Never Have I Ever, a show created by Lang Fisher and Mindy Kaling, famously known as playing the hilarious role of Kelly on The Office, has just released a second season. This binge-worthy, coming of age series left us on our toes last season after leaving the main character, Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan), in a grueling love-triangle with Paxton (Darren Barnet) and Ben (Jaren Lewison). This season has provided us with new characters, relationships, and shocking turns.
Devi has grown up in an Indian household in America and faces a possible move back to India due to the death of a family member that occurred in the first season. As seen in season 1, Devi has proven herself to be extremely impulsive and reckless. Although we love her, this season shows an even bolder side of the character. The move now propels her to have a “YOLO” mentality before leaving, acting as if she will never see any of her high school peers again. Now you may be wondering, who does she choose? The school’s hottie, Paxton or the sarcastic genius who she “hates”, Ben. Well, let’s just say she decides to choose both. This brash decision leads her to sneaking around with the both of them, telling only her two best friends- Eleanor (Ramona Young) and Fabiola (Lee Rodriguez).
Both Eleanor and Fabiola continue their love stories from the previous season, however, this iconic duo both face confusion that requires great, individual reflection throughout the episodes. Although both face their own issues, such as selfish boyfriends or trying to meet popularity standards, the two serve as an anchor for Devi. They consistently help her, along with Devi’s therapist Dr. Jamie Ryan (Niecy Nash), navigate her confounding life. Dr. Jamie Ryan remains a comedic yet emotional relief, often revealing to Devi the true meaning behind her fights or thoughts. All three characters serve as essential moral figures for Devi when a seemingly cooler and prettier Indian girl, according to Devi, transfers into Sherman Oaks. This character triggers Devi to be far more riskier than before, even though we didn’t know it was possible, to the point of school suspension.
As for overall themes of the plot, Kahling does a fantastic job of incorporating even more social justice issues into this season. Thus making this high school drama extremely relatable and relevant to today’s world. The characters face all systemic racism, sexism, and eating disorders in this series. By incorporating these topics, Fisher and Kaling help spread awareness and support, showing that you’re not alone in these battles.
I promise if you adored the first season as much as we did, you will LOVE this one!
The second season of Never Have I Ever premieres on July 15th, 2021 on Netflix.