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The Mindy Project “Pilot” Review
One of my least favorite characters on The Office was Mindy Kaling’s character, Kelly Kapour. I always felt like her character never had as much depth as the rest of the outstanding cast. In Mindy Kaling’s new show, cleverly titled The Mindy Project, her character is infinitely more interesting.
The Mindy Project follows Dr. Mindy Lahiri, a single physician trying to find her way through her crazy life. Raised on romantic comedies, Mindy sees every moment as a scene from one of her favorite rom-coms. This fantastical view of the world does her no favors in the dating game, and as the show begins she has just been arrested after dramatically ranting at her ex-boyfriend’s wedding. This dramatic nature constantly clashes with Chris Messina’s character, Dr. Danny Castellano, a very grounded, blunt, and “manly” man, who often makes fun of Mindy for her rom-com obsession. The other character is Jeremy, the man Mindy keeps coming back too, despite the fact that he is obviously just in it for sex.
Right away the show has a distinct flair to it, and its high production value distinguishes it from the glut of documentary-style comedies such as The Office, Parks and Recreation, and Modern Family. The cinematography in general is much better than the average comedy, and it really adds a lot to the show.
The most important question when critiquing a comedy is, of course, “Is it funny?”. And yes, I can confirm that The Mindy Project, at least so far, is certainly funny. Mindy, while self-absorbed and slightly delusional, is a likeable character, important in a comedy that revolves around the life of one person, instead of having a large, ensemble cast with many different storylines. While Jeremy is a reasonably shallow character, his role seems to be more short term, while the obviously important Danny is probably the funniest character on the show, and provides a perfect foil for Mindy.
The Mindy Project is off to a great start, and there’s nothing that indicates that it will not continue to provide quality television and quality comedy.
The Mindy Project airs every Tuesday at 9:30/8:30c, on Fox.