TV Club: Master Of None gets real about aging

Somewhere around “The Other Man,” I realized that Master Of None more closely resembles a collection of short stories than a scripted comedy made for television. I’ve also, at times, thought of the show as a series of short films, but that doesn’t seem quite right. Don’t get me wrong, the show is obviously cinematic, playing with filmic conventions like tracking shots, which you can’t exactly achieve on the page. But especially because of its use of weird tangents and the stream of consciousness feel to the dialogue, there’s also something distinctly literary about Master Of None. That quality is especially at play in “Old People,” an episode that’s broadly about aging but mostly just a collection of really intimate and poignant scenes rooted more in mood than plot.

The episode revolves around Dev and Rachel’s visit with Rachel’s grandma Carol (Lynn …

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