When women talk about their experiences of harassment and sexism, why do men dismiss them?
That is the core question at the heart of Master of None’s episode “Ladies and Gentlemen”. And it gives you a good idea of the type of comedy to expect from Aziz Ansari in his Netflix series.
Smart, incisive, critical and joyous.
Master of None is a 10 part series. Though the episodes do have a linear progression, and there is character development throughout, the central action of each focuses on a specific theme.
Ansari, who you might recognise from Parks and Recreation, tackles how we treat our grandparents, racism in the media, having kids, whether you are dating the one or not, the experiences of migrants and their children, and of course, the very different experiences of men and women existing in the world.
Which brings us to “Ladies and Gentlemen”, the episode in question.
It begins with a wonderful scene that tracks the experience of men and women walking home late at night. The men cut through a park without a second thought and the worst thing that happens is one of them steps on dog poo. The woman is followed by a drunken stranger who had tried to pick her up in a bar, and is obviously very afraid.
Watch the trailer (post continues after video):