He’s held court in Madison Square with sold-out stand up shows. And he’s created an iconic TV character with Tom Haverford on “Parks and Recreation.” Now with his new Netflix comedy series “Master of None,” Aziz Ansari could add Golden Globe winner to his list of credentials. He co-created the show with Alan Yang and plays Dev, a 30-year-old actor struggling to make it in New York City.
Our current predictions list the series as a longshot with odds of 66/1 while Ansari is ranked in 12th place on our predictions chart for Comedy/Musical TV Actor. However, I think both show and star could pull off upsets. Below, I lay out the top five reasons why using variations on the titles of various episodes to make my points.
1. New People
The past three Globe champs for Best Comedy Series — “Transparent,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Girls” — all won for their first seasons and carried their leads to victories as well. And in the past 14 years, a dozen different men have won the Comedy/Musical Actor race.
2. Hot Show
“Master of None” is not just a new show, it’s a red-hot new show. On Metacritic, it is the highest rated new show this season, scoring an impressive 91. In her rave review, Margaret Lyon (New York) called it “the point of contemporary half-hour narrative television.” And New York Times critic Jamie Poniewozik dubbed it “the year’s best comedy straight out of the gate.” By honoring this critical darling, the Golden Globes are seen as culturally relevant.
3. Just on TV
Netflix streamed all 10 episodes of “Master of None” at just the right time, with Globe voting kicking off on November 26.
4. The Other Streamer
Last year, the Globes awarded Best Comedy/Musical Series to “Transparent,” showing us that they were happy to embrace a streaming service. So while upstart Amazon has a win, Netflix, the pioneer of online streaming, doesn’t and the Golden Globes can right that wrong with “Master of None.”
5. Plan A
Globe voters love to be seen as trailblazers by honoring fresh new comedies, including “Girls,” the original British version of “The Office” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Each of those is grounded in a distinct comedic voice as is “Master of None.” There is a timeliness to its tone as it speaks to technology and its effect on relationships.
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Photo: Aziz Ansari in “Master of None.” Credit: Netflix