Every December the broadcast networks air their mid-season finales, cable shows wrap up their current seasons, and the television landscape becomes a barren wasteland of holiday specials and endless repeats of Christmas movies. While this programming may help people get into the festive mood, there’s only so many times I can watch a young boy physically maim two bumbling criminals, which is why I use the mid-season hiatus to indulge in everyone’s favourite new holiday tradition. I’m talking of course about binge watching. Have a series you’ve been meaning to check out or catch up on? Grab the remote and curl up on the couch, because with January still weeks away, the holidays are the perfect time to catch up on your television viewing. If you’re still undecided on which show to dive into this holiday season, allow me to offer you the best advice you’ll get all year: Get thee to Netflix and start watching The Mindy Project immediately.
I discovered this amazing show this past summer (another prime binge watching season), and it only took me a couple of days to make my way through two seasons worth of amazing episodes. Created by Mindy Kaling, who also produces, writes, and stars in the show, The Mindy Project follows the exploits of OB/GYN Mindy Lahiri and her many quirky co-workers at Shulman & Associates, a New York based medical practice. Mindy loves romantic comedies and longs for her own Hollywood approved love story, but in case you’re already starting to check out, let me assure you that The Mindy Project is so much more than its basic premise. Not only does the show excel at sending up the various rom-com cliches, but it also manages to touch on dozens of social issues in ways both smart and hilarious, and while the characters certainly are exaggerated, they always feel entirely real.
In fact, it’s the characters that are the best thing about The Mindy Project, with Kaling at the heart of it all as Dr. Lahiri. This is a character who knows exactly what she wants, is not afraid of going for it, and is completely and unapologetically herself at all times. Mindy is outspoken, self-involved, blunt, and selfish, but also kind, friendly, and compassionate. She is a dreamer and a hopeless romantic, and while she’s bold and confidant, she also has her own set of insecurities. Mindy is proactive, melodramatic, and prone to narrating events around her, and she somehow manages to be both completely adorable and unlikeable at the same time. In short, Mindy Lahiri is one of the most fascinating characters on television at the moment, and after discovering the genius that is The Mindy Project, I wish I was Kaling’s best friend, just so I could pick her brain to find out how she can be so smart, hilarious, and brilliant at the same time.
This holiday season, give yourself the gift of The Mindy Project and thank me later, because no matter how stressful the holidays become, this show will keep you laughing through it all. Earlier this year it made me laugh out loud on one of the worst days of my life, and a couple of weeks ago I laughed so hard I nearly choked to death on a glass of water. Think I’m being overdramatic? I’m not. Or maybe it’s just my inner Mindy coming out. Either way, The Mindy Project is a brilliant show, and if you still need convincing, check out this clip. Mindy Kaling made that possible, and it’s just one of the thousands of reasons why I love her.