisted on obtaining sex, which the young woman refused him several times before he finally left his home. Faced with the accusations, the comedian then issued a public apology, pleading for a misinterpretation of the situation.


Denise (Lena Waithe) and her mother, played by Angela Bassett.

Withdrawn from the film sets for many months, Aziz Ansari then began a campaign of redemption, resuming his stand-up shows in American clubs, as Louis CK also did, also found guilty of sexual harassment. by several women.

The choice to replace the main character of Master of None therefore follows from this case. However, let us remember that Lena Waithe is a very talented artist; She had notably become the first black screenwriter to win the Emmy Awards for the episode. Thanksgiving (co-authored with Ansari) inspired by the story of her own coming out to her family.

Note that Aziz Ansari was not completely excluded from the series. Credited as co-writer of this third season, he also directed the five episodes, notably under the influence of Ingmar Bergman’s masterpiece, Scenes of conjugal life (read our detailed paper).

The character of Dev is not entirely absent from this third season. Present in a few scenes, the latter is portrayed to us in a much less positive light than in the past; become a simple production assistant for a television series, the latter also seems to have lost contact with his friends, starting with Denise whom he meets during a sequence rich in innuendo.

The three seasons of the series Master of None are now available exclusively on Netflix.

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