The hit show on Netflix about the life of an Indian American teenager walked away with the People’s Choice Award (PCA) on Nov. 15 for the Best Comedy Show of 2020.
Breakout star Maitreyi Ramakrishnan and show creator Mindy Kaling accepted the award.
“I can’t believe we were nominated in such an amazing company. We feel so grateful just to be with that group of shows. Thank you so much for this award and a huge thank you to Netflix and Universal TV. This means the world to us because it is coming from you, the fans. We set out to tell a funny story about an Indian American girl and her family and had no idea that we would get this response,” said Kaling in her speech available on the People’s Choice Award video.
Ramakrishnan, an Indo-Canadian, thanked her show’s audience for believing in them. “It has been amazing to see how our show has connected with people of color, LGBTQIA+, immigrant communities and more from all around the world,” she said in her acceptance speech.
Never Have I Ever that Kaling co-created with Lang Fisher follows 15-yr old Devi (Ramakrishnan) as she handles friendships and family while dealing with the death of her father (Sendhil Ramamurthy). The comedy show is especially known for being diverse and portraying the Indian diaspora in the United States.
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