The Mindy Project is an American series that premiered on Fox on September 25, 2012, and airs on Tuesday nights. The series, created by Mindy Kaling (the series's star), is being co-produced by Universal Television and 3 Arts Entertainment.
On October 8, 2012, Fox ordered a full season of The Mindy Project. On March 4, 2013, the series was renewed for a second season, which began on September 17, 2013. On November 21, 2013, Fox announced that The Mindy Project would take a mid-season hiatus, before returning on January 7, 2014 with all new episodes.
The series follows obstetrician/gynecologist Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling) as she tries to balance her personal and professional life, surrounded by quirky co-workers in a small medical office. The character was reportedly inspired by Kaling's own mother, an OB/GYN.
Cast and characters
Mindy Kaling as Dr. Mindy Lahiri, a romantically frustrated OB/GYN at Shulman & Associates'
Chris Messina as Dr. Danny Castellano, another OB/GYN at the same office; Mindy's main frenemy; both doctors ignore their obvious romantic chemistry between them and settle for lesser choices in the interim
Ed Weeks as Dr. Jeremy Reed, Mindy and Danny's somewhat hapless supervisor at the office
Zoe Jarman as Betsy Putch, the optimistic receptionist at the office
Ike Barinholtz as Morgan Tookers (Episodes 13, 15-onwards; recurring 2–12 and 14), a registered nurse at the office
Beth Grant as Beverley Janoszewski (Episodes 15-onwards; guest episode 2), former nurse turned receptionist at the office
Xosha Roquemore as Tamra (season 2-onwards, recurring episodes 22-24), a nurse at the office
Adam Pally as Dr. Peter Prentice (season 2-onwards; guest season 2, episodes 3-4), a new gynecologist at the office
Anna Camp as Gwen Grandy (Main cast episodes 1–12; guest episode 17), Mindy's long-time friend who has settled down with a family.
Amanda Setton as Shauna Dicanio (Episodes 1–12), was a receptionist at the office
The series was initially commissioned by NBC, but the pilot with the working title It's Messy was released from NBC's projects on January 27, 2012. Universal then sent the script to Fox executives who read it over that following weekend. On January 30, 2012, Fox greenlit the pilot. On May 9, 2012, Fox placed a series order for the comedy. Two days later, the title was changed from It's Messy to The Mindy Project. On August 27, 2012, the pilot episode was made available to view online on various sites including Fox, in an attempt to garner interest in the series.
On November 20, 2012, it was reported that Amanda Setton's role had been eliminated and that Anna Camp had been downgraded to a recurring cast member. Stephen Tobolowsky's role was also eliminated, with his character retiring in the eighth episode. Beth Grant, who guest starred as Nurse Beverly in episode two, will be returning as a series regular.Ike Barinholtz was also upgraded to series regular.Xosha Roquemore, set to guest star in the final few episodes of season one as Tamra, will be upped to series regular beginning with season two.Adam Pally, who originally signed on for a recurring role, was upgraded to series regular during season two.
The Mindy Project received positive reviews from critics, with many highlighting the writing of the series, Kaling's performance, Kaling's unique character and the direction of the series. Review aggregation website Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean—out of 100—based on reviews from mainstream critics, the show received a score of 69 from 32 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews." It was the number-six best-reviewed show according to the site's fall 2012 season.