I recently finished reading Mindy Kaling’s book “Why Not Me” and was reminded of my love for her as well as The Mindy Project. … If for some reason you haven’t watched The Mindy Project yet because you’ve (a) been living under a rock, (b) suffered a traumatic brain injury, or (c) don’t understand what comedy is, let me tell you a little bit about it.

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The Mindy Project is a show written and produced by Mindy Kaling, who you might recognize as Kelly Kapoor from The Office, that started on Fox in 2012. And Mindy’s had a roller coaster ride this last year, Fox canceled the show in May 2015 (and all the Mindy fans cried), and Hulu quickly picked it up to exclusively stream 26 episodes of the brand new fourth season.

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But why is The Mindy Project important? The fact that Mindy Kaling, writes, produces, and stars in the show herself is a huge deal and a win for womankind. To have a female penning a story about being a female for millions to watch is huge.

Since its origin the show has followed the life of Mindy Lahiri, an OB/GYN in New York who is honestly a hot mess. In the very first episode she rides her bike into a stranger’s pool after crashing her ex’s wedding.

Throughout the course of the seasons Mindy dates a lot of guys. But she’s so much more than just her romantic decisions. She’s confident, self-possessed and laden with pop culture references. She eats what she wants, she wears what she wants, and she says what she wants. But most importantly she believes in herself.

The Mindy Project is an important show for television because it revolves around a strong female lead with more than one-dimension. Mindy doesn’t pretend to be perfect. She isn’t afraid to be stubborn or selfish, and whole-heartedly herself.

So get yourself over to Hulu asap, where all seasons are currently streaming.

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4 Comments

  1. Yes! I love Mindy and it bothers me that people just ignore the show because they think she’s annoying like her character in The Office but I find Mindy so strong and positive on the show!

    • madelynolsen

      Adriana – yes exactly! And I find it incredibly empowering that we get such a complicated and strong female character written by an actual woman <3 Yay for girl power, am I right?

  2. I have never watched this one, but you have convinced me I need to give it a try! 😉

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