Unfair & Ugly is a new TV Show about a South Asian Muslim American family in Orange County, California trying to keep it together. Goody-two-shoes Sana and her slacker brother Haaris struggle to balance their immigrant parents’ expectations (#NoBanNoWall, baby) while navigating millennial adulting.
WHAT’S IT LIKE?
If the unflattering characters of Arrested Development met the visual style of Aziz Ansari’s Master of None, you’d have Unfair & Ugly. Season 1 has 6 episodes, 22 minutes each.
WHY THIS SHOW?
We’re making a show that feels real to us, full of complex human characters, each with their own sense of humor and challenges. The main storylines deal with love, careers, and generation gaps. Layered into the show are subjects like depression, racism, and gender bias.
WHY IS IT CALLED UNFAIR & UGLY?
Unfair & Ugly is a play on the skin whitening cream Fair & Lovely (yeah, that’s a thing, and it’s a $10 billion industry). It’s a remnant of colonialism with a clear message: people-of-color have to change themselves in order to be accepted.
Further, there’s a burden of representation for people-of-color that carries onscreen. We feel pressured to present one-dimensional “positive” portrayals in order to challenge the often deadly negative portrayals about us.
Well, Unfair & Ugly isn’t whitewashed. It’s raw, real, and deeply human. It explores both the beautiful and less flattering aspects of our cultures through our own eyes. We don’t need to be fair-skinned to be lovely, and we don’t need to be saints or terrorists to be represented in the media. We deserve to see our everyday selves reflected onscreen.