Never Have I Ever is a comedy-drama Netflix original web series released on 27th April 2020. It’s first (and only) season consisted of 10 episodes in total, each being 22-29 minutes long on average. The series is created by Lang Fisher and Mindy Kaling and produced by Original Langster, Universal Television, Kaling International, Inc., and 3 Arts Entertainment.
Never Have I Ever Season 2 Cast
- Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Devi Vishwakumar
- Lee Rodriguez as Fabiola Torres
- Ramona Young as Eleanor Wong
- Jaren Lewison as Ben Gross
- Darren Barnet as Paxton Hall Yoshida
- Poorna Jagannathan as Dr. Nalini Vishwakumar
- Richa Moorjani as Kamala
- Niecy Nash as Dr. Jamie Ryan
- John McEnroe as Himself (the narrator)
- Lily D. Moore as Rebecca Hall Yoshida
- Sendhil Ramamurthy as Mohan Viswakumar
- Jack Seavor McDonald as Eric Perkins
Never Have I Ever Plot (Spoiler alert!)
The story revolves around Devi, an American-Indian 15-year-old teenager who lives in California with her mother and her cousin sister. Each episode reveals different problems related to her and the people around her, such as family problems, loneliness, sexuality reveal, crushes, sex, self-esteem issues, etc.
In the final episode, the audience witnesses Devi overcoming her problems and grudges with her mother regarding her father’s premature death and spreading his ashes on his birth anniversary. Moreover, we see a romantic scene between Devi and her ex-nemesis Ben while she gets a call from Paxton, her crush from high school. The existence of a cliffhanger here certainly does ring bells for a second season.
RECEPTION AND REVIEWS
According to Rotten Tomatoes, the series got an approval rating of 98% from 40 reviews and an average score of 7.87/10.
According to Metacritic, it got an average score of 80/100 based on 18 reviews.
“Never Have I Ever’s a fresh take on the coming-of-age comedy is hilariously honest, sweetly smart, and likely to have viewers falling head over heels for charming newcomer Maitreyi Ramakrishnan” is what website’s critical consensus had to say.
HERE’S WHAT THE VIEWERS HAD TO SAY
“I can’t just tell how amazing the show is. The last episode made me cry (big tears rolling down) – especially the part where Devi reunites with her family, and the mother chants the Shloka from Bhagavad Gita about the never-ending nature of the soul. I’m so glad that in 2020, we have a show where Indians in America are represented as we are.” – Keshav Bimbraw
“Absolutely fantastic show. I’m not Indian nor American, so I didn’t look at it from either of those lenses, but I was a highschooler once, dealing with similar problems. There were funny quips delivered perfectly by the incredibly talented actors/actresses. I loved the diversity; it’s very refreshing to see some tired teenage flick roles played by people of color. I can’t wait to see more of this. I wasn’t expecting the Season 1 plot twist, but I can roll with that until Season 2!” – VL BC
“I really liked that for once there is South Asian Representation. I literally finished the show in 2-3 days, which is pretty fast for me. I liked the comedy, and as a Canadian Indian, I could definitely relate to some of her situations. The only thing that makes me go meh is that the show really plays on stereotypes.” – Khushi Patel
“This TV series is very relatable in many ways such as school, relationships, friendships, reflecting on the past, wanting to do adult things, and dealing with strict parents. As a teenager myself, I actually enjoyed watching this because it made me feel a lot more relieved about these things because I know that I am not alone in this type of situation. Also, it deals with lots of issues that normal teenagers like us have to deal with every day, and it is amazing to be able to watch something like that on Netflix.” – Tiffany Lee
“I’m personally someone who comes from a Desi background, and I’m American teenager, but I really think anyone who watches this would be able to enjoy it no matter who they are or how they old they are or where they came from.” – R. Ahmad