TV Club: Master Of None understands dating-app culture more than most television

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Master Of None has been subtly fucking around with storytelling this season, departing even more from traditional narrative structures than the first season does. Each episode this season has been a loosely structured but evocative and charming vignette, and “First Date” is a vignette made up of smaller vignettes. With a teleplay from Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, based on a story by Sarah Schneider, and fluid, intimate direction from Eric Wareheim, “First Date” is one of the best televisual explorations of dating apps, an aspect of modern life that television so often tries but usually fails to mine for comedy.

Whereas many of television’s takes on dating apps go broad and seem to rely too much on coming up with a funny name for the imagined app, Master Of None gets into some of the weird specifics of app-driven hook-up culture. The opening sequence flits between women swiping …