Are You Watching The Mindy Project?

by Yesha Callahan

Kelly Kapoor was my favorite character on The Office. When people would mention Steve Carell, I would quickly dismiss the thought of him on the show, and change the subject back to K.K. (that’s what I called her in my head). If you’ve been living under a rock, Kelly Kapoor was played by Mindy Kaling. For the longest time, her character was one of the few that I could relate to on television. Not just because of her gorgeous brown skin, but because of the quirkiness and awkwardness. When Mindy’s book, “Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me?” was published, it further solidified my stanning for her. So yes, I stan for Mindy Kaling.

Recently Mindy Kaling’s new show, The Mindy Project aired on Fox and it has been heralded as being groundbreaking. Mindy’s show is the first sitcom starring and created by an Indian-American. Although Mindy’s ethnicity is evident, it is not what defines her character on The Mindy Project. Personally, I think Mindy’s show is hilarious, but of course not everyone agrees that it is. The Hollywood Reporter called The Mindy Project’s performance “optimistic (if slightly unimpressive),” Entertainment Weekly says it “disappointed a bit” and The Wrap proclaims its debut “so-so.” Deadline judges the entire Fox Tuesday-night comedy block to be “slow out of the gate.”To each his own. Critics will critique, that’s their job.

In a segment for W. Kamau Bell’s new show Totally Biased, writer Hari Kondabolu explains just why Mindy’s show is important.

Have you watched The Mindy Project? What do you think of it?

  • http://[email protected] Blackgirlmd

    Maybe it’s because I’m also in medicine, maybe its my family’s own immigrant background, maybe it’s because my own personal life is quite the mess, maybe it’s because I’m also a girl trying to compete with the big boys in my field, but I really like this show. I relate to it on a lot of different levels. I wasn’t super interested in her character on the Office, but loved the fact that she was a major writer on such a funny show. Either way, I really like the Mindy Project.

  • Desi

    I love the show. The critics, mostly old white men, aren’t used to seeing an Indian American as a lead and neither is the audience, so I say that plays a huge part to those reacting to the show.

  • Ashley.

    I love the show! I think the pilot could have been better, but most pilots aren’t the best. The second episode was hilarious. I hope they let the show air several episodes, if not a whole season if and before they decide to ax it. Shows these days have no chance, and two slow episodes doesn’t mean it can’t be a winner.

  • thatthang

    I absolutely love it ! I think the entire Fox Tuesday line up is hiliarious

  • Jaslene

    I was skeptical if the show but absolutely love it. I love that a woman as dark as me has a comedy show.

  • GlowBelle

    I quite like this show! I have to see some more to be fully in love with it, but I love Mindy’s humor and love the fact that she is the mind and pen behind it. Very glad to see another woman of color leading a show for a change.

  • LN

    The second episode was super hilarious. I’ve watched it three times already.

  • Laugh

    Her show has really been the only refreshing new comedy this season. It’s HILARIOUS and I can totally relate. Sick of these so called critics. They are out of touch!

  • Kitt

    I like this show! And I also LOVE the NEW GIRL and I adore Ben and Kate! I wish Fox would give these shows a decent chance….I mean they’ve had the Simpsons on for liek 25 years….There needs to be something new.

  • Cocoa

    I like the show! I think Mindy is adorable and funny! She is a talented writer as well.

  • Mina

    I watched this week’s episode. It was kinda funny going back and forth to get some yogurt and she got punched in the nose lol. But I agree with the critics, it was so-so. It wasn’t super hilarious or omg that’s so funny moments I like to experience on TV. I might have to keep watching a few more episodes to get into it, but I don’t want it to get canceled. I think Mindy is adorable and funny as well.

  • Me!

    LOVE Mindy !

  • Dee

    I thought it was funny, it wasn’t great but I think it will pick up in the coming episodes.

    I thought it was hilarious when she got punched in the face but smiled because she got to pick the new ex-convict nurse

  • mikey kun

    yes I watch it and I really love it I think it’s funny and I adore mindy, don’t care about what the critics say

  • Wilson

    The Mindy Project is bound to be a success. Kaling is deserving of writing and starring in her own show, and she definitely has a fan following from The Office—I’m proof. I like that the episodes are shorter, because a coworker at DISH talked me into getting the Hopper DVR. It has a feature called Auto Hop that lets me skip the entirety of the commercials on the show. I usually save enough time to squeeze in an extra episode of something on my must watch list.

  • Xl

    Totally hilarious … Finally a good new comedy ! Yay Beyonce Pad

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