The Indian Detective is Everything That’s Wrong with Russell Peters

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The Indian Detective is Everything That’s Wrong with Russell Peters

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ast week, Netflix took Russell Peters’ now famously abused catchphrase “Somebody gonna get a hurt real bad” quite literally by streaming the Indo-Canadian comedian’s detective dramedy, The Indian Detective. In the process, they destroyed the mental peace of all its subscribers.

In the four-episode series, Peters plays Doug D’mello, a bumbling Indo-Canadian police officer in Toronto whose ultimate dream is to prove to the world that he is a great detective. However, his over-enthusiasm ensures that he becomes a laughing stock and a viral meme that results in his suspension and demotion. He then sets off on a journey to magically find his inner detective skills while visiting his father (Anupam Kher in his worst role and wig yet) in India. From then on, the show’s portrayal of India and its people amounts to all the tired cliches that Peters peddles in almost every comedy special. The show is basically a case study in laughable incompetency as it ends up being neither a believable detective show, nor an enjoyable cop comedy.

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