I was developing ‘Unfair & Ugly’ for years, at a time when there were few POC, let alone Asian American, shows on TV and almost a decade after the 90’s wave of Black TV shows I grew up with disappeared. I was getting my life from Mindy Project and Fresh off the Boat. I also loved Aasif Mandvi’s ‘Halal in the Family’, Lena Khan’s The Tiger Hunter, Hasan Minhaj’s Homecoming King, and Fatima Asghar & Sam Bailey’s ‘Brown Girls’ web series, which launched the same year we filmed our web series.
I love that now there are a handful of more shows to watch: Jenny Han’s To All The Boy’s I’ve Loved Before, Mindy Kaling’s Never Have I Ever, Kal Penn’s Sunnyside, Nijla Mumin’s Jinn, Minhal Baig’s Hala, and the show who’s success has buoyed us all, Insecure. I get to write on Disney’s Mira Royal Detective lovingly created by Becca Topol, which has an all South Asian cast and is a childhood wish come true. We’re starting to see more streaming shows like Zoya Akhtar’s Made in Heaven and Four More Shots Please! both on Amazon. Our lead actress starred in another web series after ours called ‘East of La Brea’ which recently launched, and there’s also Ramy’s Ramy. There’s even a South Asian reality show on Bravo called Family Affair! And Zainab Johnson is a lead on Greg Daniel’s Upload! Can you tell I’m counting all the wins?! I have yet to check out Indian Matchmaking.
We also have Mahershala Ali and Rami Malik on our screens so… I’m not mad. Or… I’m less mad. No, I’m still mad.
Ugh. Brb I’m gonna go watch Bend it like Beckham on repeat to feel better.