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Twenty-something Ramy Hassan was born in New York to Muslim-Egyptian immigrant parents.
And since the September 2011 attacks – which we see through the eyes of the young Ramy in episode 4 – he’s had to juggle not only his devout faith and heritage, but his fellow citizens’ outright bigotry, his own family’s prejudices and all the doubts and sexual desires that his 20-something friends are also experiencing.
It’s a family comedy that tries to be as truthful as possible about what his family is like. They might seem a little familiar. Rami explained in Vanity Fair. “They’re messy, they’re ignorant, they’re loving, they’re a little racist. They’re everything everyone in America is.” And nowhere is that clearer than in the character of Uncle Naseem (Laith Nakli). You know, “That Uncle” in every family. “Our uncle is a Jewish conspiracy theorist. Your uncle is a Muslim conspiracy theorist. His uncle hates everybody and was probably in the KKK. Everyone’s got that guy in the family. I liked looking at the reasons why he lingers. They need something from him. And then you watch the way people bend,” says 27-year-old Ramy.
Ramy stars 2020 Golden Globe winner and stand-up comedian Ramy Youssef as Ramy Hassan. In Season 2, Two-time Oscar winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, True Detective) joins the cast this season as Sheikh Malik, while Hiam Abbass (Succession, Blade Runner 2049) returns as his mother.
Rolling Stone calls Ramy “the Great American Millennial-Muslim Comedy”. S2 is currently at #24 on Rotten Tomatoes’ list of the Best TV of 2020 So Far, with a 97% critics rating. As Rolling Stone put it, “There is no other show quite like Ramy, because there is no other character quite like Ramy… Superb.”
The show is up for three Emmys this month – Best Actor in a Comedy and Best Director for creator Youssef, as well as Best Supporting Actor for Ali – and was recently renewed for a third season.
Recently renewed for a third season by Hulu, Ramy won the Audience Award at SXSW 2019 and a Peabody Award in 2020, where the jurors praised the series as a “touching, thoughtful, and very funny sitcom… The ground-breaking series is masterful in its weaponization of the tension between faith and secularism, East and West, and men and women.”