The Master of None star acts opposite his dad in the Netflix series

Updated November 11, 2015 10:25 PM
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Aziz Ansari‘s new Netflix show brought him closer to his parents.

Master of None has received a strong response since debuting on Friday, and much of the praise has gone to Aziz’s father Shoukath and mother Fatima, who play his character Dev’s parents in the show.

On Wednesday, Aziz, 32, instagrammed a photo of himself backstage at The Late Show with his father, a South Carolina physician.

“My dad took off most of his vacation time for the year to act in Master of None,” Aziz wrote. “Tonight after we did Colbert together he said: ‘This is all fun and I liked acting in the show, but I really just did it so I could spend more time with you.’ I almost instantly collapsed into tears at the thought of how much this person cares about me and took care of me and gave me everything to give me the amazing life I have.”

In the series, one episode focuses on the parents of Dev and one of his friends.

“What’s strange is doing that episode and working with my parents has increased the quality of my relationship to my parents IN MY REAL LIFE,” Aziz wrote. “I haven’t always had the best, most open relationship with my parents because we are weirdly closed off emotionally sometimes. But we are getting better. And if you have something like that with your family – I urge you to work at it and get better because these are special people in your life.”

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Master of None

follows Aziz’s Dev as he navigates his acting career and dating life in New York.

He previously spoke to PEOPLE about the decision to cast his parents, who had never acted.

“I think when you’re trying to get someone who’s a non-actor to do these things, the tricky part is teaching them to stop trying and to be very natural and not try to be funny,” Aziz told PEOPLE. “They picked up pretty fast.”