"Nora From Queens" is an American comedy series starring and created by Awkwafina which premiered on Jan. 22, 2020. The series is set in Queens and has already been renewed for a second season. This is a show for lovers of great shows like Broad City, showcasing New York and crazy hi-jinks in a way that proves to be great entertainment.
The series stars Awkwafina as Nora Lin, a fictionalized version of herself, and Lori Tan Chinn as her grandmother. The pair gets into various hi-jinks together and separately, making for some great comedy.
The series is mainly set around Nora being in her early thirties and still not having her life together. The first episode is essentially her call-out story to begin to take control of the things around her. Although turning her life around will be a huge challenge for her, it is highly entertaining to watch the roller coaster ride. The series also stars Laverne Cox as the voice of God in the first episode, which makes for a pretty hilarious opening sequence.
Within minutes of the first episode, it is clear this is a series that will be sticking around, from the beautiful New York aesthetic to the crazy out-of-bounds comedy it showcases though protagonist Nora. Although Nora is trying to get her life together, it is a clear challenge for her. Although some of her actions are a bit over the top, you can’t help but root for the fun character in her journey of self growth.
Additionally, BD Wong plays Nora’s father, who is given fun dialogue to create truly laugh-out-loud moments. Lori Tan Chin is also a great addition to the series, as she adds her own flavor to the show. In the second episode, she wages war on a group of Korean women after they refuse to give up their spot next to a plug outlet. The second episode also uses Atlantic City as a great setting to continue progressing the storyline.
Lovers of "Broad City," which has been off the air since March of 2019, would really love the entire concept of the series. The series uses concept art throughout the episodes in the same fashion that Broad City did in its run; however, “Nora From Queens" is still a show of its own.
The way it also chooses to showcase an Asian American, bringing up several different issues within that, is a great thing to see as well, especially since shows like that have not been in the spotlight recently. Golden Globe winner Awkwafina is definitely on a roll and not stopping; this series definitely is a representation of that. Tune into the series and get to know Nora from Queens.
I give this series 5 out of 5 Swoops.