Together the 2 creators decided that “Sort Of,” which grew to incorporate the family for which Sabi nannies and in addition Sabi’s own families, biological and located, would concentrate on identity and transition in a general sense, not a selected one. A mellow, finely observed comedy, it recognizes that just about all of us are in transition in a technique or one other, if we are going to only stop to note.
Themes and questions that may need seemed pertinent — How does Sabi discover? Will people accept Sabi? Will people find Sabi attractive? — are mostly settled or not especially essential. As a substitute, Baig and Filippo modeled the comedy on that of other shows about 20-somethings juggling jobs, friends and romantic partners.
“If we just don’t change much about that but insert this body, this skin color, this gender into it, that felt fresh and funny to us,” Baig said. “And like, it’s possible.”
Some elements were borrowed, directly or circuitously, from Baig’s life. A lot of Sabi’s habits of gesture and expression are Baig all the best way — the long pauses, the crushing deadpan, the purposefully blank expression. Sabi’s relationship with their parents doesn’t map onto Baig’s exactly. But Sabi does experience estrangement, particularly from their father. And Baig feels some estrangement, too.
“The ties between us are, I feel, quite unraveled,” Baig said of their parents. “They know in regards to the show. They learn about how I move through the world. However it’s not rosy in any respect.”
And yet Baig moves through the world with more sureness than Sabi, whilst performer and character share a belief that the world may not at all times be welcoming. Ellora Patnaik, the actress who plays Sabi’s mother, has known Baig for years.