TV: The Mindy Project – Season 1

Premiered: September 25, 2012

On: Fox

Starring: Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina, Ed Weeks, Anna Camp, Zoe Jarman, Amanda Setton, Stephen Tobolowsky, Ike Barinholtz, Beth Grant, Xosha Roquemore, Mark Duplass, Anders Holm, Tommy Dewey, Jay Duplass, Mort Burke, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Mary Grill, Chloë Sevigny, Kelen Coleman, Bill Hader, B.J. Novak, Ellie Kemper & Allison Williams

Coming off of eight years on The Office, Mindy Kaling takes the lead in this self-titled show that she created.

Obstetrician/gynecologist Mindy Lahiri (Kaling) is at a low point in her personal life when she attends her ex-boyfriend Tom’s (Bill Hader) wedding. She looks for love while taking over as partner of her practice with co-doctors Danny Castellano (Chris Messina) and Jeremy Reed (Ed Weeks).

As expected, based on her previous performance as Kelly Kapoor, Kaling is consistently spot-on with her comedy and has the best quick comebacks. Some may argue that Mindy is self-centered, which is true, but everything she says is based off thoughts we’ve all had.

The supporting cast – some of which disappear throughout with little to no explanation – is fantastic and will have you wondering how much is improvised vs. written dialogue.

Final say: Joyfully funny. ★★★★☆

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