'The Mindy Project - The Complete Series'
(Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina, Ike Barinholtz, et al / 10-Disc DVD / NR / 2020 / Mill Creek Entertainment)
Overview: Dr. Mindy Lahiri (Kaling) is a talented obstetrician navigating the tricky waters of her chaotic personal life as she pursues her dreams of becoming the perfect woman, finding happiness and getting her perfect romantic comedy ending.
DVD Verdict: For those completely uninitiated about this show, it's about, well, ... Mindy! She's an OB/Gyn living in New York City and works at a practice with Danny and Jeremy, who are also OB/Gyns.
She also works with Morgan and Tamra, nurses and Beverly, the person who you really don't know what she does there. They all have fun adventures together whilst finding love, but she must balance her personal and professional life whilst being surrounded by her quirky friends in the small office.
But over the 117 episodes and six (6) seasons, was it any good? The short answer to that is that the scripts were, for the most part, usually all very good.
The jokes and most all one-liners make you laugh effortlessly and the additional bouts of physical humor also made it a fun watch. So, yeah, overall, 'The Mindy Project' was a comedy that was highly enjoyable and fresh.
With Mindy Kaling coming off of her memorable role in The Office, I was really looking forward to some good stuff from her. She most certainly adds some rather interesting takes to stuff here in this, for the most part, single-gal-in-the-city show, but by far the most "outrageous" thing here is that she's a minority actor in the lead of a regular show.
That said, as it was a big deal back then, Mindy doesn't really play up that fact for other than a brother, her family aspect isn't used much.
Funnily enough, she plays up her chubbiness more than her ethnicity and as much as there are admittedly times where Mindy does struggle to find the natural flow of headlining a comedy, her revolving door of relationships does at least give you high levels of amusement.
Along with Danny Castellano (Chris Messina), Jeremy Reed (Ed Weeks) and later Peter Prentice (Adam Pally), Morgan Tookers (Ike Barinholtz), Beverly (Beth Grant), Betsy Putch (Zoe Jarman) and Tamra (Xosha Roquemore) - as the nurses - 'The Mindy Project' showcases the fact Mindy Kaling is indeed a smart cookie.
Furthermore, it shows in her character, the writing, and the dynamic of the show as someone confident within themselves and willing to take chances out there alone on the comedic edge.
I actually started watching 'The Mindy Project' because it aired after 'New Girl' and honestly as the episodes went by I found myself liking Mindy's show more and more.
In truth, I have also over the years garnered quite a distaste for 'New Girl,' but that's neither here nor there! The difference for me is in the strength of the female characters. Mindy does an amazing job portraying a smart, successful, self-possessed woman who is still charming, quirky, and sometimes neurotic.
You won't find that combination in 'New Girl,' at least not in the two female leads. Yes, I'm well aware that after three (3) season on Fox they cancelled it, and that it was picked up by Hulu and given a new lease of life for the remaining three (3) years, but that shouldn't distract from the fact that the show was genuinely funny and achingly heartfelt in all it attempted to portray and do.
In closing, and if I haven't made it clear enough already, the fact that Mindy also takes part in the writing process explains why her character is always just so convincing.
There hasn't been a moment of doubt or inconsistency about her character. It has been said that 'The Mindy Project' is a "girly show" because Mindy herself is the quintessence of romance, but being a man, I have to say that never stopped me enjoying it!
Sure, yeah, the male characters are there to make fun of it along the way so I don't really understand why guys wouldn't love it too!
'The Mindy Project' is just so well written with an incredible cast and with each episode running about 22 minutes each, you feel like you've just had a welcomed comedic mini-break afterward! This is an Anamorphic Widescreen Presentation (1:78.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Bonus Features of: