September 25th, 2012 by thetvchick
The Mindy Project is in a word, brilliant. Perhaps not everyone will fall in love with this show and Mindy Kaling’s amazing sense of humor, but I certainly did. Mindy (the character, Dr. Mindy Lahiri) is not perfect. She has flaws like everyone else, which makes this show incredibly grounded. Mindy’s behavior and commentary are things I certainly think of doing and saying all the time. She tells her best friend’s child that she is boring and she spent most of her nights in college watching romantic comedies (for me, it was TV. Holla, TV Chick writer E!). She has a very successful career as an OBGYN but her her dating life is in shambles. She decides to change her love life for the better, and the Mindy Project is born. No pun intended.
Enter the two main men in her life: Danny Castellano (played by Chris Messina), a rich, know it all doctor who has everything but a woman in his life and Jeremy Reed (played by Ed Weeks), also a doctor, and a charming British one at that, who Mindy is sleeping with on and off. I mean you can’t really blame her, right? Both of them have opinions on her outfits, her dates and her misadventures. Mindy’s first date in an attempt to change everything commences with her praying in a taxi cab. In one of my favorite moments of the pilot, she says, “May he have the wealth of Bloomberg, the personality of Jon Stewart, the face of Michael Fassbender, the penis of Michael Fassbender…”
The pilot takes us on a journey of Mindy’s terrible night that ended up with her drunk, riding a bicycle into a pool and getting a “pull yourself together” lecture from a barbie doll. She gets arrested and tells the tale of her ex-boyfriend geting married and what lead up to that fateful moment. As she gets bailed out, she asks the police officer if she can get a tour of the Special Victims Unit. Love it.
The show is rife with pop culture references and funny one-liners, while being incredibly relatable. There’s obviously going to be some sort of love triangle with Mindy and the two leading men and I can’t wait to see where that goes. If you weren’t a huge fan of Kelly Kapoor on The Office, Mindy definitely has a much better sense of reality. The Mindy Project is refreshing in a field of new comedies that were weak at best. It fits in with New Girl perfectly and I look forward to it being a permanent part of my Tuesday TV lineup.
Be sure to tune in tonight at 9:30 PM to FOX for the premiere of The Mindy Project.Tweet