‘Master of None’ Returns With Lena Waithe Taking The Lead (& We Can Hardly Contain Our Lez Excitement)

The season will tell “a modern love story that intimately illustrates the ups and downs of marriage, struggles with fertility, and personal growth both together and apart.” 

“Master of None” returns for a third season on Netflix, but this time with a twist. The latest season will focus on the show’s supporting character, Denise (played by Lena Waithe) and her partner, Alicia (Naomi Ackie).

A trailer for the 5-episode season, subtitled “Moments of Love,” dropped on Monday, and begins with Denise asking Alicia a hypothetical question: “Let’s say we’re at a party. Maxwell’s playing. You don’t know me. I don’t know you. And I ask you out on a date. Would you say yes?” The question is followed by a montage of the couple at various times in their relationship — dancing by the fire, taking a bath, doing laundry — that play over a soaring operatic soundtrack, culminating in Alicia’s answer: “Yeah.”

According to a description of the season, it will tell “a modern love story that intimately illustrates the ups and downs of marriage, struggles with fertility, and personal growth both together and apart.” 

The third season is a departure from the previous two, which focused on the love life of protagonist Dev (played by series co-creator Aziz Ansari). The show had been on hiatus following accusations of sexual misconduct against Ansari, but Aziz remains involved in the third season as both its director and co-writer (along with Waithe). 

Waithe’s Denise had been a breakout character from the earlier seasons. She was the focus of the second-season episode, “Thanksgiving,” which features Denise and her family grappling with her sexuality over various iterations of the holiday. The episode earned Waithe and Ansari an Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy.  

The third season of “Master of None” premieres on Netflix on May 23rd.


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