The Mindy Project
Thursday, 11pm, Seven Halfway through its debut season, Mindy Kaling’s The Mindy Project remains entertaining. Kaling, best known as Kelly Kapoor in the US version of The Office (which she first joined as a writer), writes and stars. The series follows the misadventures of obstetrician-gynaecologist Mindy Lahiri (Kaling) through her personal and professional life. Fitting in, rather than getting comedy mileage out of the character’s muted ethnicity, seems to be Mindy’s aim. On paper it probably sounds a bit like Offspring, but the comedy styles could not be more different. In tone, Mindy is more like a medical version of Ugly Betty. In this episode everyone in the hospital where Mindy works seems to be in love — except her. ‘‘ People seem to be having these awesome sex lives and I’m just trying to find a life partner to go apple picking with,’’ she tells a colleague. Mindy then attempts to get it on with another doctor at his apartment, first leaving a Pauline Hansonesque video on her computer: ‘‘ If you are watching this, I am already dead.’’ Make sure you hang in until the scene where she gets trapped in her new squeeze’s voice-activated shower. Lucille Ball would be proud.