I didn’t know much about the show Ramy other than it was about a Muslim named Ramy trying to figure out his life, and the lead was stand-up comedian Ramy Youssef. It wasn’t clear if it was a slice of life, a light Everybody Hates Ramy, or a laugh-out loud the whole world is nuts Seinfeld-esque show. I’ve now watched the first episode and I still don’t know.
There are a string of scenes thrown together, and I suppose some of them are mildly amusing. The show basically shows him going to a Muslim wedding of his friend at the mosque, and everybody giving him a hard time that he’s single…his mother, his friends, strangers he doesn’t even know. And so he needs to figure his life out and maybe date a Muslim woman for a change. After he goes through a Muslim Tindr profile, and asks around, he ends up on a date with a woman where it goes REALLY well. Right up until the sex where she wants to be choked (she tells him to grab tighter, it’s not a massage). Each of the scenes look and feel like one-offs, there’s almost no flow between them.
And I didn’t get a feel for much of any of the characters — his friends, his coworkers, his family — other than very short snippets in the half-hour. Ultimately, none of it was very funny, although I did smile a couple of times. It seemed more like Coming to America than it did a Muslim man living in Jersey. The only parts that really sang was when he was riffing like he was doing stand-up (which didn’t fit the scene, but at least it was amusing).
Overall? I don’t care if he finds love. Nor enough to even try and rate the rest of the actors. I definitely am predicting CANCELLATION.