Ramy (TV series)
|Opening theme||"Music Lacounga 79" by Hany Shenouda|
|Country of origin||United States /Egypt|
|Original language(s)||English /Arabic|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||23–31 minutes|
|Original release||April 19, 2019 –|
Ramy is an American comedy-drama web television series which premiered on April 19, 2019 on Hulu. In May 2019, Hulu renewed the series for a second season which is set to premiere on May 29, 2020.
Ramy follows "a first-generation American Muslim who is on a spiritual journey in his politically divided New Jersey neighborhood. It explores the challenges of what it is like being caught between an Egyptian community that thinks life is a moral test, and a Millennial generation that thinks life has no consequences."
Cast and characters
- Ramy Youssef as Ramy Hassan, the main protagonist of the series. He is a millennial American Muslim who grapples with his faith and lifestyle, to judgment of his friends and family. Ramy Youssef won the Best actor in a TV series – musical or comedy, for his role as Ramy at the 77th Golden Globes Awards 2020.
- Mohammed Amer as Mo
- Dave Merheje as Ahmed
- Stephen Way as Stevie, longtime friend and coworker of Ramy. They become acquainted after the September 11th attacks, when Ramy is alienated due to his Muslim faith.
- Hiam Abbass as Maysa Hassan
- May Calamawy as Dena Hassan, the sister of Ramy. Although she is a graduate student, Dena is frustrated that her actions and behavior are still restricted by her overprotective parents. This causes her to regularly critique the double standards she and Ramy are judged against.
- Amr Waked as Farouk Hassan
- Laith Nakli as Uncle Naseem, the boisterous uncle of Ramy and Dena. He owns a jewelry business, where he employs Ramy after his firing from a startup. He casually makes sexist and anti-Semitic statements, despite working with Jewish jewelers. Naseem is very protective of his family, especially of his sister Maysa.
- Poorna Jagannathan as Salma
- Rosaline Elbay as Amani, Ramy's cousin whom he meets on a spiritual expedition to Cairo. 
- Shadi Alfons as Shadi, his Americanized cousin who attempts to show Ramy around Cairo.
- Kate Miller as Vivian
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date |
|1||"Between the Toes"||Harry Bradbeer||Ari Katcher & Ryan Welch & Ramy Youssef||April 19, 2019|
|In the series premiere, Ramy grapples with dating and relationships as a young Muslim man in America. He goes out on a date with a Muslim-American woman who Ramy is surprised to find is extremely sexually aggressive and kinky.|
|2||"Princess Diana"||Christopher Storer||Leah Nanako Winkler||April 19, 2019|
|Ramy gets fired from his job with Stevie at a tech startup. As a solution, his parents intend to set him up with a job, working for his Uncle Naseem, who is sexist and believes in conspiracy theories about 9/11.|
|3||"A Black Spot on the Heart"||Christopher Storer||Minhal Baig||April 19, 2019|
|After starting at his new job, Ramy becomes interested in a Jewish American girl, to the frustration of his friends. However, he refuses to take drugs with her, so she hooks up with another guy.|
|4||"Strawberries"||Ramy Youssef||Ramy Youssef||April 19, 2019|
|In a flashback to Ramy's past, he remembers how his relationships with friends were changed by the September 11th attacks, due to his Muslim faith. He also wants to be like all his friends and learn to masturbate. After his friends shun him, he walks a different route to school and meets Stevie for the first time, who becomes one of his lifelong friends.|
|5||"Do the Ramadan"||Christopher Storer||Sahar Jahani||April 19, 2019|
|Ramy intends to be fully faithful throughout the 30 days of Ramadan. This includes eating only after sunset and before sunrise, and abstaining from sex and pornography. Ramy meets a married but lonely Muslim woman at the mosque, and ends up having sex with her at her house.|
|6||"Refugees"||Cherien Dabis||Bridget Bedard||April 19, 2019|
|Dena begins experiencing qualms about her status as a virgin. After talking with her friends, she decides to meet up with the local barista from the coffee bar who often flirts with her. She goes back with him to his apartment, but things do not go well.|
|7||"Ne Me Quitte Pas"||Cherien Dabis||Ramy Youssef||April 19, 2019|
|Maysa, who is lonely at home and unfulfilled with her life, becomes a Lyft driver, in the hopes of meeting new people. At first, she has trouble ingratiating herself with riders, but later on, she picks up a Frenchman traveling in the area for business. Because she speaks French and allows him to smoke in her car, he takes a liking to her, and they become fast friends.|
|8||"Saving Mikaela"||Cherien Dabis||Ryan Welch||April 19, 2019|
|Stevie becomes romantically interested in a girl he met through a video game, and ropes Ramy in to physically meet the girl in person. When they meet Mikaela, they realize that she and her friend are still in high school. Mikaela eventually gets drunk and passes out. Ramy kicks open the door to save her, and they end up taking her to Hackensack General, where Ramy's friend is a doctor.|
|9||"Dude, Where’s My Country?"||Cherien Dabis||Ramy Youssef||April 19, 2019|
|In an attempt to find himself and his faith, Ramy makes the trip to visit his family in Egypt. While Ramy would like to see Egypt and pray in the local mosques, his Americanized cousin Shadi wants instead to take him to parties where people are smoking and taking drugs.|
|10||"Cairo Cowboy"||Jehane Noujaim||Ramy Youssef||April 19, 2019|
|Ramy eventually decides to make the trip to visit his grandfather in the countryside. The car taking him breaks down, so he decides to walk the rest of the way. He eventually meets up with his grandfather, but soon after Ramy finds him dead on the floor of his home. At the funeral, he meets up with his cousin Amani, and they appear to have romantic feelings towards each other.|
On October 4, 2017, it was announced that Hulu had given the production a pilot presentation order. The series was created by Ramy Youssef, Ari Katcher and Ryan Welch, all of whom are expected to write for the series. Executive producers are set to include Katcher, Welch, and Jerrod Carmichael. Production companies involved with the series include A24.
On April 18, 2018, it was announced that Hulu had given the production a series order for a first season. On February 11, 2019, it was announced that the series would premiere on April 19, 2019. On May 1, 2019, it was reported that Hulu renewed the series for a second season which is set to premiere on May 29, 2020.
Alongside the series order announcement, it was confirmed that Ramy Youssef would star in the series. On October 19, 2018, it was announced that May Calamawy had been cast in a series regular role.
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 96% based on 26 reviews, with an average rating of 8.43/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "An insightful and hilarious glimpse into the life of a Muslim American family, Ramy perfectly articulates the precarious nature and nuances of identity and announces Ramy Youssef is [sic] a talent to watch." On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 87 out of 100, based on 15 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".
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