Netflix’s Never Have I Ever first premiered on Netflix in late April, and the teen comedy already has people talking. The new series joins Sex Education, Atypical, and The End of the F*ing World as another teen series that is gripping the attention of audiences looking to relive (or not) their long ago days of angst, puberty, and general anger and confusion about the world. Speaking as a full adult woman living in the middle of a pandemic, a lot of my feelings right now mirror those I dealt with as a 13-year-old in a land-locked state. When will I ever see the ocean? When can I leave this isolation?
Anyway. Never Have I Ever, a coming-of-age comedy from co-creators Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher, follows the story of a first-generation Indian American girl growing up in Southern California named Devi Vishwakumar. Its 18-year-old star, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan told Variety that one of the best things about the show is the reactions from fans who say they can empathize with its characters.
“It’s awesome because I’m seeing so many people saying, ‘Oh my God, I can relate to this so much.’ Whether it’s something as simple as one of the arm hair joke—because let’s be real, even though I’m 100 percent confident with my arm hair, there are days where I go up to my father and I say, ‘Why did you do this to me? Why can’t you give me anything else?'”
This show is clearly a success. So, will it get a second season? And what will that look like?
The signs for a second season are good
With such powerful forces, such as Kaling, behind this show, it looks like there’s a good chance that this show will be renewed for another season.
“I felt lucky to be able to do a show about an Indian nerd who’s also badly behaved, to show that because I’m deeply familiar with it. Bela [Bajaria, Netflix vice president of local language originals] was also interested in seeing Indian characters who are not all like Princess Jasmine,” Kaling told Newsweek.
Kaling has been repping her show hard on Instagram, and something says she’ll be delighted to see her show get renewed.
There is no confirmation for a second season yet
Chances are good, but no one has said anything yet. The first season seems to be a hit among fans so far, because the show has proven itself to be complex comedy. It’s funny, but it’s also melancholy, just like high school.
“Never Have I Ever begins with a tragedy when protagonist Devi Vishwakumar’s (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) father Mohan (Sendhil Ramamurthy) suddenly dies, and shortly after, Devi inexplicably loses the use of her legs,” The Verge writes. “(This is all in the first few minutes). As Devi is starting to get used to life without her father and with her disability, her mobility returns, just as curiously as it left.”
But Ramakrishnan already has hopes and dreams for Devi; they are threefold
The plot lines for the second show might not be written yet, but its star already has ideas for things her character can explore next season. She has a few things in particular that she thinks should be part of the continuing story. Let’s hope her thoughts make it into the writers’ room soon!
“Three main things—understanding that she needs to be more appreciative of her family and her friends because her friends do a lot for her,” she told The Verge. “Her friends really are her day ones. And also understanding where her mother’s coming from. That is something that we’ll be able to have a lot of audiences relate to, understanding where our parents are coming from even though they might not go about doing certain things the best way possible.”