Review: Never Have I Ever, Season 2

Never have I ever, season 2, was better than season 1 in my opinion. This coming-of-age story by Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher took the high school students we got to know earlier and gave them some funny yet enlightening experiences. The series will be streamed on Netflix.

Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) is the main character in Never have I ever. Around her are family, friends, boyfriends, teachers, a therapist and several others. This series of characters offers different perspectives on the many themes such as sadness, anger, love, betrayal, friendship, dating, standing up for yourself, learning to apologize, the immigrant experience and more.

Review: Never Have I Ever, Season 2

Eleanor (Ramona Young) and Fabiola (Lee Rodriguez) are still Devi’s best friends. The friends try to help each other through their mistakes. Devi messes things up with such frequency that it takes a lot of work for her to correct her mistakes. Grieving for her father keeps her whole life out of balance.

Devi has two (TWO) (2) (1+1) guys who are interested in her! Schoolboy Paxton (Darren Barnet) and her old nemesis Ben (Jaren Lewison). For a while she tries to date both of them. A disaster in the making.

Christina Kartchner and Lee Rodriguez in Never Have I Ever

Fabiola is dating Eve (Christina Kartchner) again this season. Learning to be part of the lesbian community at her school is almost harder than being in the closet. Fabiola knows a lot about robots, but nothing about The L-word or Carol.

Eleanor meets Malcolm (Tyler Alvarez), a Disney TV actor who attends their school. Eleanor is a theater nerd. She’s starstruck and they start dating. Both Faviola and Eleanor learn a lot from their dating experiences in Season 2.

Another new student is important in Season 2. Aneesa (Megan Suri) makes the switch. She is also South Asian. At first Devi is jealous of her, but then she realizes that Aneesa has the same problems as a first generation Indian American who has Devi. They get each other. But Devi still manages to screw up the new friendship.

Devi’s mother, Nilini (Poorna Jagannathan), shared her growing experience with a colleague, Dr. Jackson (Common). Devi’s cousin, Kamala (Richa Moorjani), learns and grows as she takes on a professional role. Devi’s grandmother is from India and lives with them.

All these women and teenage girls grapple with the same questions: who are they, what do they want from life, and how can they demand the respect they deserve. The entire storyline of the series is an ode to feminism.

John McEnroe does voiceover again for most episodes. McEnroe even gets some of the best lines.

All in all, this series has a lot to offer. An inclusive cast, a clever storyline and a sense of reality about life’s problems. It also manages to be full of light and fun.

This series reminds me in many ways of One day at a time (the 2017 version developed by Gloria Calderón Kellett). Three generations of a newly immigrated family who don’t always speak English at home. They maintain strong cultural values, traditions and food preferences. The professional mother of the sandwich generation supports the whole family. Both series touch on powerful and important subjects and do so in a way that makes a point with humor.

Poster for Season 2 of Never Have I Ever
Paxton broke his arm in season 2. Does that explain where his foot went?

Here’s the trailer.

Have you seen season 1 of Never have I ever? Are you planning on grabbing season 2?

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