Pete Rock and CL Smooth – They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y) Episode 2, called Parents, featuring Ansari’s real life parents, who do a marvellous job playing the parents to Dev, The episode kicks off with this hip Hhp anthem. It sets the tone and reminds viewers, Dev’s got street cred.
Father John Misty – Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins) The Hot Ticket episode is for sure where the series got its cool factor. The episode revolves around who Dev will be taking to the Father John Misty concert. And yes, Father John Misty shows up and makes a cameo. Super cool.
Tom T Hall – Homecoming Ansari digs country. All country music, all the time in the episode where Dev and Rachel head to Memphis. This Tom T Hall hoot appears after Dev and Rachel fight at the airport. Dev makes an excuse to sit next to his girlfriend after she switches seats with a stranger. The scene is sweet.
Jane Birkin et Serge Gainsbourg – Je T’aime,…Moi Non Plus Honesty is the best quality about this show. And my favourite episode, called, Mornings looks at the honesty every relationship should go through. This French track from 1967, is featured during the opening credits and totally sets the scene for what would happen later. Honourable nods- when Dev is making pasta to Dean Martin’s “Volare (Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu)” and during the closing credits when they play The Cure’s “Catch“. Best episode for music choices.
BONUS TRACK: Billie Holliday – You Got to my Head Skipping to the episode called Grandparents, fast forwarding till you get to the end is worth it if you can catch Rachel’s singing grandma do a cute cover of this Billie Holiday classic.