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Ramy Hassan is a first generation Egyptian-American who is on a spiritual journey in his politically-divided New Jersey neighborhood. RAMY will bring a new perspective to the screen as it explores the challenges of what it's like being caught between a Muslim community that thinks life is a moral test and a millennial generation that thinks life has no consequences.

I'm looking forward to this one. It's produced by acclaimed indie film studio, A24, and it's based on the real-life experiences of the comedian who stars in the show. All 10 episodes will be available on Hulu on April 19.

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I’m eight episodes in. I thought the first couple of episodes were a bit heavy handed with more obvious jokes, but it gets much, much better. The tone actually reminds me quite a bit of Atlanta (I bet that’s what they were going for - even the episode descriptions are written in a style that’s very reminiscent of Atlanta).

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I watched the whole thing this weekend. Yeah I think the first couple of episodes were a bit overwritten (I have never seen this guy's standup, but some of the lines seemed like they were probably his material awkwardly refashioned into dialogue and it sounded really unnatural) but it got way better after that, and some of the episodes were amazing. Especially the one with the young Ramy and the one about his sister -- I loved that all of the characters on the show were three-dimensional and fleshed out. 

It also made me realize how shockingly few Muslim characters we see on screens even now. I really hope this is picked up for another season.

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On 4/21/2019 at 5:09 PM, retrograde said:

I watched the whole thing this weekend. Yeah I think the first couple of episodes were a bit overwritten (I have never seen this guy's standup, but some of the lines seemed like they were probably his material awkwardly refashioned into dialogue and it sounded really unnatural) but it got way better after that, and some of the episodes were amazing. Especially the one with the young Ramy and the one about his sister -- I loved that all of the characters on the show were three-dimensional and fleshed out. 

It also made me realize how shockingly few Muslim characters we see on screens even now. I really hope this is picked up for another season.

This makes me want to try a few more episodes. 

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I just watched this, after all the Golden Globes publicity.  A poster mentioned that it reminded them of Atlanta.  I haven't watched that, but thought it felt a little like Master of None meets Fleabag.  Also enjoyed how some of the episodes focused on other characters.

Not quite sure what to think of the ending

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(with his "kissing cousin", in Egypt)

.  Was that supposed to be a cliffhanger?  An ending...?  I don't think it had been renewed when the last episode was made, but I could be mistaken.

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Been watching an ep here and an ep there.

Definitely a Master of None vibe.  Like that each character gets dedicated episode.

The one with Dena was good, with the guy with the Arab fetish.

Maysa one also good, Marcia of Succession as the bored housewife and mother.

 

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Just watched the first two eps.of season 2.

Wow really heavy.

Ramy himself feels lost but he was going to try to help and guide Dennis who clearly has PTSD and other issues?

 

Serious themes are good but so far not the snappy dialogue of the first season.  I would assume the other characters will each get a dedicated episode again.

 

Ramy admits he hooked up with his cousin in Egypt but would have been good to see the fallout from it, unless Ramy the writer just wanted to drop that story line and go on to something else.

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I saw some mixed reviews for season 2, so wasn’t sure what to expect, but I really enjoyed it. I binged the whole thing in two days.

As scrb noted, the first two episodes were heavy. And I’d say the overall tone of this season was a bit more contemplative, less laugh out loud funny. I think it worked though. Ramy’s crisis of faith really drives the season, and I thought there was a satisfying narrative arc. Mahershala Ali, as the Sufi sheikh who Ramy looks to for spiritual guidance, was a great addition.

Like last year, though, my favorite episodes focused on the secondary characters - his parents and (surprisingly)  Uncle Naseem. (I adore the actress who plays Ramy’s mom.) My least favorite was the episode that focused on Steve (actually, the same was true last year) - there was a very extended, and very cringey, sequence that I won’t spoil, but suffice to say I found myself looking away for stretches. I also thought Ep 4 - in which Ramy and the sheik’s daughter visit a wealthy Emirati to seek donations for the mosque - was weirdly surreal in the best possible way.

Some other random notes: I enjoyed the show’s exploration of anti-black prejudice among Arabs / the broader Muslim community. And I thought Boomer was incredibly sweet and expressive.

 

 

 

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On 5/31/2020 at 10:03 PM, sweetcookieface said:

I saw some mixed reviews for season 2, so wasn’t sure what to expect, but I really enjoyed it. I binged the whole thing in two days.

As scrb noted, the first two episodes were heavy. And I’d say the overall tone of this season was a bit more contemplative, less laugh out loud funny. I think it worked though. Ramy’s crisis of faith really drives the season, and I thought there was a satisfying narrative arc. Mahershala Ali, as the Sufi sheikh who Ramy looks to for spiritual guidance, was a great addition.

Like last year, though, my favorite episodes focused on the secondary characters - his parents and (surprisingly)  Uncle Naseem. (I adore the actress who plays Ramy’s mom.) My least favorite was the episode that focused on Steve (actually, the same was true last year) - there was a very extended, and very cringey, sequence that I won’t spoil, but suffice to say I found myself looking away for stretches. I also thought Ep 4 - in which Ramy and the sheik’s daughter visit a wealthy Emirati to seek donations for the mosque - was weirdly surreal in the best possible way.

Some other random notes: I enjoyed the show’s exploration of anti-black prejudice among Arabs / the broader Muslim community. And I thought Boomer was incredibly sweet and expressive.

 

 

 

The dog was my favorite!  This season was kind of sad.   The theme through the whole thing seemed to be their lives stifled by the rigid rules of their religion. Uncle Naseem not able to be himself because being gay is against the religion.  The doctor not able to enjoy his first love, poker.  Ramy’s whole life always seems to be one big crisis based on his religion.   All good people who would be a lot happier if they didn’t feel like they had to worry about random rules put out hundreds of years ago.   I hope some find peace In season 3

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Maysa’s episode was funny, the way she was motivated to finally get citizenship.

Dena’s episode was serious too, especially the way it ended.

 

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15 hours ago, scrb said:

Maysa’s episode was funny, the way she was motivated to finally get citizenship.

Dena’s episode was serious too, especially the way it ended.

 

That was funny her rant about Trump and finally getting to vote against him. Her motivation to finally become a citizen 

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Looked like Zainab was going to smother him with the pillow when Ramey told her that he had sex with his hot cousin before their wedding night and that he wanted to take Amani as his second wife.

 

Now is Ramy acting up because he’s a POS or Ramy the writer/performer wrote his character this way for comic effect?

BTW, how do the Egyptian cousins speak perfect English?

Naseem episode was well written and acted.  I don’t recall if that character got an episode last year?

The things he say, again I thought it was for comic effect, because he says outrageous shit.

But it turns out to be a front because he’s a self-loathing gay man who can’t come out or live the way he wants.   Though why not?  Doesn’t seem to have family outside of Maysa and her family.

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Just finishing up the first season. Some powerful insights about the status of women (in any culture). Hiam Abbass as Ramy’s mother is fantastic. She’s the show for me.

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