I have been a huge Mindy Kaling fan ever since I started watching “The Office” years ago.
On the show, she is always funny, refreshing, and energetic, and it never seems overdone.
When her memoir, “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)” came out, I bought it and loved every part of it. It is honest and funny-two traits that help make her so successful. When I heard Kaling was starring in and writing a new show, I was anxious and excited for the pilot to air because I was eager to see her in a different setting from “The Office.”
Although I have watched other pilots that have gotten me hooked faster than this one, the inconsistent yet professional character of Mindy quickly got to me. I hope her character develops into a more mature doctor, and finds someone to share her passion with.
The character of Mindy is a true depiction of how life is today-we get into messes and have to get out of them- with positive and negative repercussions.
The best surprise was seeing Andy Helms, another cast member of “The Office,” as Mindy’s blind date. It was hilarious to see the two work together again in a different setting. It was the perfect touch to the pilot.
Overall, I’d give the pilot of “The Mindy Project” 3/5 stars. The storyline and characters definitely need to show growth.
However, I do not think Kaling will have any problem with building up a larger fan base than she already has.
Julie Singer is a first-year student majoring in special education and middle grades prep. She can be reached at JS781397@wcupa.edu.