The Mindy Project: A romantic comedy set in New York City. It’s an idea that’s been done before, but this show adds a hilarious twist to well-worn clichés.
In A Nutshell
The Mindy Project follows Mindy Lahiri, an OB/GYN living in Manhattan, as she struggles to get her career and love life in order. After going on a drunken rant at her ex-boyfriend’s wedding, Mindy is forced to confront some harsh truths about herself. And so begins her ‘project’ to find happiness and fulfilment. Along the way, she receives (mostly unsolicited) advice from her lovable but eccentric co-workers.
Meet the Characters
Mindy Lahiri is the titular character and protagonist of the series. Her brash personality results in her often coming across as insensitive, however she actually cares deeply about those around her. Mindy possesses an enthusiasm and dramatic flair that turns even the most mundane events into a spectacle. Most of all, she doesn’t hesitate to tackle a challenge and is determined to achieve her dreams.
Danny Castellano works with Mindy at Shulman & Associates. The two frequently clash with each other due to their stubborn natures. Initially, Danny behaves coldly towards his co-workers and acts in an arrogant manner. As the series progresses he is influenced by Mindy to become more empathetic towards others.
Jeremy Reed is the charming yet sleazy office supervisor. Widely regarded as the ‘cool guy’ at the practice, Jeremy maintains a neutral perspective during arguments and attempts to keep the peace between his co-workers. He and Mindy have a friends with benefits relationship at the start of the series.
Morgan Tookers is a male nurse and Mindy’s self-professed ‘best friend’. Despite having done jail time, he’s basically the human equivalent of a puppy – clumsy, affectionate, and overexcited. He is always willing to help Mindy with her problems, but usually ends up making situations worse rather than better.
Beverly Janoszewski is the receptionist at Shulman & Associates. Her contribution to the office is minimal, and she instead spends her time making controversial remarks about current events.
The show’s cast is always expanding, and there have been many guest stars throughout its four seasons. Listing all of the characters would be impossible, so you’ll just have to watch it and see!
A Brief History of ‘The Mindy Project’: The When, Where, and How
The Mindy Project is an American television show created by (and starring) Mindy Kaling. The series premiered on FOX in 2012, but was cancelled after three seasons. Thankfully, it was then picked up by Hulu for a fourth season, which is currently airing. Kaling has stated that the series is inspired by her mother, who was also an OB/GYN.
The show won the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Most Exciting New Television Series in 2012. Additionally, Mindy Kaling has received widespread praise and won a Gracie Award and a Satellite Award for her performance.
Why It’s Awesome
If you love romcoms, then The Mindy Project is definitely for you. The series has all the tropes we’re used to seeing on the big screen, but throws in some Judd-Apatow-variety comedy for an extra kick. These comical moments are expertly balanced with more serious matters, as the writers occasionally delve into feminist issues.
How often is it that we see a woman of colour as the leading lady in a romantic comedy? POC are usually token characters in this particular genre, and are relegated to the sidelines while their (white, conventionally attractive) best friends fall in love. This isn’t the case with The Mindy Project. There’s nothing ‘token’ about Mindy Lahiri – she’s written as a unique and memorable character rather than a carbon copy.
The way that Mindy conducts herself was what really sold me on the show. She’s bold, confident, and holds herself in high esteem. Mindy is the person we all secretly want to be: the one that speaks their mind and doesn’t give a damn what others think about them. Naturally, she has her own set of flaws, but these only serve to make her more genuine and relatable.
Although Mindy is the protagonist, there are a whole host of supporting characters that enrich the series and its storylines. With so many big personalities, there is plenty of room for them to bounce off each other and create conflict. The office dynamic alone makes for some very entertaining episodes. There’s also the fact that no-one is pigeonholed or turned into a cliché. While each character starts out with a certain label, they are continually growing and changing, and this prevents the show from becoming stale.