One of my favorite TV shows right now is The Mindy Project. Brainchild of Mindy Kaling, one of the funniest comedians on TV, this series – now airing on Hulu – follows the antics of Dr. Mindy Lahiri, a New York City OB/GYN, and her colleagues at their practice of Shulman & Associates. The comedy centers on Mindy as she struggles to work, date and later be a single mom in New York.
If Mindy Kaling in all her majesty alone is not enough to get you to watch, these are some of the reasons why you should drop everything and binge:
- MINDY KALING. Mindy Kaling is not only an amazing comedian and writer, she is also incredibly inspirational. I admire her so much for her hard work and her drive to make it in Hollywood despite representational roadblocks. I think she is doing wonders for women, people of color and body positivity and I just absolutely adore her. She is so funny and deserves all the best things.
- It is relatable AF even at its most ridiculous. Now, while I may not be a young 30-something year old doctor in NYC, or understand the nuances of Kimye, I find Mindy to be extremely relatable. I appreciate that she struggles and fails – going on terrible dates, getting in wildly embarrassing situations, etc. – but still manages to keep going and keep trying. Even once her relationship with Danny falls apart, she still puts herself out there again. As a person who hates failing and feels constantly lost at sea, she makes me feel that its okay to struggle and flounder, and that you owe it to yourself to keep trying.
- THAT CAST. Now, I have already expressed my love for Mindy Kaling, but the rest of the cast is phenomenal. Chris Messina, Ike Barinholtz, Ed Weeks, Xosha Roquemore, Beth Grant, Adam Pally, Garret Dillahunt and the extended cast are incredibly funny, and have great chemistry together that translates perfectly on screen. While they are not my favorite cast (that spot is reserved for the Parks and Rec team), I think they make the show be that much better.
- Mindy Lahiri is my hero. While some may dismiss her as crass or superficial – I’m looking at you, Danny (Gah, I still haven’t gotten over how unsupportive he was the first half of season 4) – she is a very capable professional who believes in herself and cares about her career. Yes, she loves reality TV and knows more about celebrity dating gossip than actual news. And yes, she dresses in loud colors, cries over boys and is unable to manage her personal finances, but she is also an amazing doctor and even runs her own successful fertility clinic. She breaks stereotypes forfemale characters on TV, making it okay to be both vulnerable and strong, silly and confident. She is outspoken and ridiculous, but is also an independent boss ass lady.
- Talk about breaking TV norms. Mindy and Danny’s breakup, while heartbreaking, was one of the best arcs of the show and so refreshing to watch. The Mindy Project broke the “we’re meant to be so it will all work out” narrative and instead opted for a storyline that highlights the real struggles within adult relationships. Their breakup didn’t boil down to scandalous betrayals or dramatics, but to a fundamental difference in their values, expectations and views on parenthood. Danny wanted Mindy to give up her career for their son, having grown up with a strong motherly presence and a rigid Catholic background, but Mindy felt that work and family did not have to be mutually exclusive.I liked that while the show spent all that time setting up their romance as endgame, they didn’t shy away from breaking the relationship. It’s compelling to see how people change and sometimes things don’t work out. Being a character-driven show, it pays to follow the characters as they grow through the writing instead of forcing plot on characters when it no longer fits (*cough* How I Met Your Mother *cough*).
Now there are tons of other reasons why this show is amazing and everyone should go watch it now. It’s ridiculous and I love it to death, so go, go watch it!!
You can watch the 4 seasons of The Mindy Project and the upcoming 5th season on Hulu.