The Mindy Pro­ject

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

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.

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