Never Have I Ever, season 4, the kids have grown up

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan in Never Have I Ever

Never Have I Ever, season 4, is the final season of this coming of age comedy. It’s the last year of high school for Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) as she and her friends move toward their adult lives. There’s excitement and many wrong moves on Devi’s part, but I assure you the kids are all right.

Never Have I Ever, from creators Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher, has been consistently good for all of the high school experience it included.

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Ramona Young, and Lee Rodriguez in Never Have I Ever

Devi and her besties Fabiola (Lee Rodriguez) and Eleanor (Ramona Young) all have some sexual experience under their belts now, and have turned their attention to college applications and college choices. Devi continues to cause havoc in all her relationships while John McEnroe narrates her exploits enthusiastically.

Paxton (Darren Barnet) is out of high school but still around and attractive as ever. Ben (Jaren Lewison), who was Devi’s first sex partner is going out with a different girl. Devi dates bad boy Ethan (Michael Cimino) for a while. It’s safe to say that Devi’s love life is quite unsettled.

At home, Devi’s grandmother and mother both have men coming around. There’s a big Indian wedding at the end. It is beautiful but I won’t spoil it by telling which of the characters gets married. I applaud the diverse cast and LGBTQ+ representation in this series, but it seemed fitting to end the series with a big traditional Indian celebration. Devi got to show that she wasn’t a complete coconut by dancing at the wedding with her cousin Kamala (Richa Moorjani).

Devi’s mother, Nalini (Poorna Jagannathan), was absolutely wonderful in season 4. I think I’ll make an effort to see her in some of the other productions she’s been in.

The support people around Devi like her psychiatrist (Niecy Nash) and the college counselor (Alexandra Billings) are helpful, but recognize what a hot headed mess Devi can be. My favorite new character in season 4 was the Princeton admissions officer, Akshara (Janina Gavankar). I always enjoy seeing her.

This Netflix series has 10 half-hour episodes in each season. You can watch all four seasons as the characters grow and learn a smidgen of wisdom through high school. Lena Khan and Erica Oyama were the women directors in season 4.

I’m sure there will be college drama ahead for Devi and her friends, but for now the story concludes with happy endings all around.

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