In this CNN documentary mini-series, Ravi Patel takes a light hearted approach to discussing some of the most difficult topics in life. Each episode covers a theme ranging from aging, parenting, death and immigration. With his big eyed childlike wonder and his ability to intently listen to others, Ravi simplifies these huge themes to a personal level by exposing his own life.
While HOW TO WITH JOHN WILSON showcased what it means to have human connection from an awkward narrator’s point of view, PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS has similar themes but through the eyes of an extroverted unabashed optimist.
The poignant sequences with Ravi grappling with questions like, “how many visits do I have left with my parents before they pass?” and the regret he experiences for being a workaholic and missing huge moments in his child’s life are instantly relatable. As we watch Ravi explore these themes, we are witnessing him become more aware of what life is all about. That simplistic honest look is what makes this show so profound. He has an ability to move audiences with universal truths as he tries to get a deeper understanding of humanity.
The entire series is available now on HBO Max.