16 “Groundbreaking” Series That Are Actually Problematic TV Shows

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Master of None

Master of None promises a lot of things. The Aziz Ansari-fronted series boasts a diverse cast, experimental storytelling, and feminist themes. But, despite the inclusion of all that great stuff, there are some problematic issues with the show. Dev (Ansari) is a stereotypical “Nice Guy” a.k.a nice and respectful on the surface but harboring misogynistic views underneath. Case in point: his relationship with Francesca (Alessandra Mastronardi). He knows she’s engaged and still pursues her, acting like a petulant child when she turns him down. As if a woman can’t want to be friends with a man without it eventually turning romantic! The fact that the season ends (spoiler!) with her in bed with him insinuates something else: if you bother a woman enough she will eventually give in and sleep with you. Ugh, gross!

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