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The Mindy Project

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Rom-commy character is obsessed with finding a man.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The show reinforces some negative stereotypes about women and relationships: namely that they're needy, neurotic, and obsessed with finding "Mr. Right."

Positive Role Models & Representations

While Mindy is a talented and capable doctor, she's also shallow and prone to making iffy decisions when it comes to men and sexual relationships. Finding a boyfriend is at the top of her to-do list, and she looks for qualities like wealth, looks, personality ... and penis size.


Surgical/medical scenes aren't graphic; physical comedy includes falling into a pool, tripping, etc.


Characters kiss, make out, and joke about sex and relationships (including hook-ups and one-night stands). Sexual activity is mostly suggested.


Some swearing ("hell," "damn," etc.), with a few bleeped words (like "f--k"). Characters also use terms like "penis," "hook up," and "slut."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social drinking by adults, with some drunkenness played for comedy.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that, aside from her medical credentials, The Mindy Project's Mindy is a far cry from a positive role model for impressionable teens, thanks to a pattern of self-destructive behavior when it comes to men and relationships. Sexual activity is mostly suggested, although characters kiss, make out, and joke about sex and relationships (including hook-ups and one-night stands) and use terms like "penis," "hook up," and "slut." Characters also use words like "hell" and "damn," but a few stronger words (like "f--k") are bleeped. There's social drinking, too, with some drunkenness that's played for laughs, along with light physical comedy.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bylindsey82 September 13, 2012

Funny, but not for kids!

I think the show is funny for adults, but I do not think it is at all appropriate for children. It's kind of like a funny, albeit much milder version of se... Continue reading
Parent Written byJessesmith1 July 26, 2016
Teen, 15 years old Written byWayward Girl September 6, 2012

The Mindy Project is lots of fun for OLDER teens, but even still, I'm not sure it's worth it. :/

This show is HILARIOUS, but it's definitely for mature teenagers and adults, as it is not all that appropriate. Mindy is a free spirit who sleeps around... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byshakmora02 April 12, 2015
The Mindy Project is a great show. It's based on doctors so warning they do say "Penis" and "Vagina" but I personally do not see anythi... Continue reading

What's the story?

Writer-producer-creator Mindy Kaling also stars in THE MINDY PROJECT as Mindy Lahiri, an accomplished 30-something obstetrician whose obsession with romantic comedies has seriously skewed her view of love and relationships and left her drowning in her own neuroses. In the meantime, her desperate search for Mr. Right keeps taking her back to two very different doctors (Chris Messina and Ed Weeks) -- and the same bad habits.

Is it any good?

On The Office, Kaling plays Kelly Kapoor, a neurotically chatty office drone who's obsessed with celebrities, shopping, and relationships and has self-destructive tendencies when it comes to romance. So just imagine that Kelly left Scranton, went to med school, and became an OB/GYN in the city ... and you'll pretty much have The Mindy Project.

Of course, Kaling is known for acing this type of shtick on The Office and other places (for starters, see The 40-Year-Old Virgin). But it's frustrating to see her apply the same boy-crazy quirks to Mindy Lahiri, a character who could be so much more than the two-dimensional stereotype we've seen in most of the romantic comedies Lahiri references in her rambling, rapid-fire dialogue. Does a professionally successful single woman really have to be such a hot mess when it comes to her personal life? At least in real life, the answer is no.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the "lessons" we learn from popular romantic comedies -- from When Harry Met Sally to 27 Dresses -- when it comes to love and relationships. Are those lessons different for women and men? How do movie and TV plots compare to finding love in real life?

  • How does Mindy measure up as a role model? Is it realistic to think that an accomplished and intelligent professional would lead such a disastrously disorganized personal life?

  • What are the real-life consequences of some of Mindy's actions (including hook-ups and public drunkenness)? Why do we find her problems funny?

TV details

For kids who love comedy

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