The second season of the Mindy Kaling-Lang Fisher show Never Have I Ever just dropped on Netflix last week. The high school drama follows Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan), our “favourite Hindu girl from the San Fernando valley” and her two friends — the robot-geek Fabiola Torres (Lee Rodriguez), and the theater-geek Eleanor Wong (Ramona Young). Together, the three geeks try to navigate the fraught social hierarchies of high school.
This season also has the age-old problem of choosing between the hot one (Darren Barnet) and the compatible one (Jaren Lewison). If you gulped down the show in one burpy chug, here is more of the same.
Sex Education on Netflix
The strange, rebellious, and uncomfortable teenage years are rich with narrative fodder. In this midst there is also a sexual awakening, all of which is wonderfully captured by Netflix’ Sex Education. The British coming-of-age comedy show follows the adventures of a student (Asa Butterfield) who uses his knowledge as the son of a sex therapist to open an unofficial sex clinic at his school to help his fellow students with their problems. It’s a quick-paced sex comedy full of gaffs and gumption, but beneath all the humour is a sensitive portrayal of that in-between time, between childhood and adulthood.
A jewel on the crown of the evergreen teen-drama genre, the show follows a group of high school students who experience the tv-teenage acrobatics of sex, drugs, friendships, love, identity, and trauma, headlined by Zendaya, who plays Ru, a recovering teen drug addict. If you have binged the excesses of One Tree Hill or Gossip Girl, this is the show to head to, one that is as criticized as it is coveted for its excessive nudity and sex, not to mention its swooping style and long takes.
Elite on Netflix
When three working-class teens enroll in an exclusive private school in Spain, the clash between them and the wealthy students leads to murder in the first season, a disappearance in the second season, a murder in third season, and an attack in the fourth season. But in the midst of that darkness is the petty high school politics of popularity, preppy dreams, partying, and the slew of sex-drugs-jealousy trifecta. This is the life Devi thought she would be leading two-timing in the first two episodes of the second season (without the blood). Alas.
Atypical on Netflix
An American comedy-drama, it focuses on the life of 18-year-old Sam Gardner (Keir Gilchrist), who is on the autism spectrum, spouting fun facts about Antarctica and the penguins, while trying to date successfully as a high-school student. With a close friend and a close family, he tries to knit together a world he doesn’t feel so restless in. It is one of the shows which has folded in the criticisms of it over the season, increasing its representation of autistic actors and the portrayal of autistic people. It’s fourth and final season dropped this month.
The Mindy Project on Amazon Prime Video
Okay, this isn’t a teen-drama, but if you like the flavour of the jokes on Never Have I Ever, you should definitely check out this series that Kaling created, where she plays the obstetrician/gynaecologist Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling) who is woefully trying to balance her personal and professional life, surrounded by quirky co-workers in a small medical practice in New York City. The character is inspired by Kaling’s own mother, an OB/GYN, and if the clothing seems familiar it is because the clothes on this show were recycled for Never Have I Ever.