“Ramy” might have been one of 2019’s breakout original series, but the new trailer promises that the titular protagonist, played by creator, writer, and producer Ramy Youssef, is still working his life out. As with Season 1, the trailer for the sophomore season, which is produced by A24, promises plenty of irreverent comedy to go along with the nuanced depictions of millennial Muslim Americans — be it comparing the pronunciation of “Muslim” to “pussy,” or series newcomer Mahershala Ali asking if the titular protagonist showered after masturbating before coming to see him.
Ali’s presence is prominent throughout the trailer. The “Moonlight” and “True Detective” star appears in “Ramy” Season 2 as Ramy’s spiritual mentor — also known as a “Sheikh whose really hot.” Ali provides plenty of guidance to Ramy, both sincere and comical, throughout the trailer, which promises that “Ramy” Season 2 will be just as heartfelt on the second go-around. Ali’s “Ramy” work will mark the latest in a string of high-profile appearances for the actor, who has become one of the industry’s most sought-after stars and will eventually return to major Hollywood blockbusters when he stars in the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film “Blade.”
Youssef’s work on the series has received widespread acclaim; he won the Golden Globe’s award for Best Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy in January. IndieWire’s Ben Travers offered particular praise for “Ramy” Season 1 in his A- review last year, hailing the show’s empathetic writing and fleshed out ensemble. He also noted that the show easily connects with audiences, regardless of their background.
“’Ramy’ resonates because it treats its characters’ lives with the utmost compassion,” Travers said in his Season 1 review. “Their struggles are universal, as are the jokes, and whether you’re a viewer excited to see a practicing Muslim leading a TV show or just a white guy looking for a good comedy to stream, ‘Ramy’ delivers the goods. We need more series like it, in every sense of the phrase.”
Check out the trailer for “Ramy” Season 2 below:
And here’s the “Ramy” Season 2 key art: