As we are under stay at home orders, my husband and I were looking for something fun and short to watch. We gave this a try, and we are so glad we did. We are watching the early part of season 4 right now.
As a South Asian woman, I relate to so many things about parents, expectations, the community, extended family, and all the play uncles/aunties you have to love/deal with.
While there is a little bit of cringe sometimes, mostly I find the comedy (esp, the one liners and the actor's line readings of them) really, really good. I'm usually chuckling most of the episode. I also love that while the family fits the stereotypes in some ways (Janet is high achieving, Jung is the loved oldest male child, Appa is very dominant and brusque), it subverts it very nicely in others (Jung can be dumb and is a bit of a screwup, Janet has gone into the arts, Umma and Appa have rich lives outside of the business and their kids, Umma is the real leader of that house).
Rarely have I seen a comedy integrate its supporting/fringe cast so well. I LOVE Mr Chin and Mr Mehta. My dad totally has these type of homies in his life and they are just as great and cringey. LOL I love Mrs Mehta and Mrs Lee, as mom totally has these kind of friends. I love all the iterations of the Haney gang too; gives me a slight The Office vibe.
I'm ambivalent on the Jung/Shannon thing (we haven't gotten to the part of the season where they are together yet), but I do think when the UST done well, the actors (Simu in particular) shine. The kisses at the graduation party were, IMO, sexy and fun, like the characters.
Kimchee is the MVP for me. He is consistently funny, silly, irreverent, but seems like a super good dude. I love the friendship he and Jung have, which extends to the rest of the Kims in delightful ways.
"Sneak attack" and "the Jesus" have made it into our daily vocabulary at home, which is delightful too.
Shallow note/ Good LAWD, Simu Liu is fine as hell. The wardrobe ppl give me gifts of tight shirts on the reg. He had to have modeled b/c his face is beautiful and his body (that body!) wears clothes so well. I didn't realize until a few binge sessions in that he is going to be Shang-Chi! So excited! /Shallow