The Mindy Project

Penina Remler, Assistant A&E Editor

Meet Mindy Kaling. Some of you may already know her as Kelly Kapoor from The Office or as a screen writer forSaturday Night Live, but Kaling’s latest claim to fame comes from the success of her very own hit network show, The Mindy Project. 
Having just completed its first season, the multi-talented actress and writer Mindy Kaling stars as Dr. Mindy Lahiri in a self-titled Fox sitcom. Set in a physician group practice in New York City, Kaling plays a young OBGYN doctor based off of many of her own personal, and often comedic life experiences. The show consistently positions Kaling in conflicting situations based off of realistic incidents, which can be serious yet funny at the same time.

Some of the humor from the show stems from the office hjinks viewers see on a weekly basis. Whether it’s Morgan (Ike Barinholtz), the ex-con male nurse with a big heart, or the two holistic doctors, Danny Castellano (Chris Messina) and Jeremy Reed (Ed Weeks), in the same building where Mindy must compete with for patients, there is no shortage of hilarity in the workplace scenes.

However, the real humor and heart of the show come from Mindy’s struggles with love. At the beginning of the season, Mindy dated Josh (Tommy Dewey), a blonde sports manager with high-flying friends. All seems to be going well, until she finds out she was “the other woman” to Josh’s long-time girlfriend, who shows up at Mindy’s holiday party and wrecks havoc. Though Mindy likes to sarcastically include that she is constantly being discriminated for her skin color, Kalig exemplifies the common struggles of most women in the dating world.

Towards the middle of the season, love interests start to take a turn as Mindy begins the new year with a new found love Casey (Anders Holm).  Mindy quickly becomes so smitten by the humble priest with whom she decides to make a drastic decision and join him on his altruistic journey to Haiti.  Though an abrupt decision, the seasons leaves us with a sudden cliffhanger. Rather than immediately setting off with Casey, Mindy’s journey is first interfered by nearly kissing her co-worker Danny, a colleague with mutual sexual tension throughout the season.

While the first season definitely had its ups and downs, the past twenty-four episodes have had success in the sense that they established several important characters and stayed consistent with plot lines. Although the Mindy Project has become slightly predictable with its romantic comedy cliches, Kaling’s witty writing and quick acting makes the upcoming season two worth while.