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Four sitcoms to stream this spring

Ever since Netflix, I’ve had a very limited social life because who wants to ‘Netflix and chill’ when you can binge-watch. Consequently, I’ve discovered a sitcom full of great advice. So here goes.

brunch Updated: Mar 12, 2016 20:17 IST
Saudamini Jain
Fuller House

Ever since Netflix, I’ve had a very limited social life because who wants to ‘Netflix and chill’ when you can binge-watch. Consequently, I’ve discovered a sitcom full of great advice about casual relationship (Love), revisited a revamped version of my childhood favourite (Fuller House), discovered something hilarious meant for old people (Grace & Frankie) and watched the one everybody was talking about (Master of None). So here goes:

Love

What: A terribly titled show, but it is about modern love as we know it: unromantic and realistic. Boy meets girl. He is a bit of a dork with low self-esteem, she is gorgeous and wild. So, like in real life, you think he’s overreaching – she’s clearly way out of his league. Except that, again like in real life, when they get together the power dynamics change. She begins to cling, he turns out to be a douche. Maybe it is not so terribly titled after all.

Who should watch it: 20-somethings, 30-somethings, teenagers to know what to expect in a few years.

What you’ll get out of it: What he thinks, what she thinks, the anatomy of a relationship – blood, bones and all.

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Fuller House

What: The show we’ve been waiting for – for two decades – because we grew up watching Full House: Danny Tanner, a widower, raising his three daughters with the help of his brother-in-law Jesse and best friend Joey. Full House is perhaps the most famous American family in our memories. Now, Danny’s eldest daughter DJ is a widow – and she has three sons. So her sister Stephanie and best friend Kimmy (who comes with her tween daughter) move in to help her raise the boys.

Who should watch it: Anybody who grew up watching Full House.

What you’ll get out of it: Not much. It’s quite lame – kind of like ketchup: insipid but comforting. There are some hilarious digs at the Olsen twins (Mary-Kate and Ashley rose to fame as Michelle, the cutest kid on TV) because they refused to participate in the spin-off: “Well, Michelle sends her love, but she’s busy in New York running her fashion empire.”

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Grace & Frankie

What: Grace and Frankie, both septuagenarian, are married to law partners who are also best friends. The women loathe each other – Grace (Jane Fonda) is a retired cosmetic hotshot, very beautiful and very graceful; and Frankie (Lily Tomlin) is a hippie art teacher who’s into yoga and makes her own organic lube. After being married for 40 years, their husbands tell them that they’re not just law partners but also lovers, and would like to become life partners. So the two women, in their seventies, reinvent themselves and what ensues is a hilarious journey of an unlikely friendship, dating men at that age and sweet, suburban fun.

Who should watch it: If you’re anywhere close to a midlife crisis.

What you’ll get out of it: A whole lot of perspective.

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Master of None

What: This is about Dev Shah (Aziz Ansari, the funniest Indian on American TV), a 30-something struggling actor. He’s the son of Indian Tamil immigrants, so the last name (Shah) makes no sense, but Ansari picked it because he liked it and didn’t think it mattered. This is, at the same time, like an indie multicultural sitcom (his friends include “a token white guy”, an Asian American and a black lesbian – there are references to casual racism), a romcom (it’s partly about his relationship with a music publicist); and New York (where it is set).

Who should watch it: Anyone who’s ever lived in America, wants to live in America, or just likes sitcoms.

What you’ll get out of it: An insane amount of laughter.

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From HT Brunch, March 13, 2016

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