This post contains spoilers for Season 4 of Never Have I Ever.
Season 4 of Never Have I Ever is supposed to be its last, but the series finale has fans wondering if there’s hope for a future revival. It’s all thanks to two little words from narrator John McEnroe, who closes the show with a quick recap of Devi’s exploits over the years.
“After four rocky years of high school, Devi finally had both the boy and the college of her dreams,” McEnroe says as Devi and Ben cuddle up in her dorm room at Princeton. “There would be other dreams, of course, like becoming the first Supreme Court Justice who’s also a hip-hop artist, but in this moment, our little hothead from the Valley was pretty happy. So, this is John McEnroe, live from Princeton, New Jersey, signing off. For now.”
For now?! This is the kind of tease that would make a less mature Devi join Model UN out of spite. Is this not really the end for Devi and the Sherman Oaks crew? Could Gears Brosnan live to see another day?
Will there be more Never Have I Ever?
Never say never, but co-creators Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher have been pretty clear that Season 4 will end the show for good, at least in its current form. “Four seasons for a high school show felt like it made sense,” Kaling told Entertainment Tonight in April 2022. “They can’t be in high school forever. We’ve seen those shows. Like, you’ve been in high school for 12 years. What is going on here? Also, the actors get older and it starts looking insane that a 34-year-old is playing a 15-year-old.”
Fisher, meanwhile, thought it would feel “false” to have Devi and company end up at the same college together when they’ve all had such different goals over the course of the show. “Or you have to introduce a whole new crew of characters that nobody cares about it. That's a hard move to make,” Fisher told Entertainment Weekly in August 2022. “I think we felt like this is it, this is good. We can tell this tale and end it the way we want to on a high note and really finish out senior year and it will feel satisfying.”
The series finale finds Devi and her friends in totally different parts of the country, so an imminent reunion wouldn’t be possible without some serious plot maneuvering. Devi is in New Jersey at Princeton, Ben is in New York City at Columbia, Fabiola is in Washington, D.C. at Howard, Eleanor is pursuing her acting career and Paxton is back at Arizona State. Kamala, meanwhile, is enjoying her new life in Baltimore with boyfriend Manish.
After the show’s premiere event, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, who plays Devi, shared an Instagram photo of herself holding a cake bearing the message, “Devi’s done. Maitreyi’s just getting started.” In a caption, she added, “Read that cake again,” sending a clear message that this chapter of her life is over.
Will there be a Never Have I Ever spinoff?
Even if Devi’s done, though, her classmates at Sherman Oaks High School might not be. What about a spinoff show that follows Fabiola post-college as she kicks off her career in robotics, or a movie about Eleanor’s entrée into Hollywood? Fisher has said she didn’t want to introduce new characters, but it could be fun to see Paxton grown up and teaching his own class full of misfits and drama queens. Alternatively, consider a crossover with Kaling’s other show, The Sex Lives of College Girls. New Jersey isn’t too terribly far from Vermont, after all. The possibilities are truly endless!
A spinoff focused on another character, however, likely wouldn’t be narrated by McEnroe. As fans know, Never Have I Ever used different narrators for episodes that focused on characters who aren’t Devi—Gigi Hadid for Paxton and Andy Samberg for Ben. If McEnroe is only finished “for now,” then it seems unlikely he’d take over narration for say, a mystery show following Nirmala as an amateur private detective.
But even if it wouldn’t make total narrative sense, McEnroe seemed to have enough fun with Never Have I Ever that it’s not too crazy to think he’d come back for a revival. “I like to try to do things that get you out of your comfort zone a little bit. I’ve always believed in the theory [that] it’s better to try and fail than not try at all. And I thought this was different,” he told the Los Angeles Times in 2021 about his role on the show. “At certain times, I was disappointed in myself that while I was doing what I was doing [playing tennis]—and I was even the best at it—I wasn’t getting the type of enjoyment I would have liked. So it’s nice to sort of do something later on [in life] where you can.”
It sounds like McEnroe needs more time to enjoy his newfound career as a chronicler of teenage life. Your serve, Netflix!