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And an impressive supporting cast adds to the all-ages fun, with Niecy Nash dispensing tough love as Devi's therapist and surprisingly entertaining narration from temperamental kindred spirit Joe McEnroe.
Which is evidence that, though not a perfect ride and likely to be overhyped out of starvation mode for any teen comedy resembling the actual diversity, horniness, and profanity of being a teenage girl, Never Have I Ever gets there, eventually.
There are so many pleasures in this series, none of which would work if Devi weren't such a delightful protagonist, an ideal mixture of understandably selfish, self-blind, legitimately funny, fundamentally good, and deeply caring.
Comedy is never safe; the best comedy is totally unsafe; and Never Have I Ever is the teen-sitcom equivalent of running with scissors, used hypodermic needles and a fully operating chain saw. It may also be the meta high-school series of our time.
Even when the show gets a bit predictable, in terms of teen relationships and parental conflicts, it remains so endearing that I couldn't fault it. Plus, it has enough originality and fun little quirks... to keep it feeling fresh.
The tension between Devi's desire to assimilate and her mother's more traditionalist leanings underlines everything, and makes the usual tropes about love triangles, wild parties, and painful misunderstandings feel brand new again.