Mo (Mohammed Amer) plays a supporting role in the award-winning Hulu series RAMY, and now, he has an eight-episode series on Netflix. I was hesitant to watch a spin-off as the narratives in RAMY are so compelling I didn’t think there would be enough story to warrant another show. However, I’m pleasantly surprised to report that MO, although not as dark as RAMY, is essential TV and full of heartwarming laughs.
While both Mo and Ramy have similar Muslim backgrounds, the theme of MO is less about characters grappling with the effects of organized religion and more about the similarities between immigrants trying to get by. For example, Mo’s girlfriend, Maria (Teresa Ruiz), is looking to start a business but has been burdened with family debt. Also, Mo’s mom (Yusra Najjar) has a tasty business idea, but how do you start a business if you’re an illegal immigrant?
Yet, it’s Mohammed Amer’s performance in MO that separates it from other slice-of-life character studies. He’s incredibly likable, funny, and has the charisma that carries him on screen, even when his character “leans” into bad choices.
You don’t need to watch RAMY to understand MO. They are two distinctly separate stories that audiences can dive into and binge. However, with MO, you will probably be craving some olive oil post-viewing. Just don’t dip a tortilla in it.
Mo’s first season is available on Netflix.