I came late to The Mindy Project. I began watching in the middle of season two right before its two-month hiatus, became hooked, and then went back to the pilot to watch it from the beginning. I'll be the first to admit that I didn't love every single episode (the show does get progressively stronger and really hits its stride in its sophomore season), but the initial something that always brought me back to the show was Mindy Kaling.
Mindy Kaling is currently the only Indian woman to have her own network show. She is a talented and thoughtful writer. She has a healthy sense of humility and is willing to make fun of herself for the sake of comedy. But perhaps most importantly, she feels and looks like one of us. Kaling often makes fun of the back-handed compliments that she has received about her physical appearance from critics and the public.
|Kaling's "controversial" |
If Kaling was my initial draw to The Mindy Project, it is Chris Messina who has made me a devotee. Chris Messina portrays Mindy's other half, Dr. Daniel Castellano. He is the perfect on-screen match for Mindy, which is why the pair is currently my favorite couple on television. Their playful banter is also a testament to the great comedic writing on the show, and the writing in and of itself is enough reason to keep watching. Case in point:
Scene from "An Officer and A Gynecologist"
|Still from Episode 3x01 "We're A Couple Now, Haters"|
It is hard to believe that Kaling was unsure whether Danny and Mindy would ever seriously date until the middle of the show's second season. There was something brewing between them in the show's pilot; the barbs they hurled at each other felt almost like a mating dance and this sexual energy has only increased over the past two years. If season one was about Mindy and Danny becoming friends who learn to trust, respect and confide in one another, then season two was about them each coming to terms with what the audience already knew: they had fallen in love.
|Still from Episode 2x22 "Danny and Mindy"|
If you're still not sure whether The Mindy Project is right for you, try season two's finale, aptly titled "Danny and Mindy," on for size. Kaling wrote the episode and it is her pièce de résistance: a series of playful riffs on the many romantic comedy tropes to which we have grown accustomed. The episode also serves as a fantastic homage to An Affair to Remember, You've Got Mail, Sleepless In Seattle, and When Harry Met Sally.
|"Danny and Mindy" Don't Mind Us, We're Just In Love|
Where do Mindy and Danny go from here? What do Kaling and her team have planned next for us? Whatever the answers, I know I'll be watching.