It was the holiday episode of The Mindy Project that reeled me in. Danny’s red glasses, his smooth moves, even the cringe-worthy man trap business: all of it made me laugh out loud — a rarity.
I was hesitant to jump on board during the first season. Mindy Kaling was loved by everyone, so naturally I hated her for no reason.
But dammit, she was hilarious.
Soon after, I moved out and my TV schedule immediately expanded, with all the freedom I had. I started watching The Mindy Project regularly to erase the sour taste of New Girl from my mouth.
Even now, I still struggle to describe the show’s appeal to me. I don’t typically go for the career woman in arrested development angle. But my best attempt would be because of its sharp honesty cloaked in one-off lines. The wittiness and delivery feel like an after-thought, as if this is just how these characters happen to talk in real life.
A paraphrased example after Charlie accuses Mindy of taking $20 from his nightstand:
Mindy: I earned that money.
Charlie: You’re talking about yourself like you’re a prostitute. Stop that.
Mindy: I know, I really need to stop.
(This isn’t even the best exchange, but it’s fresh.) Mindy says a lot of inappropriate things, but she isn’t trying to be inappropriate, and she makes me feel like it’s OK that I think those things too (not the prostitute example, specifically).
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Like all of the shippers out there, how could I not enjoy last night’s finale? (Spoilers ahead!)