But Ramy Is distinguished by the revolutionary goal of its creator and star, Ramy Youssef. He brings his growing experiences as an Egyptian-American Muslim from New Jersey to the show without holding anything back.
The first episode begins with a lecture by Ramy on the search for a "high quality" woman at the mosque. Then comes a scene involving him, a traditional old Muslim man, and the need to wash his feet. No word can do justice to the absurd greatness of this scene.
It is quickly established that Ramy is religious but he does not know how far. He enjoys sex before marriage but abstains from alcohol and drugs. He is familiar with the verses of the Qur'an, but when he tells a potential correspondence, he reads them in English rather than in Arabic, and closes it. Questions about his commitment to his own faith persist throughout the season as he embarks on a journey to find the answers.
Ramy It takes a few episodes to soften his story, but the wait pays off.
I was already rolled up but it is the fourth episode that has upset me. "Strawberries" takes place entirely in the past with Elisha Henig playing a 12 year old Ramy.
When he starts the day, his biggest problem is the same as his white friends (and most pubescent boys): learn to masturbate. He ends the day of September 11, 2001, alienated by most of his friends and having a nightmare about Osama Bin Laden.
Yes, it is certainly not the kind of protagonist we are used to. This is what makes the show special. Ramy is a smart but intelligent leader who is not ashamed to explore his love for his faith, despite the judgments that the company continues to launch.
The show also challenges some of her own ideas when she focuses on Ramy's sister, Dena, portrayed by flamboyant star May Calamaway, who faces serious sexism, even from her own family. Her episode "Refugees" is an overwhelming and remarkable demonstration of the inner demons she has to fight for this reason.
Ramy as showing various Muslim perspectives in an obvious but moderate way. If you look at them individually or with your family – Ramy, Dena and their parents – it's just ordinary people and workers living in a suburban New Jersey home. But they are not ordinary at all.
Their authentic stories, shown on screen, reflect the culture change that is needed and Ramy is a huge part of. Even in a conflictual political climate, this show does not consist of a full episode on Ramadan nor let its main character often plunge into religious prayer.
Ramy fills a gap by adding to the portrayal of Egyptian-American Americans, Muslim immigrants and a diegesis striking about them. The irresistible bows will stay with you even after you finish watching the first 10 episodes, a task that should not take time.
Ramy Season 1 is now streaming on Hulu.